Know Your Food: Diestel Turkey
Above: Tim Diestel with his turkeys
Located in Sonora, CA, Diestel Turkey Ranch has been raising their turkeys since 1949. The fourth-generation family operation is the first turkey producer in the country to receive a GAP (Global Animal Partnership) rating of 5+ for animal welfare, the highest available.
Diestel turkeys are free-range, with plenty of room indoors and outdoors, four times as much as conventional birds, to grow strong and healthy. They eat a 100% vegetarian diet of soy and corn milled directly on the ranch. They never receive hormones, antibiotics, growth enhancers, gluten, or animal by-products. All of the varieties – organic, original, heirloom, and pasture-raised – have more meat, less fat, less water, and better tenderness and texture than other birds.
The ranch also enforces sustainability by composting, eliminating toxic chemicals and fertilizers, reducing waste, and conserving groundwater. All feathers, manure, and cardboard is composted, reducing Diestel’s waste stream by about 75 percent.