Please join us for our 2014 spring educational on Saturday, March 22nd at Durham College, Whitby campus.
This year we will be conducting simultaneous workshops. The morning sessions will include:
Hops 101 – open to anyone interested in learning more about hops production and setting up a hop yard; and
Hops 201 – a more advanced seminar for participants who already have a strong working knowledge of hops and their production.
In the afternoon, workshop participants will be united to learn more about soil fertility, integrated pest management strategies and the characteristics of “quality hops” from the brewer’s perspective.
All participants must RSVP for this event by Tuesday, March 18th.
To do so, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
OHGA Members – “Early Birds” (before March 18th) – $80 | After March 18th/At the door – $90
Non-Members – $130
* Ticket price includes a hot lunch and mid-afternoon refreshments.
8:00 – 8:45 Registration table will be open
HOPS 101 (Room 11-08)
9:00 – 12:00 INTRODUCTION TO SMALL-SCALE HOPS FARMING
Lecturer – Julien Venne MSc. – Hops Agronomist
Discussion topics will include: selection of hops varieties, calendar of field works, fertilization, inputs and water needs, pest and disease scouting, harvesting, drying and conditioning cones and lastly budget of a 3-hectare hop yard.
HOPS 201 (Room 11-09)
9:00 – 12:00 LOOKING BEYOND THE HALF ACRE – POST HARVEST PROCESSING
Lecturer – Dr. Rob Sirrine Ph. D. – Michigan State University Extension
For this live, online presentation, discussion topics will include: Best practices for the drying, packaging, pelletizing and storing of harvested hops.
12:00 – 1:00 LUNCH
JOINT PRESENTATION (Room 2-40)
1:00 – 2:00 STOP REACTING TO SYMPTOMS, CORRECT THE CAUSE! – HOW TO ACHIEVE NUTRIENT DENSITY
Lecturer – Joshua Biemond – Soil & Nutrition Consultant
Discussion topics will include: top 5 minerals found in soil and plants, proper balance of nutrients for plants, improving plant’s ability to convert nutrients to energy that results in better quality produce/crops/feed.
2:00 – 4:30 PANEL DISCUSSION
Lecturers – Tristan Jobin MSc. – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Jean-Bernard Gelinas MBA, BSc. Agro. & Biologie – Anatis Bioprotection and Julien Venne MSc. – Hops Agronomist
Discussion will revolve around integrated pest management; specific topics will include: minor use program in Quebec, biological pest control of hops, and phytosanitary cultural practices for both conventional and organic applications.
4:30 – 5:00 NETWORKING OPPORTUNITY AND REFRESHMENTS
5:00 – 6:00 TECHNICAL CONVERSATION ABOUT HOPS FROM A BREWER’S PERSPECTIVE
Lecturers – Mark Benzaquen – Technical Advisor for Ontario Craft Brewers & Nate Ferguson – Professor at Niagara College Brewmaster Program