Hello, Everyone! I’m so glad to be back at Polyface and back on the Hen House! Many of you probably remember a Hannah from 2014… That’s me! 🙂
I’ve been gone for quite some time, so I want to give you a short background. In 2013 I moved to Polyface as a member of the summer intern team. In 2014 I was selected to stay on as one of the apprentices. It was a WONDERFUL 16 months of my life! I got hands-on experience on the farm, learned by teaching, learned to love others, and grew closer than ever to my Savior. In September 2014 the man of my dreams (Jonathan Hale, 2012/2013 apprentice) asked me to begin a relationship. In October of 2014, when my apprenticeship ended, I went back to my family’s farm in Mississippi for a little over a year and pursued various farming ventures there. The long distance part of the relationship was hard, but God really used it to teach us more about communication, priorities, hard work, and Himself. We were married in the fall of 2015, at which time I moved back to Polyface to join my new husband in managing some of Polyface’s rented farms and raising livestock.
Now, just to give you a larger bird’s eye view of who I am, here are my answers to a few questions. 🙂
2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?
“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord…” I hope to be working alongside people I love, with things I love, and most of all for the One who is love. Specifically, I hope that we are living in a little white house raising our children and our food, enjoying every sunset, caring for the land that we use, and helping other people to nourish their bodies with whole, healthy, healing foods.
I love…most…things that I do. When I’m not farming, I love to be jogging, cooking simple but yummy things, or piecing quilts. Just spending time with family and close friends is always time preciously spent.
4. What do you like to cook/favorite foods?
I love to bake breads. I like making different kinds of desserts. For some reason, I LOVE to make mashed potatoes! I usually change the way I do it, and the ingredients I use. I just love mashing potatoes whether they are Yukon potatoes, Russet potatoes, or any kind of sweet potatoes. One of my favorite recipes includes sweet potatoes, butternut squash, thyme, rosemary, cinnamon and, of course, butter… I love to experiment and others can attest to the fact that I rarely follow a recipe without adding my own twist.
6. How do you deal with farm animal deaths?
The first animal I ever remember seeing die was a calf that died when I was about 9 or 10 years old. I was with my grandfather at the time, and he explained to me that death was a part of a farm. Since then I’ve learned to accept the death of farm animals as a necessity.
I do have a passion for farming…sustainable farming! Talking about it, learning about it, seeing people realize how important a good diet is, taking care of their bodies, and taking care of the earth with the “vote” of where they put their dollar is priceless to me! …So I hope to share my passion with everyone – especially my own family, and families with children!
8. What do you like to read?
I like to read the Bible, Joel’s books, and some classic novels from time to time, though a personal goal of mine is to force myself to expand my reading horizon.
9. What is your greatest asset?
I love my carefree spirit and common sense. God has blessed me with the ability to think practically and the disability to stay mad or upset for very long…