Art Show, Poetry Reading, Graduation Ceremonies This Saturday!

"A Mobile Lifestyle", Ashley Jones.
"Toolbox Diptych", Ashley Jones.
Please join us for Better Farm's July commencement ceremonies at 7 p.m. this Saturday, July 27 at Better Farm's Art Barn!

The event, free and open to the public, will feature a gallery showing of paintings by betterArts resident Ashley Jones; poetry reading by betterArts resident Bradley Harrison Smith; and a commencement ceremony for Better Farm's June and July interns Kara Colarusso, Jacob Firman, and Rebekah Kosier. Hors d'ouvres and refreshments will be provided. This is a great opportunity to see (and hear!) locally produced art, meet the cast of characters at Better Farm, and learn more about the programming available right here in Redwood.

About the Artists
Bradley Harrison Smith graduated in May with an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Texas. The Colfax, Iowa, native recently completed his first full-length poetry collection, which is pending publication, and has published a chapbook of poems called "Diorama of a People, Burning" through Ricochet Editions at the University of Southern California. He worked during his residency on new poems he seeks to develop into a second, full-length collection.

Ashley Jones is a visual artist who with a BFA in printmaking from California College of the Arts. She attended Clayworks on Columbia in Brooklyn, N.Y., and Diablo Valley College in Pleasonton, Calif. Her work has been shown extensively at galleries from coast to coast and she has been the recipient of several scholarships and awards for her art. Ashley lives in Brooklyn, N.Y. See more of her work here.

About the Sustainability Students

Kara Colarusso is a graduate of Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Fla., where she majored in environmental studies. Her experience with environmental education through a program called "Edible Peace Patch" and her volunteer work at Eckerd's campus garden prepared her to spend the past month gaining a sustainability education at Better Farm. Kara seeks to pursue her interests in sustainability, as well as become certified as a yoga instructor.

Jacob Firman is a student at Oberlin College in Oberlin, Ohio, where his focus is on environmental studies. During his time at Better Farm, he became particularly interested in topics he could pay forward when he returns to school in the fall; namely, compost and aquaponics. He also created his own independent study in fermentation; facilitating projects to create sauerkraut and ginger beer, among other fermentation projects. He plans to present proposals at Oberlin to initiate a compost system for food halls on-campus, and install aquaponics systems in on-campus housing.

Rebekah Kosier is a political science student at Wells College in Aurora, N.Y. She grew up in rural Alabama, where she had the opportunity to witness the process of farming and to know many farmers; but sought an education in sustainability at Better Farm in order to connect sustainable farming practices to her interest in food sovereignty. Her goal in college is to learn about ways to transform how people interact with political institutions through the use of food and farming. 

Better Farm's Art Barn is located at 31060 Cottage Hill Road in Redwood, N.Y. For further information, please call (315) 482-2536 or email To learn more about betterArts' residency program or Better Farm's sustainability education program, follow these links: and


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.