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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
Farmers’ markets open to food-stamp clients
Kennebec Journal - 5/11/2009.
By Meghan V. Malloy – As the number of Maine families receiving food stamps nears 100,000, local farmers and state officials believe they have found a way to provide nutritious food to needy people. Farmers' markets are starting to use devices similar to automated teller machines that accept the cards that replaced paper food stamps.
Everyone wins if food stamps buy farmers’ food
Kennebec Journal - 5/11/2009.
Editorial – Hundreds of millions of dollars are spent annually to provide food stamps to Maine's poor. Last year, the federally funded program distributed $214 million worth of food stamps in Maine. This year, increased funding from the feds meant that in April alone, spending on food stamps jumped from $16.8 million in 2008 to $26.5 million this year.
Pesticide drift
Bangor Daily News - 5/11/2009.
Editorial – Debate over notifying neighbors of agricultural spraying centers on a fundamental question: Who has the responsibility to protect residents from potential harm? It is the residents themselves or the companies doing the spraying? So far, the state has left most of the responsibility to the residents. A bill currently under consideration in the Legislature would change that. It should be carefully considered.
EPA Bans Carbofuran Pesticide Residues on Food
Environmental News Service - 5/11/2009.
Traces of the pesticide carbofuran can no longer remain on food sold in the United States, whether domestic or imported, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.
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