You know how I love me some turkey. And I’m especially fond of all the hard-working turkey farmers out there – like my new friend and blogger, Katie over at On the Banks of Squaw Creek. Katie and her husband raise turkeys in Iowa and I’ve been following her blog for quite a while. Then she got a communications job off the farm, as well, with the Iowa Turkey Federation and suddenly we’re colleagues, too, which is super cool. She’s one of the few bloggers I know who writes about turkeys and I love her passion and enthusiasm for blogging, social media, and sharing her family’s stories as turkey farmers.
Plus she also coerced me into creating a Facebook page for my blog, which I was kind of hemming and hawing about at the time. I’m so glad she helped me see the light – thank you, Katie! :)
Which brings me to a few links and my FIRST EVER giveaway on my blog!
Katie has written a non-fiction children’s book about life on a turkey farm in Iowa. The premise goes like this: Adam is a 6-year-old farm boy that lives on a turkey farm that raises more than 100,000 turkeys every year. Through the book, kids (and their parents) can learn how farmers take care of turkeys through Adam’s eyes, as he takes us on a virtual tour of his turkey farm. It’s really a great read for all ages!
While educators can click on a link on the Iowa Turkey Federation’s website to download a virtual copy of the book, I have a PRINTED copy to giveaway to one lucky reader! You can enter at the bottom of this blog post – it’s easy!
What’s also awesome about Katie and the rest of the good folks at the Iowa Turkey Federation is they have some other fun resources for kids – just perfect for Thanksgiving weekend. (Although certainly I believe learning where your food comes from should be a year-round experience.)
You will find an activity book here that’s been created by former teachers. It gives students from kindergarten through 5th grade some basic knowledge about turkeys and turkey farms – while also strengthening basic reading, math and problem-solving skills.
And I can’t leave my organization, Minnesota Turkey, out of this either. Our office works with our sister organization, the Chicken and Egg Association of Minnesota, to provide complimentary teacher kits on turkeys, eggs and chickens at the Education Minnesota Conference annually in October. A variety of brochures, flyers and recipes are available in each kit. If you are an educator or you home-school your kids and are looking for more information about poultry, email email@example.com and we’ll make sure you get one – for free if you are from Minnesota!
Don’t forget – enter the giveaway for your chance to win a copy of Katie’s book. All you have to do is comment below on your favorite way to use turkey leftovers. Yep, that’s it! I’ll pick a random winner on next week and announce it on my Facebook page.