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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