Green Chief® is our farmer best practices program coordinated in partnership with Yakima Chief Ranches. Our pioneering grower-owners created the Green Chief® internal farm quality and sustainability management program in 2008 as a collaborative effort to achieve long-term goals in day-to-day farm operations. The Yakima Chief Hops Best Practices Team was then formed to promote and develop strong baselines, guidelines and practices for traceability, harvest food safety, data collection and reporting.
Over the years, Green Chief® has expanded to include more than 25 farms, both allied and grower owners, collaborating on environmentally and socially responsible solutions. The team works to ensure the ongoing quality and competitiveness of our offerings, even if that means rejecting product that does not meet our strict standards. With meetings held regularly, these gatherings are intended to promote more sustainable, high-quality hop farming and collaboration between all hop growers regardless of ownership.