Author Archives: Grace

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."

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 … Read the Rest

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Those Who Inspire
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I snatched this great photo of Sheri and Daniel Salatin during  The Farm to Legal Defense Fund Raiser at Polyface in September.  I love it! Who doesn’t admire the commitment and incredible wealth of skills and information Daniel and Sheri embody about farming? To this day, we haven’t met anyone who works as hard as … Read the Rest

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Chasing The Sun
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It’s the time of the year when I start tracking light; sunshine. What part of Buxton Farm is she shining for the longest amount of time? Important to note. Fortunately, we were able to place our mobile studio in that spot here at Buxton. It makes for comfortable afternoons when it’s cold because the farmhouse … Read the Rest

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The Flockster Expert
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  I’m really enjoying “The Small Scale Poultry Book,” written by Harvey Ussery.  I highly recommend it to anyone interested in raising chickens, geese, and ducks. Actually think it’s a great read for people who tend to kitchen gardens too.  The marriage between poultry, the soil food web, putting the flock to work, vermiculture, and … Read the Rest

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Indian Summer Days
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It’s that time of the year when the hens start molting. Molting is replacement by the chicken of every one of its feathers-which may occur anytime from late summer to early winter. Molting takes place over the course of several weeks and can last up to 3 months or more. The chicken sheds its feathers … Read the Rest

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Ralphs Folks are farming!
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I had wonderful visit with Ralph at Briarmoor Farm in Middlebrook Virginia. He’s having a fantastic time growing up on a diverse farm with resilient, loving parents! Grady and Erin, former Polyface intern and apprentice, manage Briarmoore, another Polyface satellite farm, and Ralph is their adorable ear pinching son. I’m sure some of you have … Read the Rest

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Know Your Water Source
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I’m not quite ready for the quick change in weather. It all seems to be happening at the speed of light. This transition from summer to fall needs to be a bit softer! It’s already in the 30’s on the farm. Slow down!   I’m loving being back in the field working with the herd. … Read the Rest

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Going Green Again
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This is the final week of feeding hay. The herd is pleased to be moving on. They remained in the same field temporarily while feeding hay for 3 weeks. That felt so strange to them and us! We’re all used to being mobile. Rolling very large round bales down the hillside took a lot of … Read the Rest

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“True Leaf Microgreens,” Phoenixville Pennsylvania
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Several years ago when we lived out west we survived continuous seasons of wildfires. For a few years  it seemed like some part of California was always  on fire. One year we were evacuated for nearly a week. Our home went unscathed. Our friends, Jasmine Richardson and Eric Franks, weren’t as fortunate. Their beautiful remote … Read the Rest

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