Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Soap-Making for Rainy Days

Have I entered the world of Little House on the Prairie? On a rainy day last week, I decided to make soap. No, I didn't use animal fats—I'm not that hardcore—but I did pick some fresh lemon balm, oregano, and sage from our herb garden to add to the concoction.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

This Friday: Works by Graphic Novelist and betterArts Resident Maggie Fishman

"Faceoff" by Maggie Fishman
Visual artist Maggie Fishman will have pieces from her graphic novel The End of Oil on display at 6 p.m. Friday, July 25, in Better Farm's Art Barn gallery in Redwood.

Monday, July 21, 2014

DIY Granola

At Better Farm, we make every effort to buy ingredients as opposed to pre-made, processed foods. By learning to create our own dishes, breads, and other products, we can control what is in our food and ensure only the healthiest, best ingredients make it to our table. Our latest "from-scratch" effort was to make granola.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Better Mud Run Recap

The fierce youth competitors of last Saturday's Better Mud Run.
Redwood Volunteer Fire Department members who came out to soak the course.
Last Saturday marked the First Annual Better Mud Run at Better Farm, which raised funds for Better Farm's wellness outreach as well as for nearby USO Fort Drum.

Monday, July 14, 2014

The Humanure Compost Toilet System

Humanure compost toilet system as featured at
One of the most wasteful uses of fresh, drinkable water in the world is that of flushing the toilet. Residential toilets alone account for roughly 30 percent of indoor residential water use in the United States—that's equal to more than 2.1 trillion gallons of freshwater each year, according to the EPA. There's got to be a better way.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Gallery Showing of Works by betterArts Resident Kiran Chandra July 11

Kiran at work in the Art Barn.
A gallery showcasing the work of betterArts resident Kiran Chandra is slated at 6 p.m. Friday, July 11, at Better Farm's Art Barn in Redwood.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Monday, July 7, 2014


A patch of oregano growing in Better Farm's herb beds.
Oregano, or “mountain joy”, is native to northern Europe and grows as an annual plant in North America. I automatically think of pizza whenever anyone mentions the herb, but it can add a warm, aromatic flavor to many different dishes, including sautéed mushrooms and onions, omelets and frittatas, and homemade garlic bread. Oregano is not only a great source of vitamin K, manganese, iron, dietary fiber, and calcium, but also has anti-bacterial and antioxidant properties.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Better Bee Update

Each Tuesday, we have been checking on Better Farm's new bee hive to see if they are filling up the frames that are in the bee box.

Tuesday, July 1, 2014