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Windrow Farms, Young Turkeys, and Reuse

This is not my first blog post about our friends at Windrow Farms. There is this one about pumpkin recycling as well as well as a photo of male turkeys ‘Jerry’ and ‘Thanksgiving Dinner’ in my blog post on Thanksgiving Day. Elizabeth, Chad and Tailor are our good friends and they are doing some wonderful things on their farm and for their community of Nolensville, TN.

Fancypants the turkey, hens, and roosters feeding on healthy scraps of fruits and vegetables

Fancypants the turkey, hens, and roosters feeding on healthy scraps of fruits and vegetables

The farm is literally growing (correct usage of literally). Among the raised beds, hanging gardens, and traditional beds of fruits, vegetables and herbs are the critters: chickens – lots of them, turkeys, guinea hen, ducks, horses, cattle, rabbits, and a squadron of potbelly pigs. What is unusual is the percentage of the animals that are rescues. Both horses, all 5 pigs, all but one of the rabbits, the ducks, and some of the hens and roosters are all rescues.

Child's Bench Repurposed to Chicken Roost

Child’s Bench Repurposed to Chicken Roost

Our staff at Junk King of Nashville knows that if rolls of wire or wind netting, screening, fencing, or dog pens come in on a hauling job they need to put them aside for me to see if Miss Elizabeth/The Chicken Lady needs them. Most often she does.  Rescues usually aren’t scheduled. They just happen and the farm needs to have a place for the new resident immediately. Each week some things come in that might not stand out as something usable for the farm. A child’s bench came in that was a little worse for wear and not quite up to what we would donate to ThriftSmart. I messaged Elizabeth with a photo and it is now in the coop with the post-February chicks roosting upon it.

4 new Windrow Turkeys, photo by Caryn

4 new Windrow Turkeys, photo by Caryn. Please note photobombing pig

Yesterday marked the arrival of four young turkeys from the breeder. Three are gents who will be raised for the family meals on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Easter and one is a lady who will start laying turkey eggs later this year.

We had dropped off a large wire dog crate with a wonky side a couple weeks back. The plastic domed Igloo dog house that we dropped off yesterday was attached at the wonky side creating a pen for the four birds to protect them from both existing residents and the elements during their initial health quarantine and acclamation.

 

Igloo + Wire Crate = Turkey Run

Igloo + Wire Crate = Turkey Run, photo by Caryn

A Vintage Girl Scout Uniform & Recycling

The main council for the Girl Scouts of Middle Tennessee is located on Granny White Pike in Nashville. There you can not only purchase a current Daisy, Brownie, or Junior Girl Scout uniform you can also take a step or two back in time to see the uniforms from past decades. We were happy to have the opportunity to donate a vintage 1960’s Girl Scout uniform to the Council for their collection earlier this year.

photo by caryn of a vintage 1960s girl scout uniform donated to council

Photo by Caryn of a Vintage 1960’s Girl Scout Uniform Donated to Council

When one of our customers has Junk King haul away clothing we sort the clothing into piles for donation to ThriftSmart and ATRS textile recycling. Proceeds from sales at ThriftSmart benefit other local non-profits (Mercy Children’s Clinic, New Hope Academy, The Belize Project, and African Leadership) and proceeds from ATRS textile recycling benefit MADD.

Every once in a while a special item comes through that needs to go elsewhere – like this vintage 1960s Girl Scout uniform. I sent a photo to our Troop Leader and she talked with folks at Council and they said to please send it along. I encourage any folks interested to please take a trip in to see the historical items at Council. It is a really neat collection.

 


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