Some might consider the scraggly vines often spotted snaking up porch trellises in New York’s Schoharie County a nuisance.
But there are some vine-like plants in this region that have a deep importance to the area — and signify promise for the future of local agriculture.
Hops helped make vast fortunes for farmers and brewers in New York state in the 19th century. Then, around 1910, a mildew blight ushered in their swift demise. There have been unsuccessful attempts to revive them ever since Prohibition ended in 1933. Ready More at www.npr.org>