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Photo Essay: Turkey farmer Jim Sorensen

A male turkey shows off the bright colors of his wattle and snood for the ladies.
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Carbondale’s Jim Sorensen, owner of Shanaroba Farms, has been a farmer for the last 30 years and spent many summers on the family farm in Nebraska that was originally homesteaded by his grandparents. He has always had an organic garden and believes that what you eat should be picked out of the garden.

Jim Sorensen with Shanaroba Farms near Carbondale tosses seeds into the air while calling to his flock of turkeys on Monday morning.
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In 2001 he acquired a few turkeys to help with a severe grasshopper infestation taking over his garden. By word of mouth he began raising organic turkeys for Slow Foods International and found himself taking care of a flock of 300. He raised turkeys that were sent to various places such as Las Vegas and San Francisco for cooking schools and were even on the show Iron Chef.

Sorensen made the ultimate decision that he wanted to reduce the number of turkeys and currently only has around 60 at max. He owns 6 different varieties; the black Spanish, Narragansett, royal palm, bronze, the rare blue slate and chocolate.

Sorensen owns 6 different varieties of Turkeys; The Black Spanish, Narragansett, Royal Palm, Bronze, the rare Blue Slate, and Chocolate.
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Jim Sorensen with Shanaroba Farms near Carbondale, Colo tosses seeds into the air while calling to his flock of turkeys on Monday morning.
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A male turkey shows off the bright colors of his wattle and snood for the ladies.
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To keep his turkeys organic he feeds them sunflower and other bulk seeds that have sprouted to ensure a higher percentage of nutrients. They are also free-range and feed on grasses, weeds and bugs around his farm.

Jim Sorensen shows how domesticated turkeys have the ability to fly when properly bred and fed despite the common misconception that they cannot.
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One of Sorensen’s Narragansett turkeys.
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Jim Sorensen owner of Shanaroba Farms near Carbondale, checks on the chicken and turkey coop on Monday morning.
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