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Cultivating community through craft
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We are Hop Culture Farms, a small family run farm in Colchester, CT.  We currently have 40 acres of land, and have a little over 3000 hop plants that we have been cultivating for the past two years with 1000 new hops going in this year.  We are currently renovating an old barn on the property to become the future taproom.  When we started this endeavor we really had an overall focus on craft beer but as we started working the land and learning the craft of farming we fell in love with this way of life.  Don't get us wrong we love great craft beer, and have so many amazing breweries in this state, but our vision has totally shifted.  

Lila and Sophie running through the hop fields.  Photo Cred: Connecticut Food and Farm
Lila and Sophie running through the hop fields. Photo Cred: Connecticut Food and Farm

 When we really scratched below the surface we realized that what we are really desiring with this venture and dream is a sense of community.  I don't know about you, but I feel like there are many people like us who are yearning for a community, a place to go where they can make true connections with people. That has become our new mantra and mission for Hop Culture Farms.  What once was a vision of a small farm brewery has turned into a vision of a place that welcomes all people and where we bring back a sense of human connection (and hell, why not enjoy a frosty beverage while you're at it!). But for those of you that might not like beer, that's ok!  Come enjoy walking the farm and the hop fields.  We want you to see and smell this amazing crop that we painstakingly love and care for. We also have plans for diversifying the agriculture here. Our future plans include Christmas trees, cut flowers, vegetable crops, and we'll likely get some small livestock. 

Some of our crop from last year. Photo Cred Connecticut Food and Farm
Some of our crop from last year. Photo Cred Connecticut Food and Farm

 We want to create a place where there is something for everyone. We want a place to find our tribe, and that tribe is all of you!

Me dazzling our Director of Farming/my husband with my insane hop knowledge. Photo cred: Connecticut Food and Farm
Me dazzling our Director of Farming/my husband with my insane hop knowledge. Photo cred: Connecticut Food and Farm

 Oh, and we have goats....goat yoga anyone!

Sophie feeding the babies, Hops and Comet.
Sophie feeding the babies, Hops and Comet.
Nelly having a little snack.
Nelly having a little snack.

 WHAT WE'LL DO WITH THE MONEY

-Greenhouse: This will allow us to further propagate our own hops, and also get started earlier in cultivating our new crops.  Plans to do several acres of cut flowers next. 

-Larger fermentors: We hope to get 2 larger fermentors to be able to really crank out and have a plethora of the beers that you all really want and love. Will help us to keep up with our production to keep your thirsts quenched. 

-Taproom amenties:  We want this taproom and farm to be your home away from home.  Comfy tables, seats, lighting and plenty of games to get the body moving and the conversations flowing.  

WHY HELP US?

We want this to feel as much your space as it is ours.  With you helping to make our dream possible we want to create and cultivate a place you can be proud of, and want to hang out in. We thank you for taking the time to read and watch our story, and for any help you might give.  Come be a part of Hop Culture! Can't wait to meet you all! 

Stickers
Stickers
HCF Bottle Opener
HCF Bottle Opener
Tulip Glass
Tulip Glass
Trucker Hat
Trucker Hat
Cultivator Tee
Cultivator Tee
Back of Cultivator Tee
Back of Cultivator Tee
Hoodie
Hoodie
Stanley HCF Growler
Stanley HCF Growler

Risks and challenges

RISKS AND CHALLENGES

Listen, any farmer will tell you that farming is no joke. It is hard work. The weather can be your best friend or your worst enemy. It is unpredictable, but that is what makes it one of the most rewarding things you can do. All that being said, we can't wait for you to see, feel and taste what we have cultivated in these soils in your very glass. We want you to be able to pick your own fresh flowers or pick up a premade bouquet, and take home some fresh veggie and eggs while you're at it. We want you to see the pride we take in what we cultivate here at the farm. The only other challenge we face is how soon we can open. With your help you make that dream a reality even faster with our target being this September! We're almost there, and this is the final push! Again, thanks so much for taking the time to see our story! Hope to see you soon!

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    Make a wish

    Besides our heartfelt thank you send us your deepest wishes and desires on a piece of paper for us to offer up the Hop Gods. We'll burn them in a giant bonfire on the farm for the winds to carry them in the fields where it is said the Hop Gods will make them come true.

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    HCF Stickers

    The utter joy you will feel peeling back these stickers and slapping them wherever your heart desires can only be compared to spotting a unicorn. Show everyone you supported Hop Culture Farms, and take pride in supporting local. After all No Farms No Beer.

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    Bottle opener

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    HCF branded pint glass

    Love that hop symbol? We do too! Enjoy a cold one out of this branded tulip glass.

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    Trucker Hat

    Have the ultimate cool factor and all your friends' jealousy in an HCF old school trucker hat. Helps beat the heat on the farm and keeps you shaded while enjoying your frosty beverage.

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    "Cultivator" T-shirt

    Cul-ti-vate
    verb
    1. To improve and prepare land for raising crops
    2. To encourage or foster
    3. To seek the aquaintance of or goodwill of, make friends with
    For us this shirt means all of the above. Purchase this super soft t-shirt and consider yourself a Cultivator of all that is Hop Culture Farms. Only for the Kickstarter this shirt won't be available in our taproom.

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    HCF "Cultivator" Hoodie

    The Cultivator Hoodie has one of those lived in vibes. Will keep you warm as it gets cooler on the farm, and for those bonfire nights or star gazing in the fields. Only for the Kickstarter this hoodie won't be available in our taproom.

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    HCF T-shirt and Hat

    Why not say "I love Hop Culture Farms," by decking yourself in head to toe with the trucker hat and cultivator tee.

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    Total swag pack

    Go totally nuts and get swagged out with this package that includes the tee, hat, glass, bottle opener and stickers. Everyone will praise you for your commitment to supporting this local farm. Not to mention how dashing you'll look in all this custom gear. It's a win win.

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    Stanley Stainless Steel Growler

    This Stanley Stainless Steel Growler is so badass! This 64 ounces vacuum bottle will keep your beverages cold and delicious! The rugged design will make it through those long hot days on the farm. ONLY FOR THE KICKSTARTER. We will not be selling growlers in the taproom. However, those with these special growlers can bring them for fills at the brewery. Also included 10% off taproom merchandise.

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    Farmer 4 pack plus swag pack

    The farmer's 4 pack....enough to quench the thirst of the burliest of farmers after a long day. Come on down, and enjoy a 4 pack once a month for 1 year on us. Also included everything in the swag pack. How can you turn that down. The spirit of Hop Culture will be coursing through your veins. It's kinda like tiger blood...just sayin #winning
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    The Ultimate HCF Experience

    Not only will you receive the farmer's 4 pack for one year and the total swag pack, but you and a guest will be invited to a private party at Hop Culture Farms where food and drink will be provided. You'll have a private tour of the hopyard, farm and brewery and get to hang with us for the day. Essentially you become one of our HCF family.
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    Make it to the Founder's Wall

    You are the ultimate HCF Cultivator! We will put up a shrine to you in the brewery complete with incense and a photo where we will worship you every brew day....or how about your name and a cool plaque on our Founder's wall that will be on proud display in our taproom for all to see! Come to a private party in your honor and bring 2 guests while you're at it. All food and drink to be included, and hang with us for an evening! Also, included is everything from all the previous tiers including stickers, bottle opener, hat, t-shirt, hoodie, growler and farmer's 4 pack.
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