MSU Extension is offering a Hops Field Day and Tour on Friday, August 9 from 8 am – 5pm. Participants will meet at the MSU Horticultural Research Center (6686 S Center Highway, Traverse City, MI 49684), board a chartered bus and travel to Empire Hops on the Leelanau Peninsula to tour one of the largest hop yards in Michigan.
The group will then travel to Fresh Roots Organic hop yard, and then continue onto Brewery Terra Firma, Michigan's first farm brewery, for lunch and a tour. In the afternoon participants will travel by bus to tour New Mission Organic's hop yard and processing operation, near Omena.
Throughout the tour 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.
The cost is $80 per person which includes lunch and transportation by charter bus. Pre-registration is required and space is limited to the first 56 registrants. For more info or to register, go online to hops.msu.edu.
If you have any questions, contact Rob Sirrine, at the Leelanau MSU Extension office at 231-256-9888 or firstname.lastname@example.org