Hops Research at the Farm

Northeast SARE Grant

Tractor in Hop Yard

Photo Credit: Chelsea Kyle Photography

Through the 2016 & 2017 growing season Four Star Farms will be working with Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education program, or Northeast SARE; with Cornell Cooperative Extension, and with the University of Vermont Extension’s Hops Team to study the use of trap crops to control pests, thereby reducing pesticide use and improving hop quality.  Specifically we will be researching the use of alfalfa to attract potato leaf hoppers.

Hops Research – Variety Trials 

Hops (6)While trying to stay on point with current brewing trends it’s also important to find those varieties that are hardy enough to grow well here. During the 2016 season we’ll convert what was once our “original” hop yard (3/4 of an acre) into an experimental plot with dozens of new-to-us varieties. We’re eager to see what new additions can be added to our line-up!