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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
How Willie Nelson’s bedrock, the family farmer, could save the American economy
Common Dreams - 7/23/2010.
By Laura Edwards-Orr – In celebration of its 25th year, Farm Aid, the longest running concert-for-a-cause, has published a report to help us make this push. Rebuilding America's Economy with Family-Farm Centered Food Systems takes one of the more sensitive topics in the American psyche today, the economy, and convincingly demonstrates the bounty of opportunity that family farmers can bring to local and regional communities.
A batch of blues ready for picking
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2010.
By Betty Adams – Fayette: Clusters of grape-sized blueberries bow branches on the 1,500 highbush plants at Steep HIll Farm. The ripened fruit hangs at an easy picking level. No bending required, no rakes needed. Bob Panit and Shirley Jackson picked two pies' worth of the Patriot and Northland varieties on a visit this week. The New Hampshire couple summer at a camp in Mount Vernon, and visit the blueberry farm each year.
Open Farm Day events
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2010.
Farms throughout the state are inviting the public to take barn tours and sample their crops at the 21st Open Farm Day on Sunday. Visiting hours for most farms will be from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Some farms will have longer hours for special events, such as milking demonstrations.
Fired USDA worker gets apology from the top
Kennebec Journal - 7/22/2010.
By Mary Clare Jalonick and Ben Evans (AP) – Washington: The White House did a sudden about-face Wednesday and begged for forgiveness from the black Agriculture Department employee whose ouster ignited an embarrassing political firestorm over race. She was offered a "unique opportunity" for a new job and said she was thinking it over.
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