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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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294 Crosby Brook Road, Unity, Maine


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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
Potato tips
Village Soup - 4/13/2009.
by Jean English. I picked up my organic seed potatoes at the Belfast Co-op Store recently and started greensprouting them shortly after that. Greensprouting? That means getting potatoes to break dormancy and sprout before you set them in the garden.
Touting factory pig farming safe, really?
Treehugger - 4/13/2009.
By Sara Novak – In an age where nearly 70 percent of antibiotics produced annually are given to some form of livestock and mass production of livestock has led to widespread animal mistreatment and serious environmental repercussions, it seems flippant to claim that factory farming is done for the safety of consumers.
Youngsters discovering fresh fruit, vegetables
Kennebec Journal - 4/13/2009.
By Matthew Stone – Leftover strawberries and beets drew the attention of Sarah Caban's fourth-graders at Mount Vernon Elementary School as they returned to class from a recent recess. The fruit and vegetables, left over from a morning snack, sparked a conversation about at-home eating habits. "We get blood oranges almost every week now," 11-year-old Faith Jacques said of her family's grocery shopping habits.
Cage-free egg farm makes for happy birds
Kennebec Journal - 4/12/2009.
By Scott Taylor – The hens were shy when Radlo began the small tour of the joint Radlo Foods-Dorothy Eggs cage-free egg facility Thursday morning, leaving a wide circle around Radlo, Production Vice President Tom Shea and Bill Bell of the New England Brown Egg Council. But the birds wandered closer the longer the men were there. Finally, one brave hen wandered up to Radlo, like she had something to say. He scooped her up like a cat and petted her while he continued talking.
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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


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