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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
Veggie garden coming to White House lawn
Treehugger - 3/18/2009.
By George Spyros– Food writer Eddie Gehman Kohan has the scoop (or shall we say shovel) on the April issue of Oprah's Magazine interview featuring a cover-story interview with Michelle Obama revealing the exciting plans for a White House vegetable garden. But will this newest shovel-ready project from the Obama administration be an organic undertaking?
An anti-drug campaign that makes sense
Grist - 3/18/2009.
By Tom Philpott – As debate around food safety regulation heats up – some might say, overheats – sublimely named Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.) has introduced a House bill that would significantly affect farming practices in the United States. Called the Preservation of Antibiotics for Human Treatment Act, the bill would effectively prevent CAFOs (confined animal feedlot operations) from dousing their animals with antibiotics as a matter of course.
Partnership between farmers, consumers growing
Bangor Daily News - 3/17/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Maine farmers are finding CSAs to be a win-win situation: Early in the spring, consumers purchase shares in a farm’s harvest-to-be, providing much-needed cash when the farmer’s pocketbook is leanest. In exchange, consumers get fresh produce, meats, milk and many other products throughout the season.
More farmers, less market
Grist - 3/17/2009.
By Tom Laskawy – The fact is that if we want farmers markets to accomplish particular policy ends – whether it's to bring affordable fresh fruit and vegetables to cities or to provide dedicated outlets for small, local farms to sell their wares or both – government has to be involved.
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July 7 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management

July 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management

July 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop

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