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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
Bounty of sea grows in Maine waves
Portland Press Herald - 12/31/2012.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough - In the waning days of his commercial fishing career, when Tom Roth needed to justify his purchase of another boat, he decided to harvest rockweed, which lobster businesses use for packing. Six years later, Roth and his wife, Kelly, preside over an expanding business. VitaminSea's offerings now include energy bars studded with blueberries, dark chocolate and kelp, supplements for animals, a seasoning mix, and sea vegetables like alaria, konbu and dulse.
Worms Produce Another Kind of Gold for Growers
The New York Times - 12/31/2012.
By Jim Robbins - Worm compost (vermicompost) can help plant resist pests and become established faster. Different kinds of worm compost (e.g., made from cow manure vs. vegetable waste) have different properties.
Maine farmers tap technology to grow organic mushroom business
Bangor Daily News - 12/31/2012.
By Lori Valigra - A startup company in Springvale, Maine, called Farming Fungi LLC is growing organic, culinary mushrooms indoors to ensure a year-round supply of fresh produce.
Cal-Maine's Net Falls 39% on Higher Feed Costs
Wall Street Journal - 12/31/2012.
By Melodie Warner - Fiscal second-quarter earnings for Cal-Maine Foods Inc. fell 39% due to higher feed costs (resulting from the summer drought, which raised corn prices to record highs) and acquisition expenses. Cal-Maine is the largest U.S. producer and distributor of fresh-shell eggs. Its brands include Eggland's Best, Farmhouse and 4-Grain.
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