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.
Van Horn Farms
- Year Founded: 1904
- Location: Moxee, Washington
- Family Owned By: Rich and Denise Van Horn
- Varieties Grown: Cascade, Chinook, Citra®, Columbus, Palisade®, Simcoe®
- Farm Certifications: Pursuing Green Chief®
- Recent Investments: New cooling room and cold storage; upgraded picking machine, kiln, and baling room
I think we have a very passionate goal for the pursuit of quality in the growing and harvesting of our hops that is embraced by all of our key employees and management team.
Van Horn Farm’s history dates back to the late 1800s- early 1900s when George Desmarais, a French Canadian, migrated from Crookston, MN to Moxee, WA in pursuit of a farming career. George’s move was instigated by a desire to pursue farming in an area with relatively mild winters and plentiful water for new irrigation projects. In 1904, George planted and harvested his hops, a crop the family has continued to harvest uninterrupted ever since. Through inheritance and marriage, hop farming remained a family legacy when George’s daughter, Denise, and her husband, Rich Van Horn, established ownership of Van Horn Farms in Moxee in 1972. Together, Rich and Denise have invested more than 40 years in the hop industry, continuing to farm many of the family’s original hop fields. Along with Denise’s brother, Marc, they also operate Desmarais Ranch, Inc., the family’s original hop ranch.
Not only are Rich and Denise proud to supply premium hops to brewers, they are also proud of their employees that work so hard to do so. They firmly believe that their entire team cares as much as they do about providing the highest quality hops and as such, strive to provide a positive work environment that promotes sustainable farming practices and safety for all. The Van Horns also enjoy having the opportunity to grow a specialty crop for the brewing industry, including varieties such as Chinook, Columbus, Palisade® and Simcoe®. Rich’s dedication to the craft has lead him to receive the International Order of the Hop in 2001 and the Hop Quality Group’s Cascade Cup in 2012, earning industry wide recognition as a premier grower of Cascade hops. Van Horn Farms is pleased to be a part of Yakima Chief – Hopunion ownership team.
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