Talk about budding: My winter-planted garlic is poking through the mulch, so I was happy to learn about an efficient way to peel garlic, and you’ll find that kitchen skill in the first appearance of a new department dubbed Food Central. There you’ll meet a selection of culinary professionals gathered round the OG kitchen counter to share with you some of their favorite ways with familiar, and sometimes not-so-familiar, ingredients or, occasionally, a special food event. This is neatly balanced by Simply Fresh chef Edward Lee introducing his discovery of health-giving, lip-smacking varietal grapeseed oils for cooking, dressing, or dipping.Organic Gardening has long led the field with its trusted gardening content; we work with people who grow and know firsthand what they are writing about. Now we bring the same attention to food: New to our masthead (the place we get our names in print!) is editor at large Corby Kummer. His assignment? Make OG’s Common Ground column a place where we can not only gain some clarity around the sometimes-contentious, frequently confusing food and sustainability issues of our day, but also learn about what is trending (and waning) in the miasmic swirl of hot-button food issues.
It often seems the world is a very different place than it was some 50 years ago, when self-sufficiency made us scramble for the garden and we prided ourselves on safe, microbe-free harvest-preserving skills. Today, community resilience gets our attention, and fermentation is the buzz in preserving what we grow—go, you microbes!—but otherwise, not much has changed. There’s just more of it, and more people getting growing. And I can dig it. Totally.
Editor in Chief
Originally published in Organic Gardening magazine, February/March 2014