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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
Organic food is best for kids, pediatricians say
Grist - 10/23/2012.
By Susie Cagle – Organic, babies! The American Academy of Pediatrics is weighing in for the first time on the conventional vs. organic debate. Its verdict? An “extensive analysis of scientific evidence,” it says, suggests that kids who eat organic produce, dairy, and meat “have lower pesticide levels, which may be significant for children.
Great Maine Apple Day offers taste of rare fruits
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 10/22/2012.
By Ben McCanna – Unity: The subject of John Bunker's decades-old search has red cheeks, a round shape and was last seen in Waldo County. It's an apple. For years, Bunker has kept an eye out for the elusive Naked Limbed Greening Apple, along with two dozen other varieties that have faded into obscurity, perhaps growing quietly on a 200-year-old tree in the backyard of an unwitting Mainer.
Pesticide exposure killing bumblebees, too
Treehugger - 10/22/2012.
By Mat McDermott – It's not just honeybees that are being done in, at least in part, by exposure to pesticides. A new report in Nature shows that chronic exposure to neonicotinoid and pyrethroid pesticides at levels similar to that found in fields, "impairs natural foraging behavior and increases worker mortality" in bumblebees, "leading to significant reductions in brood development and colony success."
Pesticide threat looms large over farmworker families
In These Times - 10/21/2012.
By Michelle Chen – No matter how good your next meal tastes, it's likely it made society ill. A new analysis by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN) draws a disturbing connection between pesticides in our food system and serious health problems among women and children. The report reviews empirical research linking agricultural chemicals to birth defects, neurological disorders, childhood cancers and reproductive problems.
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July 9 - Poultry Processing Workshop

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