When Jimmy Carter signed H.R. 1337 into law, allowing us to make our own beer legally, my dad went out and got everything a home brewer could need. He specifically wanted to make the "real beer" he had fallen in love with while stationed in Germany. The hops he planted in our backyard are there to this day and , though neglected, produce a fair amount of hops while not being trained, thinned or cared for in any way since 1978.
Now that I'm a home brewer my Mom and Dad harvest their hops for me and I split the batch with them.