Just as we prepare our hops and honeybees for winter, this week it was time for our celebrity Potbellied Pigs, Voo and Doo. Voo and Doo are hardy creatures but even they need a warm place to sleep. One of our chores this week at Rogue Farms was to winterize their home.
We laid down a thick layer of hay and cedar chips for them to snuggle in.
But our pigs are creatures of habit. They don’t handle change well. They eyed us suspiciously through the door.
Voo was the first who dared enter the new surroundings.
Seeing that no ill harm came to Voo, Doo swaggered in as if it was his idea all along.
To give you an idea of how our pigs’ minds work, they assumed we had laid out a giant feast for them. They noshed on the bedding for 30 minutes before they realized it wasn’t edible.
Once they caught on, Voo and Doo leapt into the pile and burrowed to make their beds.
The next time you come to Rogue Farms to enjoy one of our beers, spirits, ciders or sodas, be sure to drop in on Voo and Doo in their new digs.
Rogue Farms has been nominated for Best Brewery Tour by the readers of USA Today and 10Best. Finally, an election that really matters.
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The first of our DIY (Do It Yourself) workshops is coming to Rogue Farms on Saturday, November 22nd. Join Jessica from The Kitchen At Middleground Farms as she shows you how to make your own cheese. It’s easier than you think. Learn about the ingredients, equipment, and processes needed to do it yourself. This workshop is free of charge and all ages are welcome.
The 2013 DIY Workshop: Cheese Making at Rogue Farms.
DIY: Cheese Making
Saturday, November 22nd at 2:00pm
Rogue Farms Independence, Oregon
For more information call Rogue Farms @503-838-9813
DIY is at the heart of everything we do at Rogue Farms. We grow and process our own ingredients to create a proprietary palate of flavors for Rogue beers, spirits, ciders and sodas. We love sharing our DIY philosophy with others. Please join us at one or all of our winter DIY workshops so that you too can learn how to Do It Yourself.
Unless you’re a farmer, what we’re about to tell you may not make a lot of sense. Not at first.
We started working the fields where we’ll plant our Dare spring malting barley. Actually drilling seeds in the ground? No. That’s five to six months from now. But there’s a lot to do between now and planting time.
Plowing a field of spring barley begins in the fall at Rogue Farms in Tygh Valley, Oregon.
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Here’s the deadline we can’t put off at the Rogue Farms Hopyard.
In about three weeks, someone’s going to pull up in a big truck and unload 100 starter hives, also known as nucs. It’s a huge expansion of the Rogue Hopyard apiary.
That gives us three weeks to finish constructing 200 new hive boxes and 200 new super boxes. Otherwise the new honeybees won’t have a place to live.
We had a lot of fun with the kids from the Monmouth-Independence YMCA who came out to the Rogue Farms Hopyard last week.
They’ll be regular visitors this summer. We built raised garden beds for them and they got to work right away digging holes and filling them with the plants they brought with them.
And then they saw the pigs…
It’s been over a week since we put the pigs on arthritis medicine and the difference is amazing.
To be honest, it’s also quite a relief to see that Voo and Doo have plenty of life left in them
When the first flowers of the season appeared in our neighbor’s cherry orchard, we knew the spring nectar flow had begun.
This is one of the prettiest times of the year on the Rogue Farms Hopyard. And for the Rogue Honeybees, one of the busiest.
In Greek mythology, it was the hunter Narcissus who was so handsome that when he saw his own reflection – he fell in love with himself.
Today, we’d call him Tom and he’d be a turkey.
The first big event of the hops growing season is stringing the trellis wires in the Rogue Farms Hopyard.
There are thousands of strings, made from Sri Lanka cocoanut husks, that are tied to the wires, dropped to the ground, and staked into the hop rows.
As you’ll see in the photos, it takes military like precision to get it all done right.