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PO Box 170
Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine


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2015 Poultry Processing Workshop
Thursday, July 9
MOFGA's Common Kitchen at the Common Ground Education Center, Unity
Fee: $75 for non-members; $60 for members
Information: Email Diane Schivera or contact the MOFGA office - (207) 568-4142

Join Diane Schivera, MOFGA Organic Livestock Specialist and local farmer Everett Ottinger of Nettie Fox Farm who raised the birds, for a workshop about how to process poultry. In this workshop you will be guided through a safe and humane process for turning live birds into oven ready roasters. We'll discuss poultry management, equipment and food safety concerns. Please bring your favorite kitchen knife, an apron, and a willingness to learn. Each participant will take home a bird.

Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
As spring draws near, winter farmer's market to close
Foster’s Daily Democrat - 2/28/2014.
By Crystal A. Weyers – Berwick, Maine: With spring officially beginning March 20, the end is drawing near for the Winter Farmer's Market. This was the first time the town held a winter farmer's market and manager Jessica Sheldon has been pleased with the response.
Maine Delegation Questions WIC Program Potato Ban
Maine Public Broadcasting - 2/28/2014.
Members of Maine's congressional delegation say they're disappointed that the U.S. Department of Agriculture will continue to ban fresh white potatoes from the so-called WIC program, a federal nutrition initiative for women and children.
A Sweet Business
Bangor Metro - 2/28/2014.
By Craig Idlebrook – One of the most successful maple syrup businesses in Aroostook County owes its origins to a nearly forgotten maple farm. Back in 1934, Bridgewater resident Ellie Sharp began tapping maple trees and constructed a maple sap evaporator, but his syruping operation petered out when he died a few years later. His evaporating equipment was left in the forest, and his maple farm was relegated to family lore.
Why The 'Non-GMO' Label Is Organic's Frenemy
National Public Radio - 2/28/2014.
By Dan Charles – Non-GMO labels are diverting some consumers away from organic.
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July 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management

July 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop

July 14 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Value Added on the Farm

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