No, it’s not hyacinth blossoms or new-mown grass. It’s manure. I know that spring has arrived in the Lehigh Valley when the farmers begin spreading manure on neighboring fields. We can smell it for miles. That smell means it’s almost time for planting!
If you ever visit Rodale headquarters in Emmaus, Pennsylvania, you’ll immediately see one thing that makes it different from other corporate campuses. The lawn is not a vast uninterrupted expanse of fescue or bluegrass, but a tapestry of grass mixed with white clover, dandelions, violets, henbit, bluebells, and various other “weeds” that lend color and texture to the landscape. Of course, pollinators love this mix, so when the weather warms up, the grounds are abuzz with life. How boring it would be if we sprayed herbicides to turn our tapestry into indoor-outdoor carpet!
Tell me if you saw this flower at your local garden center you wouldn’t want to buy it:
And why would you want to kill this:
Our Photo Director, Christa Neu, captured these plants right outside our office.
Vive la différence!
Maria Rodale spoke to a lunchtime gathering of Rodale coworkers today about why she wrote Organic Manifesto. I was so impressed with her passion for this topic, and her determination to get everyone working toward the same goal: Demand Organic. If vegans, vegetarians, meat-eaters, locavores, and the various other factions of consumers working for a more sane food system would harness themselves to the same plow, think how much ground we could cultivate. When we argue, folks, the chemical companies win. Thanks, Maria, for pointing this out!