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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
In a Bean, a Boon to Biotech
The New York Times - 11/15/2013.
By Andrew Pollack - A new federal push to purge artery-clogging trans fats from foods could be just what the doctor ordered — not only for public health but for the unpopular biotechnology industry, specifically, two developers of genetically modified crops.
GMO apple comment period opens
Capital Press - 11/15/2013.
By Dan Wheat - A final, 30-day public comment period on USDA consideration of opening the United States to the growing and sales of genetically modified apples began Nov. 8 and will conclude on Dec. 9. “We’re really excited. After three-and-a-half years, the assessments conclude it is safe and doesn’t pose risks. That’s very satisfying,” said Neal Carter, president of Okanagan Specialty Fruits.
New Study: GMO Sweet Corn Rare in U.S. Supermarkets
eNews Park Forest - 11/14/2013.
A first-of-its-kind investigation to look for genetically modified sweet corn in the United States has yielded surprising results: Monsanto’s first direct-to-consumer product, a genetically engineered sweet corn, appears to be a flop in the U.S. market.
Bangor-area businesses provide storage space for 30,000 pounds of holiday food for needy
Bangor Daily News - 11/14/2013.
By Nick McCrea - Area businesses have stepped up to provide storage space for more than 30,000 pounds of food that will help struggling Maine families have a bountiful Thanksgiving feast.
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