How you can fertilize The Dirt

After the sap running in the trees, sprouting garlic is our first sign of spring. Photo: David Sommerstein.

Almost three month ago, I posted a photo of my wife and daughter planting garlic last fall, as a way of welcoming you to our new farm and food blog, The Dirt. Well, 67 posts and a few hundred comments later, we're rolling, and I'm happy to report the garlic is up.

It's weird starting a farm and food blog in the middle of winter. You lose sight of the thrill of the whole enterprise. You plant a seed in the Earth, water it, hope the critters don't get to it, and…miracle. Something grows. As a humble bumbling gardener, it still awes me. I can't imagine what it feels like to you real farmers out there.

It just dawned on me this morning how excited I am to write and share and reflect about the nexus of field and plate now that the growing season is actually beginning in the Great White North.

So it's a good time to take stock. What do you like about The Dirt? How can we improve? What are we missing? What's your cool idea for building community and dialogue through a little blog?

We'd love to hear what you think of The Dirt, and anything else you can think of to say. Heck, just check in in the comments section to raise your face to the sun and say, "hello, spring! It's been a long time."

P.S. – We'd really love you to send us your photos of your emerging gardens and fields, and hopefully self-portraits of yourselves, too. Send your photos to david-at-ncpr-dot-org. Thanks!

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One Comment

  1. Thoughtful and well timed post David!
    Something that i have noticed is that the posts seems to come a little too fast and furious at times.
    You and Julie are doing a great job presenting many very interesting and more often than not, complex issues.
    Many of these issues are worthy of much more attention,rumination and discussion.
    I imagine that it's not an easy call to know when to move on or not, but perhaps some sort of time span would remedy this and help take some of the pressure off of you two in the process.