It's true. Dh's family did it for the past several generations: great-grand-father, grandfather, father, and now him. The great-great-grandfather may have done it too, but I can't remember. The equipment has been passed down a few generations to dh. Seems like only one male in the family does it each generation.
Dh's dad did it when he became an adult and would make a ton of it to give away to his 8 siblings, their families, his friends and his co-workers. However, dh only has one sibling, who prefers it in small quantities, and his family is fussy and has a limited palate, and we're not so sure our friends here in town really like it either. So, dh makes a small amount of it whenever he makes it.
This year, dh managed to grow a nice crop of cabbage. It doesn't happen every year due to either poor timing or bad weather conditions. After an approximately 2 week incubation/fermenting period, we bagged about 16 quarts of it yesterday. Pretty tasty and stinky stuff!
Next year, dh says, we'll have to try making kimchi. Organic kimchi. Maybe there'll be a market for it. Haha!
"To be conscious that you are ignorant is a great step to knowledge." ~ Benjamin Disraeli (1804 - 1881)