Growing Hops in the Backyard

You will learn how to grow hops in your home garden from Donna Coffin in the next workshop of the YOU CAN series to be repeated at three locations: October 21st at the Penquis Valley High School in Milo, October 22nd at the Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford and October 23rd at the Piscataquis County Extension Office in Dover-Foxcroft, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Even though times are tough, YOU CAN sustain your family! The Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension have put together a series of workshops that will give you the skills to get started in self-sufficiency.

The cost of this workshop is $5 and you can register through PVAEC, 48 Morton Ave., Suite M, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or call 564-6525 or register online at

Hops can be grown successfully in Piscataquis County. Many home brewers are interested in taking their hobby to the next level by growing their own hops to produce their own beer. Hops can also be used for other purposes too. At this program you will learn about the history of hops production in New England, what hops needs to thrive in our area, basics of planting and care, pests that can affect hops, and harvest.

Donna Coffin is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator in Piscataquis County for over 30 years. Her area of expertise includes sustainable agriculture and home horticulture. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Maine in Animal Science in the area of animal nutrition.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 564-3301 or in Maine 1-800-287-1491.