Pilgrims' progress 

Frozen turkeys and all the fixins' including organics already abound at grocery stores. But remember: The Americana Police aren't going to come for you if you decide to deviate from the norm a little this year.

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Mary Ley
West side

School project director

Do you buy organic food? Yes, but I'm not do-or-die about it. Usually, it's things like lettuce, where you can't wash all the impurities out.

Would Thanksgiving be as enjoyable as a vegetarian? I've been vegetarian before, but I feel healthier as an athletic female having meat in my diet. Peanut butter isn't an adequate substitute.

Describe your most unusual Thanksgiving. My husband and I opted out of the usual overeating thing one year to serve people at a shelter who don't have as much.

What would you have in lieu of traditional Thanksgiving fare? My parents took us to a different service or religion every year at Christmas so we'd learn to accept and appreciate people's differences. Thanksgiving could be like that, too.

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Jenna Shearn
Patty Jewett

Graphic design teacher

Do you ever buy organic? Yes. I like to support organic growers, and organic tomatoes and strawberries have more flavor. It's a better way to live.

Have you ever experienced farm life? I grew up on a hundred acres in Black Forest, devoid of television. We entertained ourselves with two horses, a couple goats and a pond where we played with tadpoles and dragonflies.

Describe your most unusual Thanksgiving. Hiking into the Grand Canyon at dusk, where we steamed pre-baked potatoes, freeze-dried fish and asparagus. It was a simple but absolutely gorgeous Thanksgiving on the canyon rim.

What would you eat in lieu of traditional Thanksgiving fare? Maybe something Native American.

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Donavan Kennedy


Do you ever buy anything organic? Yes, to avoid pesticides and preservatives.

Have you ever had a farm experience? I have extended family in rural Iowa where I was chased by a few cows as a kid.

What has been your most unusual Thanksgiving? Thanksgiving in Australia last year. They don't celebrate it there, so I got together with a few Americans and Canadians to do it.

What's the worst food you've eaten? I ate some fermented tofu in Indonesia one time that was absolutely disgusting.


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