Like many families in the 1920s, the Loftus family traveled to Moxee, Washington in pursuit of work on the railroad, but instead began farming a variety of crops and livestock. As Moxee and the greater Yakima Valley transformed into a notable hop growing community, B.T. and Leota Loftus established the family’s hop farm on nine acres in 1932. Today, the family tradition is continued by third and fourth generation hop farmers, Mike and Cheryl Smith and their son, Patrick. “Hops and farming get in your blood,” says Patrick, “we can’t imagine doing anything else.” In 2015, the family expanded their hop-growing operations to the Lower Yakima Valley, establishing Tributary Hop Farms just across the Yakima River from the town of Granger.
With sustainability and environmental responsibility embedded in their core values, Loftus Ranches has installed one of the largest private solar generation projects in the state of Washington, accounting for over 80% of their facility’s electric consumption. They grow multiple hop varieties, including HBC experimental varieties, and maintain robust GlobalG.A.P., Green Chief®, and Salmon Safe farming certifications.