Summer Workshops with Better Farm and betterArts

Construction of a basic rainwater catchment system at Better Farm.
Instructor Paul Jennings walks folks through a second fermentation of blueberry wine.
Our summer workshop schedule is taking shape! Whether you're interested in sustainability, building, gardening, art, music, or all of the above, we've got you covered. Here's a list of offerings from betterArts and Better Farm. Be sure to check back at for updates and a completed schedule!

There is a suggested $10 donation for scheduled workshops to cover costs of basic materials, ingredients, and any associated instructor fees. Unless otherwise noted, we will provide all necessary materials at the workshop. Pre-registration is required! Please contact us at with any questions, to pre-register, or to inquire about teaching for us. 

Sauna Construction Instructor: Bob Laisdell
Creative Upcycling and the Art of Transforming Junk Each student will bring an old, tired furniture or clothing piece to transform into something else that is functional. From sketches to the final product, instructor Stephanie DeJoseph of La Mia Designs will help students visualize, create, transform, and finalize an upcycled piece. Encouraged materials (anyone without the following is not excluded from attending): one piece to upcycle, sewing machine, fabric scraps, old clothing, small furniture pieces. Ages 15 and up
Drumming Circle
Beneficial Bugs and Insect Hotels Tidy gardens, chemically fertilized lawns, and a lack of dead wood in suburban/urban areas mean less and less habitat for wild bees, spiders, and ladybugs. You can combat this issue by creating an "insect hotel" to attract beneficial insects (read: pollinators and pest controllers) to your yard and garden. Learn how construct an insect hotel utilizing items you can find around your house and in your yard. Students will learn all of the above, and then try their hands at actual construction of an insect hotel. Instructor: Nicole Caldwell
Brewing Beer Instructor: Paul Jennings

Poetry for Children Instructors: The Line Assembly Poetry Group Dates: July 1, 2
Poetry & Open Mic (Adult class) Instructors: The Line Assembly Poetry Group Dates: July 1, 2
Intro to Video Editing Learn the basics of video editing. Those without video cameras may use their iPhones! Instructor: Holly Boname
Learn the art of making your own wine. Instructor: Paul Jennings
Yoga for Kids
Intro to Violin
The Art of Boiling Water Learn simple, delicious, and organic recipes anyone can make! Instructor: Nicole Caldwell

Edible Wild Plants Take a nature hike on Better Farm's property and learn about all the edible, wild plants perfect for making salads, teas, and more.
Intro to Canning
Aquaponics for the Home Learn how to turn any home fishtank into an aquaponics design that can provide your whole family with salad greens, herbs, or even tomatoes and peppers year-round. Instructor: Nicole Caldwell
Winemaking Instructor: Paul Jennings
The Ins and Outs of Rainwater Catchment

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.