Thanksgiving fast approaches and eleven Sonoma County youth from the 4-H/Slow Food Heritage Turkey project have been working hard all year to make sure that you will be able to have the best possible turkey for your Thanksgiving celebration. Over the next few weeks we’d like to introduce you to some of the impressive young people and the turkeys they raise.
Our newest members to the Heritage turkey project are from the Osman family; 15 year old MacGarret, 10 year old Anthony, and 9 year old twins Jazmine and Violet. These four youth joined the ranks of the Heritage Turkey project at the beginning of the year. The Osman family, operating as Oz Family Farm, in the hills of Valley Ford, raise rabbits, geese, and turkeys for area restaurants and for sale at both the Healdsburg Farmers Market and the Santa Rosa Certified Farmers Market at the Wells Fargo Center. Oz Family Farm is an Animal Welfare Approved farm.
Last year, the Osmans began acquiring heritage turkey breeding stock including Narragansett, Midget White, Bourbon Red, Slates, and Lavenders. These heritage turkey varieties are all on the conservation priority list of The Livestock Conservancy. The turkeys that the Osman youth have been offering through the 4-H/Slow Food Heritage Turkey project this year were all bred, and raised by the family here in Sonoma county.