Mid-Winter Thaw

A strange surge of weather in the 40s and 50s, combined with a few special visits from Better Farm friends, allowed a lot of work to get done in this unseasonably warm spell—from cleaning up the grounds to deep-cleaning some chicken coops to putting the finishing touches on some DIY carpentry projects. Here's a brief rundown of what we've been up to.

Here's Greg cutting some trim boards for the last of the master bath project:

...and here's the trim on the wall and ceiling (more master bath photos coming soon!):

Here's Jackson getting quilled by a dead porcupine we found under the deck:
...his brother Isaiah getting into the spirit of farm living by helping with dead porcupine removal:

...the new, custom-built sliding door to the master bath crafted from old barn wood we found across the street:

...the new kitchen backsplash:
Not to mention (unpictured) installing new hanger straps to support water pipes in the basement, the felling of some standing-dead trees and subsequent wood-splitting, a chicken coop-cleaning party, batten strip installation on the second floor of the barn, and more. Stay tuned for more pictures!

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.