Hop grower is hopeful

One southern Willamette Valley grower is working to help revive local hop farming.

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Now that Washington has overtaken Oregon as the country’s epicenter for hop farming, Norman Vidoni is hoping to get the local industry brewing again with his organic hop farm.

Vidoni’s small hop yard marks the return of commercial hop farming to the southern Willamette Valley, a region that once was the epicenter of the hop industry. Skeptics might question the commercial viability of his enterprise — he’s growing hops on just two acres, while the average size of a commercial hop farm in Oregon is 250 acres — but Vidoni said he’s determined to make a go of it.

“For a small operation, it’s pretty big,” he said. “It’s not a garden. It’s definitely a farm.”

Read the full story at The Register-Guard.

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