This is sustainability in action. In the neighborhood just around the corner.
Why not turn your hobby into a community hops garden? That's the question Tom LaPitz of Community Hops asked himself and his home brewing friends just before they decided to create what he calls the "world's tallest community garden".
I stopped by with a few cameras and videoed while everybody else worked at raising the poles that will support the bines as they grow throughout the summer. Then we shared a couple really nice beers. Local and home brewed.
This is the kind of thing that the growth of the local craft beer culture makes possible for your neighbors - and for you. At least 5 people stopped by the lot while we were there and all expressed gratitude for cleaning up an unsightly trash-ridden corner. Some from the neighborhood, others in transit from light rail to bus lines, all pleased to see something grow in a place where plastic and rust used to squat.
The clip derives from Crafted to Last - Minnesota Beer Blossoms by connection to Hippity Hops Farm.
In that regard, this clip serves as something of an epilogue for the film. Tom mentions in passing that George & Leah Shetka have put the farm on the market. That they donated poles and hop growing know-how to Community Hops underscores the title of my documentary. Crafted to Last. craftedtolast.org/