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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
Web, smartphones, tablets … yet Farmers' Almanac survives
Portland Press Herald - 1/23/2013.
By Eric Russell - Eric Sideman, a crop specialist with the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, doesn't rely on a farmers' almanac for useful information, and he doesn't know anyone who does. "My opinion is that it's fun to read but it's not based in any science that I can tell," he said. "I would say it's like reading a horoscope."
Europe 'has failed to learn from environmental disasters'
The Guardian [UK] - 1/23/2013.
By John Vidal - Europe has failed to learn the lessons from many environmental and health disasters like Chernobyl, leaded petrol and DDT insecticides, and is now ignoring warnings about bee deaths, GM food and nanotechnology, according to an 800-page report by the European Environment Agency. The report says that GM crops provide no direct benefit to consumers, are over-hyped, not necessarily safe and are largely unsuitable for the great majority of the world's farmers.
Thanks, E. B. White
Homegrown Life - 1/23/2013.
By Dyan Redick - A friend gave me a copy of Down East magazine back before Christmas with a page earmarked. “You’ll die laughing,” she warned me. Turns out, it was a reprint of E. B. White’s “Memorandum,” from One Man’s Meat, published in 1944.
When Trees Die, People Die
The Atlantic - 1/22/2013.
By Lindsay Abrams - The U.S. Forest Service has found increased mortality rates from cardiovascular and lower respiratory tract illnesses in Upper Midwest counties affected by the emerald ash borer. As the infestation took over, the connection to poor health strengthened.
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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

September 25-27 - MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair


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