Fall’s Leisure

Hens looking for their treats

We’ve been enjoying our fall schedule on the farm these days. Not to mention the incredible week of warm weather and the glorious colors in the trees. We traveled through West Virginia last week and our hearts soared. So beautiful this time of the year.What a treat to witness the constant flux that seasons bring.

Our hens are sort of spoiled. I’ve been harvesting apples a few times a week for them. In this photo you can seem them running to our truck for their afternoon treat! It gives me great pleasure to spoil our girls with delicious fruit. There are 2 apple tress up the street from us that no one seems to care about. I got permission from the owner to pick them. I think I’m eating about 4-5 apples a day. I’m too lazy these days to make apple butter.  But still need to get a pie made before apple season is over.

Cows at Campbell Field

Now that our schedule is more relaxed we take our time moving the cows, enjoying the landscape and hanging out with Jack, Buxton’s guard dog! Jack will be headed off soon for some winter training. He needs a few refreshers on how to be the best guard dog he can be. Michael and I worked with him all summer  to help eliminate a few bad habits but he needs the big guns now; female guard dogs who take their job really seriously. We figured out what schedule works best for him. He likes to go to work about 4;00p.m. work all night guarding the eggmobile, then he likes to come home and sleep in the garden, next to the farmhouse where he can keep an eye on all of our activities. He does not like to be alone and he needs a break from the cackling hens or he acts out! He must have bones to chew on to keep him occupied.  I feed him raw eggs with his dog food and frozen liver from Polyface cows. His fur coat is amazing. He’s not Polyface’s Michael but he’s special in his own funny way. I must admit, he’s grown on me.

Lazy Days with Jack


Michael has been feeding hay to the cows only as a supplment. They need a bit more roughage in their diet. They’ve been terribly happy these days. Cooler weather, plenty to eat, and no flies. I love watching them lounge. The change of seasons make an impact on us and the animals. It’s great watching things constantly change, always improving.

Michael feeding Hay

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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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2 Responses to Fall’s Leisure

  1. Randall says:

    Sorry to be off the subject of the post but I was wondering if you could answer a “feed” question for me. I’m trying to buy a good chick grower feed and some of the ones that I have found have soy in them. However most of the “natural” feed suppliers advertise “soy free”. but I don’t know why soy is not good for chickens. Any insight would be appreciated.

  2. Grace Hernandez says:

    Soy in it’s whole food form should be fine for chickens. That means the whole roasted soybean. In our food that we purchase from Sunrise Feeds, there is whole roasted soybean, rolled oats, GMO free corn, kelp, fish emulsion. I think Joel might have an article about this on the Polyface website. The whole roasted soybean is GMO free and it comes from some local growers and from growers in Pennsylvania and Ohio. If you get soy not in it whole food form than I believe it is not great for your chickens and does not provide them with enough protein. I used to buy from MODESTO MILLING when we leave on the west coast. Here in Virginia it’s a different ball game. Rest assured you can find everything you need if you keep looking! Good luck!