We started our hop yard with hops we found growing wild on the farm. Now we want to expand and provide hops to local brewers.
Szaro Farms Wants to Help Revive New York's Hop Belt
Follow our progress: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Szaro-Farms/322079861219889
Our farm was purchased by my great-great grandfather, Thomas Sharo, in 1922. Not long after arriving in the United States from Poland he was drawn to this area because it reminded him of his native country. Tom and his family soon established themselves as a successful farm; growing various grains and corn, and raising dairy cows.
Now, ninety years after the original purchase, we've found hops growing wild on the barn!
We found that the plant had proliferated significantly around the site of the old silo, and were able to successfully transplant 10 rhizomes.
My grandfather (82) and I cut, stripped, and set three poles to assemble a trellis.
We want to continue to transplant our wild hops and expand our hop yard. To do that we're going to need poles, cables, turnbuckles, clamps, and so on. Our current funding goal will allow us to establish an approximately half-acre yard.
Any funds raised beyond our goal will allow us to either install an irrigation system and/or go bigger!
With your help we can expand!
Why We're Going to Succeed:
We're already growing and we know that our climate is ideal for hops. We're located in the strip of Central New York counties that used to be called the "Hop Belt". Production from our area made New York the nation's leading producer of hops at one time.
We also know that the variety we're growing will succeed because it has proliferated without any external intervention. Expanding production of a hardy local variety is a good thing!
We know we have a market too. Our hops have already been included in Saranac's annual Wet Hop IPA. The Wet Hop IPA is a specially brewed beer made with locally grown New York State hops. The hops are hand picked, and the beer is brewed less than 24 hours after picking.
We know we're going to continue to have a market because of New York State's recently passed Farm Brewery Law: http://nehopalliance.org/2012/06/farm-brewery-law-passes/ The law stipulates that farm-breweries can sell beer from a farm if 20 percent of the hops in the final product were grown in New York State. By 2023, 90 percent of the hops will have to come from New York.
In sum, we have the know-how to expand our operation, and we have the space to do it. We have a market, and will continue to have a market. What we lack is the necessary materials to expand.
We need a KickStart!
We would greatly appreciate your assistance in getting us the supplies we need. With your help we can provide locally grown hops to brewers and do our part in reviving New York’s Hop Belt!
We can't thank you enough for your support.
Dave, from Szaro Farms
T-Shirt Logo Concept:
The Coasters will look like this, and our name will be branded on 'em:
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
Risks and challenges are a part of farming. Farmers are known for their creativity and ingenuity in dealing with weather conditions, equipment breakdowns, and myriad other unexpected problems.
We have a plan for how we're going to set up our hop yard, and we know that not everything will go exactly according to that plan. With farmer ingenuity running in our blood, we've successfully overcome challenges to this point, and we're prepared to overcome the challenges this project will pose.
We believe accountability is very important. Backers can follow every step of the project on our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Szaro-Farms/322079861219889
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on April 2.
Mar 3, 2013 - Apr 2, 2013 (30 days)
Pledge $5 or more
Postcard: A signed "thank you" postcard depicting a scene of the farm, and our deepest gratitude! We can't do it without you! All contributors at this level and above receive a postcard.Estimated delivery: May 2013
Pledge $10 or more
Coaster: A hand-made wooden Szaro Farms coaster. Made from birch and branded with our name, it's a perfect pedestal for your next beverage!Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $25 or more
Coaster Set: Three additional coasters, giving you a set of four.Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $35 or more
T-shirt: A Szaro Farms t-shirt. We're working on a classic logo that incorporates a hop cone. So you can wear your support proudly! We'll keep you updated on the design.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $50 or more
6 backers Limited (144 of 150 left)
Honey: A 4 ounce jar of Szaro Farms honey. Our bees forage mostly on goldenrod, resulting in a golden color and robust flavor. It’s delicious!Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $100 or more
2 backers Limited (48 of 50 left)
Hop Pillow: Love the smell of hops? Supporters at this level will receive a hand-made 4 inch by 4 inch hop pillow. A hop pillow is a pleasant way to encourage sleep. The tiny pillow can be placed on a nightstand beside your bed, or under your own pillow, as long as its fragrance is within range of your sense of smell.Estimated delivery: Nov 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $200 or more
4 backers Limited (26 of 30 left)
Hop Pole: A coaster, t-shirt, and a pole in the yard will bear your name… forever! Your name, or a name of your choosing, will be spelled out vertically on a pole in bold lettering. We'll send you a picture too!Estimated delivery: Oct 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $350 or more
Harvest: A coaster, t-shirt, hop pillow, pole, and an invitation to join us for our harvest at the end of August. Tour the farm and help us pick hops like they used to in the old days! As we harvest there will be music, games, and plenty of delicious food and beverages. There will also be an unveiling ceremony of supporters' names on their respective poles.Estimated delivery: Aug 2013Ships within the US only
Pledge $500 or more
0 backers Limited (5 of 5 left)
Rhizome: A coaster, t-shirt, hop pillow, pole, an invitation to the harvest, and a rhizome of our hops. Hops are great for home brewing and make a beautiful addition to any garden. We'll send you the rhizome by spring of next year.Estimated delivery: Apr 2014Ships within the US only
Pledge $1,000 or more
Brainstorm: Backers interested in pledging at this level should contact us to discuss reward ideas. Thank you for your generosity!Estimated delivery: May 2013Ships within the US only