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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
Center for Food Safety Challenges Utah’s Ag Gag Law
Food Poisoning Bulletin - 12/21/2013.
By Linda Larsen - The Center for Food Safety (CFS) is challenging Utah’s so-called “ag gag” law, which criminalizes undercover investigations of factory farms. Several states have finalized these laws, which makes it a crime to video animal abuse and cruelty while undercover. Other animal welfare groups and food safety advocates are joining CFS in challenging the law as a violation of the First and Fourteenth Amendments. Six states have these laws on the books.
Statement of Senator Patrick Leahy on the Farm Bill Conference Progress
Senator Patrick Leahy - 12/20/2013.
While the days are limited before the end of 2013, the Farm Bill Conference Committee presses on, working together in a bipartisan fashion to resolve differences and to take the steps necessary to enact a comprehensive and balanced Farm Bill.
Manure transformed into biodegradable plastic
The Western Producer - 12/19/2013.
By Ron Lyseng - University of Idaho civil engineering professor Erik Coats has developed a method for turning dairy manure into plastic – an alternative to fossil fuels and corn. Dairy manure is the easiest to work with, he says, because of its high content of carbon and electrons. Municipal waste is the most difficult because of its many constituents and because its composition may change daily.
Russell Libby’s book of poems to his wife, daughters
Portland Press Herald - 12/18/2013.
By Mary Pols - “What You Should Know: A Field Guide to Three Sisters Farm” is about the family and its land on the farm in Mount Vernon.
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July 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop

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

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