Our Approach to Hop Farming
We take our responsibility as stewards of the land seriously, and we are constantly striving to improve our sustainability efforts here on our farm. We practice many sustainable farming methods including drip irrigation, composting, diligent scouting and integrated pest management, stripping and crowning, and a commitment to Salmon-Safe standards. From protecting the natural wetlands on our land to supporting biodiversity around our facilities and hop yards, we are currently expanding our ecological awareness and commitment. Stay tuned for updates on exciting new sustainability projects here at CHF!
CHF is one of only a handful of Salmon-Safe certified hop farms in the U.S. In addition to maintaining 5% biodiversity on our farmland, we use formulations and safe application strategies from certified crop consultants that protect our watershed and those creatures that inhabit it. Our approach to farming is designed to protect both the applicators and the environment. Read more at https://www.salmonsafe.org/.
Integrated Pest Management
Crosby Hop Farm has been implementing integrated pest management (IPM) practices into hop production for many years. We utilize leading research from both public (USDA) and private (certified crop consultants) researchers to design our IPM strategy from year to year.
Cover crops are planted annually to help reduce air pollutants (dust) and insect pressure in the hop yards, in addition to creating natural forms of fertilizer and soil nutrients.
RECYCLING AND COMPOSTING
All recyclables are collected weekly at CHF and distributed to local dispensaries. When it comes to composting, our farm generates the majority of its own nutrients for hop production each year through our composting program. All compostable waste is collected year-round (including hop vines/leaves/stems) and processed over a 36-month composting period. This timeline ensures that any and all latent diseases in the compost (mildew, mold, etc.) are sufficiently eradicated. The result is a pure, consistent and natural product. Not only does composting reduce our annual commercial fertilizer use, it also contributes a vast amount of organic matter to the soil.
From the onset of the growing season, all field activity is tracked and logged into our in-house database with the strictest food safety guidelines in mind. With boots on the ground, CHF has a firsthand perspective and real time data with respect to product usage, application timing, pre-harvest intervals, and optimum harvest timing.