First Things First


Let it flow

There’s a level of intensity during the season that might not exist in other careers. Timing is crucial. Perhaps it could be compared to making a movie. During the span of making a feature film there’s really nothing else you can think about but what’s next or needed on the set. It’s the true test of seeing how capable we are in “going with the flow”  during the season. Resistance to things will destroy your day. Trust me. Many times we simply have no control.


Thus it’s that time in the season when reading becomes nearly impossible. We’ve been passing these selected books and other magazines between us out here at Buxton, sharing insight and new ideas. Trying on new recipes and considering the best time to start a new project or two.  It’s fun when we all get on the same page about what we would like to  build, create, and work towards. But trying to steal time to read right now is pushing the edge a bit further than desired this season. Let’s face it, I prefer that dip in the river over one more chapter. Who wouldn’t?

Caution:”Men at work”

After a long day of chores and preparations spending time in the river is revitalizing. The other night I wasn’t the only one taking a dip at dusk. Momma and her fawn were quenching their thirst not too far downstream. There’s a lot of new life surrounding Buxton these days including  new possibilities. In time it will be fun to watch some of these new insights manifest. The desire for more is unending!

Setting sun

Alec and MIchael checking cow cross fences at dawn

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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."

4 Responses to First Things First

  1. Leilani says:

    First things first is very handy to bring one back to center when the world seems to be imploding around us. A deep breath and saying it will get you through most any thing. Love the book pile btw, all goodies!

  2. Melissa says:

    I had one of those crazy days today on our farm. Up at 4:30am, take care of all the animals, load my coolers for my farmers market, load 36 broilers into crates and drive them to the Amish butcher, come home, kiss my husband goodbye, jump in the car, deposit my daughter at my mothers and drive an hour to the market, come home, unpack the coolers (sold most yeah!), move some Freedom Rangers to pasture, clean out the brooder, take care of the new Cornish Rock x chicks, feed all the animal again, husband comes home (late, busy day at work), go pick up our extra freezer at my moms, retrieve child, take mom to pick her car up at the garage, go back to the butcher pick up my birds (26 of the 36 where vacume packed incorrectly), came home and put birds in the freezer, ate dinner and just decided I can’t change the chickens being packaged wrong and I will have to live with it as will my customers. It is not the end of the world. I just need to roll with it. Boy some days don’t come to a close fast enough. Of course I will be up and do mostly the same thing over tomorrow! I really do love my life. Thanks for letting me vent. Good night! I needed this.