Breathing A Bit Easier

Well even though we’re still behind, we put in a good day of work that caught us up quite a bit. Show me a Farmer that doesn’t say they’re behind or that they’re “all caught up” and I’ll show you a poser 😉 Not…

Three Weeks Ago, Ahead of Schedule…Today, A Month Behind!

This has been one of THE wettest, coldest Springs I can recall in quite some time. As such, looking at the very slow growth of the hops in both yards and witnessing how extremely wet the new/large yard was, it felt like we were…

Purrs Like A Kitten

This is the first year I’m bringing our IH674 diesel tractor out of Winter hibernation. Not being raised on a Farm and having limited experience with tractors of this size, I was nervous as all get out that I hadn’t prepared the tractor properly…

“Forward, Always Forward, Everywhere Forward”

Boniface Wimmer

These words were spoken by Boniface Wimmer, O.S.B., the founding abbot of Saint Vincent Archabbey located in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. Boniface Wimmer immigrated to the United States with a small group of Benedictine monks in the mid 1800’s from Bavaria. As an extension, his work…

Hops “Shakeout”​

I was wondering when these types of articles would start filtering through. I think it really boils down to what drives each group. For the traditional, large yards out West, typically where that’s all they do and in mass quantities is grow hops, yeah…

Running To Spring

TORN! Not sure there’s any other way to say it. Would I love it if this warm weather continued and we got a huge head start on the hops growing season? Yes! Would I like to see Winter…the season we’re actually supposed to still…

Cabling The Hopyard

I knew it was going to be a challenge today. It rained…HARD…all weekend, so I was curious what the field conditions would be like. Today we’d have not only the tractor in the new hopyard (a tractor that tips the scales at around 10,000lbs.),…

Wet Spring + Heavy Equipment = Not A Good Combination!

Our hops arrived “prematurely”…that is to say, there was a miscommunication between the Farm and our supplier. The date they were delivered (May 19) was the original date we’d discussed with the supplier last month. However I amended that date and said we’d be…

Stretching The Legs

It was quite a weekend. Saturday was my third time running one of the most awesome trail races here on the East coast – the Hyner View Trail Challenge! I ran the 50K flavor along with my very good buddy Jason Lang. I was…

IH674 Is Up and Running!

Our “new” International Harvester (IH) 674 diesel tractor arrived late in the afternoon on Monday, April 11th. It was a cool, rainy day…I know, a shocker for Spring in Pennsylvania. Bill, the driver that picked up the 674 from our good friend George Schettler’s…