Friday, July 1, 2011

Widowed during Hay Season

It's hay season on the farm. The last couple of weeks we made all of the hay here on Polyface proper and this week, they've been making hay on one of our rental farms.

Hay season is the time that I become a widow for a while (and also hunting season, but that's another story for another season). The guys work from dawn till dark to get all of the hay put up in the barns before the rains.  It's a very technical process. The grass must be cut and dried, then it's raked, then baled and picked up. If we get an heavy moisture after it is cut, they ted the hay before raking it. Tedding is a method that flips the hay over and spreads it out so that the underside dries as evenly as the top.

I didn't get a chance to get pictures from this week, so I thought I would dig back and share photos from days in the past.
This picture was taken when Daniel was just a boy. We don't drop bale anymore except on hills, but I love this picture so much I had to share.

The baler is the most complicated part of the process, so Joel or Daniel always run it.
A hay wagon is attached the to back of the baler and the hay is fed directly to the guys on the wagon.
The hay just keeps on coming...
and coming...
And sometimes we goof off for the camera.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Stepping Out

How is your week?

We've been very busy here at Polyface Farm, butchering chickens, gardening, making hay, maintaining fences, laying water lines, and preparing for next week's big event: Field Day! It takes many people to make it all happen, and I am so grateful for this year's team.

Our summer interns have already been here one month and they are doing a fantastic job. Yesterday I was amazed all over again at the initiative and work ethic when there were multiple projects to do and they jumped right in!

As I processed birds with the team yesterday morning, I thought about how each intern brings something unique and special to the team. They are all from different parts of the country, have different families and backgrounds, and hold a variety of beliefs, yet there is a common ground: they all have a passion for what they do, but even more than that, they made the choice to take the first step.

Beginning that first step toward a goal can be the hardest one to make - but it is well worth the effort. Sometimes sacrifices need to be made or other priorities set aside to reach what we hope to attain. At times faith is the only motivator. But knowing you are where you are meant to be is priceless - whether that be working your job, starting a farm or business, homesteading, beginning a friendship or relationship, or stepping out into the unknown; there is something we were all meant to do in life. Every one of us has a purpose. What is your dream? What is your life's passion?

If there was one thing you could do, what would it be? If nothing hindered you from trying, what would you attempt?

Remember to cherish this season of your life. Press on toward the goal!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Patience is a Virtue

Forgive me for sounding melodramatic here, as I know I am only discussing a simple tomato.
But few things in life bring about remnant lines of poetry I studied in high school.
T.S. Eliott came to mind as I trellised young tomatoes the other day, reminding me that
There is yet faith -
But the faith and the love and the hope are all in the waiting

I can't wait until these beauties are ripe!

What are you waiting for today, with faith and love and hope?
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