Cal Poly Pomona Clubs Plant Hops at Innovation Brew Works


Cal Poly Pomona student clubs recently planted hops outside of Innovation Brew Works.
Cal Poly Pomona student clubs recently planted hops outside of Innovation Brew Works.

Students from the Los Robles Horticulture and Los Rancheros Agronomy clubs at Cal Poly Pomona recently teamed up to plant hops at Innovation Brew Works.

The club members planted the hops right outside the brewery’s main patio on April 21.

The Los Robles Horticulture Club, one of the oldest clubs on campus, is for Cal Poly Pomona students who have an interest in the art of gardening, while the Los Rancheros Club serves students who are interested in or majoring in agronomy or soil science.

Under the direction of Aaron Fox, assistant professor of urban & community agriculture, the two clubs planted hop rhizomes, small roots that are cut from the main root system of a mature female hop plant.

More specifically, they planted chinook, which is a high alpha variety known for its distinctive spicy, piney character. Chinook hops grow best in dry, hot climates.

“We put some good potting soil in the ground and planted the rhizomes,” says Fox, who described the event as a “fun experience.”

The clubs will soon be putting up a full trellis to support the sprouts from the rhizomes when they grow.

The two clubs will continue to expand their learn-by-doing experiences by tending the plants throughout the quarter.