Governor Pardons Turkeys Raised by Northwest Iowa Teen

Governor Kim Reynolds has pardoned two turkeys raised by an area teenager.

Fifteen-year-old Ava Moline of Manson has been raising turkeys since she was nine…

Ava picked out a tom and a hen that the governor nicknamed Freedom and Flourish. (The tom nicknamed Freedom pictured above)

Ava’s profits go into her college fund, and she took the rest of the turkeys she’d been raising to market earlier this month…

Ava’s father is Brad Moline, president of the Iowa Turkey Federation.

During today’s (Monday’s) turkey pardoning ceremony on the lawn of the governor’s mansion, Reynolds announced the Moline family has been in the turkey business for 99 years…

The Moline family provided the very first turkeys that were pardoned at Terrace Hill by Governor Robert Ray in 1976.

Ava Moline, the fifth generation of the family in the turkey business, is raising free-range turkeys, taking them to a small poultry processor near her farm and selling them as fresh, not frozen turkeys to Thanksgiving customers. Her Golden Prairie Turkeys are being sold in grocery stores in Manson, Pocahontas, Greene, and Ankeny.

(credit to Radio Iowa)