Spotlight On: Better Festival Featured Artist The Suitcase Junket

One-man band The Suitcase Junket will be a featured artist at this year's Better Festival Saturday, June 18, at Better Farm in Redwood.

The Suitcase Junket is Matt Lorenz, a Vermont-born musician, visual artist, and tinkerer. His artistic vision is one of salvaged and repurposed objects, throat-singing, and original music.

"I'm interested in the hidden voices that reside within things: the songs stuck inside instruments, the story behind the object, the mysterious weight of a word, the harmonic sequence that's in every note waiting to be broken as light through a prism."

Lorenz tours The Suitcase Junket nationally playing on festival stages and city street corners, in concert halls and dive bars, in living rooms and listening rooms. The sound isn't easy to pin into a genre, but The Suitcase Junket is often likened to Tom Waits, The Black Keys and Andrew Bird.

His instruments include a resurrected dumpster-diamond guitar, an old oversized suitcase, a hi-hat, a gas-can baby-shoe foot-drum, a cookpot-soupcan-tambourine foot-drum, a circular-saw-blade bell and a box of bones and silverware that operate much like a hi-hat. He pounds out rhythms with his feet and his twang-and-buzz guitar growls through a couple of old tube amps. On top of all this is the ethereal edge of his overtone throat-singing.

In support of Lorenz's unusual instrumentation, betterArts will host a free workshop during the afternoon of Better Festival helping people of all ages upcycle everyday objects to make instruments.

The Suitcase Junket will perform at Better Festival from 4:30-6 p.m. The band's latest album, Dying Star, was released in March and is available here. Also be sure to check out The Suitcase Junket On Facebook, Instagram and Twitter: @suitcasejunket.

For more information about Better Festival and to Order tickets, click here.

Backed By Popular Demand, betterArts 'Vino & Van Gogh' Workshops Become Monthly Series

After hosting two completely sold-out adult evening workshops, betterArts is turning its "Vino & Van Gogh" adult paint 'n' sip workshops into an ongoing monthy series.

In each class, students will be led step-by-step through the completion of a craft, painting, or other art form. As in other adult classes, finger foods and bottomless glasses of wine are made available for all attendees (non-alcoholic beverages also available!).

Upcoming Dates:

March 24, 7-9 p.m. Crafts 'n' Cocktails

An extension of betterArts' popular Paint 'n' Sip series, this workshop will feature a craft accompanied by bottomless wine and snacks. Specific crafts project to be determined! All funds raised through betterArts workshops go directly toward arts and cultural outreach in the North Country. Specific craft TBD, Instructor Maria VanPelt * CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

April 14, 7-9 p.m.: Vino & Van Gogh

A step-by-step painting class teaching technique, color and brush strokes... and featuring bottomless glasses of wine and snacks! Specific painting project TBD. All funds raised through betterArts workshops go directly toward supporting arts and cultural outreach in the North Country. Thank you for supporting this important cause! Instructor Maria VanPelt * CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

For a complete listing of upcoming events, click here.

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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.

Become A Better Radio Supporter of 88.5 FM!

Become A Better Radio Supporter of 88.5 FM!

Better Radio is a new, low-power FM station serving the Redwood community and surrounding hamlets and towns in Northern New York. The station broadcasts talk shows, live and pre-recorded original music, interviews, story-telling, news, weather, fishing reports, poetry, garden guides, and much more. The goal is to highlight all the people, music, businesses, activity, and culture of the North Country through our own, independent news outlet.

And Better Radio needs your help!

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Better Festival This Saturday!

Better Festival, the annual open house, fundraiser, and alumni weekend for Better Farm and betterArts, is slated from 12-8 p.m. this Saturday, June 21, 2014. 

All money raised at the annual music, sustainability, and arts festival will directly fund art- and sustainability-related community outreach initiatives in and around Redwood. 


The day-long event features live performances by local and regional bands, a gallery showcasing artwork by painters, sculptors, photographers, and more, booths featuring art and handmade items for sale, tours of the Better Farm campus, information about Better Farm and betterArts 2014 programming, arts 'n' crafts for kids (and adults!), freshly prepared and locally sourced food, a refreshments tent, games, bouncy castle, and more! 

To introduce betterArts' latest endeavor Better Radio, there will be a booth set up for people to create content for that station. Music will also be recorded for live-streaming and podcasts. For complete information, be sure to visit www.betterarts.org/better-festival. Here's what the lineup looks like for Saturday:
Musical Lineup
1 p.m. MIND THE GAP
2 p.m. THE BAD HUSBANDS CLUB
4 p.m. NORTHERN BLEND CHORUS
5 p.m. FOX RICHARDSON
6 p.m. THE MIGHTY HIGH and DRY
8 p.m. OPEN JAM (all musicians invited on-stage to play)
 

Confirmed Vendors
Artists
Sponsors
Camping for the weekend is available for $10/nigh/person. Reserve a spot early by emailing info@betterfarm.org. RSVP to the event here.

Shop at AmazonSmile, Support betterArts

Shop at Amazon Smile and a portion of your purchase will support betterArts.
AmazonSmile is a new program allowing a portion of all your Amazon purchases to be donated to betterArts in order to support arts and cultural outreach in the North Country.

Here's how it works.

You visit smile.amazon.com (or simply follow this link) and plug "betterArts" in under charitable organization.  In order to browse or shop at AmazonSmile, customers must first select a charitable organization. For eligible purchases at AmazonSmile, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price to the customer’s selected charitable organization. AmazonSmile is the same Amazon marketplace you're used to—except a percentage of your purchase amounts will be donated to betterArts.

Each quarter, the AmazonSmile Foundation makes donations to eligible charitable organizations. To account for Product returns, a portion of the quarterly donations will be withheld until the following donation cycle.

What is the AmazonSmile Foundation?
The AmazonSmile Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation created by Amazon to administer the AmazonSmile program. All donation amounts generated by the AmazonSmile program are remitted to the AmazonSmile Foundation. In turn, the AmazonSmile Foundation donates those amounts to the charitable organizations selected by our customers. Amazon pays all expenses of the AmazonSmile Foundation; they are not deducted from the donation amounts generated by purchases on AmazonSmile.

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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.

Better Mud Run Signups Now Available!

Sign-ups are now open for the First Annual Better Mud Run July 12 in Redwood, N.Y.!

The Better Mud Run will be held at 12 p.m. Saturday, July 12, at Better Farm. Money raised at the event will fund sustainability and wellness outreach in the North Country, with a portion of proceeds donated to USO-Fort Drum to benefit service members and veterans.

Featuring more than 20 obstacles, the Better Mud Run invites the fiercest  athletes and thrill-seekers to the Better Farm campus for agility obstacles, wall-climbs, scaling mountains, and—of course—getting really, really muddy. Here's a preview of a few obstacles planned for that day:
  • Warrior Carry
  • Pond Crawl
  • Mud Slide
  • Tire Toss
  • Hay Bale Jump
  • Trench Warfare
  • High Stepper
Get all the event details—and the sign-up form—at www.betterfarm.org/better-mudder.

Everyone who signs up to participate in the Better Mud Run will get an event shirt. All who finish the course will get a headband and free drink! Following the course, visitors are encouraged to stay for some food and refreshments that will be available for sale next to the Art Barn, where we will have live music and entertainment to enjoy.

Better Farm is located at 31060 Cottage Hill Road, Redwood. If you would like to sign on as a volunteer to construct the course or help out day-of, please contact us at info@betterfarm.org.
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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.

Northern Blend Chorus to Perform at Better Festival June 21

Northern Blend Chorus, a ladies a cappella singing group based out of Watertown, N.Y., has confirmed their participation in Better Festival Saturday, June 21, at Better Farm in Redwood.


The women of Northern Blend Chorus specialize in the barbershop style. They have placed in the top five internationally since 2000, and are known for their "mighty sound" for such a small group. They won top honors in Harmony Inc. in 2010 as International Chorus Champions. They were silver medalists for the 2012-2013 year, and were recently awarded the Area 3 Championship in Palmyra, NY with a score of 946 (Avg. 78.8!).
 
The singing group will perform at 4 p.m. at the Better Festival, an annual open house, fundraiser, and alumni weekend for Better Farm and betterArts slated from 12-8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014. All money raised at the annual music, sustainability, and arts festival will directly fund art- and sustainability-related community outreach initiatives in and around Redwood.
One of group's quartets, "For Heaven's Sake"
Northern Blend Chorus boasts between 30-35 members and they are an incredibly talented group of ladies from all walks of life. They meet to rehearse every Monday evening at the All Souls Church on outer Gotham St. in Watertown, NY, and are always welcoming guests to come sing with them and experience their fun and exciting style of singing!

Members of that group this summer are helping to host an a cappella workshop for people 23 and younger:
To learn more about the Northern Blend Chorus, follow these links:
There is no cover charge to attend the Better Festival, but donations are encouraged! Camping is available for $10/person/night. Visit www.betterarts.org/better-festival to learn more.
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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.

'Empty Bowls' Event at ACS March 4


Alexandria Central School (ACS) in Alexandria Bay is hosting an "Empty Bowls" event to raise money for the school's Backpack Club from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 4.

At Empty Bowls, a $10 donation buys you a ceramic bowl handmade by an ACS student and filled with spaghetti. After dinner, participants may keep their bowls as reminders of all the empty bowls in the world. 

The Backpack Club provides food on the weekends to ACS children whose families cannot otherwise afford it.

Alexandria Central School is located at 34 Bolton Ave. in Alexandria Bay.
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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.

'Wild Friends Print Exchange' Call for Artists

Alfred, One of Best Friends Animal Society's American Crows at their sanctuary in Kanab, Utah.
The Wild Friends Department at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Kanab, UT, is hosting a print exchange among artists to raise money for construction of a bigger and better home for the organization's rescued crows, Alfred and Anabel.
Alfred and Anabel are homed at Best Friends through a federally licensed Wildlife Education program. Crows can live up to 80 years, and it's extremely important that they have a natural, big habitat to enjoy for the duration of their lives. Application fees and donations will go toward the $4,000 needed to build a healthier, happier home for the crows.

What is a Print Exchange?
This print exchange is an invite to all artist/printmakers to make an edition of 13 prints with the theme: Crow.  Any printmaking technique can be used including relief, intaglio, lithography, silkscreen etc. Upon turning in your 13 prints, 10 prints will be sent back to you by randomly selected artists who also participated in the exchange.

Not part of the print exchange but still want to donate? Any donation amount is greatly appreciated. (Donate $25 and receive a 4x6 glossy photo of our crow Alfred.  Donate $50 or more and receive an original crow print!)

Print Exchange Information
Theme: Crow (open to your interpretation)
Cost: $50  ($25 student)   Fee goes directly to new home for crows. Additional donations welcome!
Eligible Artists: Everyone
Printmaking Media: Open
Paper Size: 8" x 10" (print/image size open) - Prints can be submitted on archival paper only.
Edition Size: 13 prints (numbers 1/13 - 13/13)
Submission Process: Click here to download the print exchange application. You can make your donation below or send your donation by mail. Send prints, completed form, and donation/proof of donation to:

Wild Friends at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
5001 Angel Canyon Road
Kanab, UTAH 84741
ATTN: PRINT EXCHANGE

How it Works: You will receive a collection of 10 prints randomly selected from all the artists submissions in May of 2014.  One set of all the prints entered will be shown at the Best Friends Animal Society Crow Exhibition and donated to the BFAS permanent collection.  2 sets will be sold to raise funds for a new crow habitat.

All prints submitted will be put in a web gallery and may be digitally reproduced to promote this project.

The complete portfolio of prints will be exhibited at the Best Friends Animal Sanctuary Village Artspace from April 25 - June 20, 2014. Opening reception is slated from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 25. At that opening, the organization will announce the total amount raised for the crows' new home.

RSVP by email to wild@bestfriends.org
Prints must be postmarked by April 10, 2014 to be accepted
Questions: email wild@bestfriends.org  or call (435) 644-2001 x 4592
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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.

Better Farm Newsletter: Winter 2014



Hello, Friends of Better Farm!


What a winter! Record-setting cold temperatures, lakes iced over before the New Year, wind chills reaching -40 in some parts of the North Country, and a week-long power outage to boot: Is anyone else ready for spring?

We're keeping things hot at Better Farm by gearing up for our busiest season yet. On the heels of a recent FCC approval and first-time betterArts grant from Best Buy, we're initiating a low-power FM station called Better Radio that will work in tandem with our websites and blog to bring you original content from the North Country. Donations to betterArts' Better Radio project are tax-deductible and will go directly into making this project a success (funding information is below). We've confirmed two summer music and art festivals to be held at Better Farm, a "Better Mudder" extreme obstacle course in July, several workshops and retreats, and the arrival this spring of a brand-new stable of artists-in-residence and sustainability students. Better Farm is also available as a venue for rustic weddings, field trip for kids to learn about the great outdoors, and a perfect place to host your next conference, meeting, or event. Information about all of these milestones is below! Stay tuned to our blog to follow all of these adventures. If you know of anyone interested in gaining some hands-on experience with sustainability issues or an artist in search of a creative, open space in which to work on their projects, please send them our way!

Enjoy the rest of the winter season—we will see you again this spring!

Until next time, better be.

Nicole Caldwell
Executive Director and Co-Founder
Better Farm
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News! Autumn Recap, Winter Activities, and betterArts' First Grant

People from Better Farm and its subsidiary nonprofit betterArts kept busy all fall and in this first-half of winter with plenty of community outreach activities and milestones. Here's a review of all recent things "better":
  • Thanksgiving 'Family' Dinner Party—More than two dozen people came out to enjoy an early Thanksgiving dinner party with the cast and crew of Better Farm and betterArts. This was our third annual event of this kind, and we expect the tradition to continue for years to come! The potluck event is free and open to the public.
  • Holiday Party with Hospice of Jefferson County—betterArts in December partnered with Survivor Outreach Services of Fort Drum and Hospice of Jefferson County to present "A Time of Holiday Remembrance" for children who have lost a loved one. The event, held at Hospice of Jefferson Country's offices on Gotham Street in Watertown, featured arts 'n' crafts, lunch and cookies, a gifts giveaway, and a project hosted by betterArts that included decorating flower pots and planting poinsettias.
  • Indoor Growing Systems—We expanded our indoor water-based growing system by adding a hydroponics tank. With lettuce growing in that bed and tomatoes blossoming in our aquaponics setup, we're on track to have fresh greens and produce right up through our next outdoor growing season. Click here for the full details and how-to guide for starting your own indoor garden.
  • betterArts Receives First Grant—Best Buy Children's Foundation annually donates up to $2 million in community grants to local and regional nonprofit organizations that provide teens with places and opportunities to develop 21st-century technology skills. betterArts received $6,000 in funding from Best Buy to use in conjunction with its latest project, "Better Radio", a radio station and educational program based out of Better Farm (more information on that below!). Grant funds were used to purchase recording equipment that will be used by young adults enrolled in local schools to produce content; from music to interviews and story-telling. In addition to airing that content on Better Radio, it will be available for use in podcasts and on school websites.
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Better Radio Becomes a Reality

Better Radio: A New Media Project by betterArts is a low-power FM station recently approved for transmission out of Better Farm's property. The station will be owned and operated by betterArts, and will be used along with websites and blogs to transmit content produced in the North Country. Approval of the station was announced in December, on the heels of a community grant from Best Buy to purchase recording equipment. We expect our station number sometime this spring; after which time we have 18 months to erect our tower and begin transmitting. While all of that is going on, betterArts members will be working with students at local schools to create great content for use online and on-air. Their content—and content produced by adults in the community—includes recordings by local musicians, storytelling, political roundtables, weather reports, interviews, DIY home repair tips, gardening how-tos, and much much more. We are accepting donations to help fund our tower, transmitter, additional equipment and basic start-up costs. Please email info@betterarts.org if you would like to make a donation of any amount. And stay tuned to our blog for more information on how you can get involved.

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Upcoming 'Better' Events and Initiatives

Compost Initiatives, St. Patty's Day parties, summer music festivals, and extreme obstacle courses: Here's your guide to everything Better in the coming months!
  • Better BucketsComposting is the process of turning food scraps into nutrient-rich soil. With up to 40 percent of all landfills comprised of otherwise biodegradable food scraps, composting is a simple way to cut a huge amount out of the waste stream while benefiting backyard gardens, homegrown produce, and increasing amounts of topsoil. To that end, Better Farm has partnered with the Redwood Neighborhood Association and other local groups and individuals to kick off a new campaign that will turn natural waste into soil and help preserve and expand the natural beauty of the area. “Better Buckets” allows individuals and families in the Redwood area to isolate food scraps from the waste stream in order to benefit their community. Better Farm will deliver five-gallon pails to those who have signed up and make regular visits to empty the buckets. Waste will be brought to Redwood's Community Greenhouse for processing (and overflow to Better Farm), where over time the food scraps will become healthy soil perfect for fertilizing flowers and produce grown in the community greenhouse. This program is brought to the community at no cost to participating individuals. Those that would like to participate can click here for more information.
  • betterArts to Host Kids' Room at Irish Fest—For the second year in a row, betterArts will be in charge of the kids' room at North Country Goes Green's Irish festival held March 14-16 at the Dulles State Office Building in Watertown, N.Y. There will be lots of prizes, arts 'n' crafts, games, snacks, and fun to be had for children of all ages!
  • Better Festival slated June 21—This year's annual Better Festival is set for 12-8 p.m. Saturday, June 21. All money raised at the annual music, sustainability, and arts festival will directly fund art- and sustainability-related community outreach initiatives in and around Redwood. The day-long event will featuring live performances by local and regional bands, a gallery showcasing artwork by painters, sculptors, photographers, and more, booths featuring art and handmade items for sale, tours of the Better Farm campus, information about Better Farm and betterArts 2014 programming, arts 'n' crafts for kids (and adults!), freshly prepared and locally sourced food, a refreshments tent, games, bouncy castle, and more! To introduce betterArts' latest endeavor Better Radio, there will be a booth set up for people to create content for that station. Music will also be recorded for live-streaming and podcasts. Camping is available for $10/person/night. We are offering accommodations Friday through Monday, or any night therein. Workshops will also be scheduled throughout the weekend and include lessons in upcycling, permaculture, and yoga. If you would like to perform, display your art, or volunteer, please contact us at info@betterfarm.org to be directed to the appropriate betterArts or Better Farm contact.
  • Better Mudder Coming July 2014 — We're bringing a "better" version of the Tough Mudder competition to Redwood, N.Y., in our first annual Better Mudder event in July 2014. Hosted by Better Farm and featuring more than 20 obstacles, Better Mudder invites the fiercest  athletes and thrill-seekers to the Better Farm campus for agility obstacles, wall-climbs, scaling mountains, and—of course—getting really, really muddy. Proceeds will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project and sustainability and wellness outreach in the North Country. Stay tuned for more information at www.betterfarm.org/better-mudder.
  • Have Your Next Event at Better Farm—We are now accepting bookings for 2014 retreats, workshops, weddings, corporate meetings and events, lectures, and field trips at Better Farm. Better Farm is situated on 65 acres of  rolling hillsides, forests, open fields, farmed land, a pond, and a small fruit orchard. There are several buildings: the main house with two kitchens, seven bedrooms, three lofts, a library, four bathrooms, laundry room, office and two common areas; the two-story Art Barn with gallery/event space, studio, and second-story deck functioning as stage overlooking a natural amphitheater; a tool shed, wood shed, greenhouse, and small cabins for additional overnight guests. The main house, barn, and property are available year-round to rent for weddings, retreats, workshops, field trips, festivals, concerts, lectures, and more. Rent the whole property for big groups, or rent just what you need for a smaller group. Contact info@betterfarm.org with your inquiries. For overnight lodging information, click here.
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Better Farm's Sustainability Education Program

Better Farm’s Sustainability Education Program was created to offer individuals an immersive, introductory crash-course in sustainability initiatives. Those enrolled in the program receive a hands-on education in a myriad of seasonal topics related to sustainability and environmental issues. Instead of a traditional working farm with acres upon acres of one or a few different crops, Better Farm has many gardens demonstrating different styles of small-scale farming and stressing the need for diversity of crops instead of mono cultures. Better Farm equips students with a variety of solutions to real-world agricultural issues, including small spaces, temperamental soils, pests, and climate change. The aquaponics, hydroponics, layered gardens, fruit orchard, and forests on the property are extremely varied so students coming from all over the world will learn real-world tools that can be applied back home. The Sustainability Education Program runs in one- to three-month intervals. Those attending receive daily assignments and chores all related to sustainability initiatives and organic farming, as well as the opportunity to design and implement projects on their own. Upon completion of all units and responsibilities, participants will receive a certificate from Better Farm. College students may additionally receive course credit for completion of Better Farm's Sustainability Education Program. To learn more and to apply, visit www.betterfarm.org/sustainability-internship.

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betterArts Residency Program

betterArts offers a unique opportunity to artists, writers, performers, and musicians with a residency program based out of Better Farm. Residencies are designed to offer artists of every discipline space and time to work on specific projects; whether a series of paintings, a composition, book, set of sculptures, or album. A private room, 24/7 access to a fully stocked communal kitchen, linens and towels, WiFi, parking, and round-the-clock access to the Art Barn are all included in a low stipend required of all residents. betterArts residents are encouraged to interact and participate in the goings-on around the property, and to help out with chores and farm-related responsibilities between three and five hours each week. These responsibilities may include working in the gardens, participating in arts-related community outreach projects, helping with house chores, cooking, or assisting with other odd jobs. At the conclusion of each residency, an artist is required to present his or her work to the public in a gallery show, reading, performance, or via some other appropriate medium. Residencies are for two weeks, three weeks, one month, or two-month periods. Basic facilities at Better Farm will be provided; but betterArts residents are expected  to provide the majority of materials and equipment they would need for the production of their work. For more information about the betterArts Residency Program and to download the application, click here.

Save the Date: Better Festival June 21

Better Festival, the annual open house, fundraiser, and alumni weekend for Better Farm and betterArts, is slated from 12-8 p.m. Saturday, June 21, 2014.

All money raised at the annual music, sustainability, and arts festival will directly fund art- and sustainability-related community outreach initiatives in and around Redwood.

The day-long event will featuring live performances by local and regional bands, a gallery showcasing artwork by painters, sculptors, photographers, and more, booths featuring art and handmade items for sale, tours of the Better Farm campus, information about Better Farm and betterArts 2014 programming, arts and crafts for kids (and adults!), freshly prepared and locally sourced food, a refreshments tent, games, bouncy castle, and more! To introduce betterArts' latest endeavor
Better Radio, there will be a booth set up for people to create content for that station. Music will also be recorded for video, podcasts, and eventual broadcast use.

Camping is available for $10/person/night. We are offering accommodations Friday through Monday, or any night therein. Workshops will also be scheduled throughout the weekend and include lessons in upcycling, permaculture, and yoga.

Seeking Vendors, Volunteers, Artists, Performers, and Sponsors


  • ARTISTS: Individuals who would like to put their artwork up in the gallery for sale are encouraged to contact us at info@betterarts.org for the appropriate paperwork. There is no fee to hang your pieces, but betterArts does reserve the right to a 15-percent commission on all sold art.
  • PERFORMERS: Bands, singer-songwriters, storytellers, and other performers are invited to participate in the festivities. We have a small stage in the Art Barn's gallery space and a larger outdoor stage on the second-floor deck overlooking a natural amphitheater. If you are interested in performing, please contact amberleeclement33@gmail.com or call (315) 482-2536.
  • VENDORS: A one-day vendor's pass is $15. Please contact us at info@betterfarm.org or call (315) 482-2536.
  • SPONSORS: Sponsors will have their names or business logos included in all press materials and prominently displayed at the event. Sponsorship levels begin at $50. Please contact Nicole Caldwell at nicole.caldwell@betterarts.org or (315) 482-2536 to learn more about becoming a sponsor.
  • VOLUNTEERS: We need people's help setting up, breaking down, running the refreshments tent, cooking, working in the gallery, and more. Please e-mail amberleeclement33@gmail.com.
Better Farm is located at 31060 Cottage Hill Road, Redwood NY, 13679. For more information visit www.betterfarm.org.
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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.