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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
Police: be wise driving to Common Ground Fair
Kennebec Journal - 9/22/2011.
Unity: With about 60,000 people flocking to the Common Ground Country Fair this weekend, the village of Unity has the potential to be anything but unified, harmonious and cohesive. "We're sticking about 25,000 people (a day) in a relatively small spot, and they all just to have understand you can only put so many cars on a two-lane road," said Sgt. Dale Brown, of the Waldo County Sheriff's Office.
Organic farming as a green jobs strategy? Demand for organics to stimulate 42,000 jobs
Think Progress - 9/22/2011.
By Cole Mellino – A new report released this week finds that demand for organics may create up to 42,000 jobs by 2015, up from 14,000 today. The Organic Farming Research Foundation, is calling on Congress to consider the growing economic impact of organic farming as it reconfigures the 2012 farm bill.
Common Ground Country Fair to celebrate rural living this weekend
Bangor Daily News - 9/21/2011.
By Abigail Curtis – Unity: It’s the biggest birthday party in town, and you can be sure the cake is 100 percent organic. Tens of thousands of folks will descend on Unity this weekend for the 35th annual Common Ground Country Fair. The event is held by the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners’ Association, which also is celebrating its 40th birthday this year, and the group is marking both dates with a special focus on Maine agriculture.
Gluten-free options join Common Ground fare
Portland Press Herald - 9/21/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Last year, fair-goers asked for gluten-free options at the Common Ground Country Fair, and this Friday when the fair opens, they'll find them at the Tic Tac Taco stand. Run by Juliana Hoffmann, who recently moved back to Maine from New York City, where she owned a health food cafe, the new booth will serve three varieties of gluten-free tacos.
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