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Friday, May 1, 2015

In Which @hawksbillhops Makes the Local News

The Harrisonburg TV station WHSV came out for interviews earlier this week, and then posted a story on Wednesday afternoon - there is a link here:


Now, in case sometime in the future, the video isn't available anymore, here is the short article that accompanied the video footage, written by Emily Sporn:

PAGE COUNTY, Va. (WHSV) -- Page County is taking a step toward expanding its agritourism.
Hawksbill Hop Yards will soon be growing crops to bring more business to the Valley.
The new hops yard is located on Liberty Bell Lane in Page County.
The farm will soon have 800 small rhizomes in it.
Jim Turner and David Sours met at a farmers market. Turner, a project manager from Alexandria, and Sours, a farmer who owns Public House Produce in Luray, are now going into business together.
They're using their combined skills in marketing and farming to build a hops yard in the Valley.
They also hope to bring more agritourism to Page County.
Starting out their first year, with one acre of land, they eventually hope to expand their production to 10 acres.
"Agriculture is the number one industry in Page County. It's who we are. So I think any advance, or diversification in agriculture is low-hanging fruit, said Sours. "So this could be an opportunity for economic development and job creation within the county."
Hawksbill Hops hopes to partner with Valley breweries once its crop has grown.

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