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Phone: 207-568-4142
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Email: mofga@mofga.org

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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
Forward, Not Back
Bangor Daily News - 6/18/2015.
By Danielle Walczak - The odds are that Millennial farmers will fail. Why they pursue the good life anyway.
Bees feeding on fungicide-dosed flowers develop health issues, studies say
The Guardian [UK] - 6/18/2015.
>By Brandon Keim - While insecticides are a known deadly threat, two studies find that bees exposed to fungicides are smaller, sickly and declining in 'chemical cocktail' farmlands.
100,000 German beekeepers call for GMO cultivation ban
GM Watch - 6/18/2015.
German beekeepers have called for a nationwide ban on cultivating GM plants, reports the German NGO keine-gentechnik.de. The call by the German Beekeepers Association (DIB), which represents almost 100,000 beekeepers, comes after Europe adopted controversial legislation enabling member states to opt-out of the cultivation of GMOs that have been approved at the EU level.
Revised Anti-Consumer “DARK Act” Doubles Down on Blocking State Labeling, Regulation of GMOs
Environmental Working Group - 6/18/2015.
By Shannon Van Hoesen - Washington: A new draft of the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act being circulated in the House of Representatives would not only preempt state laws that require labeling of food containing genetically engineered ingredients but would also strip away the right of local government to regulate GMO crops.
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July 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop

July 14 - Farm Training Project Workshop – Value Added on the Farm

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