Carrot Top Pesto: Yet Another Reason (and Recipe) to Grow Your Own

We like to pride ourselves on using up every bit of a plant, gobbling up everything to young radish leaves, to pickled Swiss chard stems (a tip we learned from Michael Anthony at Gramercy Tavern) to the fresh roots of green garlic (that one was from Shea Gallante, of Ciano). But until we went with NY1 to The Bronx to visit Toby Adams, the manager of the 1.5-acre Ruth Rae Howell Family Garden at the New York Botanical Garden, we didn’t know that you could actually eat the tops of carrots.

As Pig Island Prepares for Saturday’s Fest, a Public School Garden Scores a Whole Porker

Thanks to Pig Island, a heritage breed hog is headed to the AutoGarden, the urban gardening and food program run by Jenny Kessler at Automotive High School, a public school in Brooklyn. (And tickets are still available, as the 20 participating chefs gather to get their locally and sustainably raised pigs in Union Square from upstate farmers.)