| Jun 20, 2014
| 4:02 AM
For as long as anyone can remember, wild orchids have rewarded sharp-eyed hikers in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains with pink, yellow and white blooms peeping from the forest floor.
But these "secret beauties," as one researcher dubbed them, are vanishing...
| Jul 15, 2014
| 7:03 PM
From two acres in Kutztown comes a fiery commitment to pesticide-free food production.
Homesweet Homegrown in Kutztown creates sauces made from their own peppers grown on what were once fields of genetically modified corn.
"A lot of people don't...
| Jul 8, 2014
| 11:58 AM
The Kane County Board on Tuesday approved several changes to its zoning ordinance to allow medical cannabis facilities to locate in certain farming, industrial and business districts in unincorporated areas of the county.
The amendments allow "interim...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 6:48 PM
The St. Luke's University Health Network is leading the way in a new procedure, but its not in orthopedic or cardiovascular surgery. It's in the way it stocks its hospital cafeterias.
St. Luke's has partnered with the Rodale Institute in a project...
| Jun 13, 2014
The night I first cracked open "The Third Plate: Field Notes on the Future of Food," I was simmering a broth of chicken feet, necks and heads on my little kitchen stove.
Turned out to be good timing.
Because over the next 485 pages, I'd be treated...
| Jun 7, 2014
| 5:10 AM
Dad doesn't need another tie for Father's Day. Just grill a steak on June 15 and let him groove to a carnivorous beat.
What to buy? Well, rib-eye remains the favorite across the United States — and the bigger the better on dad's day. But the...
| Jun 20, 2014
| 2:37 PM
"Pasture-raised eggs": Do you look for that description when shopping?
You're not alone. Fewer than 1 in 4 respondents looked for the phrase "pasture-raised" according to a poll of 670 Americans conducted in May for Vital Farms (vitalfarms.com), an...
| Jul 12, 2014
| 7:07 PM
Brian Reichle couldn't have gotten a pepperoni pizza much faster.
Needing to replenish his stash of pot one recent afternoon, the Burbank resident dialed Speed Weed. Within the hour, a driver arrived with a white paper bag carrying a gram of cannabis,...
| Jul 17, 2014
| 10:00 PM
Just because a chicken is labeled "organic" does not mean that the bird on your plate lived a bucolic farm life before you cooked it.
To officially be called "organic," the animal must be fed organic food (grown with no pesticides), receive no...
| Jul 3, 2014
| 5:35 AM
Those who have been around Naperville long enough may still remember the days farm animals seemed to outnumber residents.
Newcomers and younger generations eventually will get a glimpse of what those farming days were like as Naper Settlement moves...
| Jun 17, 2014
| 12:59 PM
Arlington Heights took another stand against electronic cigarettes by including them in its long-standing smoking ban.
"We're being cautious. We're setting it on the same field as cigarettes because the smoke is the same nuisance," Trustee Joseph Farwell...