I am currently a Police Officer, looking for a change. My wife and I have had the dream for years to start our own hop farm \ wedding venue and a place where we can teach our three children the entrepreneurial spirit. With the recent turmoil in the face of law enforcement, we are being pulled away even sooner than we had originally thought, but that has also taught us that we are more ready than ever. For the past 5 years we have turned our little one acre lot into an experimental station of sorts, tending to hop plants, vegetable gardens, fruit trees, bees, and chickens. We also believe that this is a rare time in history and the iron is hot to strike at the wedding industry. This venue will have multiple revenue streams and combine all of our passions.
We are looking for at least 10 acres in a private setting that has the ability to host these events without disrupting the neighbors. We would prefer the property to have a large barn that can be converted into an indoor venue with a beautiful view of some sort. Either way, space to build a structure that will accommodate our vision is a must. We would also prefer a pond or some sort of body of water, as hops require consistent irrigation during dry spells. Not required, but desirable, would be a current operation that we could assimilate into our plan, such as an orchard, apiary, or other specialty crops. Property maintenance will be a top priority and we will be looking for a property that includes equipment. This is not a must but a preference.
Our vision is clear and our why is strong, however, considering the fact that we are looking to start earlier than originally anticipated the "how" has become more of a challenge with a lack of funds. We have had some interest in investors, but nothing confirmed. We are looking for a farmer that is willing to accommodate our vision with a lease (option to buy) or an owner financed situation. Someone gave us this opportunity years ago when purchasing our current home and we are hoping there is someone out there that can help us again. We have limited start up funds but an endless energy to learn and work hard. Hard work is something we look forward to when there is passion involved in good and bad times.
We have a recently finished first draft of our business plan and are eager to begin our search for the perfect property and opportunity. A copy of that plan will be provided to those that request, if interest is high and they are willing to work with us to help get this started.