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OCTOBER
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SEPTEMBER
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AUGUST

All Writing From Ian Willson



Nov 2017

DIRT NERD

CUT AND COME AGAIN Plants are resilient organisms, far more capable of surviving and thriving laceration, amputation, decapitation, and all other manner of mangling in a way that even the most regenerative fauna of planet…Read full article

Oct 2017

DIRT NERD

ROOT DOWN Our dialect is absolutely inundated with analogies and metaphors about roots. The internet taught me that a metaphor that defines one’s perception of reality uses a metaphor with roots in its very name:…Read full article

Sep 2017

DIRT NERD

SOW WHAT YOU REAP I envision the natural succession of the food grower to consist of four progressive steps:  1. Plant plants and grow them successfully.  2. Plant seeds and grow them successfully.  3. Collect…Read full article

Jul 2017

DEAD AND GONE: A HOLIDAY WEEKEND WITH EKUMEN

Ekumen is a band comprised of post-quarter-life-crisis adults. Adam plays guitar; AuraLee sings; Chuck plays guitar; I (Ian) play drums; Josh plays bass. If we have our way (and we probably won’t), you’ll never see…Read full article

Jun 2017

DIRT NERD: CALL OUT (AGRI)CULTURE

Nobody gets rich growing food. Historically, farming has instead been the crippled back of the masses upon which the wealth of an elite minority is piled. Wealth basically exists because of the agricultural revolution, but…Read full article

May 2017

DIRT NERD:
EVERYTHING THE LIGHT TOUCHES

There’s far too much to take in here, more to find than can ever be found. But the sun rolling high through the sapphire sky keeps great and small on the endless round. —Elton John…Read full article

Apr 2017

DIRT NERD: FOR THE BIRDS

Last month I rather unceremoniously stated that you should not grow food if you’re not going to eat it. There are plenty of reasons to grow food that extend well beyond your dinner plate or…Read full article

Mar 2017

DIRT NERD: SUBJECTIVE SEASONALITIES

Technically, spring will fall upon us in the middle of this month when the sun finds itself resting atop our equator, straddling day and night to draw a firm line between the cold, lifeless winter…Read full article

Jan 2017

DIRT NERD: SLOW AND GROW, LET YOURSELF GO

Food is more powerful than we give it credit for—especially plants, which feed all the other food we eat. It isn’t enough that plants sustain us, providing us with literally the only way of accessing…Read full article

Dec 2016

GROW THE REVOLUTION 

I am not so alarmist that I believe utter societal collapse is imminent and we all must learn to grow our food immediately. I think we need to take care of ourselves and each other…Read full article

Nov 2016

DIRT NERD: RISE UP! (YOUR GARDEN BED)

Dear Dirt Nerd, I’ve just purchased a house and can now fulfill my highly idealized goal of growing food for my family. Maybe a good future topic to discuss would be: to raise a garden…Read full article

Oct 2016

DIRT NERD: DEFEND KALE

New Orleans usually finds itself blissfully behind the curve when it comes to trends writ large, from third wave coffee shops to man-buns to yes, the local food movement. When it comes to greens however,…Read full article

Sep 2016

DIRT NERD: ALL-NATURAL DOUBLESPEAK

Trees are sanctuaries. Whoever knows how to speak to them, whoever knows how to listen to them, can learn the truth. They do not preach learning and precepts, they preach, undeterred by particulars, the ancient…Read full article

Jul 2016

Dirt Nerd: A Hot Mess

I never saw an oft-transplanted tree, Nor yet an oft-removed family, That throve so well as those that settled be. —Benjamin Franklin In the New Orleans of the present and foreseeable future, we can expect…Read full article

Jun 2016

Dirt Nerd: Drink up

The single most common phrase uttered from would-be gardeners is “I would, but I’ve got a black thumb.” I find this sentiment utterly meaningless: how could the color of one’s thumb possibly have anything to…Read full article