Molding the Clay

Our garden summer harvest

Sunrise turkey feeding

Asparagus started from seed
Strawberry runners planted into ground
First Sunflower this season

Moving to Virginia and farming at Buxton is like creating a piece of art. A much larger transition than I perceived. Like an artist, we’re creating from a blank

canvas, bit by bit filling it in, molding something bigger than us. There is no map to follow, only immediate hands on experience. I can’t remember a time when I felt so many challenges at one time. Nothing has prepared me for the level of vulnerability I feel in this new position. So much to comprehend our first year, the steep learning curves are at times are exhausting.
I’ve been naive in some of my decisions which has caused me heartache. For instance, no one warned my about the number of pest I would encounter in our garden. My goodness, they are everywhere. Almost all of our summer squash has been eaten. It’s one of the easiest things to grow in California. I never lost one! Looks like I need to plant a more resistant variety. There are always solutions….
Finally this week I actually “felt” our place here on the land. I had a moment where Buxton even felt like home. I think my body is slowly relaxing into a rhythm. It’s a nice feeling, one I’ve missed since the season started. I’m certain there are more of these positive feelings to come.
I’m pleased to announce the arrival of our turkeys. They are so interesting and somewhat aggressive. The other night I was concerned “Jack” the guard dog wasn’t around so at 3:45 a.m. I strolled out to check on them. So glorious to be out amongst the stars. A few bullfrogs hollered at me but other than that the turkeys were fast asleep. Very sweet. I miss being up late enough to witness the stars.
From our garden we’ve been eating “late” peas, delicious heirloom lettuces, potatoes, onions, turnips, kale, chard, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, (wild) berries, and basil. It’s time for me to start preparing for fall crops. A little more rain would be nice! Our corn in the hoop house is bursting forth. Along with all the hard work has come abundance. There is so much potential at Buxton Farm.
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About Grace

Grace and her husband Michael manage Buxton a Polyface satellite farm. Her first passion is to align with radiant health. She knows intimately that when you have your health you can do anything. Next, her passion for vibrant healthy food and beautiful landscapes along with her interest in permaculture influenced Grace's decision to align with the Polyface farming model. With 20 years of experience in the healing arts, she feels growing food and pasture raising animals is one of the greatest healers and a true source of personal empowerment. It's been said, "if you're not living on the edge your taking up too much space." Grace lives joyfully on the "leading edge" surrounded by the breathtaking beauty of the appalachian mountains where her and Michael steward 1000 acres with profound appreciation."

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