Cute Husband makes the most wonderful anniversary gifts. Last year it was surprise hike on the AT.
This year it was chickens, rabbits, cattle and pigs!
Polyface Farm Field Day! An event that only occurs once every 3 years and draws about 1,600 people.
Polyface, Inc. is a family owned, multi-generational, pasture-based, beyond organic, local-market farm and informational outreach in Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. We learned about Polyface from our recent read of The Omnivore's Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals.
Polyface is run by Joel Salatin, a self-described Christian- libertarian- environmentalist-capitalist-lunatic-farmer.
Warren and I have always been conscious of what we eat, but Salatin's message of healing the land, healing the food, healing the economy, and healing the culture was a real epiphany.
This is Joel's son, Daniel speaking about rabbit raising.
The bunnies spend some time in these unique cages in the Rabbit House
Adorable right? These holistically grown rabbits are prized by chefs in the area. We learned about rabbit raising and I learned that I could raise rabbits, sell rabbits, butcher rabbits and eat rabbits.
I just don't know if I could slaughter rabbits..
Turkeys! Following the path grazed by cattle days before...
Chickens get to do the same thing!
One of Polyface's guiding principles is that plants and animals should be provided a habitat that allows them to express their physiological distinctiveness.
Respecting and honoring the pigness of the pig is a foundation for societal health.
This guy was the only one that I had very little trouble thinking of as bacon...
Chickens enjoying the landscape...