Country Roads and fresh pastures

Calling the herd

We moved the cows from the Campbell Field to the Crossroads Field. We’re still on Buxton property but a bit away from the farmhouse. It’s amazing how much pasture is on Buxton Farm. So much daily movement across this vast land.

You can see Daniel calling the Tonya, the lead cow. Once Tonya gets moving the others follow behind immediately but since she knows the way we need her to step up to the plate, and she always does. It’s fun to watch. Tonya is the cow on the far right with the horns. Beige color. Big mama!

Taking over country roads to get to fresh pasture

This was a very casual easy move which we prefer. No cows veering off to explore the woods. It can be tempting for them! It’s a powerful sight to witness 260 cows running down country roads following the call of a few herders.

Arriving at Crossroads, fresh pasture

This week a new volunteer arrived on the farm from California, Wyatt Clark. Wyatt is eager to know all about the Polyface model of farming. Wyatt comes with previous experience so he is already up to speed with us with chores. Michael and I will have to get up to speed with his permaculture knowledge. Before arriving to Buxton he spent 4 months apprenticing at “Quail Springs” a 450 acre permaculture farm in Ventura County California. He’s teaching us a few things he learned at Quail Springs which we appreciate. It’s a great farm exchange with volunteers for us, breaking bread, sharing wisdom, stories,  and life experiences. Wyatt brings fresh perspectives.

Wyatt Butchering Buxton Broilers

He wasted no time taking his turn to slaughter some of our broilers. No hesitation on his behalf at all. We welcome unwavering attitudes! Stay posted for more stories about the wonderful volunteers coming our way to finish our first season at Buxton. It’s all down stream from here!

Sunrise turkey feeding by Wyatt

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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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7 Responses to Country Roads and fresh pastures

  1. Marci says:

    How often does the fence get moved on the turkeys. We still run ours in tractors. This would sure save some backs. 🙂

    • Marci says:

      Also, do you have to go and close a door on a shelter for them at night?

      • Grace says:

        Hi Marci, the turkeys get moved every other day. They are not closed in at night. Jack, Polyface guard dog stays beside them. The feathernets are much easier to move than the tractors for sure! Be well! Grace

  2. amber says:

    Beautiful pictures (minus the broilers lol)

  3. What a beautiful sight!

  4. Adam Stevens says:

    Great photos! Do to Turkey’s follow the cattle in rotation?

    • Grace says:

      HI Adam, no, the turkeys do not follow the cows. The hens follow the cows and clean up their manure. We keep them 3 days behind the pasture the cows have just left. The 3 days makes is the best time for the larva in the manure to come alive. The hens go to work on the manure. It’s a sight to see.
      The turkeys are on pasture in a different field but get moved every other day.