My name is Michael Ford, I grew up in Dublin, went to Ohio University, and got an Environmental Geography degree. I've always wanted to do something different, make a difference and be outside as my job. A few years back I was at a brewery school in Vermont, and thought to myself - if I want to make a difference, I need to do something. Starting a farm seemed like a crazy idea, but it has become an incredible reality. I am a man with a dream to start and run a local hop farm. In the early stages of planning, I realized that while most of the brewing process was becoming more localized, hops were still being brought in from outside sources. I want to change that, I want to bring the great state of Ohio some home grown hops - just like in the early 1900's. I could really use your help! There is about $50,000 worth of equipment that I would need to purchase to make this year a success. Last Spring I purchased a 20 acre farm in Marysville, thanks to some help from my Grandpop. Now you can understand the name - as a tribute to a great man (Grandpop's Hops Farm). I have 4 acres of hops in the ground and looking to grow more. With your help and support; the money raised will go towards the purchase of a hop pellet & hammer mill, as well as a 3060 harvester (Bine Implement), as well as a few barn renovations required by law to have a state issued processing facility. I know I can grow the plant, the hard part is getting it to market. This is a family based farm, where everyone is encouraged and welcome to come out to the farm for a day. I believe in staying close to the community, because community and friends keep you strong. I have a great backing from my family and friends with this idea, but I am reaching out to you,WORLD; for just a little more help. Please help make my dream a reality, and bring the Great (beer) State of Ohio, some fresh home grown hops.
P.s. Read my Bio please.
Risks and challenges
I know I can grow hops really well, here in Ohio. A few things hop farmers have always had to worry about are mildew, aphids, and mites. However, my primary concern is getting the hops to the market. I am running out of money and because of that; am going to have a hard time meeting state standards for a production facility. With your help and support I will be able to afford a hop pellet mill, a hammer mill, and a 3060 harvester in addition to the renovations to the barn (getting it up to state standards as a licensed production facility). I will then be able to take hops from the field to the brewery all at the farm. I believe the biggest learning curve will come with how to properly use, clean, and maintain the machinery.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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