Spotlight On: Better Farm's own Staciemae Brown

I've underserved our readers in the last few months by not profiling the eclectic bunch we have holed up at Better Farm. Since May, we've seen an engineering intern, biologist, bartender studying to be a nutrition expert, fresh Iowan transplant, 20-year-old vet recently back from repairing helicopters in Japan, and a truck driver pass through this house.

And that's just for starters.

In the coming weeks we excitedly anticipate the arrivals of a former diplomat, logistics expert, and carpenter. And in the months ahead we'll be welcoming a permaculture expert and gardener, writer, and a craftsman.

It's natural for you to envy our family dinners.

As summer draws to a close and that cold fall air starts nipping at our ankles, we're also readying for a bittersweet goodbye as our own Staciemae Brown packs her things and makes arrangements for her move to the Czech Republic. Stacie—who joined us at Better Farm in mid-May—will be working as a missionary overseas and teaching English. She's leaving in early November with a group from Word of Life Church in Watertown, and as of now her return date is unknown.

But I'll let her speak for herself. Staciemae recently launched a blog of her own, aptly titled "Czeching in with Stacie." You can learn all about her background and follow her progress as she applies the Better Theory to her missionary work overseas. We'll miss her (this woman really is a force to be reckoned with), but this is one journey that can't be taken from the sidelines.

To help support Staciemae's endeavors, please contact Better Farm for further information.

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.