Inner Nature
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I’ve been inclined to seek out unconventional people, places, and things. It’s my nature! You could say living in rural appalachia lines right up with this yearning. There’s something about living on a thousand acres that feels untamable. Nature is vast and  so unpredictable. That’s what I love about unscathed places.There’s an unseen  rhythm. This rhythm is palpable when you give it your attention. Sometimes I feel it when I’m on the farm alone puttering around in the garden. Other times I sense it when we’re working with the herd or doing chores, or checking in on our bees. Long walks affirm this natural good feeling.  For me, it’s a radiant, peaceful, confident feeling that all is well in this wonderful life. And it’s what I reach for everyday. Feeling content, living satisfied.

Cows eating temporarily eating hay

The herd has been slightly grumpy this week. We’re giving the pastures a short break so that the grass will grow richer and as a result we’re feeding hay.  It’s a bit confusing for the herd as they’re used to moving everyday. It takes about 5 days before they catch on to their  new routine. I keep assuring them it’s only temporary. In the meantime their salad bar selection is thriving as it restores itself.

Last week we enjoyed an incredible week of perfect temperatures with blue skies and sunny days. So good. It was truly delightful. We can feel fall is headed our way.

Trust me, we will be milking our final days at here in beautiful rural appalachia. October brings the promise of spectacular colors and once again we expect a fabulous display!

Pasturing animals with a view

We sold our the last of our tomato flats this past weekend at the farmers market and to a local Inn. The winter hoop-house where we grew our tomatoes gets dismantled this week and goes back to Polyface.  I already miss our cherry sungold tomatoes. Often we kept a bowl of them on the countertop,  a healthy snack appreciated by all of us. I’m so pleased I created time to can this summer.

Cows, turkeys, broiler pens in distance

Last week’s change in weather also brought us fresh energy. Stamina. Clarity. A refocusing of our intentions.

The question lingers, what’s next for us?

It’s fun carving out and creating on this path in life and I doubt the next step will be anything predictable! It’s just not in our nature.

But it will be the path of least resistance.

Our team with Nathan,milkman at Heritage Harvest Festival

Catching a ride!

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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."
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6 Responses to Inner Nature

  1. Were you folks effected much by that drought that hit over there in USA ? I imagine even if not, you at least had less than average rain. That’ll effect pasture.

    A couple days ago I wrote a piece on my Timeless Environments blog about my old Ag Teachers from the 1970s out at Cal Poly San Luis Obispo. Harris Ranch Cattle Company threaten withholding previously promised gifting in the 100s of thousands for inviting Michael Pollan to speak and demnded my former Ag Instructor Robert Rutherford be removed from the course he helped create called “Issues in Animal Agriculture” where he questions the lack of healthy sustainability with Industrial Farming, including Harris Ranch’s Industrial Beef operation which just one facility can accommodate 120,000 cattle at a time. On the company’s own website their slogan & advertising is “Beef the Way Nature Intended it to be”

    I believe Joel has been out there to speak on occasion and Harris didn’t like that either.

    • Yes, the last 2 summers we experienced less rainfall. This summer there has been more rain than last summer which is great.

      I’ve driven past Harris Ranch many times. Our farm is much more appealing and it we don’t stink!

      I also was at Cal Poly SLO when Michael Pollen spoke a few years ago. I remember that event distinctly. As it turns out it was great hearing from all the people that spoke at that event. Each persons’s personal experiences in farming and local food sources were heard by a very large crowd. It’s great we have the freedom to choose what and who speaks to us.

  2. Cyndi Lewis says:

    You can’t leave! I love your posts! You make my 5 acres larger!

  3. Sue McKown says:

    Great to see you again at the Heritage Harvest Festival. If your down my way stop in for a visit.

  4. Leilani says:

    Great pictures, your post is thought provoking and inspiring as always. As Cindi said, you make my little place larger too.