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In January the Partridge Foundation awarded $1.0 million to establish an endowment to support MOFGA’s New Farmer Programs. It also pledged an additional $1.0 million if MOFGA can raise a similar amount before 2016. Read more.
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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
Supporting local agriculture can be fun as well as tasty and nutritious
Portland Press Herald - 8/2/2010.
Op-Ed by Elizabeth Miller – Portland: Think globally, act locally! Get real, get Maine! Reduce your carbon footprint! Eat more vegetables! The admonitions all pointed us in one direction: time to get a "CSA." No, not the Confederate States of America, but a "community share of agriculture" – a farm share.
Local lunch Bangor
Bangor Daily News - 8/2/2010.
Editorial – When you have the same agency responsible both for promoting the country’s farmers and running the school lunch program, you end up with some less than desirable results. Schoolkids, for example, end up the recipients of surplus crops from distant farms rather than fresh food from local ones.
Crops absorb pharmaceuticals from treated sewage
Chemical & Engineering News - 8/2/2010.
By Rachel A. Zurer – Each year, U.S. farmers fertilize their fields with millions of tons of treated sewage and irrigate with billions of gallons of recycled water. Through this treated waste, an array of pharmaceutical and personal care products (PPCPs) make their way unregulated from consumers' homes into farm fields. Now researchers find that at least one crop, soybeans, can readily absorb these chemicals, which raises concerns about the possible effects on people and animals that consume the PPCP-containing plants.
Mutiny on the bounty ... Of your overproducing garden
Maine Sunday Telegram - 8/1/2010.
By Ray Routhier – Maine gardeners used to late frosts and short growing seasons may get a surprise this summer: more crops than they can handle. The mild winter and unusually warm and early spring have provided ideal conditions for backyard gardens to yield more vegetables than usual.
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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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