The Hawksbill Creek ambles along beside the beautiful acreage of the Turner Brothers Farm, where Joey and Charlie raise chickens. For these brothers, farming has been their family’s tradition for generations. Joey and Charlie’s dad started his farm in 1979, and their uncles even before that, in Luray and Stanley, Virginia. Joey and his wife Lora now have 5 chicken houses and a litter business, while Charlie and Dawn have 4 houses and “I’m not sure how many, to be honest” cattle, but it’s around 200 head.

Joey and Charlie make an efficient team, taking turns checking on the chickens throughout the day, starting first thing in the morning, then at noon, 4pm, and 9pm. When the brothers aren’t tending to the chickens, they’re likely making hay. The brothers like growing for Shenandoah Valley Organic and appreciate the relaxed density standards of SVO. They find it results in healthier birds and lower mortality.

The Turners have always been a close-knit bunch, but since the death of their mom last year, the brothers have found themselves craving even more time with their family members. Whenever a speck of free time presents itself, the Turners try to connect with each other. On every holiday and birthday, the Turners can be found celebrating up at their mom’s house.

Lynda Bostrom