Gorst Valley Hops has helped growers all over the world enter the world of commercial hop production and we can help you! Every farm is unique and we understand that better than most because we are growers too.

 

Business Planning

Not sure where to start? Not sure if this is for you?

We can help answer those questions using our interview toolbox to get to the foundation of your dream. Whether you are planning for a retirement hobby or a commercial endeavor Gorst Valley Hops can provide the guidance you need in the early stages to make the latter stages simpler and more profitable.

Hop Yard Design

From one acre to 100 acres we can design a system that is cost effective and highly productive. We have designed numerous trellis, irrigation, and harvest-drying systems across North America. Pricing is quite reasonable especially when bundled with bulk material purchases.  One of the most critical mistakes made in establishing a hop farm is skimping on the trellis design; we won’t let that happen to you.

Best Practices in Hop Production

In 2013 we partnered with the University of Wisconsin and the USDA to author a study on best practices in hop production; download our findings here: Processing Manual.

Harvest Facility and System Design

There is a harvest and drying solution for every scale and Gorst Valley Hops has seen it all. There is no single, turn-key solution to specialty farming and we are forthright in admitting it! We address each project from a resource analysis perspective making sure that the milestones fit with your operational capacity while designing flexibility into the system.

Hop Processing

Now that you have dry flowers what do you do with them?

We can help you find a processing solution that fits your needs. Don’t be fooled by big claims of pounds per hour, no cooling, etc. Many of these systems are borrowed from other industries and are not optimized for hops, despite the claim. We’ve tried most options for pelletizing, milling, packaging, etc and we can confidently say there is no magic solution. Hop processing is truly a marriage of art and engineering.