Blog Authors are employed or involved with Polyface. However, posts will cover a large genre of topics. Statements, ideas and opinions may differ somewhat from practices, beliefs and vision of Polyface.
Heather enjoys gardening, farming, cooking, crocheting, embroidery, and being with family and friends.
Leanna enjoys farming, gardening, knitting, spinning, baking, and anything that has to do with the homesteading lifestyle.
Sheri enjoys family, reading, writing, baking, quilting, scrapbooking, knitting, gardening, canning, and is very active in her church.
Susan enjoys music, hiking, tending animals, gathering flowers and berries, fermenting, cooking, and making cheese.
Connecting Experience, Education and Enthusiasm in Farming.
Started Oct 3, 2011
Author Archives: Heather Juda
The first hatch of the season is in full swing here at Greenmont Farm. As Joel recently said in the spring newsletter, “Frustrated with the quality of hatchery chicks (small, fragile, stupid) several years ago Polyface embarked on a bold plan: saving healthy, productive older layers, mating them with select roosters, and hatching in-house pullets. … Read the Rest
Sometimes after I move the cows, I like to sit for a minute and watch them graze. I love hearing them crunch and munch happily on the grass. Have a listen!
Normally I move the cows by myself, but when it is a more complicated move, Polyface will send a crew over to help. A few weeks ago the cows needed to move across the street so Daniel came over with his sons, Travis and Andrew. In this case, Travis and Andrew were responsible for keeping the … Read the Rest
When I went out to move the herd on Saturday, I noticed an unidentified black object in the pasture with the cows. It was bigger than a cow pie, but smaller than a cow and it was not moving. Hmmm…”what’s that?”, I thought. As I got closer, the unidentified object sprung to its feet and scampered … Read the Rest
The cows (about 530 of ’em) have been arriving at Greenmont in batches over the last couple weeks. If you remember Sheri’s post on Cow Days and Winter Grazing Schedule, they arrived just about on schedule. According to the grazing plan, they should have enough grass here to last through about mid-January and then they … Read the Rest
As I mentioned last week, I am now managing Greenmont Farm as a contract farmer for Polyface. Greenmont is located near Fishersville, VA…about a 30 minute drive from Polyface. At 350 acres, Greenmont is one of Polyface’s largest rental farms. My new position here started on January 3rd and Kevin and I moved in to … Read the Rest
Hello friends! I apologize for the lengthy silence, but I have good news to share! I got married! Seems to be contagious around here. 😉 Here’s a little glimpse of the story: Kevin and I met last year at church (his mom introduced us!). Our first date was in July and it didn’t take us … Read the Rest
Candling is a technique used to examine the growth and development of the embryo inside the egg. A bright light is placed behind (or underneath) the egg in order to see details inside. Although candles are not generally used anymore, the term still remains. During the 21 day incubation period, I would candle the eggs once or … Read the Rest
The incubating here at Polyface continues to go well. As I mentioned in my previous post, we are breeding Barred Rock roosters with Rhode Island Red hens. The reason we are using this combination of birds is because this is what we have right now. The hens are a couple years old and we are … Read the Rest