Fertigate The Night Away

Probably not quite the hit that Van Halen’s “Dance The Night Away” was, unless you’re a fellow hop Farmer, but I’ll take it 😉 This past weekend’s list of activities included a project we’ve wanted to add almost since day 1…fertigation! That is, adding…

Father’s Day

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We celebrated Father’s Day in our house on Saturday, June 20…a day ahead as it worked better for everyone’s schedules here. Had a great breakfast with Jenn and the kids, AND got a new travel mug to replace the one I crushed a few…

Spring 2020

Apologies for the lapse in our weekly postings. We’ll be returning to those going forward. We just wanted to post an update of where we are at so far in 2020. Thus far we are on schedule which is pretty amazing considering the weather…

“Almost there…almost there…”

Snow at Barn

Based on the weather and conditions where my wife and I live (State College, about 90 minutes South of Saint Marys), it appeared time to start making the weekly trip to/from the Farm. No snow, warming temps, clear blue skies for more than 30…

It’s Been A Busy Season So Far!

Yup…I’ve been really negligent on my updating of the blog with weekly reports and photos. I can summarize it in one word: WET! As such, I’m going to post a variety of photos from the start up til last week just to catch everyone…

Slowly Buy Surely

Another early morning drive to Saint Marys from State College today. Was not looking forward to Farm work today as they were calling for some light snow, cooler temps and fairly strong winds. I can say “they were calling” as I work at AccuWeather…

Welcome Elk County Conservation District!

On Tuesday, August 14th we welcomed approximately 30 citizens from the Saint Marys area community as guests of the Elk County Conservation District (ECCD). The ECCD put together a day-long “2018 Agriculture Bus Tour”, beginning at our Farm and ending at Straub Brewery. From…

There’s Got To Be Another Way!

For quite some time to come, Memorial Day 2018 will in my mind bring back memories of heat, humidity and grass clippings galore!   This day’s work was a back and forth mix of hand weeding directly around the hops to clear a foot…

“Winter Is ….” OK, Knock It Off!

For those not endeared to the television series “Game of Thrones”, today’s blog title may not make sense. The full statement is “Winter Is Coming” and it’s a reference to a frozen, zombie-like enemy to the heroes of the series. The phrase has now…

Time For Bed

While technically not totally finished for the 2017, the majority of the projects have been wrapped up. Harvest, processing and drying went fairly well. We’re still waiting on the new yard to really set their roots and get going. This was their first year…