About Us

Seeds to Blooms 'germinated' in 2003 as a small horticultural based business growing bedding plants and edible flowers, doing pressed flower art and floral design. In 2009 it became Prairie GEM Hops (of Manitoba). G.E.M. represents G-Gowan (Me), E-Ebbinghaus (my husband) and M-Morrison/McClure (my Dad, my sister and B-I-L). We began with 3 varieties of commercial brewing hops to see if hops would grow in the Manitoba climate. They flourished! Now we grow 19 different commercial varieties for the serious home brewer, brewing supply stores and local microbreweries.
A diploma from Red River College in Biological Technology and Certificates in Greenhouse Management and Nursery Crop Production through the Prairie Horticulture program, University of Manitoba have helped us to develop our business. Two tours of the major hop growing region of Yakima, Washington, attending Hops Academy and a visit to Germany's Tettnang and Hallertau regions have also increased our knowledge of hops.
Manitoba grown brewing hops
If you are interested in some published articles about Prairie GEM Hops follow the links below:
  Manitoba Hops a Growing Concern
 Woman Hopping to the Challenge
Grower Hopes Hops will gain interest among microbrewers
How the city's most famous intersection became a beer
I have also written an article in the 2013 issue of The Prairie Garden on growing hops in Manitoba (not available online)