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The Secret to Cutting Homestead Costs: Growing Hops

Have you ever considered adding a hops plant to your homestead or small family farm? If not, you might want to start.


In our eBook, “Every Homestead Needs a Hops Plant: How to Grow Hops to Cut Homestead Costs and Increase Profits,” we delve into the many benefits of this versatile plant. But let’s start with the basics.


The Numbers Game

When it comes to growing hops for biomass, the variety name doesn’t matter. What’s important is that the plant thrives with little care in your local microclimate and produces lots of leaves.


The best hops plants are free. Check out local herb clubs or gardening groups, and you’re likely to find a backyard hops plant that’s been thriving for decades. It’s probably been spreading out of control, and its garden-keeper would be happy to share a section of roots.


If you can’t find a free plant, the next best thing is to buy plants or crowns from a reputable provider. There are plenty of online retailers selling hops plants for $5-$15. Hops plants with roots and leaves are always a better choice than rhizomes. However, rhizomes can be a great low-cost choice for homesteaders with lots of patience and very green thumbs.


The Return on Investment for Growing Hops

A hops plant will pay for itself in less than a year. If 20lbs of fodder is worth $10 and the plant costs $10, you break even the first season and come out ahead for the next 20 years of growth. If you find a plant for free, your return is positive starting in Year 1.


People say there’s no such thing as a free puppy. Every puppy requires food, water, shelter, and attention. Luckily, hops can be grown as a low-maintenance plant that produces lots of leaves with minimal effort. We’ll go into detail in the next blog post.


Questions to Consider

  1. How can I find a local herb club or gardening group?

  2. What should I look for when choosing a hops plant?

  3. How do I care for a hops plant in its first year?

  4. What choices can I make to help my hops plant grow roots?

  5. How can I use the leaves of my hops plant?


For more insights into these topics and more, consider visiting our Reading and Equipment List to read our free eBook or explore affiliate links to recommended reading from other publishers. You might also be interested in one-on-one consultations on growing hops as a part of a small farm with diversified crops and revenue streams.. Happy farming!


This blog post is based on the first chapter of our free eBook, “Every Homestead Needs a Hops Plant: How to Grow Hops to Cut Homestead Costs and Increase Profits.” To learn more, click here to read the eBook.

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