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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

2021 Board of Directors

President: Jeffrey Hansen

 

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.

Jeff Hansen
President | Happy Hour Hopyard Inc.
(289) 259-8849
www.happyhourhopyard.com


Vice President: Scott Hayhoe

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.

 

Hayhoe Hops

5359 Springfield Road

Aylmer, ON N5H 2R2

Email: shayhoe@ohga.ca

 

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.

E-mail: treasurer@ohga.ca

Aaron Hendrikx – Backroads Brews & Shoes

Graydon Lau – Cahiague Farms Inc.

John Reeves

Education — BS Agriculture with a major in Horticulture and Business from The Ohio State University

Career Highlights
Owner and President of Reeves Florist and Nursery — a large garden centre that was located in the GTA.
Founding member and director of the Ontario Flower Growers Co-operative.
Founding member and director of the Garden Centre Buying Group, a national buying group that purchased products both from domestic producers as well as Europe, USA, and Asia.

Hop Grower
The Wolfe Island Hopyard began it’s build out in 2018. We had our first saleable crop in 2020. Our intended market is to sell our hops to our local Kingston craft brewers and environs.

John Reeves — President
Wolfe Island Hopyard Ltd.
5365 County Road 96
Wolfe Island, ON
K0H 2Y0
416-580-2602
john@wolfeislandhopyard.com

 

Kyle Wynette

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

Email: kwynette@ohga.ca

 

 

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