From Wild to Wine

In spite of the 90+ temperatures this afternoon, more than 20 people came out to participate in Better Farm's blueberry wine workshop.

Here's the article from (photos from the workshop are below!):

By Holly Boname

A group of North Country residents have learned what it takes make a batch of homemade blueberry wine.

The free workshop, put on by Better Farm located in Redwood, demonstrated how to collect wild blueberries and through the process of fermentation, turn the natural fruits into a homemade wine.
Instructor Paul Jennings says that many different fruits and vegetables can be turned into wine, and that the blueberries found locally in Northern New York lend well to a good blend of wine.

The students first learned about the basic principles of equipment sterilization, fermentation, and production. Students crushed the blueberries into a workable mixture, added the correct sugars and ingredients and tomorrow will finish the process with the addition of yeast.

Executive director of Better Farm, Nicole Caldwell, says that the workshops are designed and created to increase community involvement, fun and education.

“We have been designing an entire series of workshops for the summer, all agriculturally related,” said Caldwell. “We are trying to connect the idea of healthy local food with something recreational like wines. So we thought with all of our workshops, if we can tie something local into it, whether that is people learning how to do rainwater catchments and then being able to apply it at home, or picking blueberries from Plessis and then making your own wine to share with your family and friends, to just bring it all home and try to get people involved with what’s going on around here.”

Many workshops are held throughout the summer at Better Farm. For a listing of workshops, visit


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.