Meet the Shepherds
Shep is not afraid of being different. That's why he's decided to grow hops in the Canadian Prairies, in the middle of wheat and canola country.His time living in Colorado exposed him to the booming craft beer culture that Saskatchewan is just beginning to experience.
Shep is inspired by other small hop growers across the Prairies and thinks that it is time for Saskatchewan to make its mark in growing hops. He selected the initial 1.5 acre location on an old cattle corral which provides extremely rich soil (and sadly means lots of need for weeding).
His family and friends, including his partner Samantha, have been instrumental in helping him bring his lofty dreams and goals to fruition.
"The Big Guy"
Guy has spent his life on the farm, though he has worn a lot of hats over the year. While his time used to be filled with raising cattle and growing hay, he now sells farm and agricultural land and under his company Farm Boy Realty.
Guy is remarkably patient and open to change when Justin approaches with different ideas. He took some convincing, but now he's dreaming up ways to build oasts (hop dryers) and harvesters, and is excited for the future.
Guy helps to manage the day to day operations for the hops. He works closely with seasonal staff to ensure the hops have the right amounts of nutrients, water and care to maximize the hopyard's potential.
Coming last in the farm name completely understates the importance of Lori in the operations of JGL. Lori is the straw that has stirred the drink since she and Guy started farming in 1981. During that time she successfully raised three charming kids, worked on the family farm, and at a greenhouse.
Lori is well known as the landscaper of one of the finest yards and gardens in the area! Countless hours spent planting, weeding, and designing flower beds. and 20 years of experience working in a greenhouse makes her our residential plants expert.
When she's not in the garden, her flowerbed, or the hopyard, "Nana" loves to spend time with her grandson Milo.