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USC Professor Has Second Life as Turkey Farmer

These Narragansett turkeys are raised by University of South Carolina professor Joe Jones.  Though he keeps his flock small, the quality of the meat is far superior to mass produced turkeys.
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These Narragansett turkeys are raised by University of South Carolina professor Joe Jones. Though he keeps his flock small, the quality of the meat is far superior to mass produced turkeys.

From 9 to 5, Joe Jones of Blythewood is a professor of marine science and environmental science at the University of South Carolina.  After 5, he becomes a farmer, raising sheep, pigs, chickens, and especially Narragansett turkeys, which makes him popular around Thanksgiving.   He and his wife keep their flock small, preferring quality over quantity.  Jones and his wife Amanda talk in this story about the difference between homegrown birds and the corporate, mass-produced turkeys most people consume (hint: price and flavor have a lot to do with the difference).  There are challenges to raising turkeys, they say, but their beauty and quirks are enough to make it worth keeping these majestic birds around.