Course:LFS350/Projects/2014W1/T6

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Project Title

Inner City Farms Hop Yard Development

Organization Name

Inner City Farms

Address

Varies

Website

www.innercityfarms.com

Community Partner Name

Camil Dumont, Head Farmer, Co-Owner

Chris Mills, Co-Owner

Email Address

info@innercityfarms.com

Availability for Contact

Monday to Friday 9-6pm

Project Scope Statement

Inner City Farms grows food in residential and institutional spaces within the City of Vancouver and distributes produce through a CSA model to individuals, families, restaurants and community kitchens. They have been growing a small amount of hops in their network of urban farms throughout the city. They are interested in determining the costs associated with establishing a 1-acre hop yard and discovering market opportunities with local brewers. LFS students will be responsible for identifying, contacting and gathering data from local growers, processors, and small to medium scale brewers.

Goals and Objectives

Estimate costs: labour, materials, irrigation, off-site processing, storage, crowns, and equipment Final report and presentation will include estimated yields per acre for different varieties (centennial, fuggle, nugget, Mt Hood and any other that emerges from conversations with local brewers) and current market value.

Recommended Research Methods

 Interviews, observations, and field notes 

Potential Information Sources

 The internet.

Expected Outcomes/Deliverables

  • A written report with figures, diagrams and images that details the operational logistics, costs, materials and distribution channels for a 1-acre hop yard.

CSL Opportunities

- Field work on Inner City Farms network of production spaces throughout the city. Dates, times and locations to be negotiated with the community partner.