Located in southern Alamance County, just outside Saxapahaw, NC, Three Horses Hops is a small scale hop project established in 2013. We are growing several of varieties of hops with the goal of filling a niche and providing fresh hops to local breweries and homebrewers in the area. This blog will follow our progress, pitfalls, and overall ability to shape and build a hop farm. We will also keep an update on hop harvests/sales and when they will be available to purchase. Our goal is “From farm to kettle on the same day”.
We are using organic growing practices; staying away from synthetic fertilizers and sprays. The soil of the North Carolina Piedmont is notorious for a soil comprised of mostly clay, which is less than ideal for growing hops (or anything other than wire grass, for that matter). To give the hops a more favorable growing environment with better drainage and nutrient content we have built raised beds and amended the soil with horse manure, compost, topsoil, and lime. Cover cropping is being used to build up our soil base in the paths between hop beds. Hop harvesting is done by hand at the peak of maturity.
Here are a few pictures of the farm (pre-hops) and the inspiration for our name: