Feb 6, 2018
We are getting reminded that winter in Canada can still be well, wintery. The hop yard is buried deep in snow, and theres another 20cm forecast this week. There is however a small glimmer of hope that the worst of it is over with tempuratures starting to head north to seasonal by the weekend!
We've been making big strides towards our 2018 plan. We moved from a partnership to a corporation. We're now officially Pair O' Dice Enterprises Ltd. We finalized our new trellis plan for the year which includes 7000' of planting space, or roughly 2300 new plants. We acquired the poles, cables, and irrigation hose to service all of those new plants. Finally, we've allocated budget to acquire a hop harvester, pellet mill, drying oast, and packaging equipment.
Our calendar is full. Spring will be here before you know it, and there is so much to do!
We've been fielding a lot of phone calls from people who are wanting to grow hops. Lots are scared of the capital requirements, but many will take the plunge. We've built a price list for other growers who might want to take advantage of our supply chain contacts. Its published here:
Our next month has lots of administrative tasks. Bank accounts, Accounting, taxes, and the logistics of bringing all of our equipment and supplies together.
We continue to act as part of the executive for the Alberta Hop Producers Association to fuel the growth of the Hop industry in Alberta. We aim to share knowledge, perform reseach, and promote hops for Alberta prodcuers.
We're attending the Alberta Small Brewers Association confrence in March. Watch for the PAIR O DICE HOPS T-shirts and say hello! Its a great opportunity for us to meet all the Brewers who are making this industry grow. We are looking to establish agreements for wet hops in September, and for dried/pelletized hops into 2019 for some Alberta Beers.
I think that's it for us now. More in March. In like a lion, out like a lamb.... we hope.