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Unity, ME  04988
Phone: 207-568-4142
Fax: 207-568-4141
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
Growing success from a compost heap
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/21/2010.
By J. Hemmerdinger – Portland: For Carlos Quijano's business, the recession had a silver lining. That's because when times are tight, many consumers stay home to save cash. And home is where the garden is. Quijano's Coast of Maine Organic Products, a Portland-based maker of nutrient-rich mulch and garden soil, starts with cast-offs from some of Maine's best-known industries – lobsters, blueberries and forestry.
New owner has help with plans to get Scarborough farm growing
Portland Press Herald - 11/20/2010.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough: Farming will make a comeback at the old Fancy family property on Ash Swamp Road. Daniel Mays is the new owner of the 13-acre property, a former gentleman's farm that hasn't been worked for about a decade. He plans to start by growing vegetables on 1-1/2 acres and offering a small community-support agriculture program next year.
Building networks with ‘slow money’
Bangor Daily News - 11/20/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Belfast: Clayton Blake, owner of one of the only slaughterhouses in extreme eastern Maine, ambled up to the microphone and addressed an audience of a couple hundred. “My name’s Clayton Blake,” he said. “I need money.”
The Winter I Had to Live Almost Completely on Potatoes ... And Loved It
Alternet - 11/19/2010.
By Carol Deppe – Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, is currently eating nothing but potatoes for two months, 20 5.3 ounce potatoes a day. When I read about it, my reaction was, Hey, what's so hard about that? Last winter, I ate pretty nearly all potatoes for about six months. It was a feast all winter!
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