Clearing the Past, Preparing the Future

Well this week’s trip was more meeting content then field work… 9:30am: First stop in town to Steve Straub, our Erie Insurance guy regarding tractor and overall farm coverage along with Commonwealth Hops LLC 10am: Drop off/pick up things at the in-laws 10:30am: An…

First trip up for the season!

Checking in on the “old” Hopyard…luckily none of them have started yet as its snowed up here a bit today. Barley survived the Winter so just waiting for those warm temps forecasted for later this week and next! And new Hopyard is ready and…

New Hop Yard Is In!

Well…it took us three days to do it, mostly due to very wet fields on day 2…but all the poles are in and are they beauteous! Even for someone who’s used to walking amid these 20′ giants, to see 45 of them jump out…

Harvest Time Has Arrived!

The day(s) have finally arrived…time to harvest these bad boys. The harvest this year took place over three days; August 30-31 and September 2. This happened for a couple of reasons. First the availability of our volunteer farmhand workforce. As we’re still operating on…

Harvest Time Is Just Around The Corner

Well you’ll see by the pictures and video below, that the hops are tall and strong and full of hops cones! I’ll be doing a dry matter test soon to determine just about how “done” they are. We’ll then need an “all hands on…

As With All Things In Life, “Live & Learn!”

Being only our second year as hops Farmers, we learn things…the hard way..quite often. Case in point, our addition of the new irrigation cable in the hopyard. Actually it wasn’t this concept of using an additional raised cable to support our irrigation line that…

Happy, Not-So-Little, Hops!

We continue to spray Actinovate each week to prevent downy mildew from rearing its ugly fungicidal head in our hopyard and it’s working well. Just making totally sure this sprayer never gets used for anything but organically-approved materials. If I can’t backpack with one…

Hopyard Comin’ On Strong

At the official start of Summer, we find the hopyard doing pretty well. The bines of both our Cascade and Nugget varieties are making their way up the coir, some are almost at the top of the 20′ trellis! Each week, we weed the…

The New Black Locust Poles Have Arrived

Yeeeehaw! Finally feels like our new hopyard is finally under way. A few days ago, our freshly cut black locust poles were delivered via the awesome folks at St. Marys Lumber. They arrived after being transported from Irvona, PA which is near Altoona. Black…

Frost Warning! “I love where I Farm…I love where I Farm…” Repeat, Repeat, Repeat!!

Ok, that’s a bit dramatic 😉 While it is a bit later than usual, it’s totally NOT unheard of to have a frost warning this early in the season. However that being said, it still wasn’t what I wanted to hear when I listened…