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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
Urban agriculture isn’t new
The Dirt - 5/15/2012.
In a review of urban agriculture throughout modern history at a symposium at Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C., a diverse set of academics and designers ranging from historians to landscape architects discussed how the practice has evolved over the ages, often been highly ideological, and continues to be loaded with meaning.
Locally produced food is more sustainable way to grow
Kennebec Journal - 5/14/2012.
Op-ed by Bonnie Sammons – "Food, glorious food, We're anxious to try it. Three banquets a day, Our favorite diet!" The starving orphans in that long ago musical, "Oliver," said it well. Where would we be without food?
A growing problem: notes from the ‘superweed’ summit
Grist - 5/14/2012.
By Genna Reed – Last week, the National Academy of Sciences hosted a summit to discuss “superweeds,” or the widespread problem of herbicide-resistant weeds currently afflicting millions of farm acres across the United States.
Turning over a new lease on a farm
Portland Press Herald - 5/12/2012.
By Gillian Graham – Stacy Brenner says she wouldn't know what to do with her time if she weren't farming. She won't have to wonder anymore. She and her husband, John Bliss, have leased Broadturn Farm from the Scarborough Land Trust for the next 30 years.
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July 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop

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