Michigan State University Extension is hosting their annual Hops Field Day and Tour on Friday, August 9, 8 am – 5 pm.
Tour locations include: Empire Hops (Leelanau Peninsual), Fresh Roots Organic and New Mission Organic hop yards as well as a tour of Brewery Terra Firma (Michigan’s first farm brewery).
Hop growers will be on site to discuss all aspects of hop production; initial costs, plant care, disease and insect management, short and tall trellis systems, trellis construction, and organic and conventional growing practices.
Dr. Heather Darby, professor from the University of Vermont, will be in attendance to discuss hop growing practices, challenges and recommendations from the Northeast United States. The group will then return to the Research Center for research trial updates, followed by an educational beer tasting led by Scott Graham, Executive Director of the Michigan Brewers Guild.
Cost: $80 per person (includes lunch and transportation by charter bus).
Pre-registration required, space is limited to the first 56 registrants.
Meeting location: MSU Horticultural Research Center, 6686 S Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684.
For more info or to register, please visit the website: hops.msu.edu.
Or for questions, please contact Rob Sirrine, at the Leelanau MSU Extension office at 231-256-9888 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Program sponsors: Michigan Brewers Guild, Michigan Hop Alliance and Brewery Terra Firma.