Hops were once a major agricultural product in Sonoma County. Now they’re starting to come back, but mostly as a specialty crop for the craft beer market.
It's not hard to get started growing hops, says Mike Stevenson of the NorCal Hop Growers Alliance. And its even easier to keep them going once the field has been established.
Making beer is by far the primary use for hops. But not, says Stevenson, the only one.