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Phone: 207-568-4142
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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
Flame retardants found in butter
Discovery News - 12/7/2010.
By Emily Sohn – As part of an ongoing investigation into chemicals in our food supply, scientists found extremely high concentrations of a flame-retardant compound in a supermarket sample of brand-name butter.
Home-grown
Boston Globe - 12/7/2010.
By Nancy Heiser – This fall, Katherine Creswell, 27, spent a month eating only food from Maine. She manages the organic garden at Bowdoin College in Brunswick.
Climate change to kill 5 million people globally by 2020
Treehugger - 12/7/2010.
By Matthew McDermott – Each year there are 350,000 people dying due to climate change, with a total death toll by 2020 of five million; each year after that deaths from climate change are likely to be as high as one million people annually – that is unless we take action to soften the blow with immediate and rapid greenhouse gas emission reductions.
Benefit supper at Perry School helps dairy farmer
Bangor Daily News - 12/6/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Perry: Dairy farmer Herb McPhail tensely clutched a coffee cup and hung around outside the Perry School gymnasium, pacing in the hallway. Inside the gym were more than 200 friends and strangers who had come together to help McPhail. “I never in my life thought I’d see a benefit for a Maine dairy farmer,” said Bill Eldridge, executive director of Maine’s Own Organic Milk Co. – one of the event sponsors and the company that buys McPhail’s milk.
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