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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
Food dispatches
Portland Press Herald - 8/5/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Cheryl Wixson, resident chef at the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, will give a presentation on root cellaring at noon Aug. 11 at the Merryspring Nature Center.
Fungus poses threat to Maine’s low-bush blueberry crop
Portland Press Herald - 8/5/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Due to the wet summer, the wild blueberry harvest is running about a week late this year. But growers are still hoping for a bumper crop, if they can keep a new threat to their fields under control. Valdensinia leaf spot is a very small fungus that could cause very big problems for Maine's low-bush blueberry industry. "We've made a major effort to do an educational push on this, because this is something very different than (growers) have dealt with in the past," said David Yarborough, a cooperative extension blueberry specialist and professor of horticulture at the University of Maine.
Filmmmakers ask tough questions in ‘Food Inc.’
Portland Press Herald - 8/4/2009.
Editorial – Forget about fad diets or extreme exercise programs. Anyone who wants to lose weight this summer should head to a movie theater and watch "Food Inc.," Robert Kenner's documentary that asks hard questions about where our food comes from, what's in it and what it is doing to us.
Modified corn seeds sow doubts
Common Dreams - 8/4/2009.
By Martin Mittelstaedt – Next spring, farmers in Canada will be able to sow one of the most complicated genetically engineered plants ever designed, a futuristic type of corn containing eight foreign genes.
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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

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