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by Don Schrider, American Livestock Breeds Conservancy — Illustration by Georges Louis LeClerc Buffon On Feb. 25, 2008, about 70 people congregated at Ayrshire Farm in Upperville, Va., to take part in a blind taste test comparing one variety of industrial turkey and eight varieties of heritage turkey. All the food professionals, chefs, food connoisseurs […]Read more »
by Candice Last Saturday, my son, daughter, and granddaughter all came over to help decorate the “real” Christmas tree. Since the back half of our property is sand, we grow our own. We all hiked back to the field and looked over this year’s selection. Hubby climbed under the branches and sawed off the tree […]Read more »
by Candice I can’t believe how long it’s been since I’ve blogged! We’ve had an unusual fine fall and I’ve been madly trying to get the garden beds all tidy and neat for spring. Unfortunately, most of the fine days were days I was working. Still, I managed to get most of it done … […]Read more »
by Sandi Hopper We only have one turkey on the farm. She’s the last bronze beauty we have left of the original dozen we bought. We raised them for meat, or at least that was the intent. We raised the tiny ET’s in the barn, then graduated them to a chicken wire pen when they […]Read more »
by CandiceThere’s been an unsettling mystery here at Blue Feather Hollow for the past week. Our turkeys – 7 adults, 7 “teenagers” (just over 2 months old), and the 9 new poults with Mama Swan (yes, we have a turkey named Swan – a story for another day) – reside in a two-story shed with […]Read more »
by CandiceWelcome to the window on Blue Feather Hollow, which you could call a number of things (e.g., a hobby farm, an organic farm, a wild idea that got out of hand …), but never, ever, could you call it boring. As soon as we moved out of town, Child No. 1 wanted an animal […]Read more »