Moving Forward
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A few  mornings ago I was out in the pasture with the cows  repairing a fence line that deer broke through. It happens quite frequently this time of the year. Hunting season. A neighbor friend decided to help me. After joining me in the field he could not get over how friendly the cows are with us. His comment,”when you fool with em everyday like you guys do, they act like dogs.” I laughed!

It’s true you develop a rewarding relationship with the herd. Everyday they look for us and watch us as we prepare pasture to move them. This has been one of the best surprises for me to discover at Buxton. I’m really fascinated with intensive grazing and working with the herd. Who knew?

Polyface has been busy shutting down Buxton Farm. If you’ve ever moved in your life, you know moving can get stressful. It takes a bit of pacing, focus, and flexibility. And sleep! Packing and moving boxes all day often makes me sleepy at the end of the day.

We have so many perfect memories to take with us. Taking  on 1000 acres after living on a 1 acre homestead has been an extreme and powerful commitment. In the last two years we’ve acquired skills that will serve us the rest of our  adventurous lives. For certain.

What’s next?

We keep molding the clay, refining what we want in life. I’m certain more extraordinary experiences are on their way!

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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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9 Responses to Moving Forward

  1. Charles says:

    Closing? Are you going to continue writing for the blog. I look forward to every Wednesday because of you and your posts.

    Charles

    • Oh how I’m going to miss writing this blog. If you only knew. I will be out of the loop. I really appreciate your interest. It’s been so rewarding to share this powerful unfolding at Buxton Farm. I appreciate your words.

  2. Isaac Nelson says:

    Why is it closing? I thought you guys were doing good.

    • Polyface decided not to renew the lease at Buxton Farm. They are moving the herd closer to Swoope. This will make life a bit easier on them. And yes, we are doing good! We enjoyed almost every minute living in the two Virginia’s at Buxton. Thanks for your response.

  3. Well, on a positive note, today the USDA encourages people to purchase from small business and buy locally.

    http://blogs.usda.gov/2012/11/21/usda-business-administrator-urges-holiday-shoppers-to-sample-local-businesses/

  4. That’s a fantastic article. I like those number, 28 million small businesses in the U.S. I appreciate all positive news!

  5. Joe Hernandez says:

    Sorry to hear Buxton Farm is closing and you folks are moving on. Can you write as a guest blogger from time to time and let us all know how things are? So stay safe and keep happy.

  6. Krista Hirschhofer says:

    I recently raised some meat chickens for our family, not for sale. It went pretty good, but they gained weight so fast, some just keeled over and died. Can you suggest how to slow down their growth, or a breed that isn’t such a quick weight gain. They did have an outside area, but chose not to use it… too lazy. They were fed organic grain, but perhaps it was too rich? Krista in Kelowna

  7. Sarah Brown says:

    Grace – please contact me – call me, email me, write me, send carrier pigeon, or smoke signals. I love you, and MISS you. We have so much to talk about.