HCC’s Small Business Center to offer program on Growing Hops

By Haywood Community College | Feb 04, 2013
Heidi Dunkelberg

The Small Business Center of Haywood Community College will offer a free program on “The Business of Growing Hops” on Tuesday, February 12, from 6-8 pm, on campus in the Student Center.

“Spurred on by the demands of a burgeoning craft brewing industry and a strong public interest in locally grown ingredients, farmers are experimenting with hops (Humulus lupulus) as an alternative income source. Over the past three years, a small community of growers across North Carolina have established hop yards and sold their product to local craft breweries and home brewers.” - North Carolina Hops Project, NC State University, Hops Research and Variety Trial.

This seminar will provide an overview of hops growing business and provide an excellent networking opportunity for local hops growers. Attendees will explore the seasonal processes of hop cultivation and marketing strategies for the developing hops industry. Hops growers will discuss tools and information to optimize efforts and harvest.

Heidi Dunkelberg will be the presenter.  Dunkelberg has been growing hops in the Beaverdam community of Canton for five years.  She currently grows seven different varieties of hops and has developed a unique way of trellis hop growing.  Her passion in hop growing is infectious and she is excited to help others get started in the business of growing hops.

To preregister for this seminar or for more information, call the Small Business Center at 627 4512.

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