Avoiding Pain, Off to Market, Where do Turkeys Come from Anyhow?

This week the Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, helps us avoid the inevitable pains of working in the garden.  Our host, Harold Johnson, continues his series from the Chapel Hill farmers’ market.  Lise Jenkins is absent from her garden instead she is out learning where turkeys come from. 

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In the Know…

A three year old Magpie Duck

For the next several weeks, the frozen food section of our stores will be filled with turkeys.  On a recent farm tour Lise Jenkins learned that while there are lots of brands to chose from, the turkey inside those wrappers are all the same.  Only one breed of turkey is raised commercially — and that’s across the entire world.  Dr. Julie Gauthier is trying to change that by raising heritage poultry on her farm in Wake Forest.  Lise left her garden to meet Dr. Gauthier’s birds and learn more about the food on our tables.

  • Dr. Gauthier’s Farm: ChickCharney Farm
  • USDA’s tips for safely cooking turkey
  • November 17th article from the Raleigh News and Observer about Dr. Gauthier’s Beltsville Turkeys

In the Garden…

Charles Murphy, Durham County Extension Master Gardener Volunteer

We know our gardens can be a joy -and a pain.  The Enthusiastic Gardener, Charles Murphy, tries to help us stay out of trouble and pain free.

Randy Thompson, T5- Farms

Harold Johnson continues his trek through the Chapel Hill Farmers’ Market.  This week he meets Randy Thompson of T5-Farms. 


  • Sculpture in the Garden - Through December 7th - Up to 45 large-scale sculptures created by North Carolina-based artists integrated into the garden’s outdoor environment. Free. North Carolina Botanical Garden, Chapel Hill. 919-962-0522. ncbg.unc.edu.
  • I Have Elephants in My Garden, So What is Your Problem - November 18th, 6:30-8:00 PM - Marie Butler, Landscape Coordinator for Virginia Zoo.  Durham Garden Forum - Free to members, $10 for visitors
  • Tussie Mussie: The Victorian Language of Flowers Workshop - November 19th, 10:00 AM to 12:00 PM - Duke Gardens.  Fee $40 / $32 members. Registration: 919-668-1707 or [email protected]
  • Backyard Conservation Practices - November 20, 12noon-1pm - Explore several ways that you can apply conservation practices to your yard while adding beauty and diversity to your surroundings. Learn to develop a plan for your own backyard that will help protect soil, water, air, plant and animal resources. Presented by Linda Birdsong, CCAP Coordinator, Community Conservation Assistance Program, NC Cooperation Extension Service. Attendees may bring lunch; beverages provided. Old Salem Museums & Gardens, Winston-Salem. 336-721-7300.oldsalem.org.
  • Holiday Tree Ornament Workshop: Leaf Garlands and Pressed Flowers - November 22nd - 10:00 - 12:00 PM - NC Botanical Garden - Join us for a Holiday Tree ornament making workshop! Participants will create leaf garlands and make pressed flower ornaments on paper to adorn the NCBG Holiday Tree. Materials will be provided, though your own pressed flowers and leaves could add to the variety of designs. Free, but pre-registration required.

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