Intern-views: Talks with Tarah

Here is the second of three intern-views from the gal interns of Polyface farm. Enjoy getting to know Tarah! 🙂

Kristen: Why did you choose Polyface Farm for an internship?

Tarah: Since I’m married, it was just a nice step to get us started with where we want to be going with our life. And especially for people who don’t have backgrounds in farming or homesteading, it’s the perfect jump-off place. And it’s an environment we believe in.

Kristen: Do you to plan to farm in the future?

Tarah: Most definitely. It’s the only thing that makes most sense. It will probably take us ages to get it started and really going, but patience is maturity.

Kristen: Who is your role model and why?

Tarah: Seth. My match. Because he is the most honest and truth-seeking person I know. Plus, he’s a total crazo.

Kristen: What is something that’s cool about your hometown?

Tarah: The only thing I can think of is that my family lives there and they have bubble tea. And I don’t like it there.

Kristen: What is your favorite ice cream flavor?

Tarah: Not chocolate. Not toothpaste mint flavors. Always peanut butter, always cinnamon, always fruity sorbets.

Kristen: What has been your best moment on the farm so far?

Tarah: I can’t remember a specific moment, but once when I was talking with Seth I just felt so overwhelmed with love for our new farm family.

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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.
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4 Responses to Intern-views: Talks with Tarah

  1. Ahh, we are so happy to have you and Seth here, Tarah! 🙂

  2. Hi Kristen,
    My husband and I attended Farm Field Day. We loved being able to see everything first hand. We noticed in the brooder house you used nipple waterers for the chicks. We never thought of doing that, but would like to! We currently use the gallon waterers and they’re such a mess! Can you share 1) how the nipple waterers work 2) what brand you use and 3) your source so we could order them?

    Also, it appeared your hovers were propane powered? Can you share details on those too? Feel free to email me directly if you’d like.

    Thanks so much. We appreciate what you all do!

    • Kristen Long says:

      Hi Michelle,
      We use the industrial model water nipple drinkers. It is attached to a water spigot and has a water pressurizer. The water system in the brooder is the same kind used in conventional broiler operations, so any major poultry supply should carry them.
      Yes, the hovers are propane and industrial models too. They have a thermostat to adjust temperature.

  3. Brenda says:

    It’s fun to learn a little about the interns on the farm! Thanks for sharing, Kristen! Tarah, good luck to you and your husband! I hope you get to run your full time farm even sooner than you think! Our country needs more real food farmers! 🙂