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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
A suit airs debate on organic vs. modified crops
The New York Times - 2/8/2012.
By Julia Moskin – Silent in flannel shirts and ponytails, farmers from Saskatchewan and South Dakota, Mississippi and Massachusetts lined the walls of a packed federal courtroom in Manhattan last week, as their lawyers told a judge that they were no longer able to keep genetically modified crops from their fields.
Maine peaches have delicious past
Portland Press Herald - 2/7/2012.
Letter by C. Waite Maclin – Thanks so much for the fine article by Dennis Hoey, "Do I dare to plant a peach?" in the Jan. 29 Maine Sunday Telegram. As a weekend orchardist and gardener, I have certainly experienced changes in the climate since 1978, when I moved to Maine from Virginia. Last frosts in the spring come much earlier and first frosts in the fall much later, I remember often calling neighbors for a "tomato alert" in early October. Now killing frosts can come the middle or end of October.
Portland raw milk sales will need no warnings
Portland Press Herald - 2/7/2012.
By Dennis Hoey – Portland: Dairy farmers will be permitted to sell raw milk at the city's farmers markets without having to warn customers about its potential health risks. After a long discussion, the City Council voted Monday night not to amend the city's Farmers Market Ordinance to require vendors to display a placard and provide handouts to consumers detailing the risks of unpasteurized milk.
How to tap birch sap and why you’d want to
Treehugger - 2/6/2012.
By Sami Grover – This video from Undercurrents showing how to sustainably tap birch sap is so cool. It reveals a simple, safe and time-tested tradition for obtaining a nutritious "energy drink" from a common tree.
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