In a regimented greenhouse laboratory, an engineer learns lessons about life and love from a fertilizer delivery agent and a renegade asparagus.

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Premiere Date
March 24, 2011
19 minutes
Funding Initiative
Short-Form Series and Special Projects

Robby Henson

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The Film

Introverted and cerebral, Dekard is an agricultural engineer who monitors a regimented greenhouse laboratory that produces hybrid asparagus, sealed off in a transparent control booth buried beneath a destroyed landscape in the near future. When fertilizer delivery agent Elena Navarro arrives for a surprise visit, Dekard accidentally knocks an inferior asparagus he is culling to the lab floor in his rush to spend more time with Elena. After a trip to a dating compatibility center forecasts Elena and Dekard’s romantic future, he returns to his greenhouse to find an unlikely testament from his forgotten asparagus.