Going Green Again
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Feeding Hay

This is the final week of feeding hay. The herd is pleased to be moving on. They remained in the same field temporarily while feeding hay for 3 weeks. That felt so strange to them and us! We’re all used to being mobile. Rolling very large round bales down the hillside took a lot of body strength. Nice challenge!

Green pasture in background

In the meantime, you can see how nicely pasture restored itself. Salad bar ready just on the other side of the fence. So good!

The herd was sort of confused their first day of moving after their hiatus. It was one of the longer moves, a mile down the road, in pouring rain. But once Tonya, lead cow, got wind of the transition, the rest of the herd cooperated. That was a relief!

Hoophouse gone, hens cleaning up tomatoes

Our tomato plants are all that remain where the hens winter hoop-house once stood. Polyface interns dismantled the house and took it back to Swoope. The hens are cleaning up the tomato beds and a very pleased neighbor comes by everyday for loads of some of the best fertilizer we’ve seen. The work of nearly 1200 hens.

Pigs on Brown’s Property

We walked the latest foraging pig area yesterday for the first time and quickly grew intrigued. It’s just down the road from Polyface. Fascinating how pigs work the land. What a life for them in that vast open acreage. These were some very pleased pigs.

With a lot of help, Polyface will raise nearly 1000 pigs this year.  I look forward to learning more about pigs. A good laugh is almost a guarantee working with pigs and I appreciate that! They’re so darn cute.

Trevor hits the road

After coming to apprentice at Buxton Trevor’s world shifted a bit. It was so much fun  watching his world unfold. He’s an awesome worker and an incredible manifester. Shortly before leaving us, he sold everything he owned but an old 1972 VW bus, and headed north to Pennsylvania to work on another farm for a year. We have one word to describe Trevor, “effortless.” Can’t wait to hear some of his future farm stories.

 

 

 

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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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5 Responses to Going Green Again

  1. Charles says:

    As usual Grace. Always look forward to Wednesday to see what you’ve posted.

    Charles

  2. Isaac Nelson says:

    You guys are so awesome… wish I lived closer so i could visit… Northern Maine is a long drive away. I need ya’ll to find me a good farm girl to run my 170 acres up here!

  3. I love the word “manifester” – I want to be a manifester when I grow up!
    Thanks Grace, nice post!

  4. Leilani says:

    You are dead on target with your pig assessment. I enjoy watching all of our livestock but the pigs are frequently the most entertaining. Muddy pig kisses are guaranteed anytime I enter their enclosure. You never come out with clean legs!

  5. One of the latest things coming out in the Science journals are the vast numbers of animals that are down and how it hurts and actually eccelerates this climate change. Animals also shape all various ecosystem’s plants, shrubs and trees. It’s amazing how just a few important components removed can damage the entire system. Of course the usual ideologues will spin the origins game with another just so story.

    Very nice pictures. Illustrative and educational.