The mission of the Ohio Hop Growers Guild is to unify, grow , educate and protect the Ohio hops growing community. When you're a member of the guild, you have access to valuable resources that include both educational and business.
By joining with other Ohio hop growers, you open up a network of fellow growers with all their experience, contacts, knowledge and camaraderie, as well as with suppliers and brewers.
Quality standards and assurance.
Many brewers are concerned with quality standards and safety. The OHGG is developing a quality standard that if met by a grower, assures brewers that those hops meet benchmarks of cultivation, safety and processing.
The Guild provides training events and mentorship to growers and other interested groups, both independently and in coordination with the Ohio State University's Hops Research program to improve all growers' knowledge and skills.
The Guild has presented at the Ohio Craft Brewers Association annual meeting to promote local sourcing of hops. Member's contact info is provided to brewers directly, and through this website, making it easier for brewers to find you.
Access to resources.
A hop yard is not cheap to build, and there are substantial operating costs every year. Harvest and processing machinery is not cheap, or even needed by every farm. Membership gives you access to bulk purchases of everything from poles, cabling and rhizomes to pesticides and coir, as well as access to fellow members who own harvesting and processing equipment.