intense choices

FarmerKhaiti
FarmerKhaiti

Latest posts by FarmerKhaiti (see all)

sending the turkey's spirit out    photo by stephen filla

sending the turkey’s spirit out photo by stephen filla

photo stephen filla

photo stephen filla

Sunday was one the most intense days of my life. When one thinks back on the moments that changed your life, many of them involve a birth, or a death. I have several moments of these with the humans in my life. To those moments of great importance, I now add death experiences with animals that I raised, cared for and nurtured to the day of their death on my farm.

sue and mary plucking one of the turkeys that came home for their thanksgiving feasts   photo stephen filla

sue and mary plucking one of the turkeys that came home for their thanksgiving feasts photo stephen filla

sue with her beautiful Bronze- 22lbs of delicious good life turkey    photo stephen filla

sue with her beautiful Bronze- 22lbs of delicious good life turkey photo stephen filla

This may seem an oxymoron- raised and cared for, nurtured, and then KILLED!?  I have to allow that- this is a contradiction in many ways. I welcome discussion about the ethics of eating animals. because I am gonna tell you that I am practicing what I preach on my farm. Know your food, acknowledge that it was an animal, and know how it lived. Don’t eat misery. Don’t eat without deep thoughts, because that which you ingest is going to nourish you, and I can’t imagine what kind of nourishment you would get from miserable animals.

this is the turkey I will be giving thanks over, with my family. he was giving me one last show, what a beautiful guy.    photo stephen filla

this is the turkey I will be giving thanks over, with my family. he was giving me one last show, what a beautiful guy. photo stephen filla

 my bourbon red tom turkey

my bourbon red tom turkey

check out the gooble-dee-gook on my guy!     photo stephen filla

check out the gooble-dee-gook on my guy! photo stephen filla

from a beautiful, noble dude on my farm, to a feast to truly be thankful for- here he is in the final stage before roasting overnight on wednesday eve

from a beautiful, noble dude on my farm, to a feast to truly be thankful for- here he is in the final stage before roasting overnight on wednesday eve

photo stephen filla

photo stephen filla

photo stephen filla

photo stephen filla

photo stephen filla

photo stephen filla

Thanksgiving will never be the same for me, nor for the amazing people who came out and processed their own bird with me. I owe everyone a round of applause for a job well done, well thought out, and enjoyed. Thank you.

2 comments

  • I find this appalling. Romanticizing the death of an animal to make it seem like something so noble. Like these turkeys willingly gave their lives to you so that you could enjoy a meal. What do you suppose is worth more – a life, or your tastebuds’ enjoyment for a few minutes? Don’t romanticize murder to make yourself feel better.

  • Jen, thank you for you expression of feelings. I feel that it is important to talk about this openly. Raising animals expressly to let them live a good life, but then to harvest them and eat them, well- it IS an intense choice. But one I am making out here, with much gratitude. This is SO very different from the factory farm system, which is my antithesis. That’s my thing. Please continue with your feelings. Understand there are people who can raise animals and love them, and then respect them, humanely harvest and eat them.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *