Hello! My name is Heather and it is a pleasure to be a part of the Hen House Blog! I was born in Atlanta, GA, but spent 19 years in Colorado before moving to Virginia. I came to Polyface last June for the 2012 internship and stayed on as the first female apprentice. I became interested in the food industry when I was in high school, and over the years sought to eat in a healthier way through community gardening, hunting and supporting local farmers. I had a very blessed and comfortable life in Colorado complete with a good IT career and condo, but on a calling from the Lord, I left it all to start a new life in farming at Polyface. I look forward to seeing what the Lord has planned for the future and I hope to use what I learn at Polyface to provide healthy food for people!
1. What inspires you?
So many things (and people) inspire me! Homemakers, farmers, gardeners, homesteaders, my family, and God’s Word, just to name a few.
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
I see myself on a farm raising chickens (and other things). “Raising chickens” seems to have become my standard answer to this question and here’s why. Almost ten years ago when I interviewed for an IT help desk job at my previous place of employment, they similarly asked “what do you see yourself doing in ten years.” Well, at that time I had no clue, so I said “raising chickens.” They hired me anyway and little did I know that almost ten years later, I’d quit that job and start raising chickens.
3. What is one of your most fulfilling hobbies?
I love gardening. I did a lot of gardening before I came to Polyface and was fortunate enough to get to help Leanna in the garden last summer. I hope to set up a few raised beds (made out of old water tanks) by my cottage this spring.
4. What do you like to cook/favorite foods?
I love to cook and eat (spicy!) Mexican style food. I like to experiment with mixing and matching veggies and meats for burritos/tacos (naked burritos at this time, since I’m avoiding gluten).
5. What relaxes you after a long day of farming?
I do a number of things to relax after a long day of farming. Depending on how I feel, I may crochet, read/study the Bible, watch a movie or just hang out and chat with farm friends.
6. How do you deal with farm animal deaths?
I just do. That’s not a great answer, huh? Well, for some reason that is about all I can come up with. It is a fact of life (death?) on a farm. Sometimes I’ll say a little prayer, which helps.
7. Who do you hope to share farming skills with?
Anyone who wants to learn!
8. What do you like to read?
I like to read the Bible, Christian historical fiction, Christian inspirational non-fiction, certain blogs and cookbooks. I occasionally like a good novel, too.
9. What is your greatest asset?
Willingness. Willingness to take God-ordained risks, to learn, to serve, to change, to grow…
And now for a couple pictures!