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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
Farmer cites religious issues in raw milk case
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel - 12/30/2012.
By Rick Barrett - A former member of an Amish community in Wisconsin, Vernon Hershberger is facing criminal charges for operating a dairy and selling milk without a license. In addition to religious freedom issues, Hershberger says those who get dairy products from the farm are in a private food club; they lease the cows and work on the farm.
Storms on U.S. Plains stir memories of the "Dust Bowl"
Reuters - 12/30/2012.
By Kevin Murphy – Real estate agent Mark Faulkner recalls a day in early November when he was putting up a sign near Ulysses, Kansas, in 60-miles-per-hour winds that blew up blinding dust clouds. "There were places you could not see, it was blowing so hard," Faulkner said.
In memoriam
Maine Sunday Telegram - 12/30/2012.
By Bob Keyes and Ray Routhier – Most people knew Russell Libby for his work as executive director of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association, or MOFGA. And well they should: Libby and MOFGA became such institutions in Maine that Gov. Paul LePage ordered flags flown at half-staff following Libby's death from cancer at age 56 in December.
Deal reached for stopping spike in milk prices
Portland Press Herald - 12/30/2012.
AP – Washington: Top leaders in both parties on the House and Senate Agriculture committees agreed to a one-year extension of the 2008 farm bill that expired in October, a move that would head off a possible doubling of milk prices next month.
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