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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
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
Younity more than winery to owners
Kennebec Journal - 11/28/2011.
By Beth Staples – Unity: When life gives people lemons, some make lemonade. When life gives Clem Blakney sour grapes, or Prairie Star, Niagara, La Crosse, Mars or Reliance grapes, he makes wine.
French court cancels ban on Monsanto GMO maize
Reuters - 11/28/2011.
France's highest court on Monday overturned a ban on the growth and use in France of a genetically modified (GM) maize developed by U.S. biotech company Monsanto, saying the farm ministry lacked the authority to impose the measure.
How a “Turkey Asteroid” represents the consolidation of food in the U.S.
Treehugger - 11/28/2011.
By Rachel Cernansky – Consolidation of the food industry is not exactly a breaking new trend, but it is an important one with significant (negative) implications for public health, the power of the individual consumer, and the safety of the nation's food supply.
Maine land trust effort still strong
Kennebec Journal - 11/26/2011.
By Mechele Cooper – All 99 Maine land trusts took part in a nationwide census that found 10 million new acres of land has been conserved since 2005, despite a down economy. The 2010 Land Trust Alliance Census said endowments to ensure that land remains protected at local and state levels more than doubled, and operating endowments – an indicator of the staying power of these organizations – almost tripled.
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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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