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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
Chemical Industry Drafted Bill to Modify Maine's Kids Safe Act
Maine Public Broadcasting - 3/29/2011.
by Susan Sharon. The sponsor of a bill that environmentalists say would dramatically weaken Maine's Kid Safe Products Act acknowledged today that the chemical industry drafted the language. Republican Rep. Jim Hamper says the proposed reforms are necessary to improve the act, which he thinks is overly broad and creates uncertainty in the business community. The LePage administration supports the bill, but is also supporting another measure that's being billed as a "compromise."
Critics: Law targeting chemicals too broad
Bangor Daily News - 3/29/2011.
by Kevin Miller. Dozens of people testified Tuesday on efforts to rewrite a three-year-old state law that supporters claim protects children from harmful chemicals but critics contend is another example of over-regulation stifling business growth in Maine.
The omnivore’s other dilemma: expanding access to non-industrial food
Grist - 3/29/2011.
by Bob Comis. Real food security is not only about developing infrastructures to make it possible to get local meat into supermarkets like Price Chopper. There is cultural work to do as well, including changing the "race to the bottom" supermarket mentality.
Garden As If Your Life Depended On It, Because It Does
Alternet - 3/29/2011.
by Ellen LaConte. There are at least five reasons why more of us should take up the spade, make some compost, and start gardening with a vengeance.
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