Phase 1 | The Year In Review
The primary business activity of Fraser Valley Hop Farms Inc. is to plant, grow, harvest, process, pelletize and sell hops to the BC craft brewing industry. The Company has successfully completed Phase 1 and on schedule to complete Phase 2 in 2019. See Below Image:
46 Acres Accomplished | Wet Hop Harvest
There are several contributing factors to the farms success such as:
Management & Team leadership, Fiscal Responsibility & Budging Expenses, Strategic Alliances and more.
This year the farm hosted it’s first ever wet hop harvest, which was a raging success. Craft beer enthusiasts and home brewers from Vancouver to Hope attended the event at Fraser Valley Hop Farms. In total, approximately 40+ independent home brewers arrived to pick their own hops. In total approximately over 200lbs of fresh wet hops were sold to the local community.
Brewers could pick their choice of:
Cascade, Centennial, Chinook, Sterling,Triple Pearl and Tahoma. View Event On Facebook.
Healthy Plants Make For A Healthy Harvest
Initially FVHFs had hoped to have its first large scale harvest in October of 2018. The decision to wait for 2019 was difficult as the initial infrastructure building expenses/cost would have been fully compensated with a harvest this year (2018). However, despite having to wait for 2019’s harvest, many milestones have been accomplished at FVHFs. The farm’s flag ship milestone accomplishment for 2018 is the completion of 46 acre which includes the both infrastructure and 6 planted hop varieties.
Hop plants are at peak maturity in year 2 of being planted. FVHFs purchases mature 2 year old plants from a local greenhouse located in Abbotsford, making a harvest in 2018 feasible. However, under the direction of Rick Knight, with over 30+ years in hop growing experience, FVHFs has decided to let it’s hops establish their root structure into strong, high yielding and healthy plants for 2019.
Although this was a difficult decision for the company, it’s absolutely necessary for the plants to establish themselves in their new environment. To be conservative, anticipated yields for 2019 are 1,500 pounds of dried hops per acre, projected to be sold at an average price of $15.00 – $18.00 per pound.