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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
Dairy farmers urge state to keep program
Kennebec Journal - 2/19/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – AUGUSTA – Albion dairy farmer Henry Perkins told lawmakers Wednesday that farmers need the state to continue a stabilization program to help the industry. "On the organic side, we have taken a tremendous beating in the last 15 months," he said. "I don't think there is anybody making a profit. All I can do is grit my teeth and wait for something to happen."
Portland rescinds chicken ban – but it’s hens only, no roosters
Portland Press Herald - 2/19/2009.
By Tom Bell – PORTLAND — The City Council is giving residents of Maine's largest city the right to raise chickens. The council voted 7-1 Wednesday to remove its long-standing ban on chickens and allow people to keep up to six hens within city limits. Roosters, though, would not be allowed.
First Lady At Agriculture Department
The New York Times - 2/19/2009.
The first lady, Michelle Obama, continued her rounds of government agency visits today to say thank you to the employees and to get to know the District of Columbia better. This time, Mrs. Obama brought a gift.

Before cheering throng of Agriculture Department employees, including 18 long-time employees who were singled out for their service, Mrs. Obama presented a seedling from the Jackson magnolia, which has been growing on the west side of the south portico of the White House for 180 years.
Several Maine chefs among Beard nominees
Portland Press Herald - 2/18/2009.
Dispatches by Meredith Goad – Some of Maine's best chefs and restaurants have been named semi-finalists for the James Beard Awards, the foodie version of the Oscars.
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