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August 14, 2020

Sonoma’s Willie Bird Turkeys sold to California poultry firm Diestel Family Farms

Sonoma Valley lost one of its iconic agricultural businesses earlier this summer when Willie Bird Turkeys was sold to Diestel Family Ranch of Sonora for an undisclosed price. Willie Bird’s processing plant in Schellville has closed, and the once-bustling 7.5-acre property is now vacant. The site was not part of the sale. While the plant is closed, Heidi Diestel said that the decision to cease operations there was not made by the Diestel family and she is not aware of the Benedetti family plans for it. Attempts to reach the Benedetti family were not successful. Read more