Gorst Valley Hops is bringing a new twist to the old idea of
contract growing. Instead of relying on a traditional and
sometimes inequitable cash-for-service arrangement, GVH invites
growers to become more engaged with the entire hops production
operation; from plantation design to hops pellets. We call
these folks Charter Growers as they are personally invested in
producing the highest possible quality hops with our
How Does it Work?
Gorst Valley works directly with the grower through every stage
of production. Once the hops are harvested the grower delivers
them to the GVH processing center to be pelletized, packaged,
and delivered. The brewer pays for the hops at which point GVH
pays the grower. There is no out-of-pocket expense to the
grower for any GVH services.
So Am I On My Own?
Absolutely NOT! GVH will work with you every step of the way,
from trellis design and plantation layout to management
practices and business plan development. We work as a
What Does GVH
GVH provides the Charter Grower with the following
• Discounted trellis supplies
• Discounted Irrigation supplies
• Discounted rhizomes
• Nutrient management program
• Discounted processing
• Gorst Valley Hops credentials
• Discounted analytical services
• Real time technical support
Is There a Contract?
Yes. Like any production arrangement there are
contractual obligations. GVH is investing in the Charter Grower
and desires to see them be successful. Contract details vary
based on specific circumstances but revolve around multi-year
working relationships instead of yield so the grower can focus
on production quality, not quantity.
How Much Do I Have to
We request a minimum of one acre production scale and a maximum
of 10 acres. Single sites larger than 10 acres require
different production and processing techniques compared to
smaller acreage. If you desire a large scale operation GVH can
present you with options to meet your needs.
How Do I Proceed?
The application window for growing in 2014 is now
Before applying to grow in 2015 (applications will be
accepted from May to September), please make sure that you can
answer "Yes" to these criteria:
- Day to Day Operations: I live at
the farm, close enough that I am there on a daily basis, or
have an on-site farm manager.
- Irrigation: I have an existing
irrigation source other than my residential well, or plan
to install one.
- Labor: I am willing and able to
invest the 20-25 hours/week needed for hop production.
- Communications: I have Internet
connectivity, and use email and web sites daily. We
do much of our communication and information sharing via
- Electricity: There is an
existing source of electricity within range of the intended
hop yard, or plans to install one.
- Storage: There is an existing
outbuilding (other than a residential garage) within range
of the intended hop yard, or plans to install one.
Background: I have already attended
the Hops 101 workshop or other seminar presented by
Gorst Valley Hops (i.e. MOSES conference), or I have
prior experience growing hops (1/2 acre or more).
To learn more about our workshops, click here.
- Soil Sample: I have a recent (within
the last 6 months) soil sample that can be included with