Better Farm Now Offering Private Garden Consultations

Let Better Farm help your garden flourish organically!
You can now hire a representative from Better Farm to come to your home and provide a personal consult specific to your organic home garden.

Such a consultation includes: 
  • a site assessment and soil pH testing
  • a client assessment and lifestyle testing (we need to learn a bit about you to know what plants will be realistic and inspiring for you, as well as for us to understand your gardening goals)
  • plant care tips, and suggestions for changes or additions.
  • discussion of the views from inside and outside the house
  • discussion about how you use your outdoor space and how involved you want to be in maintaining it
  • review of current landscape: plants grown, maintenance/weeding methods
  • compost talk and planning
After the consultation:
You will receive written recommendations and, if feasible, a preliminary plan, map and plant list. After our consultation, you will be able to make better choices when planning and working in your landscape. Options you may request:
  • sitting down together and mapping out exactly where certain plants should go (we will literally draw a map together utilizing companion planting and permaculture techniques)—or we can map it for you
  • advice on how to keep your soils healthy
  • information on composting and mulch-gardening methods
  • list of recommended plants with planting dates for each one and help in locating sources for seeds/seedlings
  • lists of natural pest deterrents and fertilizers you can use
  • advice for weeding strategies
  • advice on how to plant seeds and seedlings if needed
  • troubleshooting tips

How it is done
This process will take about 4 hours: 1.5 hours with you and some follow-up planning, mapping and research from us. However it may take more if you have a large garden or less if you only want to farm one windowsill. We charge $35 per hour, and you can send us photos of your space beforehand for a fixed quote. If you live far from Redwood then we will need to charge travel costs of 15 per hour.

Interested? Email us at or call (315) 482-2536.

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.