Hops for Hope, a new hop farm in Charlotte, NC, has put together a program with the goal of teaching people how to grow hops in North Carolina.
Their program, “Grow Together,” is a land share opportunity, where they allow homebrewers to lease a small plot of land and grow their own hops. As a homebrewer, you get great farmland where your hops can grow, the guidance and expertise of professional hop farmers to help you get the most yield from your hops, and knowledge on how to fight off bugs and disease.
The trade-off is that you have to purchase the space each year ($25/plant/year) and must give 1 oz of each pound of hops that you harvest back to Hops 4 Hope. Hops 4 Hope then sells the hops to local breweries and donates 25% of the proceeds to charity.
Hops 4 Hope is a hop farm focused on community and charity. They have a desire to help educate the public, allowing anyone to grow hops on their farm. They also want to make the world a better place. They are putting their money where their mouth is by donating 25% of their profits and 100% of their merchandise sales to charity.
Both NoDa Brewing and Triple C Brewing Company in Charlotte have partnered with Hops 4 Hope by either using the locally grown hops in a new beer or hosting joint events to help raise money for charity.
If you’re in the Charlotte are and interested in learning to grow hops in a hands-on way, but don’t want to do it alone or don’t have the space at home, then this is an excellent opportunity. For more information, check out the Hops 4 Hope website.