Development Chenango grants $20,000 to start-up hop farm in Smyrna

SMYRNA – Development Chenango Corporation has awarded Craig and Edith Walker of Smyrna a $20,000 microenterprise grant to start a small business on their farm.

The business, Highland Hop Yard, will grow hops, the plant that gives beer its distinctive flavor and aroma. In the 19th century, hops were widely grown in Chenango and neighboring counties. Now, the increasing popularity of craft beers created by regional microbreweries is rekindling the demand for hops and the Walkers already have potential customers.

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