May your glass be ever full, May the roof over your head be always strong,
And may you be in heaven half an hour before the devil knows you're dead.
We are William and Patricia, a husband and wife team from Upstate New York. William is a native of New York and Patricia is a transplant from Vermont. Both went to school and got degrees in Business Management. Both have a love for nature and growing plants. After purchasing a house and settling down in William's home town, he began brewing beer with a friend. His love for beer soon developed beyond just a hobby and even Patricia, who doesn't like beer, soon found an appreciation for the intricacies of the brew. And, what would beer be without the hops? Our back yard became the hop yard for William's home brews. It didn't take too long for Patricia to get involved in growing the hops. Now with William's love of beer, our mutual love plants and our desire to have our own business we have found our calling. We are growing hops.
Steve and Denise own and operate Windy Ridge Farm in Johnsonville, NY. They spend their time raising and caring for llamas as well as goats, chickens, cats, dogs, and lets not forget their son and daughter. They have a picturesque 10 Acre farm and are living out their dream of residing in the country and owning/operating a farm. They also share an appreciation of fine beer, specifically IPAs, and always have something good on tap (sometimes even one of Steve's homebrews)! The Weingolds and Gardners were introduced through their sons Devin and Michael respectively, and quickly became friends. The Weingolds were the first people the Gardners thought of as business partners for this Hop adventure. With their love of beer and hops in combination with their existing farm and not to mention their wonderful personalities they were/are a perfect fit.
Now both families forge ahead into this wonderful new world of growing hops. With a strong will and work ethic combined with passion, business sense, and dreams the future is unknown....but it is a bright future indeed....
The Supporting Cast
Best described as the all purpose guy. A dedicated team player Michael jumps in to fulfill any need. He is currently being trained on all machinery. Click on his picture to send him an email.
Our Heavy Equipment operator. Devin takes the lead when it comes to all our tractor and excavation needs. Also an all purpose guy that goes above and beyond for HopRidge Farms. Click his pic to send him a message.
Jessica is a weeding machine! She helps out where ever needed and also serves as our official Frances watcher. Jessica is always enthusiastic but her favorite activities are weeding and tying coir at the top wire (probably because she gets to ride in the hopmobile). Click on her pic to send her an email.
Probably our most energetic team member and arguably the cutest. She keeps us all on our toes and is always willing to help out.