Art, Food at Better Farm for Harvest Weekend

Better Farm is slated to participate in Jefferson County's first Harvest Tour Weekend from 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 29, and 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 30, with fresh produce at our farmstand, handmade items, T-shirts, and a gallery exhibit featuring sculptural work by visiting betterArts resident Kevin Carr.

Those interested in learning more about agriculture in the North Country—and sampling some great, local food—will have the opportunity to visit dozens of farms and agribusinesses to tour facilities, meet the animals, sample the wine, buy fresh produce and homemade goods, and see exactly where their food comes from.
At Better Farm, our farm stand will be open, featuring fresh produce, handmade items, and T-shirts. Our gallery and studio space will also be open with art for sale. Kevin Carr, this month's artist-in-residence, will have his completed work on display throughout the weekend. We will additionally be offering tours to the general public of our gardens, outbuildings, and studio spaces. Here are a few photos of Kevin's work:

Kevin is a 22-year-old artist from Canandaigua, N.Y., who has been living in Redwood for the month of September as part of the betterArts residencyprogram. Carr earned a bachelor of fine arts from Alfred University's School of Art and Design. He has served as director of Alfred University's Robert C. Turner Student Gallery, and as a teaching assistant at his school's painting department. His work has appeared in several galleries and in print. 

The work he has produced during his residency is centralized around concepts of sustainability and recycling; utilizing otherwise discarded objects such as bottle caps, plastic bags, and bread ties. "A lot of my work is about collections of objects that are often overlooked because they appear insignificant," Kevin said, "but when displayed in large masses they become significant and make people think about what the object really is, what it does, and why it is so small. For a while, I have wanted to create works involving recycled items, things that would normally be thrown away or tossed somewhere to sit forever. Imagine thousands of beer bottle caps, bread clips, plastic grocery bags, or discarded receipts shown or displayed together in a systematic way. This would draw the viewer's attention to how throwing away something small like a rubber band or a toilet paper tube can actually cause a large amount of waste when 15 million other people also just threw away one of these objects. I aim to bring my creative and systematic way of lying out and creating work to prove a point about waste with a project about recycling.The sculptures I create promote recycling and sustainability." 

 The fall season is a beautiful time to travel our country roads, look at the great colors of the season and purchase a vast variety of fresh produce.  Gather the kids, grab a cooler and hit the road! Your neighborhood farms will be ready to show you around, answer some questions and help you learn more about agriculture in the North Country.

For more information about the harvest tour and other agritourism opportunities in the North Country, visit Better Farm is located at 31060 Cottage Hill Road in Redwood. Call (315) 482-2536 for more information. To learn more about betterArts, 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.