The perennial plant's tightly furled leaves emerge in March, pushing aside wintry desolation.
Underneath layers of mulch, the German Butterball and Rose Gold flourish.
All hands join in to get 40,000 pungent cloves into the ground.
Princeton Theological Seminary's farm grows food. But this isn't the main point.
By summer, the plants are working overtime. It's a wonder we don't have as many words for green as the Inuit have for snow.
If a plant deprives your crop of moisture or sunlight, it's a weed. In most other situations, so-called weeds are actually doing a lot of good.
Some news in the world of sustainable food: Chipotle is responding to beef supply shortages by considering looser standards. Instead of aiming to avoid all beef treated with antibiotics, the burrito chain and sustainable ag advocate may start accepting cows treated for illness, while still avoiding those given antibiotics as a matter of routine. It's a defensible place to draw the line.
So it’s looking unlikely that Washington will do anything to prevent the sequester, the automatic spending cuts put in place to try to force Washington to find a way forward on spending, from starting to take effect tomorrow. The president and congressional leaders will meet tomorrow to discuss next steps. Hardly anyone likes the sequester—it was designed to be disliked—but no one has the right combination of power and incentives to simply repeal it, either.