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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Portland business is a honey of an idea
Portland Press Herald - 11/16/2011.
By Meredith Goad – Portland: The air in the kitchen at The Honey Exchange is thick with the earthy, slightly sweet aroma of freshly made honey. In a typical Saturday chore, Phil Gaven is extracting the sticky substance from a beekeeper's hive.
A local food blueprint
Grist - 11/15/2011.
By Tom Laskawy – The most exciting aspect of the new USDA report on the local food and farm economy isn't the sizable $4.8 billion in annual sales of local food it says occurred in 2008. It's the fact that, as the AP noted, the local food economy is poised to grow as fast as even the most optimistic estimates.
Local food sales likely to reach $7 billion this year
Treehugger - 11/15/2011.
By Rachel Cernansky – Good news for small farmers and local foodies: The buy-local movement is no longer a niche market for just a few interested customers. American farmers said they were selling $4.8 billion worth of produce a year at local markets in 2008, according to a new analysis by the USDA – which predicts this year's sales could reach $7 billion.
The Organic Center’s new dietary risk index
Organic Consumers - 11/15/2011.
The Organic Center – It is easier to reduce pesticide risk in food when you know where it lurks. Our "Dietary Risk Index" confirms that organic foods deliver on a core promise – nearly eliminating pesticide dietary risks.
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July 8 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Livestock Management

July 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop

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