Grounds Keepers

Chives wake up in one of our raised beds.
It was April last year when enough snow had melted away for us to start working on the grounds at Better Farm and get ready for the spring season. Well, things have started early this year; and on Saturday a bunch of us got busy with the seasonal yard work required to make way for the spring, summer, and fall rush.

Here are pictures from the first week of April, 2011:
Tiger lilies bed at the front of the main house.

And here are pictures this morning—still the middle of March!
Tiger lilies in the front yard.
Onion and garlic sprouts.

Here's a quick "honey-done" list from the last week:
  • Got the materials delivered for construction of the Art Barn's second-story deck and staircase
  • Raked twigs and wood chips away from wood piles and added to compost
  • Turned compost and bagged rich, black dirt for seed planting
  • Planted seeds, stocked greenhouse
  • Raked away brush from sprouting tiger lilies
  • Cleaned out raised herb beds to make way for rising-and-shining chives, garlic, and onions
  • Moved the chicken coop to another section of garden
  • Inventoried bicycles and the work they need to be road-ready this spring
  • Loaded all the bird feeders with seed
  • Inventoried wood for new chicken coop
  • Scooped gravel onto potholes in Art Barn driveway
  • Began organizing things in the Art Barn
  • Dragged some of the patio chairs and loungers out of the car port so we can really get the full effect of these beautiful days
Big thanks to Sue Kerbel, Brian Purwin, Nick Bellman, Tyler Howe, and Shani Abromowitz for getting the proverbial ball rolling. To volunteer at Better Farm, e-mail or call (315) 482-2536.

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.