Water, Water, Everywhere

Interns Tim Serkes (left), Noah Bogdonoff, Amanda Treco, and Salman Akhtar with our newest rainwater collection system.
With more than 60 percent of the nation in some form of drought, water management is more important than ever. Better Farm's mulch gardening system has protected our crops from most irrigation needs (only having to resort to daily watering for the last two weeks as the drought has wreaked extensive damage throughout the North Country), but our single rainwater barrel connected to the Birdhouse dried up awful fast.

So, we expanded our rainwater harvesting systems with additional, 50-gallon drums: one next to the Art Barn for the artists to use, and another one on the other side of the Birdhouse to help with irrigation needs. Click the link after the photos for information on making your own rainwater catchment system!

For more information on our rainwater system and complete instructions on how to make your own, click here.

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.