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The Perennial Plate: Carolina Gold

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In South Carolina, a seed farmer and a chef lead the return to age-old ingredients and methods

In Carolina Gold, a new episode of the excellent sustainable food series The Perennial Plate, we get a fascinating look at a renaissance in Southern cooking, with heirloom grains playing a starring role. Glenn Roberts of Anson Mills is leading the heritage food movement in South Carolina, supplying chefs like Sean Brock of Husk and McCrady's in Charleston. After filming Roberts at the Anson Mills......read more

Gardens NYC: Peter's Place

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Sowing seeds on a Brooklyn rooftop

Native New Yorker Peter Manerva comes by his love of gardening honestly. His parents were into plants, and when he was a kid, instead of building forts out of sheets and couch cushions, he would create his own little jungle worlds from all the plantlife around the house. That childhood interest in greenery blossomed into an adult obsession. Peter was kind enough to show us around his spectacular......read more

Beekman 1802 Heirloom Garden Seeds

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Plant some history in your garden $18.00

Established in 1802, Beekman Farm is a fixture in America's agricultural heritage, now made famous by the Planet Green show, The Fabulous Beekman Boys. Thanks to Williams-Sonoma, you can participate in the history with this collection of Landreth heirloom seeds that have been grown in the Beekman gardens for over 200 years. The collection comes handsomely adorned with vintage seed illustrations,......read more

Authors Ignite Debate About Local Food

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Does the locavore movement do more harm than good? A new book sows seeds of discontent

Pierre Desrochers and Hiroko Shimizu say they know what’s wrong with the food system: local food purists. In their new book, The Locavore’s Dilemma: In Praise of the 10,000-Mile Diet, the husband-and-wife team (a University of Toronto geography professor and an economist) argue that the excitement over this movement is misguided to the point of having “utterly disastrous”......read more

Sowing Seeds with Scott Sant'Angelo

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Arkitip founder documents the world of plants

Scott A. Sant'Angelo is maybe best known as the founder of Arkitip, the longstanding Los Angeles art magazine that's always on the front lines of cultural influence. But he also happens to be an accomplished photographer. Flipping through Scott's portfolio, it's clear that he has distinct photographic interest in plants. We pulled a small selection of them here, some warm and......read more

Sow Seeds, Not Greed

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Farmers bring the sustainable food movement to Wall Street

It's been a long time since farmers congregated in downtown Manhattan -- around 350 years, to be exact. The folks who populate Wall Street and rural America don't cross paths much these days. It's easy to forget that Wall Street used to be rural America; in 1644, the area contained so many cows that the Dutch colonists had to erect a cattle guard to keep them from straying.......read more

Greenaid Fosters 21st Century Johnny Appleseeds

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Clever urban hack created by young L.A. duo encourages people to replant their neighborhoods.

If you live or work in a city, odds are, you passed a vacant lot or an ugly, barren strip of soil at some point today. Now imagine if that eyesore were transformed into a wild garden. But how? Greenaid, a project by two recent grads of Otis College of Art and Design in L.A., Kim Karlsrud and Daniel Phillips, and local urban planner David Fletcher, is a plan to distribute candy machines loaded......read more

Filippo Minelli: Silence/Shapes

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Italian artist sets off smoke bombs in landscapes throughout Europe

In Silence/Shapes, Italian artist Filippo Minelli juxtaposes violence and beauty by igniting homemade smoke bombs in romantic landscapes, then capturing the ephmereal explosions on camera. The ongoing series was launched in 2009 and continued recently with a commission from Storyline Studios, Norway’s largest movie firm, who hired the artist to create four Silence/Shapes photos for the......read more

Arctic Methane Emissions an 'Economic Timebomb'

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Rapid thawing of Arctic permafrost could cost the global economy $60 trillion, study says

Methane release in the Arctic could aggravate the effects of climate change to the tune of $60 trillion over coming decades, according to a paper published in the journal Nature. Governments and industry have expected an economic boon from widespread warming of the Arctic, allowing for the exploitation of new gas and oilfields and enabling faster shipping between Europe and Asia. But the release......read more

Renovo Pandurance Road Bike

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Renovo's Bamboo commuter is perfect for bombing around the city...and for escaping ravenous pandas.

Portland’s Renovo Bikes is quietly building a reputation for their super functional, slick-looking wooden bike frames. The lightweight, smooth-riding Pandurance Road Bike, from the company’s Panda bamboo series, is made from, you guessed it, bamboo, one of our planet’s most sustainable woods. Renovo's Panda series is green with no apologies for performance. As a material for making......read more

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