Tuesday, October 21, 2014

BetterArts Board Member Opens New Gallery Space in Rutland Center

Kari Zelson Robertson


Soft Open

From 12-5 p.m. Nov.1 2, the little gallery will be open, displaying a selection of my ceramic work, handbuilt and wheel-thrown.

Located at 28279 Route 126, Rutland Center, our place is about 3.5 miles east of Watertown, NY. Look for that cute little building and the tall silo.

The studio, attached to our farmhouse, will also be open! Light refreshments and snacks, too.

Come out and and hang, talk, nibble, see my new work. I look forward to seeing you! Kari Zelson Robertson is a board member with betterArts, a non-profit whose mission is to increase access to the arts throughout the North Country. To learn more, click here.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Photos from Sackets Harbor's Fall Faire

BetterArts on Saturday participated in Sackets Harbor PTO's Royal Fall Faire at Sackets Central School in order to provide children with an arts 'n' crafts station that included leaf printing, decorating pumpkins, and face painting.

Friday, October 17, 2014

Heating the Home with Renewable Resources

In the United States, energy use accounts for 82 percent of our greenhouse gas emissions. Fracking for shale gas brings with it a host of environmental concerns (shale gas is expected to comprise 50 percent of all natural gas produced in the U.S. by 2035, by the way), while our continued reliance on coal and oil are killing the planet (if you want to ruin your day, check out this ever-timely article by Bill McKibben in Rolling Stone). But there are renewable resources we could be tapping into in order to heat our homes this winter.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

BetterArts Offers Arts 'n' Crafts at Royal Fall Faire in Sackets Harbor

Image from Art News 4 U.

BetterArts will be running arts 'n' crafts stations at Sackets Harbor PTO's annual harvest festival Royal Fall Faire from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. this Saturday, Oct. 18, at Sackets Harbor Central School.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Better Farm's Partnership with Airbnb Brings Tourism, Sustainability to Redwood

Better Farm since March has hosted more than 60 reservations through Airbnb, furthering the farm's mission of sustainable living—and travel.

Monday, October 13, 2014

Better Radio Update: Tower Installed!

Volunteers got together over the weekend to install Better Radio's tower, which will broadcast in 2015 from WBTS 88.5 FM.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Using Art as a Vehicle for Change

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Science alone isn't enough to change the hearts and minds of many. Art is the only thing that can do that. Art has the power to really make people think. So when you use art to deliver a sustainable message, people are far more likely to sit up and take notice. Or better yet, to stand up and act.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Autumn Newsletter

Hello, Friends of Better Farm!

Better Farm News - Autumn 2014:

• News: All the Latest Buzz Around the Farm!

• Summer's Cast of Characters

• Better Radio Update

• Upcoming Events

The Farmer's Almanac recently listed an Upstate New York park as the best spot for witnessing fall foliage, and we can see why. New York State has some of the most unbelievable landscapes and such a variety of trees! We've been enjoying the ever-changing color palette going on all around us as we continue to pull pound after pound of organic produce from the garden, ready the grounds for winter, and take the rare few moments of free time we have to sit on the decks and simply watch the leaves turn.

We have you to thank for another record-setting summer. Read on to get the full rundown! Looking ahead into fall, we've got our radio station to set up and a flurry of seasonal events to ready for.

In other exciting news, my new book is slated for release in June 2015! Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living explores the intersection of sustainability and art, showing how each of us can reinvent our lives as our greatest artistic achievement. I am so excited to share this with all of you. It's got tons of interesting Better Farm history, behind-the-scenes tidbits on my own transition to the North Country, and insights on how we can tackle environmental problems and cultural isolation in new, creative and better ways. For more information on the book or to pre-order a copy, click here. A book tour, signings, and other Better-related events will start popping up in the winter and spring, so stay tuned!

As always, check in at our blog to follow all Better Farm's daily adventures. And moving forward, you can look forward to a shorter, monthly email to keep you updated on all things better.
Until next time, better be.

Nicole Caldwell
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Better Farm

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Food and pH as Health Care (or Cancer Cause)

Does pH hold the key to preventing cancer? Some say cancer cells can not thrive in an alkaline environment.
While most of us now acknowledge the link between food choice and waistline, there's quite a bit more work to be done to educate the masses about how food can function as health care—or can work against us, even as a link to things like cancer.

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Call For Art: North Country Arts Council Fall Fine Art Show

The North Country Arts Council is seeking art submissions to its 66th Annual Juried Fine Art Show, the opening reception for which is slated from 5:30-8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7.