About Pine Knot Projects
When I was growing up, my father had a phrase “tough as an old pine knot.” I think he meant it with a mixture of admiration and consternation.
Pine knots are not just markers of growth, they are against-the-grain aberrations of sameness, supposed blemishes that reveal a uniquer beauty. Native, abundant, and yet seemingly invisible to those who aren’t seeking, there is no warmer or easier to light fire than one started with pine knots.
I believe that if we are going to craft a more beautiful world, we’re going to need to learn how to work with our knots, to design collaborative ways of growing that celebrate honest inclusion of our history, our ecosystems, our characters — not to simply saw through them.
These are the types of projects I like to work on: They are in part an effort to responsibly inhabit place, specifically the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. They are in part gestures and experiments toward sustainability, community, and shared vitality. They are all marked by a belief that the broad strokes of our dominant economic, social, and political paradigm are in urgent need of place-based, against-the-grain, and autonomous eddies of change.
These are some of those projects.
Meghan Williamson is a mediocre farmer, a poor cyclist, and a stubborn believer that we can be better than we are. She lives in the Shenandoah Valley with her partner and her dog.