The Place I’ve Called Home…



It’s the place where we most often feel secure and at peace, a place where we belong. I sit back and realize just how “at home” I feel here. The last 1 1/2 years I’ve called Polyface “home.” Of course, home is also my family and where I’m from, but there’s something so special about Swoope, Virginia.

It’s hard to believe that I have only four weeks left until I leave. My employment at Polyface is ending, and I am looking forward to the next season – yet, it’s difficult to imagine that this season of life is coming to a close.

Seasons always bring changes. Fall is bringing beautiful leaves, but also the chilliness of winter. Leaving Polyface is bringing me back home to my family’s farm for a season before marrying Ben in 2012.

But it also means that this time here is almost over. Moving out means not maneuvering acrobatic stunts to make my top bunk bed every morning. Or hearing Michael (the dog) bark at 3 am.

But there’s a lot to miss, too. I’m so grateful to the Salatins and Polyface Farm for giving the opportunity to be here. It’s been a blessing. I’ll miss the community, washing eggs & laughing, late night movies, working the store with Wendy, having a wonderful roommate in Brie – she’s funny and sweet and such a great friend.

Yes, this season is almost over. I’m reminiscing, and I’m grateful. Oh so grateful.

Happy Thursday!

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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.

One Response to The Place I’ve Called Home…

  1. Lynn P says:

    I have to say I’m a bit sad and almost envious. Youve had the opportunity to call Polyface home 🙂

    I’d heard about Polyface Farm shortly after the deadline to apply to be an apprentice, around August 23. I didn’t check the website out for another couple weeks. Imagine my surprise when I found out that you have to apply at the end of summer for the next. Oh well, I’ll apply next year, and try to get an intern position elsewhere this coming summer: get some experience. And read everything I can in the meantime 🙂 and who knows what will happen by then? It’s quite a ways in the future.