We attended the ND Local Foods Conference last winter. One of the speakers was Eric Sannerud from Mighty Axe Hops. He had a great talk, but with just a portion of his time allocated to speaking about hops we were left wanting more.
When we were developing our plans last winter, I started thinking-wouldn't it be nice to bring in a speaker to talk about growing hops? Just about growing hops. For a whole day. It would be great to learn more about hops ourselves, meet other current and potential growers, and raise the collective learning curve a bit.
Well after following a few dead ends I somehow ended up talking with Jamie Good at the ND Ag Department about it. He was totally into the idea and really just took the reins to make it happen. (Just when I started to think it wasn't going to happen he was like "abracadabra!" and put it together in about 3 days.) We saw with our field day event that there is a definite interest in hops and I hope everyone will come out for this event.
And did I mention that it is FREE? Yes, this workshop, put on by the ND Dept of Ag, is free and open to everyone.
Also, Sarah and I have put together a grower social following the workshop. It will be held at Souris River Brewing at 6:30 pm. This will be a chance to mingle and discuss the future of the hops industry in North Dakota. There will be food, a tour and something else....oh yeah-beer.
Here is the lowdown:
Hops growing workshop featuring Lee Cummings of Grow More Hops, LLC in Wisconsin. There will also be an update from NDSU Extension on the hops research currently going on in the state. Lunch is not included but there will be a lunch break so people can go eat on their own.
The grower social will cost $ and will feature food, beer, and tour? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org if interested.
Saturday, November 14
Here is the rough agenda:
9:00 - Registration
9:30 - Start workshop - Lee
11:30-Break for Lunch
12:45 – Afternoon session starts – Lee
3:45 - NDSU Extension Hops Update – Lindsey or Kyla
4:15 – Individual Questions for Lee
6:30 "Loop-U-In" Grower Social - Souris River Brewing
Comfort Inn, 1515 22nd Ave Sw, Minot, ND 58701
If you plan to stay before or after there is a block of rooms reserved-mention you are with the North Dakota Department of Agriculture-ND Hops workshop. Rooms are $75 per night plus tax. This room rate is available for both Friday and Saturday night! Rooms will be held until November 2.
"Loop-U-In" Grower Social - Souris River Brewing, 32 3rd Street NE, Minot ND 58703
Anyone interested in learning more about hops. You might have some backyard hops, a full hopyard, or be exploring the possibility of planting one. All are welcome!
It is also worth mentioning the Pride of Dakota Show will be going on in Minot that Saturday and Sunday so if your significant other isn't into hops they could spend the day there looking at cool ND made products-or if you are planning to spend the night you could see the Dakota show yourself the next day.
I hope there will be a good crowd at this event and I am really looking forward to it!