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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
The N2 dilemma: Is America fertilizing disaster?
Grist - 2/5/2010.
By Tom Philpott – Where does our food come from? These days, most people might think corn, the ubiquitous grain that provides the bulk of feed for our livestock; most of the sweetener for our soft drinks and snacks; and a large amount of our cooking fat. But where does the corn – and other staple crops – come from? The answer to that question lies beneath our feet. Healthy soil is our food system’s bottom line.
Details on NAIS and animal traceability
La Vida Locavore - 2/5/2010.
By Jill Richardson – As I noted before, NAIS is toast. However, the USDA does plan to do SOMETHING in its place. A new PDF put out by the USDA's Animal & Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) has more details about the future of animal traceability. In short, there will be a new system but it will ONLY cover animals moving across state lines.
Cancer and pesticides: victims fight for justice
The Ecologist - 2/4/2010.
By Diana Smith – After long battles, three farmers in France have won legal claims that their cases of cancer and Parkinson's disease were caused by working with pesticides. Now they want to help others fight similar cases.
Genetically-engineered forests
Treehugger - 2/4/2010.
By Alex Davies – Genetic engineering is coming to the forests … Two industry giants, International Paper Co. and MeadWestvaco Corp., are planning to transform plantation forests of the southeastern United States by replacing native pine with genetically engineered eucalyptus, a rapidly growing Australian tree that in its conventional strains now dominates the tropical timber industry.
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