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The Everyday Art of Sustainable Living
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Intellectual arguments alone will not sway the dominant paradigm; to be motivated to create change, people must be moved. Art has the power to inform, influence, and inspire. The creative impulse can, quite literally, change the world.

Better explores the intersection of sustainability and art, showing how each of us can reinvent our lives as our greatest artistic achievement. Presented in the context of the unique story of Better Farm, a blueprint for environmentally conscious living originally established as an intentional community, this unusual guide blends theory with practical, hands-on, DIY ideas to incite your own creative adventures, including:

  • Upcycling trash into treasure
  • Turning your fish tank into a garden
  • Making your yard or balcony a work of art
  • Better is a concrete application of the Better Theory, which views every experience—good or bad—as an opportunity for exponential personal growth. Packed with life lessons and tips for making any lifestyle more sustainable, while drawing on everyone's inherent creativity, this unique book provides the inspiration to live more simply, take more chances, and engage more with the natural world. A must-read for anyone who questions the purpose of the daily grind or grapples with the need for more meaning in his or her life.

    Nicole Caldwell is the co-founder of Better Farm, a sixty-five-acre sustainability campus, organic farm, and artists' colony serving as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Her writings have been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader's Digest, and Time Out New York, among others.

    Intellectual arguments alone will not sway the dominant paradigm; to be motivated to create change, people must be moved. Art has the power to inform, influence, and inspire. The creative impulse can, quite literally, change the world.

    Better explores the intersection of sustainability and art, showing how each of us can reinvent our lives as our greatest artistic achievement. Presented in the context of the unique story of Better Farm, a blueprint for environmentally conscious living originally established as an intentional community, this unusual guide blends theory with practical, hands-on, DIY ideas to incite your own creative adventures, including:

  • Upcycling trash into treasure
  • Turning your fish tank into a garden
  • Making your yard or balcony a work of art
  • Better is a concrete application of the Better Theory, which views every experience—good or bad—as an opportunity for exponential personal growth. Packed with life lessons and tips for making any lifestyle more sustainable, while drawing on everyone's inherent creativity, this unique book provides the inspiration to live more simply, take more chances, and engage more with the natural world. A must-read for anyone who questions the purpose of the daily grind or grapples with the need for more meaning in his or her life.

    Nicole Caldwell is the co-founder of Better Farm, a sixty-five-acre sustainability campus, organic farm, and artists' colony serving as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Her writings have been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader's Digest, and Time Out New York, among others.

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    • Nicole Caldwell is the co-founder of Better Farm, a 65-acre sustainability campus, organic farm, and artists' colony which serves as a blueprint for environmentally conscious living. Better Farm attracts those who are interested in doing "better"- growing from each experience, serving their communities, and creating something that benefits the world around them. Nicole is president of the not-for-profit arts and music outreach initiative betterArts, which works in tandem with Better Farm to explore the intersection between sustainability and art. She also works as a professional writer and editor; her work has been featured in Mother Earth News, Reader's Digest, Time Out New York, and many others.

    Table of Contents-
    • Introduction: Our Disconnect
      PART I:
      Chapter 1: The Better Theory
      Chapter 2: Lending Yourself to Infinity

    • Multi-Page Text Box Insert: My Story/Where I Begin
      Chapter 3: Community and Sustainability: Building a Better Farm
    • Multi-page text box insert: Applied practices of the Better Farm Design/Biography of Better Farm
      Chapter 4: The Intersection Between Sustainability and Art
    • Multi-Page Text Insert: betterArts
      PART II:
      Chapter 5: Where you Begin
      Chapter 6: Community
      Chapter 7: It's Hip to Be Green
      PART III: Turning Your Life into Your Greatest Artistic Achievement
      Chapter 8: Basic Tenets of Sustainability You Can Start Now
      Chapter 9: Basic Tenets of Artist Expression You Can Tap Now
      Chapter 10: Practical, Creative DIY: Combining Sustainability and Art with Everyday
      EPILOGUE
      Further Resources:
      Better Farm www.betterfarm.org betterArts www.betterarts.org Better Farm Blog http://betterfarm.blogspot.com
      INDEX
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    • Library Journal

      July 1, 2015

      Caldwell, cofounder of Better Farm, a sustainable farm and artists' colony, avows that environmental issues are universal, and that individuals can create a difference in making the planet, including the land and people, a better place. The key to the author's "Better Theory" is that every experience, good or bad, is an opportunity for growth. She presents stories of people who have started communities to serve those with physical disabilities, homeless veterans, and others who simply want to live off the earth. Many of the examples (instructions for building greenhouses and compost bins) revolve around Caldwell's farm commune, but her vision expands to all who desire a more fulfilling life. VERDICT Rewarding for those who already espouse the cause.

      Copyright 2015 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

    • -Gene Baur, President and Co-Founder, Farm Sanctuary

      Fundamentally, the book urges us to live mindfully and according to the best of our humanity, and ultimately to make the world a better place."

    • Cecile Andrews, author, Living Room Revolution, Less Is More, Slow Is Beautiful, and Circle of Simplicity

      I came away feeling expanded and hopeful -- inspired by [Nicole's] ability to communicate exuberance for new ideas and by her belief in our ability to change -- especially her faith in the idea that we are “better together!"

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