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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Screen plant choices for invasive potential
Bangor Daily News - 10/31/2009.
By Reeser Manley – My favorite plant in Marjorie’s garden at the moment is a redvein enkianthus, Enkianthus campanulatus, planted 10 years ago and pruned to form a multitrunk small tree.
Don’t skimp on mustard in baked beans
Bangor Daily News - 10/31/2009.
By Sandy Oliver – As a child of southern New England, I owe my understanding of Maine baked beans to my Belfast-raised husband, who was taken aback when I served him baked pea beans early in our marriage. He likes big beans, and in Maine the standard is the lovely large yellow eye, though Jacob’s cattle, soldier and others have their adherents. In Washington County, the wonderful little Marifax, a nice flavorful all-brown bean, is a favorite and I love them, too.
Backyard can produce rare jewel of a crop
Bangor Daily News - 10/31/2009.
By Janine Pineo – The lingonberries have fruit this year. I had just hauled an armload of trellis supports up to the gardening shed last weekend and happened to look down — way down — as I turned to walk back to the vegetable garden. Glistening like tiny red pearls among shiny evergreen leaves were lingonberries, more than I’d ever seen on the diminutive bushes.
Putting farm animal protection on the map, one state at a time
Alternet - 10/31/2009.
By Paul Shapiro – At the beginning of this decade, not a single state in the nation had an anti-cruelty law that explicitly prohibited any standard agribusiness practice, regardless of how much suffering the practice may cause. Today, seven states have banned and are phasing out some of the most extreme forms of farm animal confinement.
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Upcoming MOFGA Events

July 7 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management

July 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management

July 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop

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

July 22 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Diverse Dairy

July 29 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Farming Off-the-Grid

July 30-31 - Maine Grain Alliance Kneading Conference

August 1 - Maine Artisan Bread Fair

August 8 - MOFGA’s Organic Orcharding Workshop: Bud Grafting

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