Tim Nichols from the Brewing Business Podcast will share his knowledge of growing organic vegetables and hops in Tuscon, Arizona to produce some of the finest tasting craft beer available.
Tell me about your first gardening experience?
6 years old – Tuscon with Dad. Grew tomatoes and spices.
What does organic gardening/earth friendly mean to you?
Using all natural products and just using dirt in the ground.
Who or what inspired u to start using organic techniques?
Tim considers himself a naturalist and wouldn’t want chemicals in his own beer.
How did you learn how to garden organically?
Looked online for how to garden hops.
Tell us about something that grew well this year.
Beefsteak tomatoes – great yield from following organic techniques including how much sun and water to give plants.
Is there something you would do different next year?
Build more room for hops to spread out and grow more.
Eating or harvesting vegetables or fruit on time?
Tomato lover so Tim tries to eat as fresh as possible. Hops is time consuming to harvest, but once harvested Tim vacuum seals them for up to 6 months.
A favorite recipe you like to cook?
Homemade tomato sauce with fresh herbs.
A favorite tool that you like to use? If you had to move and could only take one tool with you what would it be?
Hoola hoe to scrape weeds.
A favorite internet resource?
www.brewingbusinesspc.com and podcast.
A favorite reading material-book, mag, or website etc you can recommend?
If you have a business to you have any advice for our listeners about how to sell extra produce or get started in the industry?
If you want to do it get out there and try it because there is a shortage of home brewers. Connect with your local home brewers association.
Parting Piece of Advice?
Just get out there and do it. Get your kids involved.
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