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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
Brain injury and pesticide exposure combo may triple Parkinson's risk
CBC News - 11/13/2012.
By Ryan Jaslow – A study of 357 Californians with Parkinson's disease and 754 without found that 36 percent with the disease were more likely to report exposure to the herbicide paraquat than those without the disease. Other factors are also associated with the disease.
Farmer-owned MOOMilk making slow but steady progress
Bangor Daily News - 11/6/2012.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Edmunds: Three years after its inception, Maine’s own organic brand of milk, MOOMilk, is making slow but steady progress – sales are up 20 percent over the last four months – while creating a business model that other farmers are watching closely.
Antibiotic resistance killing off bees
Yale Daily News - 11/6/2012.
By Emma Goldberg – Yale professor of ecology and evolutionary biology Nancy Moran had published a study showing that beneficial bacteria found in the guts of honeybees have acquired genes that make bees resistant to tetracycline, an antibiotic used to prevent colony-destroying infections and other bacterial diseases.
Pest Prevention by Design
SPIN - 11/5/2012.
By Chris Geiger and Caroline Cox – This 86-page publication provides guidelines for designing and building pests out of buildings – to save on pest control and environmental costs. Free at http://www.sustainableplaces.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/FINAL-PPBD-Guidelines-11-6-2012.pdf
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