The Weathers family’s love of hops dates back to the 1920s when Great Grandpas Kerr and Weathers first started growing the specialty crop. The following generation, Don and Rosalie Weathers grew hops in the fertile Willamette Valley—along with their six children. Throughout the years, hops farming was a family affair, and the extended family took part each summer and fall. The Weathers family also produced twine, sold specialty machinery parts, and supported important scientific research and breeding.
Don and Rosalie’s son Doug founded Sodbuster Farms with his wife Audrey on the family’s original 250 acres in Salem, OR in 1983. The farm has since expanded to 1,300 acres and more than 18 different hop varieties. Their son Peter, daughter Erica, her husband Jake, and their three children now lead the Weathers into the fifth generation of hops farming.
Sodbuster Farms is driven by a passion for quality, community, and sustainability. The farm has been recognized for excellence with several good-steward awards and certifications, including fertigation practices (4R Nutrient Stewardship Award by the Fertilizer Institute and International Fertilizer Association, 2018), quality (the blind-test Cascade Cup presented by the Hop Quality Group, 2017), best practices (YCH Hops’ Green Chief® Program), and land sustainability (Salmon Safe®), and the farm is soon to be GlobalG.A.P. certified. Their team enjoys connecting with brewers and providing premium quality hops for innovative and delicious beers, including numerous fresh hop ales that can be found at breweries throughout the Northwest and beyond each fall.