Learn How to Grow Hops at The Hop Garden

The Hop Garden will conduct two commercial hop-growing workshops at its seven-acre hop yard, five miles south of Belleville, Wis., or about 20 minutes south of the Beltline from Madison. Workshops will be led by Rich Joseph, co-owner of Joseph Staudt Hop’s and The Hop Garden.

The Commercial Hop Growing Workshops are designed for the person who is thinking about growing a larger amount of hops, from ¼-acre, which is about 250 plants, to 10 acres or more. Topics include:  hop plant structure and life; what brewers are looking for in their hops; economics; labor requirements; hop yard planning and design; purchasing rootstock and plants; scouting for weeds and insects; harvesting options; dryer or oast design; resources available; packaging and marketing; or working with Wisconsin Hop Exchange Cooperative.

Cost is $75 per person or $55 per person if signing up in a group of two or more. The workshops are scheduled for Feb. 27 & March 12 beginning at 9:30 am; they finish at noon with a Hop Garden beer tasting.

Seating is limited to 30 people per workshop. To reserve a seat, mail a check payable to:  The Hop Garden, N8668 County Road D, Belleville, WI 53508. Include number of seats reserves, the date of workshop as well as email address or home address. For more information visit

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