Author Archives: Hannah Hale

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.

Know That You Know
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“Sustainable” is a term that gets used a lot in today’s society.  People are quickly waking up to the realization that it’s not really quantity of food, but quality of food that makes the bigger difference. Three hundred years ago when everyone raised the majority of their own food, the future generations, their health, and their ability to … Read the Rest

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Does it Really Matter?
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Sustainable Farming is my job; my calling! It’s my passion; my life! I consider the love of animals, the love of the land, the active lifestyle, and the health from a natural diet benefits of my farming occupation, because I love those things. While I know that animal care and land management do not appeal … Read the Rest

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Meet Hannah (Again)
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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 … Read the Rest

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The Simple Things
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I often get caught up in the “have to do’s”, the “what’s”, “when’s”, and “how’s” of life… One thing that I’ve learned is that sometimes you just need to take a moment to smile and enjoy life. When I say “Enjoy life”, I don’t mean go buy yourself a sports car, buy a boat, or … Read the Rest

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Done for another year
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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. … Read the Rest

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…While the sun shines
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One of my favorite quotes from Joel is “Make hay while the sun shines.”  I think about this quote often. While the underlying idea can be applied to many aspects of life, it can also be taken quite literally.  Over the past 3 weeks we’ve taken Joel’s advice quite literally. We’ve been blessed with great weather and have … Read the Rest

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Strawberries
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One of my absolute favorite things about this time of year is all the fresh strawberries!!! This past Saturday several of us here at Polyface had the chance to go pick all the strawberries we wanted! The day was perfect, the berries were ripe, and the pickers were ready! After finishing our morning chores we left … Read the Rest

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Rainy Day Creations
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I know a lot of the ladies have posted recently about baking, but… You can’t have too much of a good thing when it comes to baking, right? 🙂 We’ve all heard the short “April showers bring May flowers” rhyme. Well, our April showers got here a little late – we’re getting them in May. … Read the Rest

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“It was Greek to me!”
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Last time I posted (hehe – 5 weeks ago… Sorry folks, apprentice life is pretty busy…) I started talking about rabbits… Since then I have become entirely in charge of the rabbit operation and enjoy it more every day… I know you’re saying “That’s great, but that doesn’t tell me any more about the rabbits … Read the Rest

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