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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
Buzzkill: EPA rejects beekeepers’ pesticide petition
Grist - 7/24/2012.
By Claire Thompson – Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rejected a petition that beekeepers and environmental groups filed back in March asking EPA to stop sales of clothianidin, a pesticide believed to be harmful to bees. EPA said use of the chemical does not present an “imminent hazard.”
Continuing drought, heat bring fear of global food crisis
Common Dreams - 7/19/2012.
The continuing drought and record heat leaving parched crops in their wake have pushed corn and soy prices to historic highs as farmers and analysts suggest the consequences could be widespread and include spikes in global food prices.
How droughts will reshape the United States
The Washington Post - 7/18/2012.
By Brad Plumer – More than half of the continental United States is currently suffering through the worst drought in 50 years, with heat and a lack of rain rippling through the middle of the country. Crops are wilting, soils are cracked, and some dried-out forests are catching fire. U.S. corn production in particular is dwindling.
Federal chemical safety system needs a complete overhaul
Kennebec Journal - 7/17/2012.
Op-ed by Russell Libby – Eighteen months ago, I was diagnosed with two different forms of cancer – kidney and prostate – and I've been in a continuous medical cycle since. Generally, the doctors don't want to talk about the root causes of the diseases. I've eaten a healthy diet for decades, worked outdoors on my farm and kept in reasonably good shape. So what it is that triggered cancer in me, and not in the next person?
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