Turkeys: Farm to Thanksgiving Table

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In 2004, Slow Food USA launched a campaign called Renewing America's Food Traditions (or "RAFT"), whose purpose was to save endangered food species by getting farmers to grow them--and consumers to eat them. Members in Sonoma County, California, set out to revive heritage breed turkeys, but immediately faced a new issue: there were no farmers to raise them.

Lisa M. Hamilton documents an attempt to bring back traditional poultry farming in
Turkeys: From Farm to Thanksgiving Table

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Lisa M. Hamilton is a writer and photographer who focuses on food and agriculture, particularly the stories of farmers. More

Lisa M. Hamilton is a writer and photographer who focuses on food and agriculture, particularly the stories of farmers. Her work has taken her from castration time on a Wyoming sheep ranch to a meeting of radical plant breeders in Iowa; from dairy farms in the highlands of Bavaria to sacred rice paddies along the coast of Japan. A fellow at the Alicia Patterson Foundation, she is the author of Deeply Rooted: Unconventional Farmers in the Age of Agribusiness (Counterpoint, 2009). Her work has also been published in The Nation, Christian Science Monitor, National Geographic Traveler, Orion, and Gastronomica.

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