There’s two things you can count on during winter at Rogue Farms in Independence, Oregon. It’s going to rain, and it’s probably going to flood.
One of our most important chores this time of year is to protect the soil from erosion during the winter rainy season. And the best way to do that is to plant some barley.
The barley we’re planting this week is called a cover crop. It’s only purpose is to prevent soil erosion. It will never be harvested, malted or mashed into a beer or spirit.
By the time the rainy season begins, the roots will have formed a complex web that will hold the soil in place. The stalks will be more than a foot high and, if it floods, they will lay down over the dirt like giant woven rug.
We’re blessed to have some of the best hops growing soil anywhere, and we have rain and floods to thank for that. So we learn to adapt to what ever Mother Nature sends our way.
Come visit us at Rogue Farms this autumn and try one of our beers and spirits on the very farm where we grew the ingredients. Grow The Revolution!