All photos by Nicole Caldwell, Mike Brown, and May Daniels.
Summer ‘dos are done and these camelids are ready for their closeups! Alpacas hate the heat, so shearing is a necessary part of life when your home is at a New York sanctuary. The boys and girls aren’t wild about the process, but absolutely love feeling the breeze on their skin. Happy alpacas = happy humans.
Coming home to roost.
Monday mornings with Finnegan. ❤️
Kobayashi Maru, patron saint of Better Farm, maxing in a patch of tall grass on a perfectly sunny day.
GREAT day for a ride!
So inspiring to be part of this evening’s Health and Wellness Fair at LaFargeville Central School, where students are on the cutting edge of sustainable practices with on-site vertical gardens, Brita Hydration Stations in the hallways, dual-flush toilets in the bathrooms, solar panels and wind turbines providing power, and rubber-rolled roofing reflecting sunlight off the building. And that’s just the beginning! These folks have earned their Silver LEED certification and it was a pleasure to make art and plant garlic with so many exceptional humans. 🙌🏼
Mighty productive Saturday morning as we raze an old shed and rescue a 19th-century stone wall from Better Farm’s original barn. Stay tuned...
What a difference a coat of paint makes! Here’s Better Farm’s updated kitchen ceiling, where we’ve traded dingy white for stunning silver.
Each year, we commit to adding at least 100 trees on Better Farm’s property, with 2018 marking our 800th tree going into the ground. We’re celebrating with 50 white spruces, a dozen or so fruit trees, several hardwoods, flowering beauties like peony trees and hydrangeas, and a slew of willows. The baby spruces arrived today and are taking a soak before being tucked into their new homes.
Really, truly, finally spring.
Monday hangs in sunshine be like #🐽
Happy Earth Day! Today we’re celebrating the planet with belly rubs, outdoor seating, open grazing and lots of planting!
Get ready, world. 🎪
Repost from @habituallyhaley — Sunday funday hangs in the yoga trapeze at @betterfarm
Big thanks to SUNY ESF’s Society for Ecological Restoration group for helping to install this living wall in one of the bathrooms at Better Farm. Bathrooms, with all their steam and moisture, are perfect places for living wall installations featuring vines, spider plants and succulents.
Students from SUNY-ESF’s Society for Ecological Restoration have officially infiltrated Better Farm for a weekend of unwinding, team building, family meals, seed starting and a little heavy lifting.