Good Bines is a farm-focused educational framework built on the collaborative development and sharing of economic, social and environmental best practices. Created and administered by Hop Growers of America, Good Bines is a communication and education platform where HGA members can complete self-assessment modules and access trusted resources. This ultimately helps to improve operations and verify good practices were used to deliver high quality hops to your brewhouse. To ensure this platform addresses the needs of all stakeholders, Good Bines is directed by growers, merchants, technical experts, and brewers in addition to HGA staff.
Growers who have earned Good Bines certificates have implemented best practices for managing their farm. They have attested to following industry-standard practices to maintain crop health, protect and preserve their local environment, ensure crop safety, and manage their employees and business soundly. Additionally, growers can use the Good Bines platform to learn more about more intensive, third party verified platforms and list their farm and the programs they participate in on our Best Practices Directory.
Looking for a Good Bines-certified farm? Check out the Best Practices Directory.
Foundations of Food Safety assists growers in the implementation of best practices for harvesting operations to ensure industry standards for food safety are achieved. These essential best practices are so important, that in addition to our convenient format available to members, a checklist is available on the public side of our site to ensure that anyone can implement the Foundations of Food Safety regardless of their membership status to HGA.
From regulation and testing to innovative irrigation practices, topics related to water and irrigation allow farms to reevaluate their systems and incorporate different methods to improve yields, water use efficiency and water quality while conserving natural resources.
Good Bines offers multiple business management resources, enabling growers to strengthen their operations in multiple facets with topics including risk mitigation, worker safety and availability, and increased profitability for a more sustainable business foundation year to year.
Healthy soils contribute to efficient yields, resilient plants and quality crops. By actively monitoring and managing nutrients, growers can not only produce quality hops but also conserve and protect resources.
Integrated pest management (IPM) is a vital program that helps growers protect the long-term viability of their hops by constantly monitoring and evaluating the best approach for their farm considering many factors (field location, insect and disease scouting data for both beneficial and harmful organisms, weather conditions, etc.). This allows growers to take a precise and tailored approach to disease and pest management.
Sustainability is truly the theme woven through all of these components. When we come across a good resource to growers that doesn’t quite fit in the individual categories, we post under this final topic to provide additional resources to help growers in their continuous improvement efforts, as they seek resiliency and balance.
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