Thursday, February 26, 2015

betterArts Presents: Spring Equinox Barnstorming Party March 20

BetterArts brings you a foot-stomping, winter blues-busting party that celebrates the Spring Equinox starting at 7 p.m. Friday, March 20, at Better Farm in Redwood.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rethinking Our 'Waste' Water

From Solviva.
Each of us produces greywater and black water at home. But what happens to that water once it leaves our houses? If you use products on your body and home that have dyes, chemicals or fragrances, you can be 100-percent sure those ingredients are being absorbed into the soil somewhere nearby.

Monday, February 23, 2015

Friday, February 20, 2015

Teach For Us!

Children's weaving workshop hosted by Alyssa Curley at last year's Summeriest.
Calling all teachers of sustainability and art—WE WANT YOU!! We're gearing up for a season filled with educational opportunities designed to encourage a more sustainable, creative future. It starts with you! betterArts seeks educators in all crafts, from music and painting to pottery and writing. Better Farm is looking for sustainability specialists, builders, master gardeners, beekeepers and more!

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Early Bird Special: Lock in Last Year's CSA Rates Now Through March 15

From now through March 15, you can lock in last year's rates on Better Farm's Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Now Accepting Applications for 2015 Sustainability Education Program

Better Farm’s Sustainability Education Program was created to offer individuals an immersive, introductory crash-course in sustainability initiatives. Those enrolled in the program receive a hands-on education culminating in a sustainability certificate from Better Farm.

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A New Vision for School Lunches

Imagine: schools utilizing greenhouses and passive solar, thereby involving students in their food choices and energy needs. These designs from the Solviva website.

By giving children supreme power over and involvement in their school lunches, we can help educate students in science, math, economics and health—all while doing more for the planet.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Study Looks at Effect of Climate Change on Farming

Image from Wikipedia.
Originally Published at the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis, December 2014.
Climate change impacts will require major but very uncertain transformations of global agriculture systems by mid-century, according to new research by the International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA).

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Natural Plaster Recipes

Image from The Mud Home.
Originally posted by Alex Sumerall at This Cob House

Natural plasters and finishes are a great alternative to the conventional products available out there. The ones that are just riddled with toxic chemicals! Most people don’t even realize the negative effects that these products have on their health. Indoor air pollution and toxic off gassing is a whole subject in itself though.

So I just want to give you some earthen plaster recipes today to get you thinking.

Natural plasters and finishes can be applied to cob walls or even to drywall board! The majority of natural plasters and finishes are made from a combination of these simple ingredients:

Clay, sand, straw, lime, kaolin clay, wheat paste, pigments, and water.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

DIY Better Bathroom Design

Old barn wood gets repurposed as a dramatic accent wall.
We've been taking advantage of winter weather by digging into some miscellaneous renovation projects in Better Farm's main house. Topping that to-do list was a shower unit replacement that was much-needed in one of the upstairs bathrooms.