Turkeys on ‘cute urban farms’ grow even as land is gobbled up

BOLIVIA, NC (AP) — While most people only think about turkeys around meals on the holidays, Maud Kelly enjoys watching them wobble on her family farm in Bolivia.

“I raised quite a bit this year and it’s the most I’ve ever raised,” she said. “It’s a crazy amount of work. They are really wacky birds. They’re fun, but they are a lot to keep up with. It’s like having 25 toddlers running around.”

Greenlands Farm, a sustainable homestead farm located in rural Brunswick County, has been in the family for three generations. They started raising birds in the 1980s before taking a hiatus. Work resumed in the early 2000s, with tours of the farm in the later years.

Kelly got into raising rare breeds such as the Heritage Midget White Turkey, which are around 8 to 12 pounds.

It’s an alternative to raising commercial birds, which takes 12 to 14 pounds to mature for processing. The heritage turkeys on Greenlands Farm take about 6 to 7 months to mature on 16 acres of land.

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