All of our subscribers are requested to attend our CSA orientation on Wednesday, June 2 from 5:30 until 7:30 at our farm in Indianola. Important information regarding how our CSA operates and how to pick up your veggies will be covered in a presentation. You will be asked to pay the balance of your share, and will be given the opportunity to sign up for add on shares on a first come first serve basis. You will pick up your bag of delicious food at our farm orientation, note, no pick up at the Johnson farm the first week. You have an opportunity to look around the farm and meet our new interns. To make the whole thing even more enjoyable, we will provide farm fresh appetizers. We are looking forward to seeing you there.
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There are two main groups of turkeys in the world of agriculture. Turkeys that carry the broad breasted gene, and heritage turkeys, older breeds developed before the introduction of broad breasted varieties. Broad breasted types are the kind that everyone is familiar with and have eaten for years. They cannot mate naturally and are all artificially inseminated. Most information about raising turkeys refers to these birds. Over the last few years I have had several groups of heritage turkey hens raise their own babies. I tried to find information about how to enable this to happen, and other than Barbara Kingsolver’s brief description in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle, I found very little to go on. As heritage turkeys become more popular to raise, I thought other people might benefit from what I have learned, through trial and error, knowing that the every season I refine my methods as I learn more about what is amenable to them. Read the rest of this entry »