Raising Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Raising Turkeys for Thanksgiving

Soon we'll all be sitting around a table with a recently roasted turkey in the center. Someone will volunteer, or be volunteered to carve the bird, and will watch the serrated blade of the best knife go through the crispy skin and into the juicy succulent meat. The slices will be ceremoniously placed, or unceremoniously plopped- onto a plate full of food.

Meat has always been a central part of the human diet, something that prompts sacrifice, gathering, and ultimately celebration. What was once the spoils of the hunt, is now the harvest of many months labor, from the raising of the poults, to the slaughter, scalding, plucking, packaging and transporting of these birds Ben Franklin preferred to the eagle as our national symbol.

Daniel Salatin has been raising turkeys for decades at Polyface Farm in Swoope, Virginia, and his work has helped to inspire newcomers to the field of agriculture. Jon McConaughy, of Double Brook Farm- in New Jersey- is one of these more recent converts- as he traded in a desk job for muck boots and a life outside.

Before we give thanks on the big day, let's get together and appreciate the people putting the turkey on the table, and learn more about how that scrumptious meat gets to our plate.

November 21, 2023, 06:30 PM

06:30 PM - 07:30 PM

About The Speakers

Jon McConaughy

Jon McConaughy

Founder, Double Brook Farm

Founder Double Brook Farm, a sustainable farm in Hopewell NJ raising pastured pigs, sheep, turkeys and chickens.


Daniel Salatin

Daniel Salatin

Polyface Farms

Daniel is a multi-generational farmer. He’s grown up in the farming landscape in Swoope, VA.

Daniel Salatin