Intern-views: Meet Michelle

This is the first of three posts about the gals interning here this summer. Michelle, Tarah, and Leanna are some of the sweetest and hard-working people, and it is a pleasure to have them at Polyface. Here is the first “intern-view” where you will meet Michelle.

Kristen: Michelle, what got you interested in farming?

Michelle: My dad, and then I always liked the countryside so much better than the city. We came to the farm to hear Joel speak and I thought it was great but it wasn’t necessarily for me. Then I took a lunatic farm tour and Joel was talking about the pigaerator pigs in the Far Barn and I was like “Ah ha! That’s what it is!”

Kristen: What is your favorite farm animal and why?

Michelle: Pigs! I love the pigs because first of all they are so fun and curious when they are alive and then when they are dead they taste delicious.

Tarah: She’s a bacon fiend.

Michelle: I am.

Kristen: What is your favorite chore on the farm?

Michelle: Well, some days I wake up and I’m like “I really want to feed the broilers today” and I love it. And some days I wake up and I’m like “I really want to water the broilers today.” But I never wake up wanting to move them. (giggles)

Kristen: So is that your favorite chore on the farm?

Michelle: Oh, in the evening? Yes, I love gathering and washing eggs – except when that temperamental hen tries to peck my hand.

Kristen: In a few words, how would you describe what Polyface means to you?

Michelle: What Polyface means to me? Ok, in a few words…. (ponders). Um, right now it describes my life and it’s simple and it’s hard but it’s so rewarding and I just feel so enlivened by it!

Kristen: What is something that most people don’t know about you?

Michelle: Um… sorry this is taking so long…ok, I’m just going to think of something random…. ok, coffee make me go crazy – no… but not all the time.

Kristen: What has been your favorite memory of working on the farm?

Michelle: A good memory is… emphasis on the “a,” is the day when I was really tired at lunchtime and Ian made coffee (laughs) and he made it so strong and I had two whole cups because I didn’t know how strong he made it and then I had so much energy and I was just going so so fast! Oh! Andalso when I drove the tractor and Oh! When Dan cooks really good food at night and I’m so hungry. Oh, and there’s also a day when I picked up a really heavy axle and I looked really cool doing it. Oh, the day my tricep was sore which meant that my muscles were growing. (laughs)


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About Kristen Long

Kristen Long came to Polyface as an intern in the summer of 2010. She enjoyed the lifestyle and work here and is now freezer organizer and inventory manager. Kristen was born and raised in Virginia and was homeschooled most of her school years. As a teen, she began raising dairy calves and milking cows before coming to Polyface. Kristen is blessed to be engaged to her best friend, Ben Beichler. They will be married in 2012 and manage DoubleB Acres, LLC.

4 Responses to Intern-views: Meet Michelle

  1. Z Padden says:

    This is great, as a hopeful intern for OCA it’s cute to read this. Thanks, and keep up the hard work!

    P.s. Michelle watch out for that coffee. 🙂

  2. wendy gray says:

    You are both adorable!!!!

  3. This is so….stinkin cool!
    A wonderful idea to hear from other gals who have this crazy passion for life passion for something more…passion for the dumb chickens I adore.
    Very inspiring and I am not a youngin like these girls I’m a whole 38 starting out on this adventure with my kiddos just as excited as me!

    Looking forward to reading more,

  4. Nikki says:

    Hmmm… so THAT’s where my bandana went 😀 Love you sis!!!!
    Your favorite little sister,
    PS Enjoy those pigs and make sure a sow doesn’t get you.