Buxton’s Team


Michael, Jack, Alec, Grace, and Trevor

Alec Coan has been apprenticing with us since April. His desire to start a small farm of his own brought him to Buxton. He’s good at everything he puts his heart and mind into. What a treat it’s been to have him at Buxton. Truly. His training in outdoor skills and leadership organizations brought us stability. He’s committed, generous, caring, wicked smart, and funny. We’re going to miss this guy!

Awesome guys and new friends!

Every once in awhile you meet someone who can make you laugh no matter kind of day you’re having. That’s Trevor. Clever Trevor. Michael and I told him he should become an actor. His joyous nature (after 7:00 a.m.)  is infectious. His ability to recognize the positive in everything is welcomed!  Trevor has worked in many other countries. He’s an explorer. His independent nature makes him easy to be around. His desire to start a sustainable community is part of what brought him to Buxton. We adore him.

Tough guys!

Jack eventually captures everyones heart

They both have redefined the word “apprentice” in our books. This Polyface Satellite farm could not be what it is without these two awesome young people. Thanks to their efforts and hard work we share many seamless  days.  We’re so fortunate they found us. They both share a passion for small farming, they have personal  particular visions, and clear intention. It will be fun to see where life takes them. We treasure them.

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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."

10 Responses to Buxton’s Team

  1. Marilyn Wilkie says:

    Great little article Grace! Thanks for introducing us to these great guys. I know the dog isn’t Michael because he lives at Polyface, but who is he/she? Very sweet!
    Marilyn in Michigan

  2. The sense of teamwork shines through this post. Sounds like these two guys really worked to make it work.

    • Grace says:

      Thanks for this. Yes, their desire to learn and their confidence in themselves really brings stability to Buxton. Priceless!

  3. Leilani says:

    A little off topic but I am curious about what you feed the Buxton and Polyface working dogs?

    Years ago I made dog food for all of our dogs and had gotten out of the practice until recently. We were down to one dog, Bowser our 16 year old standard schnauzer, I had run out of dog food and instead of making a trip to town I made a batch and froze it in serving sizes for convenience. Bowser has now left us and this week we adopted a 1 year old golden retriever / rottweiler cross from the local shelter. As I stood in Pet Smart buying a harness for our new VERY LARGE addition I contemplated what type of high end dog food to put him on when it hit me. You dummy, you have a plethora of terrific dog food ingredients at home, don’t buy this commercial stuff. So home I went and pulled a couple of bags of chicken necks, livers and hearts from the freezer and got started, some grated butternut squash and pears later, I have a huge batch of dog food in individual portions in the freezer. While individual batch ingredients vary I try to make protein the largest portion, add fruits and veggies and round it out with just a little grain. In this batch some stale Kashi Heart to Heart cereal made up the grain portion.

    • Grace says:

      We feed jack dry dog food in the morning with 2 raw eggs. I often add left over meat sauces. I can’t feed him poultry because he can’t eat what he protects. The left over meat sauces and sometimes a little pork sauce make him feel extra appreciated. He also gets frozen meat from time to time and everyday he gets a frozen bone. He loves chewing on bones throughout the day. He also gets brushed down every other morning briefly. His coat is shiny, thick, and very healthy! Hope this helps!

  4. Tracey says:

    Well no wonder our chicken and eggs have been so delicious this year–the sense of teamwork and family shines in the food and the photos!

  5. Paul says:

    I recently purchased a small farm in Central Mississippi and want to convert it from traditional farming practices to the principles and procedures of Polyface Farms. After reading the description of the apprenticeship program and team members I would like to know if at the conclusion of the program would anyone be interested speaking with me about a management/leadership position at our place.

  6. Robert Wren says:

    Does anyone on the blog have a good method of integrating a new hens into a flock? We have had some issues with abuse and would like to minimize this with some young chicks we just bought. Also, would anyone out there have an opinion on buying chicks form mail order from hen sales companies? It seems unlikely for a small chick to survive 2 days in the USPS but if anyone has experiences here it would be appreciated!! Thanks so much! Rob