Author Archives: Heather Juda

About Heather Juda

Heather was born in Atlanta, GA, but spent 19 years in Colorado before moving to Virginia. She came to Polyface for the 2012 internship and has stayed on as the first female apprentice. She became interested in the food industry when she was in high school, and over the years sought to eat in a healthier way through community gardening, hunting and supporting local farmers. She had a very blessed and “comfortable” life in Colorado complete with a good IT career and condo, but on a calling from the Lord, she left it all to start a new life in farming at Polyface. She looks forward to seeing what the Lord has planned for the future and hopes to use what she learns at Polyface to provide healthy food for people!

Spring Hatch


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

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Crunch ‘n Munch – A Video, Not a Snack Recipe


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!    

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Moving The Cows Across The Street (with Video)


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


New Addition


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 Came Home


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


Greenmont Farm


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


I Do


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 Eggs


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


A Little Bit About The Incubator


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

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