Big doings at USDA headquarters in D.C. today – Earth Day. The new all-organic People's Garden was unveiled, and booths were manned with experts in composting, Monarch butterflies, "BioPreferred" products, and lots more. And the blessing of the new Three Sisters Garden shown here was actually moving, especially for dedicated organic folks just coming back after eight long years in bureaucratic Siberia.
Oh, and Three Sisters Gardens? They're a centuries old Native American combination of corn, beans and squash in a sophisticated, sustainable way that provides for long-term soil fertility, and their planting was an occasion for songs like this one.
(As the camera pans to the left you see Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan, who said she was "thrilled" to have an excuse to wear jeans to work that day.)