And it Begins: Barn repair

We have a lot of big ideas for the barn at Better Farm: recording studio, lofted sleeping quarters, shop space on the first floor for potters, welders, carpenters, and the like; car ports, and maybe even a fire pole.

But first things first.

There are a few minor quirks with the barn, such as a door that's been broken for years. There are also broken windows on the first floor, a bullet hole in the roof (still a mystery), a second floor full of hay (some good, some rotten), a first floor full of debris and junk, and a structure that requires sealing, insulation, soundproofing, and more. But hey—the folks at Better Farm have never balked at a challenge.

It seemed appropriate that for our first foray into getting the barn in tip-top shape, we'd tackle the issue with the front door and main entrance. Hunter Ciliberti headed out there yesterday with a hammer, a few reclaimed nails (he hammered some bent nails into straightness, and we found a little container of old nails once used for something else), a beer, and some brut strength; and in about five minutes undid five years of disrepair.

And, behold:


Nicole Caldwell

Nicole Caldwell is a self-taught environmentalist, green-living savant and sustainability educator with more than a decade of professional writing experience. She is also the co-founder of Better Farm and president of betterArts. Nicole’s work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader’s Digest, Time Out New York, and many other publications. Her first book, Better: The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living, is due out this July through New Society Publishers.