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D.C. chefs hunt partridge, get conservation lesson at Virginia farm

The chefs had barely laid down their shotguns and shed their orange vests when Joe Henderson started in.

"Does everyone understand the value of this stream?" he asked, interrupting a few restaurant-focused conversations on the porch of his historic cabin as he gestured toward a picturesque waterway trickling nearby.

Henderson had invited more than two-dozen chefs from D.C. to his 600-acre farm and preserve near Berryville, Va., for a guided partridge hunt on an unseasonably-warm Monday before Thanksgiving. For many of them, the day was an introduction to hunting and to Randall Lineback cattle, a rare breed Henderson raises on the property, and that he sells as “ruby veal” to area restaurants.

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When the Chesapeake restoration effort began, scientists and policymakers raised red flags on the problem: continued rapid growth could easily counter any potential gains from ecological improvements. Twenty-five years later, the clean-up effort lags and the topic of growth receives little serious engagement. Even those who express concern about the true costs of growth tend to accept it as unavoidable reality, treating growth as an unquestioned force of nature that must be “accommodated.” Questioning traditional concepts of growth is avoided among political leaders and environmental groups, and little is taught or discussed in the region’s academic institutions. This makes it critical to re-examine concepts of growth, or the acclaimed bay’s restoration — and quality of life in the region — may be jeopardized.
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