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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
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.
Pope Francis, in Sweeping Encyclical, Calls for Swift Action on Climate Change
The New York Times - 6/18/2015.
By Jim Yardley and Laurie Goodstein - Pope Francis on Thursday called for a radical transformation of politics, economics and individual lifestyles to confront environmental degradation and climate change, as his much-awaited papal encyclical blended a biting critique of consumerism and irresponsible development with a plea for swift and unified global action.
From famine to food basket: how Bangladesh became a model for reducing hunger
Christian Science Monitor - 6/17/2015.
By Howard LaFranchi - A recent UN report on global hunger highlights Bangladesh – a onetime food basket case – for having cut chronic hunger by more than half since 2000.
Surprisingly few 'busy bees' make global crops grow
Science Daily - 6/16/2015.
University of Vermont - Surprisingly few bee species are responsible for pollinating the planet's crops, a major international study finds. Only two percent of wild bee species pollinate 80 percent of bee-pollinated crops worldwide, the researchers suggest.
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