From killer slugs to invading geese, the season of growing beers, spirits, ciders and sodas is off to an exciting start here at Rogue Farms. Our barley is growing, our hops are climbing and our honeybees are buzzing. Read all about it in our latest edition of the Rogue Farms Crop Report.
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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.
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…
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.
You don’t have to be a professional wrestler to shear a sheep – but it sure helps.
Getting the right combination of strength and balance while shearing off wool is just one of the things you’ll learn at our DIY Workshop: Sheep Shearing and Spinning. The workshop will be held this weekend at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon starting at 1:00pm on Sunday, April 14th. There’s a $10 charge for this workshop, but you’ll be going home with your very own drop spindle.
At Rogue Farms we love DIY. It’s why we grow our own hops, barley, pumpkins, rye, honey and other ingredients for our beers and spirits.
We hold a DIY Workshop every month. Here’s the schedule for the rest of the year.
DIY Workshop Calendar: (All workshops are held on Sundays)
- May 19th: Backyard Beekeeping
- June 2nd: Cycling the Willamette Valley
- July 21st: Composting and Worm Farms
- August 11th: Sausage Making
- September 14th: Soap Making
- October 27th: Cider Making
- November 10th: Smoking Food
- December 15th: Cooking with Rogue Beer
We call them Free Range Chicks for a reason, and lately they’re ranging farther and farther away from their base of operations near the Rogue Farms Hop ‘N’ Bed.
Just the other day, we started seeing them on the lawn between the Hopyard and the Chatoe Rogue. For a Chick, this is a pretty good hike. So what’s going on?