Tuesday, April 22, 2014

'Garden Day' Returns to Macsherry Library May 10

Representing Better Farm at Macsherry Library's 2012 Garden Day. Photo/Justin Sorensen for Watertown Daily Times.
Better Farm will once again participate in Macsherry Library's annual Garden Day celebration from 12:30-4 p.m. Saturday, May 10, in Alexandria Bay, N.Y.

Monday, April 21, 2014

'Better Buckets' Compost Initiative Kicks Off in Redwood

Redwood's three-tier compost bin.
Volunteers on Saturday gathered behind Redwood's Community Greenhouse to construct a three-bin compost system available for public use as part of the recently launched "Better Buckets" initative.

Thursday, April 17, 2014

Our Favorite Things List: Spring 2014

Cocoon Double-Hang Nest Chair.
We see all the articles buzzing about on the Internet about the 10 coolest things to build for your home or how to have a lavish backyard this summer. Between all those lists, and other articles we've run into, there's no shortage of "To-Dos" at Better Farm this (or any!) year. Here are our top picks for cool new ideas we'd like to employ—as soon as the there are more hours in a day.

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

DIY Shadow Puppets

Image from Machetera.
On a recent trip to a very cool toy store, I found a lovely collection of shadow puppets for sale.
I was struck at how beautiful they were in their simplicity, and another thought: Why buy them, when you can make personalized shadow puppets of your own?

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Planting in Mulch Beds

Some of Better Farm's chickens have been hard at work digging up worms and helping to aerate soil between garden rows.
One of the most common questions people ask about mulch gardening is how one should go about planting in the layered beds of compost, hay, cardboard, newspaper, and other biodegradables.

Two words: dandelion weeder.

Monday, April 14, 2014

Eat Your Enemies: Spotlight on Invasivore

Sir-fried carrot and invasive burdock root. Image from Food 52.
In a world of international shipping, plane travel, criss-crossing railroad tracks, and roads, invasive species have become par for the course. In any ecosystem, you're likely to find a number of species that have immigrated from elsewhere; often with detrimental effects to the native population.

Invasivore, a group of people taking advantage of this invasion, promotes the consumption of invasive species as a means of controlling those populations and essentially turning proverbial lemons into delicious lemonade.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Compost Initiative Kicks Off in Redwood with Workshop, Hamlet Cleanup

In partnership with the Redwood Neighborhood Association, Better Farm's "Better Buckets" initiative kicks off at 12 p.m. Saturday, April 19, with a workshop to construct Redwood's community compost bin, seed-planting and basic maintenance in the Community Greenhouse, and a trash-pickup project in downtown Redwood.

Those interested in participating in the inaugural year of Better Buckets may also stop in that day to pick up their free compost buckets; 5-gallon pails that will be filled with an individual's or family's food scraps and picked up (or may be dropped off at the community greenhouse) on a weekly basis throughout the year. The dirt produced in the Community Greenhouse's compost bin will be available for free to the public.

Here's a little background on Better Buckets:

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

The Latest from Artist-in-Residence Mike Brown

Artist-in-Residence Mike Brown has been penning stories and writing songs at Better Farm since 2010. He's uploaded some new content to his YouTube channel you're officially invited to check out.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Mark those Calendars!

Vintage calendar image from Life Hacker.
Now that Spring's in full swing, the calendar is filling up fast. Here's a rundown of all the 'better' stuff we've got going on. Check back regularly on our website for new additions being added; and follow the blog to get more information on specific events and how you can get involved.

Monday, April 7, 2014