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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
Draft report on food security and climate change falls short
Institute for Agriculture and Trade Policy - 4/24/2012.
By Doreen Stabinsky – Climate change will have significant impacts on world food security in our lifetimes. Indeed, we have already begun to feel the impacts from extreme events – droughts, heat waves, torrential rains leading to floods, with consequent impacts on crop production in Russia, Texas and the U.S. Midwest, Pakistan, Thailand, to name a few recent high-profile locations.
Five reasons to eat organic apples: pesticides, healthy communities, and you
Forbes - 4/23/2012.
By Beth Hoffman – If you can only buy a few organic fruits and vegetables – which should should it be? Which single piece of produce could have the greatest impact on agriculture, the environment and your family’s health, all at once? The data says: apples.
NEH 2012 Jefferson Lecture (Wendell Berry)
National Endowment for the Humanities - 4/23/2012.
(Video) Wendell E. Berry, noted poet, essayist, novelist, farmer, and conservationist, delivers the 41st Jefferson Lecture in the Humanities, entitled “It All Turns on Affection,” from the Concert Hall of The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on April 23rd, 2012.
Wendell Berry’s Earth Day speech
Think Progress - 4/23/2012.
By Catherine Woodiwiss – Speaking at the National Cathedral yesterday, famed environmental writer Wendell Berry delivered a clear message for Earth Day: We have a moral obligation to protect the environment.
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