Spreading the Better Word

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We're getting the word out about sustainable agriculture, organic food, and small-scale farming—and our reach is continuing to grow, with new media outlets scooping up our reporting on a daily basis.

As the popularity of Better Farm's mission grows, so too do the amount of visitors to our blog. Our DIY sections, educational information, and ever-growing cast of contributing authors have cast a wide net in the sustainability community, and word's leaked out.

So this year I started contributing blogs and homesteading blurbs to Mother Earth News. You can follow those pieces over at www.motherearthnews.com (just plug my name into their search engine).

Last week, I additionally started posting short blurbs about organic food and farming over at JuJu Good News, a new website focused on nutrition and food-centric issues. I'll be doing five short news blurbs a week, as well as one longer, feature piece a week. You can follow my posts at JuJu Good News by clicking here.

And it's not just me—former students in our education program have hit the pavement to contribute education and outreach in their own communities. This summer's Fermentation Master Jacob Firman went home in August, bought a dish rack and some rags so his family could avoid running the dishwasher, and helped his mom hook up a rainwater barrel for irrigation. He also set his family up with a compost tumbler, and is now back at Oberlin where he's going to work with the student body to instate a compost system in the cafeteria and set up aquaponics in some student housing facilities. 

And Kathryn Mollica is back in New Jersey finishing up her last semester of school and working at Whole Foods; where she's been asked to teach classes on sustainability based on her work at Better Farm this summer. The list goes on—if you've got an update on how you're spreading the "better word", please get in touch!

Anyone who would like to contribute to our blog with a guest post about sustainability issues or green living can contact us at info@betterfarm.org. Oh—and be sure to tell your friends about year-round opportunities to become part of Better Farm's Sustainability Education Program (which, ahem, is now listed by as a premier educational program among major universities like Cornell, Columbia, and Boston!).

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.