A Delicate Balance

I love working from home. It’s truly wonderful. Sometimes it even feels like a luxury.  No commuting! I look forward to creating an effective boundary between work ,play, and rest this season. There’s always something that needs to be done on a farm and during the season the list gets longer. When do we clockout?

Buxton Farm Sunrise

This year I intend to create a more suitable schedule so that I can stay balanced, rested, and contained. Now that I have a sense of how things unfold on the farm,  I intend to manifest time to regroup.  Our day begins at dawn and is over at dusk, doesn’t it make sense to take a siesta in the middle of the day, perhaps after eating lunch? Did you know that your adrenal glands are at the lowest at 3:45 p.m.? A lot of people reach for caffeine about that time for a quick pick up. How bout a  siesta instead? It  could be the perfect time to nap, read, meditate (really), take a dip in the river, breathe. Sometimes just doing nothing, sitting silently restores my attitude. Breathe! Full deep belly breaths in and out.

Chicken manure fertilizing strawberries

Asparagus grown from seed last year!

Draining water in our garden

Cultivating a healthy balance is part of this season’s  agenda. After all, I got into this work to create a lifestyle that speaks to me not only on a nutritional  level but on all levels that restore the body, mind, and soul.

This weekend it poured. Abundance of rain fell on the farm. I love weeding in the garden on rainy days. Those buggers just pop out of the ground without any assertion. The weeds go to the baby chicks in the brooder. They find all sorts of goodies in the dirt and it’s one way to reuse our abundant resources.  Another great reason to be in the garden while it’s raining is to watch water patterns and work accordingly to keep it flowing. Our garden is on a slope and this means we need to work with the water flow, not against it. So we created a drainage channel. We don’t want our potatoes rotting in water.

I grew asparagus from seed LAST YEAR, and they are popping up THIS YEAR. We aren’t waiting 3 years to eat asparagus!!! A success! A yummy success. This is  also our first year with strawberries in our garden. We started them in pots last year and then transplanted them into the garden. We fertilized them this weekend with  chicken manure from last year’s brooder. Raising 4000 broilers leaves us with excellent fertilizer.

Weeds for chicks in brooder

Excellent Cookbook

Asparagus Frittata from Full Moon Feast Cookbook

Each week I’m committed to trying a new recipe so that I can whip up recipes this season for apprentices.  This week I took a recipe from , “Full Moon Feast.” This is a fantastic cookbook. Asparagus Frittata with cheese and 5 pasture raised eggs. A touch of nutmeg, and a sprinkle of dulse flakes made all the difference in this frittata. Yum!  If you’re a Sally Fallon fan you will love this cookbook.

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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."

6 Responses to A Delicate Balance

  1. Charles says:

    Weeds for the chickens? I would have never thought of that before reading your blog. Thanks for the great advice and inspiration. I’ll pass the along to my wife at home. Someday I’ll be able to “work” from home.


  2. Our chickens love their weeds too! Also the occasional mouse or frog if any attempt to pass through the chicken’s areas. Now…If only all of our snow would melt….

  3. Carolyn says:

    Where did the asparagus seeds come from, and what kind are they? They look like they are doing really well for you?

    Your sunrise picture spells tranquility -I love it.

    • Grace says:

      Good question. They are an heirloom, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Mary Washington. They’re in Mansfield Missouri. Happy planting!

  4. Kieran says:

    Weeds for the chickens is a great way to get them some variety in the winter. I “heavy mulch” a particularly weedy section of the garden in the fall. Then, even in the dead of winter you can uncover it and shovel up some dirt and organic matter – dump it to your hens….then LOVE IT!

  5. Texas Garden Gal says:

    Loving what you do so much often muddles the lines between work and play but rest is sooo important and what an encouragement this post was with ideas of how to rest. Thank you!