2020 marks the beginning of our 15th season of the Heritage Turkey project. The project averages between 9 to 12 youth each year growing a total of approximately 200 turkeys. Our project leaders are active breeders of heritage turkeys and some of our 4-H and FFA youth are now raising breeding pairs and hatching their own birds. Each project member raises their small flock of birds on their own property and shoulder the responsibility of providing their feed and care.
This project has brought awareness to our community, our farmers, and our future farmers about the preservation of heritage breeds, sustainable farming, and responsible animal husbandry. The turkey project offers our young growers valuable, hands-on involvement in a viable, real-market setting. When you buy your food locally, you support family farms and local farmland for future generations.