Swine Flu Party!

Because no one should ever be shut out, even swine flu victims.

Symptoms of this nasty little virus run the gamut of unpleasantness; including everything from extreme fatigue to loss of appetite to achy muscles and fever. Check, check, check, and check, as two of our nearest and dearest fell victim to H1N1.

The shot is mostly being administered to pregnant ladies and small children, which meant our fallen soldiers had to ride this illness out old-skool; with lots of steam to breathe, homemade chicken noodle soup, gallons of tea, echinacea, juice, and TLC.

The epidemic swept Better Farm two weeks ago, lasted about six days, and left as quickly as it came. The Better Theory teaches us to address our fears and misfortunes head-on, and to take those demons and make them sing. So, that's just what we did. Cue Better Farm's first (and hopefully last) swine flu party, which had to double as Clayton's goodbye party since he sadly had to hit the road the following morning for Baltimore.

Photos by Clayton Carlson

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.