Intern Jaci Introduces Herself

By Jaci Collins

I arrived at Better Farm in Redwood, NY early afternoon yesterday. The house (which is beautiful in itself!) is settled on a scenic lush 65-acres, nestled between area lakes. Any sane person would easily feel welcomed, at home and at ease. I came to Better Farm to get my hands dirty in hopes of walking away with some knowledge and experience in small-scale gardening/farming. What comes along with this is a chance to spend time with myself, and the wonderful people that also reside in the Better Farm house.

My first day as an intern consisted of me spending most of the morning and afternoon in the garden. I can’t yet tell you everything that is being grown, but I do know what I have planted: string beans and lentils! Aside from this, I did quite a bit of weeding and cleaning up in the garden. I also spent some time in the greenhouse straightening up, and pulling some weeds. Once I got a second wind after some yoga, I spent some time in one of the raised beds behind the house weeding.  I might transplant something’s into this bed tomorrow depending on what’s ready to be transplanted from the greenhouse.

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.