Meet Sean Trowbridge, who spoke with us on a snowy day in Goodrich (near Flint). He started a farm with his dad a little over 10 years ago with pigs, bees, turkeys, a big garden and hops. Since then they’ve narrowed their focus, and he shares with us about:
- What’s needed to grow, package and sell his 17 acres of hops to Michigan brewers
- Challenges that may arise for their strong, aggressive-growing hop crop
- Equipment that’s either special ordered or fabricated on-farm
- How they optimize their harvest with labor-intensive work
- Qualities that may change the flavor profile of hops (terroir)
- Why the farm business was narrowed to growing hops
- What he enjoys growing in his family’s garden to feed their outdoor souls
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