Done for another year

This post is a little late in coming, but I’m still just as excited… Our first cutting of hay is complete – both here at Polyface and on our rental farms!

On Polyface we made mostly small square bales. We started this year with our barn completely empty and have filled it to the top. It’s been exhausting and exciting to watch the hay level slowly rise to the rafters!

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At our rented properties we make large square bales so that we can feed them easily while the cows are still in the pasture during the winter. These hay stacks don’t go inside but are covered by waterproof tarps until we’re ready to feed the cows.

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All of these pictures represent hours of hard work, long days (sometimes getting done after dark), sweat, and perseverance….But the feeling I get while standing on top of a completed hay stack at the end of a long day is reward enough for me. 🙂

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About Hannah Hale

Hannah hails from McComb, Mississippi, where she farmed with her parents and three sisters. Home-schooled all her life, she grew up helping her grandfather on his Black Angus farm and working with her family to raise dairy goats, laying hens, and bees. Her love for animals blossomed through her involvement in 4-H and cattle showing. Hannah discovered Polyface through a lecture by Joel, and while reading his book You Can Farm, she realized that her life-long dream of farming could become a reality. The summer of 2013 saw Hannah a Polyface intern, and she was subsequently chosen to become an apprentice. Now married, Hannah helps her husband as they work as Polyface rental-farm managers. She is thrilled to have the opportunity to be part of the Polyface team and learn from the best. In the future, Hannah wants to farm full-time and keep Jesus central in her life.
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3 Responses to Done for another year

  1. Rose says:

    Ahhhh fantastic. Bet it smells good, too!

  2. I love making/handling hay! the smell is great and the animals love you for it!

  3. Shane Sebor says:

    Heard about you guys on the radio this morning. Very impressive and it’s nice to see people caring. You guys should build a bed and breakfast .