You Can Program Series: Buying Local Meat

DOVER-FOXCROFT: You will learn how to save money and get a quality product while buying meat directly from local sources in the next workshop from Donna Coffin in the YOU CAN series to be repeated at three locations: September 30th at the Penquis Valley High School in Milo, October 2nd at the Piscataquis County Extension Office in Dover-Foxcroft and October 7th at the Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford, from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.

Even though times are tough, YOU CAN sustain your family! The Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative and the University of Maine Cooperative Extension have put together a series of workshops that will give you the skills to get started in self-sufficiency.

The cost of this workshop is $5 and you can register through PVAEC, 48 Morton Ave., Suite M, Dover-Foxcroft, ME 04426 or call 564-6525 or register online at

Buying meat directly from local farmers is a way to support the local agriculture community, but it can be confusing. At this program you will learn about the different words used to describe how animals are raised and how meat is sold from local farms – natural, grass-fed, organic, dry-aged, pasture raised, free range, humane and prime.  Also, how much meat to expect when you buy a side or quarter, where you can purchase directly from farmers and how to care for the meat until it is used will be discussed.

Donna Coffin is the University of Maine Cooperative Extension Educator in Piscataquis County for over 30 years. Her area of expertise includes sustainable agriculture and home horticulture. She received her Master of Science degree from the University of Maine in Animal Science in the area of animal nutrition.

For more information or to request a disability accommodation, call 564-3301 or in Maine 1-800-287-1491.