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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
New study weighs in on organic vs. conventional debate
Grist - 9/2/2010.
By Michelle Venetucci Harvey – "Fruit and Soil Quality of Organic and Conventional Strawberry Agroecosystems," a study led by Washington State University Regents professor of soil science John Reganold, is one of the most comprehensive, persuasive studies yet to show the nutritional and environmental benefits of organic farming. Its findings only apply to strawberries – but they do point the way to the kind of research that can, and should, be done with other crops as well.
Maine organic milk company struggles as money runs out
Bangor Daily News - 9/2/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: A grand agricultural experiment — a Maine farmer-owned milk company – is close to folding and will suspend milk production this weekend as its principals scramble to find investment funding. MOOMilk, which stands for Maine’s Own Organic Milk, processed milk Wednesday but will suspend production Sunday, as a variety of reasons have combined to force the business toward closure.
More Proof: Organic Matters
The Washington Post - 9/2/2010.
By Jane Black. People buy organic produce because they believe it is more environmentally responsible, more healthful and tastes better than produce grown conventionally. When it comes to strawberries, turns out they're right.
All 5 candidates woo farmers
Kennebec Journal - 9/1/2010.
By Susan M. Cover – Augusta: The five candidates running for governor shared their thoughts on the state of Maine agriculture Tuesday, offering proposals that included reduced regulation and lower taxes.
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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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