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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
Farm bill fail: Is food policy headed back to the future?
Grist - 3/26/2012.

Will the Tea Party GOP take farm policy back to 1949 by refusing to pass a farm bill before September?

Do Children Harvest Your Food?
The Atlantic - 3/26/2012.
By Helene York – Americans pay a fantastically low percentage of our income on food – less than in any other developed country. The Harvest, U Roberto Romano's poignant film, forces us to think about where our food is coming from. Today, nearly 500,000 children as young as six harvest 25 percent of our crops.
Here's what we know – and what we'll never know [about salmonella tainted ground beef sold at Hannaford]
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2012.
by Leslie Bridgers. Late last year, salmonella from tainted ground beef sickened at least 20 people – and maybe hundreds more. How did it happen?

USDA knew of risks, yet imposed no rules
Portland Press Herald - 3/25/2012.
by Jonathan Riskind. The federal agency responsible for ensuring the safety of the nation's beef supply has known for 14 years that retailers' poor record keeping jeopardizes public health, but it failed to require better standards.

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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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