Saturday, July 9, 2011

Today is Field Day!

Good morning! We're headed over to Polyface in just a few minutes to help with Field Day today. Hope to see you there!

Friday, July 8, 2011

American Meat

American Meat is a new documentary being released this weekend - Saturday and Sunday. The debut showings will be held in Waynesboro and Staunton in honor of Polyface's Field Day.

Zynodoa Restaurant in Stauton will be hosting a  Farm Fresh Supper with Joel and Daniel Salatin in attendance (Joel at noon and Daniel in the evening.)

Want to learn more about the movie? Contact the Visulite Theater in Staunton and the Zeus Theater in Waynesboro for show times and tickets.

You can also visit American Meat and Zynodoa Restaurant on Facebook.

Polyface Facebook Page can be found here.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

Thoughts In Pictures...

Wow, this is a busy week and Saturday is only two days away! This July 9th is our biggest day of the year, where over 1,600 guests will come and see Polyface Farm for our Field Day. Here are a few things I've been thinking about lately...

Chicks in the brooder



My first full year at Polyface Farm! :)

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Share your inspiration!

It's July, it's muggy outside, and I keep looking down wondering where that new bruise on my arm came from, or how I got the scratch on my leg. Summer is the season we work towards all year, coming in like a mighty wave and sometimes being overwhelming with all its demands. So I'm finding it important to read some beautiful words about food in all its many forms. Here are several of the books and blogs I'm reading right now:

Simply Tuscan, by Pino Luongo - I picked this up in Goodwill last weekend, completely on a judge-a-book-by-its-cover whim. It has not disappointed! Luongo shares not only recipes from his beloved Tuscany but also inspiring passages on the place food has in our lives. "I believe that quality of life is something you either have or you don't; it's not something you compartmentalize or confine to 'Saturday from 3 to 5 pm.' And let me be clear: When I say 'quality of life,' I'm not talking about exercise or counting calories or what vitamins to take....No - I'm talking instead about such intangible pleasures as flavors, senses, emotions, and even laughs. This book will show you that these things can become as much a part of your daily life as breathing because, in my opinion, they're just as vital."

Jenna's Cold Antler Farm blog, Daily inspiration from a young woman farming and writing in New York I love reading about her adventures and how honest she is about the good, bad, and the ugly involved in the meaningful tasks of farming. If you haven't read her blog already, I recommend you start today!

An Altar in the World by Barbara Brown Taylor. A simply beautiful book on "meaningful ways to discover the sacred in the small things we do and see, from simple practices" such as walking, getting lost, and carrying water.

What books, blogs, quotes, songs, or other things are inspiring you lately? Leave a comment so we can all share them together.

Sunday, July 3, 2011

Molding the Clay

Our garden summer harvest

Sunrise turkey feeding

Asparagus started from seed
Strawberry runners planted into ground
First Sunflower this season

Moving to Virginia and farming at Buxton is like creating a piece of art. A much larger transition than I perceived. Like an artist, we're creating from a blank

canvas, bit by bit filling it in, molding something bigger than us. There is no map to follow, only immediate hands on experience. I can't remember a time when I felt so many challenges at one time. Nothing has prepared me for the level of vulnerability I feel in this new position. So much to comprehend our first year, the steep learning curves are at times are exhausting.

I've been naive in some of my decisions which has caused me heartache. For instance, no one warned my about the number of pest I would encounter in our garden. My goodness, they are everywhere. Almost all of our summer squash has been eaten. It's one of the easiest things to grow in California. I never lost one! Looks like I need to plant a more resistant variety. There are always solutions....

Finally this week I actually "felt" our place here on the land. I had a moment where Buxton even felt like home. I think my body is slowly relaxing into a rhythm. It's a nice feeling, one I've missed since the season started. I'm certain there are more of these positive feelings to come.

I'm pleased to announce the arrival of our turkeys. They are so interesting and somewhat aggressive. The other night I was concerned "Jack" the guard dog wasn't around so at 3:45 a.m. I strolled out to check on them. So glorious to be out amongst the stars. A few bullfrogs hollered at me but other than that the turkeys were fast asleep. Very sweet. I miss being up late enough to witness the stars.

From our garden we've been eating "late" peas, delicious heirloom lettuces, potatoes, onions, turnips, kale, chard, beets, tomatoes, cucumbers, zucchini, (wild) berries, and basil. It's time for me to start preparing for fall crops. A little more rain would be nice! Our corn in the hoop house is bursting forth. Along with all the hard work has come abundance. There is so much potential at Buxton Farm.
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