Turkey Harvest and farm visitors from afar

Interns bagging turkeys

Oh, how sweet it is! Amazing focused, kind, hardworking Poyface interns helped us with our turkey harvest this week. Michael  decided it made more sense for “Buxton” turkeys (270) to be processed at Polyface with the help of 10 additional people. What a difference it is to butcher with a team of skilled interns and apprentices.                                                                                                                                                                                                               

Working together during a harvest provides a great way to get to know the faces, hands, hearts, and young spirits that make Polyface work. I love hearing their stories, what states they each come from and what inspired them to come to Poyface for a season of hard work and education. Individually they are unique, gifted, insightful and dedicated. Together they are a dream come true! We’re at the end of our season, having helping right now is priceless. It was a seamless, effortless day. Big thanks for all of them!

Bagging up the birds

The day of the harvest starts about 4:30 a.m. It takes about an hour to get to Buxton from Polyface. It’s still dark out as the turkeys are loaded onto the trucks. By the time we butcher, ice, bag, and weigh it’s 4:00 p.m. Time for us to get back to Buxton for chores. As always we end the day with a pasture raised delicious homemade meal and solid sleep.

From Field to harvest

In addition to our turkey harvest,  we also had a wonderful visit from Australian Permaculture Design Teacher, Darren Doherty, his wife Lisa and their beautiful children. It was a wonderful visit. I took a permaculture design course with Darren 4 years ago at Quail Springs Permaculture Farm in California. I was terribly inspired by Darren and the principles of Permaculture. Studying with him opened a lot of doors, and broadened my perception about sustainable solutions for the earth.

Darren Doherty, Michael, Grace, and Lisa

Darren and Lisa came out to see the cows moved across the river and interview us for their documentary they are doing about Polyface Farm. How exciting to be part of this creation!

Michael, Darren, Wyatt Clark in the river field

Michael and Wyatt crossing river after cow move


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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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3 Responses to Turkey Harvest and farm visitors from afar

  1. Seab says:

    I assume the turkey harvest is in preparation for Thanksgiving? Since this is September, do you freeze the birds until November? Where do we purchase your turkeys?

    • Sheri Salatin says:

      Hi Seab,
      You can purchase Polyface Turkeys (all frozen) either here at the farm or through one of our buying clubs. 🙂 Several retail stores in Staunton, Charlottesville, VA Beach, Richmond and Harrisonburg will have them too!

  2. Maarten Pennink says:

    OK, I have to realize that your frantic harvesting schedule does not always provide you with adequate time to respond to (my) telephone calls. So, I went to this website, and saw to my delight that you do have turkeys for Thanks Giving. I live in Charlotte, NC and I wonder whether you ship and/or hold turkeys for customers like me.
    Yes indeed, I could drive on my way to Alexandria, VA drive through Charlottesville, VA, but then I need to know the name and address of the store carrying your product.
    Any chance you can give me information on the above?
    Thanks for your help and good luck with the remainder of the harvest.
    Best regards,
    Maarten Pennink
    1712 Garden Terrace
    Charlotte, NC 28203