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Phone: 207-568-4142
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2016 Poultry Processing Workshop

Thursday, July 7

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 MOFGA's livestock expert Diane Schivera and MOFGA's Jason Tessier of Tessier's Farm as they teach you how to successfully and sanitarily process your own meat birds. 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.

 

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