The Buena Vista chapter of the Future Farmers of America, FFA, is smoking and selling turkeys as part of their fundraising activities. The local tradition, dating as far back as 1989 under the guidance of former agriculture teacher Ande Paulk, was dropped with a shift in staff. FFA members reinstituted the tradition last November, selling close to 200 smoked turkeys in time for Thanksgiving.
All members of the FFA class participate in each step of the smoking process, beginning by sanitizing the facilities before and after each use. They gut and clean the birds, disposing of inedible parts in appropriate containers. Students inject a 'cure' into four specific areas and hang them from a hook in a smoker. The turkeys, fully cooked during the two day smoking process, are cooled and packaged following all safety requirements.
This year's agriculture teacher, Ms Elaina Jackson, plans to keep the smoked turkey process going strong, along with several other FFA opportunities that have been forgotten over time. Proceeds from sales go into an account to fund shows, fees, competition entries and other expenses the chapter encounters throughout the year.
Deadline to order: November 26
Contact: Elaina Jackson (903) 819-1038