Meet Hannah (Again)

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 3raising livestock.

Now, just to give you a larger bird’s eye view of who I am, here are my answers to a few questions. 🙂

1. What inspires you?
I am task oriented, so I’m very inspired by accomplishing things, brainstorming and hearing new ideas, growing things (be it plant or animal), and sunshine. For me, seeing things written on a “to do” list is inspiring. Once my tasks are written down I feel like I can get things done.

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.

IMG_13323. What is one of your most fulfilling hobbies?

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.

5. What relaxes you after a long day of farming?2

After a long day I love to either watch Jonathan fix or create things, or just spend time thinking over my day or laughing with loved ones. A few bites of my favorite Haagen-Dazs is always soothing, too. 🙂 After that, a good night’s sleep prepares me for the next day!

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.

IMG_20067. Who do you hope to share farming skills with?

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…

Jon and HannahIMG_2419

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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.

2 Responses to Meet Hannah (Again)

  1. Miriam says:

    YOU’RE BACK!!!!!

    O my, this makes me SO happy. Can’t wait to read all your nice things 🙂

    LOVE you and MISS you!!

  2. Naomi says:

    Glad your back in the hen house! Loved reading about you, and you remind me of myself. God bless your time at Polyface.