The OHGA is a not-for-profit association of hop growers, families and enthusiasts who are interested in supporting the growth of the hop industry in Ontario.
Our mission is to support the development of the hop industry in this province by:
- Acting as a central voice for hop growers in Ontario;
- Be an advocacy group for commercial growers in the province to to both brewing and government interests;
- Promote hop-growing fundamentals through education, research and development;
- Support the promotion and marketing of high quality eastern hops
2020 Board of Directors
President: Albert Witteveen
Albert brings a lot of agricultural leadership to his new role as president of the Ontario Hop Growers’ Association. Albert is the former vice president of the association and former Executive Committee Director of the West Niagara Agricultural Society (2 years) where he has also served as director.
Albert has a long history of community involvement in the agriculture sector having served as chairman of the Niagara North Fed of Agriculture for the past 20 yrs, been involved in committees such as tree bylaw, waste management, Agriculture task force, Niagara Conservation, Ag sub committee, Chairman of the citizen liason committee for the regional road 12 landfill for 25 yrs, Poultryfest committee (for 11 yrs) as director on the executive, and former chairman of the WNAS entertainment committee, and helped as a volunteer at the fair.
In additional Albert has served as a municipal councillor from 2000-2006, chaired planning committee, is a former poultry farmer (1988-2009), was employed as a purchaser for a feedmill for three years where he is present a Merchandiser for Furst McNess.
Upper Twenty Creek Farm
2853 South Grimsby Road 7
Smithville, Ontario, L0R 2A0
Scott and his wife, Emma farm in Elgin county along with his parents and brother, Todd. The farm is primarily a cash crop operation, but in 2014 the brothers added hops to the rotation. Scott has enjoyed finding the balance in managing the two very different cropping methods. When not farming (or writing about himself in the third person), Scott enjoys exploring rural Ontario with his wife, and son, driving through the countryside looking at other peoples farms.
5359 Springfield Road
Aylmer, ON N5H 2R2
Treasurer: Mark Whitmore
Mark is the founder of The Great Canadian Hops Company. Mark, his wife Patty, and three children Grant, Erika and Elaine, farm 183 acres in Norfolk County. In addition to hops, they grow hazelnuts and hay and manage their hardwood bush lot. Previously, Mark was with Deloitte for 33 years, most recently as Vice-Chair and global leader for Deloitte Private. In addition to being a director for Ontario Hop Growers Association, Mark is on the boards for Ivey and Crohn’s and Colitis Canada.
Jeff founded Happy Hour Hopyard in 2018. Jeff, with his wife Chantelle and their 5 teenage children, farm 2.5 acres of Hops in Strathroy-Carodac, Ontario. Starting a small farm was a goal Jeff and Chantelle had when they bought their property in 2012. Since then, it has been one adventure after another, especially when they decided to turn an old hay field into a hop yard!
Off the Farm Chantelle owns and operates Talent Hive Inc. a recruiting company she began with her business partner in 2017 and Jeff is the Vice-President of Operations for the Canduct Industries Group of Companies. Prior to joining Canduct Jeff spent nearly 18 years in the power generation industry; managing power plants as well as sitting on various boards and advisory committees.
President | Happy Hour Hopyard Inc.
James Kaspersetz – Lakeshore Hop Farm
Samantha Powell – McKinnon Brothers
We have been growing hops on our farm since 2014, starting with 3,000 plants on 4 acres of land. As part of our 5 year business plan, we now have 9,000 plants on 12 acres of land. We grow hops alongside our partners and friends Jeremy and Donna Bartlett with help of our 5 boys that range between 4 and 12 years of age. When not growing hops, my day job is as a Production Planner/Analyst with Maple Leaf Foods. Jeremy is a Paramedic in both Waterloo and Perth Region. Donna is a Dental Assistant in nearby Baden and my wife Julie manages our egg-laying barn located at the back of our farm. While these jobs enable us to pay the bills, hops are what we (or at least me J) are passionate about. We do this because we enjoy the hard work and challenge of growing hops with the goal to one day make money at it too!
We’re thankful to have a great crew of students to help us manage the intensive workload throughout the busy growing season. Our crew is the backbone of the operation and we strive to provide a positive work experience with opportunities to gain transferable skills to help them in their eventual careers.
From a growing perspective, we take a hybrid approach, blending the best IPM and cultural practices available to us. Apart from harvesting, drying, pelleting and packaging our own hops on site, we also help other area growers process their product and get it to market.
The Tavistock Hop Company
2509 Perth Line 26 RR2
Tavistock, ON N0B 2R0