Meet the Polyface Farm Pastured Turkeys


| 7/16/2015 11:40:00 AM


Tags: young farmers, farm apprenticeship, turkeys, poultry, nitrogen, soil management, Polyface Farm, Tim Rohrer,

Turkeys Polyface Farms 

It is 6:00 a.m. and I’m jumping on a four wheeler (with my helper for the week). I am heading up to where the turkeys are countering their way back and forth across the face of a small hill, and it’s a beautiful morning. 

I’m in charge of the turkeys these days, and it has been quite a joy. Back towards the beginning of June, when we first put the turkeys out, I had no idea that the responsibility would be placed on me to care for them once interns arrived. After I heard the news, I was optimistically hopeful that this new task would prove to be entertaining.

Boy, was I in for a surprise. 

From Polyface Farm Intern to Apprentice

I was an intern here at Polyface Farm during the summer of 2014, and I had the privilege of being chosen to stay on as an apprentice for an additional year. During my time as an intern, I helped with the turkeys for a few weeks and found it enjoyable, but I never was able to grasp the turkeys as my personal responsibility. 

Now things are different. Being an apprentice, I have much more responsibility here on the farm, including the task of conveying the vision and reasoning for our actions to this year’s intern crew.




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