Find Yourself

Whether establishing your first home, creating a farm, or transforming a commune into a sustainability center, it's all about location, location, location. So why not make yours known?

Over at Better Farm, we're in cahoots with a welder who may create a metal logo for over our front door. We're also looking into a "Better Farm" driveway arch. And with all the generous donations coming through, we're doing a lot of research into different styles of commemorative plaque so we can remind everyone entering this space how we did what we did; and who contributed to making the Little Commune that Could just so.
A good starting point is an address plaque so your dinner-party guests can find their way to your place before the first glass of wine is poured. You can also get plaques with the year your house was built, or your family name. On a shoestring budget? Try finding a few smooth, large rocks in your yard or on your next hike. Clean them off and paint a number on each one. Put them in a row on the ground next to your mailbox or on your front porch.
Lighted address plaques take this idea a step further; and can be done on your own by buying a lighted "Exit" sign from a hardware store, taking the sign off the case, and replacing it with your address (cut your address out of thin plastic sheets or heavy foil with a razor).

With all the experimental projects coming through—including but not limited to compost toilets, bee houses, bird houses, chicken coops, lofts, solar showers and Permaculture—we're planning to utilize many of the above-mentioned ideas to create informative plaques; so the next time you're admiring the cool style of passive solar we're utilizing, you can learn a thing or two as well. So go ahead, join the trend, and make yourself easy to find.

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.