What is grass? This is a question posed by Walt Whitman in his epic poem Leaves of Grass, offering an image of the most democratic of God's greens, plentifully available to everyone from paupers to princes. The same question posed at Guild Hall's August 23 panel, moderated by Edwina von Gal, made grass an image of golf courses, majestically manicured lawns, and the moneyed elite, often maintained with the use of toxins. The panel wanted to offer alternatives, to preserve our planet, and to save the populace from diseases such as cancer. Paul Tukey, spoke of the lessons learned from his grandma in Maine, about the "poop loop," the benefits of dandelions, and compost tea.
Asked about re-educating on the subject of soil for green living, Stephen Orr favored the judicious use of gravel, patio stone. His upcoming book, The New American Herbal, is due for September release.