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Old 03-15-08, 01:20 PM   #1
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OT: Hipster Fad Alert: Farming

http://www.nytimes.com/2008/03/16/fashion/16farmer.html

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THEIR Carhartts are no longer ironic. Now they have real dirt on them.

Until three years ago, Benjamin Shute was living in Williamsburg, where he kept Brooklyn Lager in his refrigerator and played darts in a league.

Raised on the Upper East Side by a father who is a foundation executive and a mother who writes about criminal justice, Mr. Shute graduated from Amherst and worked for an antihunger charity. But something nagged at him. To learn about food production, he had volunteered at a farm in Massachusetts. He liked the dirt, the work and the coaxing of land long fallow into producing eggplant and garlic.
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Old 03-15-08, 01:42 PM   #2
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Off topic much?
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There's a shortage of both food and young farmers therefore more of the above can only be a good thing. Especially if they're beef, ostrich and chicken farmers.....damn, now I could kill for an ostrich steak.

Which leads me to - How does being young and bored ****less with the 9-5 grind of, at times, very grim city life and willing to do almost anthing to GTFO make you a hipster?
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I've been living on a farm all my life. Thats makes it even more irritating
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Old 03-15-08, 01:52 PM   #5
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There is no shortage of vegetables or beef in the US. Actually we have so many god damned corn fed factory farmed cows that they are screwing up our land and economy. We have such an excess supply of vegetables that the cost of the vegetables is less than the production cost so we have to subsidize the farmers overproduction.

Farming is cool. I have a "mini farm" in my yard. I never thought that would score me hipster points.
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farming has always been in
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"hipster fad" or "emerging social movement" or both



now if he could only attach a plow to his pista concept...
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Old 03-15-08, 02:23 PM   #8
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Urban farming is old news son.
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i saw this in the "style and fashion" section of nytimes.com.

that should tell you something.
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Old 03-15-08, 02:47 PM   #10
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It tells me you read the Style and Fashion section of the New York Times.
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if cow**** on your carhatts makes you cool, then i am the coolest. i don't know if you can call yourself hardcore until you have been elbow deep in a cow doing a pregnancy test.
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I'm taking a class over the summer that teaches you basically how to live off the land using sustainable practices in a hands on farmlike setting outside of Athens. It knocks out one of my requirements for school and you get to keep as much of what we produce as a class so I get free food.
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I'm doing my graduate thesis on the farm press' representation of organic agriculture from 1985-2004, AND I can lay down some wicked skidz.

Out close to Marietta, Ohio, my family has a 300 acre farm that I go to with some regularity. I bring my 'cross bike to take out on the pretty awesome course that I've run through the fields, past the oil derrick, and through some streams. But that's only after I do the chores, of course.
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meh, I grew up on a farm raising beef cattle and chickens.
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Sombody needs to update that Hipster Bingo card again.
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Let him have his farming--
I'd rather live in the city and work in
an office. I grew up working on
ranches in Northern California
and Nevada. Working cattle, putting
up hay. If some privileged ivy league
kid wants to try to get some cred
by farming let him get sunburned
and screw up his back--I'll look
out from my corner office. With
any luck there will be enough hipsters
to grow enough organic food for me
to scarf up. My hourly billing rate is more
than they see in a day.
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Old 03-15-08, 04:21 PM   #17
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I say more power to them. Even better if they enjoy it. I on the other hand hated being up at 4 and not having any days off.
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Agreed. Farming is like messengering, maybe fun for a while when you're young and durable, but making a life out of it is a different matter.
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I am not sure why this bothers people.
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should i not plant my veggie garden this year now?

Is it too popular to grow my own fresh veggies!!@!(#&*$^*!&@



PS - Chicks dig guys(no pun intended) that are handy out side, such as gardening.



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I am not sure why this bothers people.
It is just odd that it is newsworthy. Hippies have been abandoning
urban jobs to grow their own food and runs farms since the sixties.
The successful ones sell us vegetables the others fail. Indigenous
people have been growing their own food for millenia. When some
****** comes along and decides to slum it with dirt under his fingernails
it is somehow novel and exciting. "A hipster grew this heirloom
lettuce, therefore I'll pay $40 for a wedge of it with a drop of olive
oil at Chez Panisse!" The New York times finds it fascinating
when rich eastern kids abandon the trappings of their urban life
to do things other people do quietly all the time.
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I am not sure why this bothers people.
"The Billyburg scene has changed, said Annaliese Griffin, who contributes to a blog called Grocery Guy. “Having a cool cheese in your fridge has taken the place of knowing what the cool band is, or even of playing in that band,” she said. “Our rock stars are ricotta makers.”"

If by "bothers," you mean, "caused me to laugh so hard I almost snarfed my utterly uncool, sub-$8-a-pound coffee," you nailed it. But seriously, it bothers me because some people can find a way to make anything suck by making it snobby and exclusive rather than fun and inclusive. It's the same thing that anti-conversion snobbery does to biking and silly clothing and hairstyles do to hanging out.
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The thing with making a living off of the land, is that you've got to either build-up a farming operation of thousands of acres, play the subsidy and land rental game, and pray that the staples market doesn't collapse on you, OR buy 150 acres, and get into some small niche market and affiliated with a CSA program, grow/produce something that doesn't require a lot of non-family (i.e. paid) labor, and pray that your organic produce doesn't get an aphid infestation. Oh, and this should go without saying, but write-off your weekends from February to November – those urbanites love their farmer's markets and pay handsomely for beets just hours out of the ground.

There's a reason why most farmers work off the farm in some capacity – growing **** quite often doesn't pay ****.
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But seriously, it bothers me because some people can find a way to make anything suck by making it snobby and exclusive rather than fun and inclusive.
exactly. Look at what they hippies/gourmands did to Santa Fe and southwestern cuisine--

step 1) appropriate provincial foods and production

step 2) reduce the portions and garnish with crappy oddities

step 3) collect cash
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Maybe I should start buying small parcels of land
so I can force hipsters into impoverished tenant
farming--hell I'll charge them for the privilege.
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