Giving thanks

SpRiNg RainBoW at BUxTon

Now that our mornings are more for ourselves, I have time to meditate. My latest spot for meditating is in our beautiful new “farm office.” Local gifted artisanal woodworker, John Achin built our portable office this summer. It’s a beautiful space and sits on the farm overlooking the river.

Farm office in distance

It’s a great place to gather your thoughts. Quiet setting, beautifully crafted, small and cozy. I was inspired to own something like this a few years ago. The best part of this creation is that when our work is done at Buxton, it goes with us, it’s on wheels!

Tiny farm office

I love this time of the year. For me it’s not about the commercial aspect of the holidays, it’s the energy. I love the energy of the holidays. My favorite is winter solstice but who doesn’t feel like they have things to be grateful for at Thanksgiving?

Buxton Brothers



Our first season was a wonderful success. There are things we would not do again, so rest assured we’re teachable! Always learning. Isn’t that the joy of life, taking risks, making mistakes, getting on solid ground again-I like to say, “coming up for air.”. Really it’s the thrill of life experience that builds character and promise. When we think about all the new things we took on at one time, we gasp. What were we thinking! New state, new home, new career, new community, new projects, new friends, new climate, new community lifestyle, so many animals to get familiar with!  In the midst of the season there were moments when we thought we could hardly keep up.










I’m not sure if it was the beauty of this old farm or the people who wish for us to succeed at Buxton that pulled us through our doubt, either way we hung in there and now with the season ending we can rejoice! I am certain that my husband is the anchor that makes everything possible at Buxton. This time last year we were filled with curiosity and eagerness about Buxton. Now, with one year behind us, we have a slightly better map to follow for next year, and for that we are truly grateful. Happy Thanksgiving!

My amazing husband, Michael


Australian Film Crew

Polyface women


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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."

2 Responses to Giving thanks

  1. Brie Aronson says:

    Love this, Grace! Happy Thankgiving to you too.

  2. Sue McKown says:

    Hey Grace,
    Haven’t seen you in awhile. I thought you might have been able to make it down for the Gunther Hauk talk. Our meeting place was packed, he really can draw a crowd. And his talk was inspiring as ever. Have you been able to get some bees yet? I have a feeling there will be a lot of swarms this year. If I have some extras I’ll give you a call. Love your posts and your new office.