In honor of beer's agricultural roots and our amazing growers, we like to say that "great beer grows here." Each of our family-owned hop farms are as unique as the varieties they cultivate, and we take pride in being able to share their stories and tell the history of their farms. From their innovative farming techniques, to their newly expanded/updated, state-of-the-art production facilities, our growers consistently demonstrate an unparalleled commitment to continuous improvement and sustainability within the hop industry. They are dedicated to their craft and take pride in being an active component of the brewing industry as well. This direct connection to the farm not only benefits you as a brewer, but also allows us at YCH to proactively manage acreage and harvest quality based on your brewing needs. By getting to know our growers, we hope you'll feel better connected to our farms and the fields from which your hops come. It's no secret to us that quality begins in the field, and that it is our owners’ rich hop farming heritage that provides YCH with an invaluable foundation of knowledge for delivering the highest quality products, processes, and service.
3D Farm / BC Hop Farm
- Year Founded: 1940s
- Location: Woodburn, Oregon
- Family Owned By: Bruce, Bill and Charlie Davidson
Growing hops for Yakima Chief – Hopunion has been great. Where else can you grow hops and also be involved in marketing your product to the end user?
Bruce, Bill and Charlie Davidson are the proud owners and fourth generation hop farmers of 3D Farm and BC Hop Farm Ltd. Their family farming operations began in the 1940s when their father, Jim Davidson, purchased 100 acres of farmland in the Willamette Valley and planted 10 acres of hops, all of which had to be hand-picked. In 1975, Jim purchased the first Dauenhauer picking machine along with three dryers and a Gasseling layer and baler. Working alongside their father, the three brothers purchased the farm in 1983 and continued to expand operations. In 1995, 3D Farm expanded to its current facility with two Dauenhauer machines, seven dryers, and a dedicated cooling and baling room. They have now expanded their production to more than 600 acres and nine varieties.
The Davidsons embrace sustainability and contribute to the hop industry’s environmental preservation efforts by utilizing solar panels as a renewable energy source. They also operate a grinder used to process hop plant waste created throughout the harvest season, which is then returned to the hop yards as compost. Outside of the fields, Charlie has served on the Board of Directors for Hop Growers of America and the Oregon Hop Commission.
Bruce, Bill and Charlie take great pride in being a family-centric hop farm as they work together to produce premium quality hops for the beer industry. Together, with the next generation already active on the farm, the Davidsons look forward to continuing their family farming operation for many years to come.
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