Monday – Hannah

Hen House-006Hi Everyone! I’m Hannah and I’m excited to be part of the Polyface Hen House!

Here are my answers to a few questions to help you get to know me a little better.

1. What inspires you?

Many things inspire me… Reading edifying books, hearing new ideas, and seeing progress in tasks or projects are all things that inspire me.

2. Where do you see yourself in 5 years?

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord…” I don’t know what the future holds, but I hope to be farming in some capacity. I hope to be working alongside people I love, with things I love, and most of all for the One who is love.

3. What is one of your most fulfilling hobbies?

Since a hobby is “an activity done regularly during one’s leisure time for pleasure”, I would have to say that one of my most fulfilling hobbies is spending quality time with family and friends. Memories made with loved ones are lasting and irreplaceable.

4. What do you like to cook/favorite foods?

I like to cook almost anything. I love to experiment and others can attest to the fact that I rarely follow a recipe without adding my own twist. …Some creations turn out better than others. 😉

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

After a long day I enjoy relaxing over a laid-back mealtime, some hot food, and a lot of good conversation. 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.

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

I hope to share my skills with anyone who has a teachable spirit and willing hands.

8. What do you like to read?

I like to read the Bible, Joel’s books, and some Christian novels from time to time.

9. What is your greatest asset?

I would have to say that one of my greatest assets is my ability to think practically. God has blessed me with common sense and I try to use it. 🙂

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Fork in Rural Road

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Wreaking Havoc
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“…GMOs are genetically altered beings. Now that the clever human mind has been able to learn about DNA and peer into the genetic code, we can splice genetic material from one species into another. In other words, we can take a trait from a pig and put it into tomatoes. … Aren’t we clever? … … Read the Rest

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Picking Promises
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  “What would you do in the following situation? You are a tomato farmer whose crops are threatened by a persistent species of beetle. Each year, you spend large sums of money for chemical pesticides to protect your crops. A biotechnology company introduces a new strain of tomato plant that produces a natural pesticide, making … Read the Rest

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Naturally Theirs
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Vermont’s law – Act 120 – will require food containing genetically engineered ingredients to be labeled, effective July 1, 2016. To many, this is fantastic news! On the surface, this seems like a giant leap for mankind! Products containing genetically modified organisms/genetically engineered products  will soon be labeled for all to see and know!  GMOs are a … Read the Rest

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Master the art
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“The master in the art of living makes little distinction between his work and his play, his labor and his leisure, his mind and his body, his information and his recreation, his love and his religion. He hardly knows which is which. He simply pursues his vision of excellence at whatever he does, leaving others to decide whether he is working or … Read the Rest

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Is Today the Day?
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Richard  Morris woke up every morning asking himself a simple question: “Is today the day I die?”  Richard was 400 pounds when he rediscovered what an impact good food has on our bodies and in our lives! Sally Fallon writes “Morris does not have a bunch of letters after his name but he has a different … Read the Rest

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A Lesson in Patience
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          Say “Ossabaw” around anyone here at Polyface and we involuntarily twitch. This breed of pig just doesn’t seem to understand our system…  The characteristic razor-back hair on these pigs is a sure sign of trouble… Kind of like a moody teenager with a mohawk (no offence), these pigs just don’t … Read the Rest

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Protection Plan
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I want to to quickly define “Sustainable Farming”. I love how perfectly and succinctly a definition can be found on sustainabletable.org. “In simplest terms, sustainable agriculture is the production of food, fiber, or other plant or animal products using farming techniques that protect the environment, public health, human communities, and animal welfare. This form of agriculture enables us to … Read the Rest

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What Does a Reasonable Person Say?
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Industry farming is  ignoring the fundamental needs of animals  in their system (good nutrition, and that of being what they were created to be – unique animals), but what about the fundamental needs of the people they feed (nutrition)?   All But Forgotten. Beeves raised in confinement facilities are fed Vitamin E supplements and are … Read the Rest

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