Over 30 people responded to our Doodle poll for a hops grower meeting and we have selected the date that most people are available.
The Hops Grower Meeting will be Friday, November 2 at 1:00 PM. We will meet at the Mountain Horticultural Crops Research and Extension Center in Mills River. Here are directions: http://www.ces.ncsu.edu/fletcher/directions2.html.
If you are unable to attend this meeting in person, you can call in. I have set up a conference call with freeconference.com. That means the long-distance charges will be yours. Dial 1-218-936-4141 and enter participant access code: 9627077. You will be able to enter and exit as you please during the meeting.
If you can’t come in person or call in but would like to participate, please try to send someone else from your operation. If that doesn’t work either and you want to have input, please send me your comments and suggestions.
The purpose of this meeting is to share our 2012 experiences (good and bad), plan how we can work together in the coming year, get input on the varieties to be included in our next two year research project, and outline our needs for future research and outreach. The goal is to help grow a healthy North Carolina hops industry! If you are not yet a grower but interested in becoming one, you might also find this interesting. This will be an informal, facilitated sharing meeting. There will not be any formal presentations like at a conference. I will have a laptop and projector set up, so if you want to show any pictures from your hop yard, please bring them on a flashdrive. The meeting will run as long as the momentum is there. I expect that to be around 4:00 or 4:30.
FYI, I did just receive an entire bale of coir twine, 2600 strings, 21 feet, 100# weight. That’s enough to last me about 13 years at the rate I use it, so we might want to have a discussion about how to make the best use of it.
Please let me know if you have any questions or suggestions. This meeting is for you!
Also, please help spread the word about this meeting. I don’t have the email addresses for everyone who answered the Doodle poll!
(Once again I apologize for any multiple notices because I will send this out via several lists and platforms)