About Us

Welcome! Thanks for your interest in Four Horses hop rhizomes. We are a 7th generation family farm in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia.

Our brand is a tongue-in-cheek reference to those familiar symbols of the Biblical apocalypse. But more than divine judgement, we’re concerned about immanent threats to a civilization whose way of life can undermine the resources and ecosystems that sustain it.

Our mission, therefore, is to be part of an increasingly sustainable way of life, including food and drink production. As far as it depends on us, our longterm goal is to be a little more “apocalypse-proof”: to belong to a community that belongs within the land that sustains it, creating a human niche that we can pass on to future generations.

Our agricultural practises rely on compost, mulch, and cover crops to feed our hungry hops. A sophisticated battery of mulch, tillage, flame-weeding, manual weeding, and cover-cropping normally suffice to keep perennial grasses out of the yard. We continue to be insecticide and fungicide free. Our strings and poles have no preservatives on them, letting wind and weather sometimes have their way.