Left Fields is the certified organic farm on which Crannóg Ales stands. We grow hops for the brewery and sell rhizomes to other commercial producers and the general public.
Hops sales run from early February to mid-March every year, with hops shipping in April. Rhizome sales are closed for 2016. We can take orders for plugs (bulk shipments of 75 minimum) for fall shipment by email or phone (call 250-675-4122 or email the farm address). Rhizomes for 2017 will start selling in early February, with shipments in April 2017.
For detailed variety information, from storageability to alpha potential to maturity (early or late season) please consult the Hopunion Variety Book.
Left Fields ships rhizomes within Canada only. New for 2016, we had hops plugs available! These babies are propagated from certified disease-free stock in a non-organic (but well trusted) BC nursery, and are available for later shipment (June) within BC.
Left Fields is BC Certified Organic, which means that our certification is valid within BC only. We do conform to the Canadian Organic Regime, under which all organizations claiming to be certified organic must be registered, but we have chosen not to undertake the extra paperwork of ISO certification.
While this list is bound to be incomplete, these are resources we have personally found to be very valuable to us and other hops growers. Please contact us directly if you would like to be included in this list, or know of another great resource! There are also a number of print references in our manual.
General cultivation information
This is our own manual, designed to be a general guide. We cover everything from soil types to harvesting, focusing on horticultural information rather than marketing. The manual is invaluable for smaller growers and those looking for information on organic production. Pest and disease management, soil fertility, cover crops and green manures are all included, along with how to plan a yard, irrigation needs and general management. The Manual has been used by growers all over North America for the last 12 years, and remains a benchmark.
There is a lot of material available on-line apart from our manual. The very best resource we've found is the University of Vermont, which has been engaging in serious open research into hops production for several years. There's more specific information on markets in these resources, but nothing will replace doing your own business planning research!
Hops variety information
Specific cultivation issues
Integrated Pest Management in Hops
Farmscaping to Enhance Biological Control
Organic Agriculture guides (ATTRA)
Organic Agriculture research, guides and information (COABC)
Organic Agriculture research and information (OACC)
Machinery, equipment and trellising
Simple Earth Hops trellis design
UVM Extension’s Instructional Wiki for blueprints for a small-scale harvester, small-scale balers, and a small-scale oast
Hopyard Construction costing
Irrigation supply – Southern Drip Irrigation
Cables & trellis materials – Pacific Wire Rope
Hops growers associations
Canadian hops growers
Harvesters of Organic Hops (HOOH) – An offshoot of Bitterbine in Lillooet, HOOH is a creative approach to hops production: many farms, one processing facility. If you are within 1 hour of Lillooet, this is a great solution for new farmers.