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!
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.
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.
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!