“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Turkey Love and More

I can scarcely believe that old Tom turkey is heading towards his ninth birthday.
It was nine years ago that Tom, Chuck, and Edith came to live on the farm
as just hatched turkey babes.

Tom is the only one that remains of those three.
 Fred and Ethel joined us two years ago this coming summer.

All three get along amazingly.
Truth be told, Ethel is the leader of the pack.
She takes no nonsense from either of the boys,
and has wrestled them to the ground on more than one occasion
when they were feeling a little randy.
She'll have none of that!

Turkeys are amazing birds.
They are very social and love being around whatever activity is happening around the farm.
Having a party?
You'll find the turkeys in the midst of everything.

It took years for Tom to allow us to touch him.
Although he never had a problem with touching as long as it was him touching us.
Reach out a hand to pet him and he would quickly hop away.
Things have changed over the years, though.
Tom has mellowed.
Now he tolerates and maybe even enjoys a good head massage.

Our neighbor, Kathy, loves giving Tom some loving...

Tom has learned through the years to ignore his natural instinct about danger.
He has learned that this is a safe place...

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