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(Vita.mn)   Male hipsters now taking up gardening as way to collect hops for homebrews, obscure tomato and beet varieties, and grillable hot peppers. "It's the cool factor - to be able to say, 'I grew it myself.' To say, 'I grew it and brewed it' is even cooler"   (vita.mn ) divider line
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2014-07-24 03:24:52 PM  
It started as a love of bacon. Soon  I was curing my own and having thick cut and even maple varieties. As a natural extension I thought I'd raise my own bacon.

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Now, he's a part of my family and I don't intend on killing him. I'm just waiting for him to pass so that I can eat his remains.
 
2014-07-24 03:34:14 PM  
So... my mom has been a hipster for decades??
 
2014-07-24 03:40:14 PM  
I've had a garden for years. Not because I'm a hipster, but because I like the hobby.

This year 2 wicked hailstorms destroyed my gardens. One garden was pulped to the ground, the other was mostly destroyed. The cucumbers won't recover, the collard greens, onions, lettuce, cabbage and cantaloupe are trying really hard, and the beans are doing just fine.
 
2014-07-24 03:42:46 PM  
Hops are actually pretty easy to grow but I think it takes 3 years for them to flower.

I was actually talking about this with the public relations guy for the Brooklyn Brewery a month ago.
 
2014-07-24 03:56:16 PM  
Because I live in Canada where the growing season is about 7 hours long, I just buy my damn beer from the store like a normal person.
 
2014-07-24 04:02:51 PM  

James!: Hops are actually pretty easy to grow but I think it takes 3 years for them to flower.

I was actually talking about this with the public relations guy for the Brooklyn Brewery a month ago.


There's this technique developed in China about 5000 BC which may help you.
 
2014-07-24 04:09:35 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: James!: Hops are actually pretty easy to grow but I think it takes 3 years for them to flower.

I was actually talking about this with the public relations guy for the Brooklyn Brewery a month ago.

There's this technique developed in China about 5000 BC which may help you.


Such a helpful fellow.
 
2014-07-24 04:12:07 PM  

James!: Such a helpful fellow.


If I wasn't so selfish I would share my beer with thee.
 
2014-07-24 04:34:09 PM  

what_now: So... my mom has been a hipster for decades??


Before it was cool.


i798.photobucket.com

Cascade Hops and NMSU peppers, two of my favorite things.
 
2014-07-24 04:46:35 PM  

James!: Because People in power are Stupid: James!: Hops are actually pretty easy to grow but I think it takes 3 years for them to flower.

I was actually talking about this with the public relations guy for the Brooklyn Brewery a month ago.

There's this technique developed in China about 5000 BC which may help you.

Such a helpful fellow.


It just takes about three years for a female rhizome cutting to develop a mature root system. You can have hops cones your first year, just not that many. In relation to it being a climbing bine the saying is "First year sleep, second year creep, third year leap."
 
2014-07-24 04:50:58 PM  

violentsalvation: James!: Because People in power are Stupid: James!: Hops are actually pretty easy to grow but I think it takes 3 years for them to flower.

I was actually talking about this with the public relations guy for the Brooklyn Brewery a month ago.

There's this technique developed in China about 5000 BC which may help you.

Such a helpful fellow.

It just takes about three years for a female rhizome cutting to develop a mature root system. You can have hops cones your first year, just not that many. In relation to it being a climbing bine the saying is "First year sleep, second year creep, third year leap."


So he's not a helpful fellow.
 
2014-07-24 05:02:17 PM  
I just pulled about a gallon of snow peas from my garden today. The cabbage didn't do so well and the corn is short for this time of year. The carrots are completely lost in a field of weeds.
 
2014-07-24 05:05:02 PM  

James!: So he's not a helpful fellow.


violentsalvation: "First year sleep, second year creep, third year leap."


Leap years are every 4th year so what you say doesn't really make sense.

You can also graft hops onto your marijuana plants, if you have any spare plants around.
 
2014-07-24 05:12:25 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: James!: So he's not a helpful fellow.

violentsalvation: "First year sleep, second year creep, third year leap."

Leap years are every 4th year so what you say doesn't really make sense.

You can also graft hops onto your marijuana plants, if you have any spare plants around.


lol
 
2014-07-24 06:32:27 PM  

violentsalvation: what_now: So... my mom has been a hipster for decades??

Before it was cool.


[i798.photobucket.com image 850x637]

Cascade Hops and NMSU peppers, two of my favorite things.


Nice.
 
2014-07-24 06:34:58 PM  

HST's Dead Carcass: I've had a garden for years. Not because I'm a hipster, but because I like the hobby.

This year 2 wicked hailstorms destroyed my gardens. One garden was pulped to the ground, the other was mostly destroyed. The cucumbers won't recover, the collard greens, onions, lettuce, cabbage and cantaloupe are trying really hard, and the beans are doing just fine.


Mine fell victim to California's drought. I had to really scale it back this year just a small patch of dill, cilantro, chives, four kinds of peppers, onions and tomatoes. Last year I also had cucumbers, zucchini, eggplant, radishes, peas, okra, carrots, summer squash, butternut squash and watermelons.
 
2014-07-24 06:38:03 PM  

Because People in power are Stupid: It started as a love of bacon. Soon  I was curing my own and having thick cut and even maple varieties. As a natural extension I thought I'd raise my own bacon.

Now, he's a part of my family and I don't intend on killing him. I'm just waiting for him to pass so that I can eat his remains.


Which one's the pig?
 
2014-07-24 06:41:52 PM  
Its hard to imagine a hipster with their hands covered in dirt

/so save the term for the whole foods crowd, or some joe trying to grow hydroponic carrots
 
2014-07-24 06:42:00 PM  
Just spent the day building brick compost bays so I can eventually turn my sand into soil.
 
2014-07-24 06:46:24 PM  
Lots of hipsters in this thread..
 
2014-07-24 06:48:17 PM  
Real men turn the Earth. It's the first curse of Man. Any man who turns the Earth has carte blanche to do whatever pleases him, save harming the innocent.
 
2014-07-24 06:49:11 PM  

what_now: So... my mom has been a hipster for decades??


That makes her ultrahipster. We're through the monocle here, people.
 
2014-07-24 06:58:36 PM  
I neglected my tomato plants so they wilted, but my ghost pepper plants are thriving.
 
2014-07-24 06:59:28 PM  
This is not a new thing. My father gardens, my uncle gardens, my grandfathers gardened, my grandmother gardened... So I don't even know why I'm supposed to think this is a "thing". People, all sorts of people, have been growing all kinds of plants for as long as human civilization has existed. All those gardeners who were men were also in there 20's and 30's at some point. So they're basically defining a group that includes almost everyone.

So maybe, just maybe, we're throwing the hipster thing around a little carelessly, eh? I mean, if I'm supposed to think that such a ubiquitous activity is a "hipster" thing then hipster doesn't really mean anything any more. What's next, it's hipster to have a functional metabolism? Be carbon based?
 
2014-07-24 07:02:12 PM  
I'd just like to point out that I was carbon based before it was cool.
 
2014-07-24 07:03:49 PM  
So basically the definition has devolved to "white 20-something doing something other than sitting on a couch."
 
2014-07-24 07:10:56 PM  
Meh... if it requires some sort of "cool kids" factor for folks to get into gardening / cooking / brewing / sewing / pickling / animal raising...

I'm ok with this. Heartily encourage it. Hope they don't crap out when it becomes difficult. It does...

For every dallyier, maybe one sticks with it.
 
2014-07-24 07:16:01 PM  

brap: So basically the definition has devolved to "white 20-something doing something other than sitting on a couch."


You're sitting on a couch? My grandpa sits on a couch. What are you, some sort of hipster?
 
2014-07-24 07:16:39 PM  
Dammit I'm not a hipster.

Beer brewing, check. Gardening, check. Fermentation, check.

....
 
2014-07-24 07:17:28 PM  
It *is* cool to grow your own vegetables.

/not a hipster
 
2014-07-24 07:17:29 PM  
No it isn't.

The only reason you care to do it is so you can tell everyone about it. I don't corner people in bars and show them a button on my shirt and spend three hours telling them how I sewed it back on myself.
 
2014-07-24 07:19:19 PM  
As long as you don't call yourself a "farmer" then I don't care what you do.

/it's baling season, I'm cranky
 
2014-07-24 07:19:31 PM  

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: No it isn't.

The only reason you care to do it is so you can tell everyone about it. I don't corner people in bars and show them a button on my shirt and spend three hours telling them how I sewed it back on myself.


Does everyone who gardens tell you about it? No? Then stop making poor assumptions.
 
2014-07-24 07:26:56 PM  

mongbiohazard: This is not a new thing. My father gardens, my uncle gardens, my grandfathers gardened, my grandmother gardened... So I don't even know why I'm supposed to think this is a "thing". People, all sorts of people, have been growing all kinds of plants for as long as human civilization has existed. All those gardeners who were men were also in there 20's and 30's at some point. So they're basically defining a group that includes almost everyone.

So maybe, just maybe, we're throwing the hipster thing around a little carelessly, eh? I mean, if I'm supposed to think that such a ubiquitous activity is a "hipster" thing then hipster doesn't really mean anything any more. What's next, it's hipster to have a functional metabolism? Be carbon based?


This is the sinister way that hipsters desolate everything they turn their attention to. They get interested in some less common activity and infect it with their sensibilities. Suddenly, people who have been doing "x" activity for years have to defend themselves by saying they've been doing it before... making them de facto hipsters. The irony is painful. More unstoppable than the Borg, more depraved and wicked than Pod People, the only cure is to drop a neutron bomb on Williamsburg. A nice retro 1960s era Hippie Buster.
 
2014-07-24 07:35:47 PM  

mongbiohazard: This is not a new thing. My father gardens, my uncle gardens, my grandfathers gardened, my grandmother gardened... So I don't even know why I'm supposed to think this is a "thing". People, all sorts of people, have been growing all kinds of plants for as long as human civilization has existed. All those gardeners who were men were also in there 20's and 30's at some point. So they're basically defining a group that includes almost everyone.

So maybe, just maybe, we're throwing the hipster thing around a little carelessly, eh? I mean, if I'm supposed to think that such a ubiquitous activity is a "hipster" thing then hipster doesn't really mean anything any more. What's next, it's hipster to have a functional metabolism? Be carbon based?


On Fark, a hipster is anyone who isn't a fat, lonely, bitter IT nerd who spends all their free time playing video games or spanking it to porn while crying. Anybody who actually gets off their ass and does anything reminds the Farker of just how farking sad their own life is, and the Farker reacts by declaring that person a hipster.
 
2014-07-24 07:36:37 PM  

Nadie_AZ: violentsalvation: what_now: So... my mom has been a hipster for decades??

Before it was cool.


[i798.photobucket.com image 850x637]

Cascade Hops and NMSU peppers, two of my favorite things.

Nice.


Picked a few today, maybe a bit premature, I don't know, but whatever. Enough to flavor up a few meals :D

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2014-07-24 07:38:51 PM  

Fano: mongbiohazard: This is not a new thing. My father gardens, my uncle gardens, my grandfathers gardened, my grandmother gardened... So I don't even know why I'm supposed to think this is a "thing". People, all sorts of people, have been growing all kinds of plants for as long as human civilization has existed. All those gardeners who were men were also in there 20's and 30's at some point. So they're basically defining a group that includes almost everyone.

So maybe, just maybe, we're throwing the hipster thing around a little carelessly, eh? I mean, if I'm supposed to think that such a ubiquitous activity is a "hipster" thing then hipster doesn't really mean anything any more. What's next, it's hipster to have a functional metabolism? Be carbon based?

This is the sinister way that hipsters desolate everything they turn their attention to. They get interested in some less common activity and infect it with their sensibilities. Suddenly, people who have been doing "x" activity for years have to defend themselves by saying they've been doing it before... making them de facto hipsters. The irony is painful. More unstoppable than the Borg, more depraved and wicked than Pod People, the only cure is to drop a neutron bomb on Williamsburg. A nice retro 1960s era Hippie Buster.


Yeah, it's sort of uncomfortable when people get inordinately excited something you've done for years and consider nothing special, but it's not all that sinister. But thank you for the mental image of the Emperor shooting lightening at Luke while wearing thick glasses and drinking a homebrew.
 
2014-07-24 07:41:28 PM  
OH GODDAMMIT SO MUCH.

Yes, I was growing my own hops and herbs and veggies before "it was cool".

I will continue to grow them long after it is "over".

again, goddammitsomuch.
 
2014-07-24 07:45:41 PM  
If having corn this tall makes me a hipster so be it.  (I'm 6'2"), and behind the second of four rows of corn.

i457.photobucket.com
 
2014-07-24 07:47:14 PM  
Great, so now I'm a hipster because I grow my own food, and because everything I grow is an heirloom or desert-adapted variety?
 
2014-07-24 07:47:40 PM  

Fano:  the only cure is to drop a neutron bomb on Williamsburg. A nice retro 1960s era Hippie Buster.



damnit, I was coopering and wearing trifold hats before it was cool!


what?

Oh..


sorry... Growing up in Virginia, my mind always goes to colonial era living history museum/theme parks when the word "Williamsburg" is mentioned.
 
2014-07-24 07:50:13 PM  
Young people actually like trying new things.

This was the case when you were young. It was the case before you were born and it will continue to be true. Sometimes they find something they like and it becomes a hobby or even a passion.
 
2014-07-24 07:54:06 PM  
And this is bad because?

Also, why is this only about men?  Don't women garden?
 
2014-07-24 07:57:45 PM  

PanicMan: And this is bad because?

Also, why is this only about men?  Don't women garden?


It's a variation on the old "Men can be restaurant chefs, women can be home cooks" gender BS.

Men can be landscapers, but tending a garden is a "woman's job".

That said, my wife loves gardening more than I love gardening, but I help as much as I can/want too.

I like the flowers and herbs and my hops.  She's the veggie grower extraordinaire.

Also, she grows it, I preserve it (and fark, I was supposed to freeze green beans or make dilly beans last night.)
 
2014-07-24 08:01:37 PM  
meat0918:

OH GODDAMMIT SO MUCH.

Yes, I was growing my own hops and herbs and veggies before "it was cool".

I will continue to grow them long after it is "over".

again, goddammitsomuch.


Sorry to hear someone else jumped your train since you were in to it before it went all commercial like...

Wait... What does that sound like? :)

Seriously. I like that people are trying things out for whatever reason, even if it's just to out-cool each other. I'm just waiting for the boom in 4-H memberships. Knowing agriculture and crafts etc. is useful and fun, and for every 10 or 100 people who dabble in it for hipster cred, one hopes we get someone who does something useful with it.


/ Would rather they play with gardens rather than animals. Think easter rabbits or xmas puppies or pedigreed hipster phase pigs.
 
2014-07-24 08:16:52 PM  

meat0918: If having corn this tall makes me a hipster so be it.  (I'm 6'2"), and behind the second of four rows of corn.

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Your a dog ??? Well I'll be a monkeys uncle .
 
2014-07-24 08:22:51 PM  
So my 66 year-old neighbor who grows hops up the side of his house is a hipster now?
He wears chunky glasses and was growing his own hops before it was cool.
 
2014-07-24 08:45:59 PM  

Harvey Manfrenjensenjen: No it isn't.

The only reason you care to do it is so you can tell everyone about it. I don't corner people in bars and show them a button on my shirt and spend three hours telling them how I sewed it back on myself.



Growing your own food is like printing your own money.

I'm growing oregano, basil, chives, rosemary, parsley, cilantro, garlic, onions, tomatoes, beans, strawberries, lettuce, spinach, arugula, sweet peppers, and cayenne peppers. That's all shiat that we no longer have to buy, and I grow varieties that taste really great. It's a significant portion of our food budget, and all for the meager cost of some seeds. My wife is a really great cook, so I started gardening years ago so I could provide her with high quality ingredients to cook with, and so we could save some money. That's the reason I garden, and that's probably the reason most people garden.

It's also quite calming.
 
2014-07-24 08:48:24 PM  
Before hipsters, this was called a normal thought process.  If someone is taking the time to brew their own, then their sensitivity to the ingredients is going to get higher.  Growing your own hops is really easy.  We had a vine on my grandmother's house planted years ago for fun.  We never used those hops, but they were really fresh and smelled good.
 
2014-07-24 08:54:50 PM  
My hop trellis:

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/Not a hipster
 
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