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.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Seed-Saving 101

Organic cantaloupe from Better Farm's garden, chock-full of seeds ready for saving.
Saving seeds has multiple benefits including continuing a plant's genetic line, increasing biodiversity, and keeping you out of the supermarket while saving you money! Here are a few simple ways to save your own seeds from your best-producing fruits and veggies.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Energy Globe Awards Seek Sustainability Projects

Previous Energy Globe Award winner, Water Category, K2 Eco Tank by FMD Design Studio. This shower-sink collects and filters graywater after use and pumps said water into the toilet tank to be used for flushing.
The Annual Energy Globe Awards, an international competition that rewards innovative projects related to sustainability, is seeking entries before the Oct. 8 deadline.

Friday, September 19, 2014

DIY Soda Can Solar Heater

Soda can solar heater, image from Hemmings Daily.
If you're looking for something to do as the temperatures drop away, why not give this passive solar soda can heater a try? All you'll need is some black spray paint, a bunch of empty aluminum cans, some 2x4s, and a few basic tools.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Coming Soon: Adirondack Regional Art Trail

Image from
Information  gleaned from the Adirondack North Country Association (ANCA) 

A new collaboration of non-profit organizations are working together to create an Adirondack Regional Arts Trail that will connect the North Country's arts organizations, galleries, theaters, artists and craftspeople through an online platform to help foster a unified identity for arts and artisan businesses across Northern New York.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Mulch Much? The Benefits of Gardening with Mulch

Gardening with Mulch - Moisture Retention and Yield
Written by

Originally published at
One of the easiest ways to ensure success in your garden, especially a vegetable garden, is to incorporate mulching into your garden preparations. This doesn’t have to break the bank, but it will provide you dividends in the abundance of vegetables you will harvest from your garden. Whether you live in the city, country, or suburbia, and whether you have a huge garden, raised beds, or even if you are using pots and containers, mulches are the unsung hero in the garden. 

Friday, September 12, 2014

Succession Planting/Second-Season Farming

Broccoli seedlings in planters on the front deck. These babies will be moved to the greenhouse when the weather turns.
Gardeners in the north may not have the climate conditions of our neighbors down south that allow them to essentially harvest vegetables year-round, but we can adopt a method known as “succession planting” to maximize our yield.

Succession planting is the rotation of crops and recycling of space; it allows gardeners to pull out spent vegetables and replant new ones, and it can increase total yields and improve the quality of vegetables.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Garden Goes Berserk; Bulk Food Orders Now Available!

Sweet potato squash!
Better Farm's gardens are literally bursting forth with delicious, fresh produce—which means we're now taking discounted orders for organic food that's available for delivery, pick-up, or pick-your-own on a one-time, weekly, or daily basis.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Better Farm to be Featured in 'Ways of Living' Documentary

Jessica Watkins, left, and Harper Cowan, documentary filmmakers for upcoming film Ways of Living.
Better Farm is to be featured in an upcoming documentary, with filming at the farm commencing this Friday.