Simple Earth Hops operates a 1/4 acre sustainable hopyard which is used for education, research and demonstration and is located on Wisconsin Hwy 23, 1/2 mile north of Governor Dodge State Park at Greenspirit Farm CSA in Dodgeville, Wisconsin.
The small scale community based commercial hopyard is planted with many varieties of hops and was founded on the idea of sharing (with local agricultural entrepreneurs) the economic opportunity that growing hops can provide a much needed local food product for local craft brewers. Currently, hops are available in very limited local markets and are mainly available from a controlling group of hop brokers [read: oligopoly] who operate hop mega-farms (400+ acre avg.) located in the Pacific Northwest (USA) and other far away growing regions.
Simple Earth Hops was established to demonstrate that local farmers can produce a consistent, sustainable supply of high quality hops by working directly with local craft brewers while still maintaining a focus on ecology, the land and the people involved.