Our History

1895 Inception: St, Paul, Willamette Valley, Oregon

Nick Gooding is the first Gooding to grow hops, also documented in Oregonian in 1895 (first hop contract) because all contracts had to be published to be legal at the time.

1919-1932 Prohibition: All of the United States

By late 20’s the demand for hops had declined to where J.R. Gooding (Pud) stopped growing. He drove truck for Shell Oil until prohibition was lifted, then moved back and began growing hops again.

J.R. Gooding (Pud) mechanized baling with a tractor he developed which baled much faster than the screw-type balers.

1931: Caldwell, Idaho

J.R. Gooding (Pud) originally came through Idaho with Mike’s grandmother. They had gone through Caldwell then and she spoke of how nice it was that the Caldwell Boulevard was so shaded by all the trees. Grandpa commented on how ideal a hop growing environment this was.


Grandfather returns here and the rest of the family joined by 1945. Finished building the dryer and planted hops.


First year-No spray. Hops picked by hand. At this time there were 11 acres and 2 varieties (Clusters and Fuggles).


Harvested with 2 portables machines. First year spray used for bugs. Used a water-only steam sprayer.


Built horizontal Dauenhauer picker same year as Obendorfs. Sprayed with boiled extracts of eucalyptus bark.


Alvin Smallwood, age 16, starts working part time hanging hop sacks.


Heptaclor, a newly-developed insecticide is used for first time along with several other growers. It hadn’t been tested thoroughly and killed all the hops, nearly ending the industry in Idaho.


Fred Gooding returned from college and began working on the farm, which had now expanded to 64 acres.


Acquired 108 acres of land that was Heptaclor-free to continue. There are contaminated fields to this day which can’t be planted in because the hops will not grow. Also picked hops for Schlottmans during the 60’s. Sheep fed here for Stewart Batt during the winter through the 1960’s. Produced a hundred tons of hay for them.


Fred Gooding took over active management. Around this time, Juan Godina Sr. begins working for the Gooding Family. Juan and his family were living in an insulated box car when they first migrated here, which was the migrant worker housing in Wilder at the time. His children, grandchildren and great grandchildren continued to work for the farm and do to this day.


Mike Gooding returns to farm from college. Began large expansion to 750 acres.


Mike took over active management. Joins Hop Commission.


Dropped to 112 acres due to over- supply during past 6 years.


Out of 1500 acres, 190 were hops. The rest were row crops.


Mike becomes chairman of the Idaho Hop Commission.


Mike is the first in Idaho to mark out a hop field using GPS.


For his dedication to the hop industry in Idaho, Mike is ordained a Knight of the Order of the Hops, which is a prestigious recognition by industry peers nationally for having been important to the industry in some way. It is voted on by the hop growers of America and ratified by the International Hop Congress.

Mike’s father received the same honor as Mike, and his grandfather received his title for his pioneering work in baling techniques in the 1930’s.


Diane Gooding returns to the farm.


Diane Gooding takes over active management on the farm.


Michelle Gooding returns to the farm.


First farm in Southwest Idaho to become Global GAP certified.


Solar power is installed on the dryer roof and new shop offsetting 40% of power usage.