Rogue Farms Almanac: Independence, Oregon
March 28th, 2013

Rogue Farms Hopyard
Latitude: 44.8 degrees north - Longitude: 123.1 degrees west - Elevation: 170 feet

This Little Piggy Has Arthritis

Macintosh HD:Users:denniscnewman:Dropbox:Rogue Photos:Hopyard Rogue Photos:Animals:Pigs:Voo Eating Brussels Sprouts Jan 2012_web.jpgAbout a week ago we noticed that Voo wasn’t herself. Our female Potbellied Pig was dragging one of her back legs and had lost some of her appetite.

We looked around for a vet who’d make house calls and found one at the Lois Bates Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital at OSU.

A professor and three students came out, trimmed Voo’s hooves and examined her. Still not sure what was wrong, they prescribed a few days of anti-inflammatory pill for her.

But poor Voo didn’t feel any better. So we brought her to the hospital to see what was ailing her.


Macintosh HD:Users:denniscnewman:Dropbox:Rogue Photos:Hopyard Rogue Photos:Animals:Pigs:2013 Pigs:March 2013 Pigs:Visit To OSU Vets:20130320_133526 web.jpgThe Acheson Veterinary Teaching Hospital is a spectacular facility and Voo received star treatment. She was examined a second time and underwent a radiograph scan.

The tests revealed that Voo has a joint disease called Bilateral Stifle Osteoarthritis. This is a severe form of arthritis that’s not uncommon in Potbellied Pigs. But it is unusual to see a case in a pig as young as Voo. She’s only two years old.



Macintosh HD:Users:denniscnewman:Dropbox:Rogue Photos:Hopyard Rogue Photos:Animals:Pigs:2013 Pigs:March 2013 Pigs:Visit To OSU Vets:20130320_121303 web.jpgVoo also weighs 80 pounds, a little bit on the light side. But because of her arthritis the vet says that’s a good thing.

From now on we’ll be giving her daily doses of Glucosamine and eventually she’ll need monthly shots.  As a precaution, we’re also giving the Glucosamine pills to her brother, Doo. Eventually he’ll have arthritis, too.




Home And Garden


March Garden Tips

  • Prune gooseberries and currants; fertilize with manure or a complete fertilizer.
  • Fertilize evergreen shrubs and trees, only if needed. If established and healthy, their nutrient needs should be minimal.
  • Protect new plant growth from slugs. Least toxic management options include barriers and traps.

Choose Disease-Resistant Roses For Your Yard

aRoses have such fanciful names and alluring colors, so how do you choose which ones to plant?
"If I'm going to grow roses I tend to grow roses that have fragrance," said Barb Fick, a horticulturist with the Oregon State University Extension Service. “Some people go for color. I also go for disease-resistance."

Fick advises buying roses that are immune to the fungal threats of rust, powdery mildew and black spot. The Pacific Northwest Plant Disease Handbook offers a list of disease-resistant varieties. The handbook cautions that roses that are resistant in one location may be susceptible in another region because different fungal strains may be present.

Roses that smell sweet and are moderately resistant to black spot, powdery mildew and rust include the dark-red Mr. Lincoln; the Double Delight with its shades of reds, pinks and whites; and the pastel pink Tiffany. The orange-red Fragrant Cloud is highly resistant to rust and is moderately resistant to powdery mildew and black spot. The sunset-orange Voodoo has high resistance to all three, according to the handbook.

Floribunda roses, or shrub roses, that resist rust and have moderate resistance to powdery mildew and black spot include the classic pink Cherish and the smoky-orange Marina. The white Class Act is immune to rust and powdery mildew and moderately resistant to black spot. The sunshine-yellow Sunsprite is moderately resistant to all three. One advantage to shrub roses is that they're low-maintenance and hardy, Fick said.

If you want a climbing rose, keep in mind that they require more pruning than shrub roses, Fick said. Install a trellis or use an archway for a climbing rose, which needs space to grow vertically as well as horizontally.

Photo by Betsy Hartley, OSU.

Disease-resistant climbing roses include the fire engine-red Altissimo, which is resistant to rust and has medium resistance to black spot and powdery mildew. The lemon-yellow Golden Showers and the Joseph's Coat in its rouge and peach hues possess moderate resistance to all three. The rich apricot-hued Royal Sunset resists all three.

At the nursery, roses come with bare roots or in a plastic container. For container plants, dig the planting hole twice as wide as the container. For bare-root roses, dig the hole wide enough so you can spread the roots horizontally.

February and March are the months to plant bare-root roses in western Oregon. Plant them in a spot with well-drained soil that will receive six to eight hours of full sun. Water your newly planted rose.

Weather, Sun and Moon

Rogue Farms Hopyard

March At Rogue Farms, Independence, Oregon
Average high: 57 degrees
Average low: 38 degrees
Monthly rainfall: 4.53 inches

Rogue Farms Hopyard Sun Calendar for March 23rd – March 29th, 2013




Length Of Day


Distance (million km)


7:09 AM

7:29 PM

12h 19m 54s

+ 3m 08s



7:07 AM

7:30 PM

12h 23m 03s

+ 3m 08s



7:05 AM

7:31 PM

12h 26m 11s

+ 3m 08s



7:03 AM

7:33 PM

12h 29m 20s

+ 3m 08s



7:01 AM

7:34 PM

12h 32m 28s

+ 3m 08s



7:00 AM

7:35 PM

12h 35m 36s

+ 3m 08s



6:58 AM

7:37 PM

12h 38m 44s

+ 3m 07s


Rogue Farms Hopyard Moon Calendar for March 23rd – March 29th, 2013




Distance (km)




3:54 PM

4:57 AM





4:59 PM

5:27 AM





6:07 PM

5:55 AM





7:16 PM

6:24 AM





8:27 PM

6:54 AM



Full Moon at 2:28 AM


9:40 PM

7:26 AM





10:52 PM

8:03 AM





Rogue Chocolate Stout Cheesecake


4 standard sized graham crackers
1 cup pretzel rods
2 Tbsp. granulated sugar
6 Tbsp. butter, melted

7 oz. dark chocolate (60%)
1 cup Rogue Chocolate Stout
3 (8 oz.) packages of cream cheese, softened
1 1/4 cup sugar
3 eggs
2 tabs flour
1/3 cup cocoa powder
1 tabs espresso powder
3/4 cup beer-candied bacon, finely chopped

2/3 cup hot fudge sauce
1/2 cup bacon, finely chopped
1 cup heavy cream
2 tbsp. granulated sugar


Place one oven rack in the middle position, with one rack below. Preheat oven to 350°F.

In a food processor add the graham crackers, sugar and the pretzels and process until it’s the consistency of crumbs. Turn the food processor on, and slowly stream in the butter and process until it resembles wet sand.

Spray the inside of a 9-inch spring form pan with non-stick cooking spray. Pour the processed crumbs into the spring form pan.

Using the bottom of a heavy, flat bottom glass, press the crust very well into the bottom of the pan until well compacted.

In a pot over medium high heat, add the beer and the chocolate, stir until melted and remove from heat. Allow to cool.

In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a paddle attachment, add the cream cheese and the sugar and mix until smooth.

One at a time, add the eggs, scraping the bottom of the bowl between additions.

Pour the cooled chocolate into the mixer and beat until well combined.

Lift the head of the mixer and add flour, cocoa powder, espresso powder, and bacon over the batter, stir on low speed until just combined.

Pour the batter into the pan over the crust.

Place the pan in the oven in the middle position. Place a baking dish on the rack below the cheesecake, fill with water.

Bake the cheesecake until the center no longer jiggles when you shake the rack, about 45-50 minutes. This isn’t a situation where a tooth pick inserted in the middle should come out clean, you just need the center to set and it will continue to set as it cools. Remove from oven.

For the topping, warm your hot fudge sauce so that it is pourable.

Pour onto the center of the cheesecake carefully, and allow to sit and solidify for 15 minutes. Top the chocolate with the chopped bacon.

In a stand mixer fitted with a whisk attachment, whip the whipping cream until soft peaks form. Add the sugar, and continue whipping on high until stiff peaks form.

Place in piping bag fitted with a decorative tip (I used Wilton 2D) and pipe border of whipped cream around the edge.

From and Tide and Thyme

From and Tide and Thyme

  • How To Find The Hopyard: By Air, Land and Sea

    By Air: The nearest general aviation airport is the Independence State Airport, a mile northwest of town. The airport has two runways, both 3100 feet long, handling about 87 trips per day and houses nearly 200 aircraft. Facilities include self-serve 100LL aviation fuel.

    FAA Identifier: 7S5
    Coordinates: 44-52.017500N / 123-11.894833W

    By Land: Our address is 3590 Wigrich Road, Independence, Oregon, 97351 - about seven miles, via paved roads, southeast of Independence or five miles northeast of Buena Vista. We offer free valet parking for bicyclists and horse riders.

    By Sea: Guests of the Chatoe Rogue are welcome to land their boats, kayaks and canoes at our private beach on the Willamette River. The beach is between mileposts 101 and 102, about four miles downriver from the Buena Vista Ferry. Camping is not permitted on the beach.

    About the Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard:
    Rogue Farms Hopyard


    The Rogue Farms Micro Hopyard is located in the Wigrich Appellation on a bend of the Willamette River south of Independence, Oregon. Rogue is a proud member of Oregon Hops Growing Association and the Hop Growers of America.

    Rogue grows seven varieties of aroma hops on 42-acres in the oldest hops growing region of the West Coast. The first commercial hop yard in Oregon was planted near here in 1867. Within a few years this area was the most important hops growing region in the world, a position it held for more than five decades. Today, it's the top producer of aroma hops.

    The Wigrich Appellation is named for the Wigan Richardson and Co. hopyard that operated on this site for about 30 years in the early 20th century.

    The climate is one of cool, cloudy and rainy winters, and warm, dry, sunny summers. The soil is mostly well-drained alluvial loams that were deposited here by ice age floods and annual flooding of the Willamette River.

    The hopyard is along the 45th parallel, the "sweet spot" for hops growing in the Northern Hemisphere. During summer, the long periods of daylight and short periods of nighttime create ideal conditions for growing hops. This combination of long days and short nights are necessary to produce the hormones within the plant that stimulate growth of vines and flowers, leading to an abundance of cones for harvest in the fall.

    Travel times/distances from surrounding cities to the Chatoe Rogue Micro Hopyard:
    Portland (66.2 mi) = 1hr 36 min
    Salem (19.1 mi) = 35 min
    Corvallis (22.9 mi) = 40 min
    Woodburn (36.3 mi) = 1 hr 1 min
    Albany (16.2 mi) = 38 min
    Newport (74.7 mi) = 1 hr 39 min
    Astoria (140 mi) = 3 hr 11 min

    The Chatoe is also just a hop, skip and a jump from 13 Oregon Vineyards/Wineries...