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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
Pathogens In Our Pork - Op-Ed by Nicholas Kristof
The New York Times - 3/14/2009.
We don’t add antibiotics to baby food and Cocoa Puffs so that children get fewer ear infections. That’s because we understand that the overuse of antibiotics is already creating “superbugs” resistant to medication.
Obama pledges to improve food safety
The New York Times - 3/14/2009.
By Gardiner Harris – Describing the government’s failure to inspect 95 percent of food processing plants as “a hazard to the public health,” President Obama promised Saturday to bolster and reorganize the nation’s fractured food-safety system.
Dirt alert: test for lead, vegetable gardeners
Portland Press Herald - 3/14/2009.
By John Richardson – For Samantha Langley-Turnbaugh, a soil scientist and professor at the University of Southern Maine, there's a real public-health risk to the spring ritual: lead poisoning. Soil can be so contaminated with lead that digging or playing in it, or eating vegetables grown in it, can be dangerous.
This time of year, it’s OK to get a little sappy
Bangor Daily News - 3/14/2009.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Steam swirled around Lori Dana on Thursday as she checked the fire under the bubbling maple sap. It softened the skin, fogged up eyeglasses and filled the air with a light, sugary scent. “You want it to stay at a rolling boil,” she said, nearly hidden by the blanket of steam. Dana took a deep breath, pulling in the aroma. She can tell by the smell how close the sap is to becoming the prized maple syrup.
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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

August 8 - Free Gardening Workshop for Children and Their Families

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