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Amy Warner (left) and Toby Stockford of Old Narrow Gauge Farm in Alna.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Amy Warner and Toby Stockford of Old Narrow Gauge Farm in Alna. Amy and Toby raise and breed heritage Gloucestershire Old Spots pigs for registered breed stock and pork and are members of The Livestock Conservancy. They also offer eggs from their mixed flock of free range hens. You can find their products at Bath summer and winter farmers' markets, Boothbay farmers' market, local restaurants and the Alna Store. They also offer some CSA options in conjunction with other Alna farms. "We are happy to raise livestock in a manner that benefits the health and well-being of the animals," say the Stockfords, "especially the focus on management practices that restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony that organic farming intends. We feel that comes though in our quality breed stock and in the flavor and caliber of our heritage pork and eggs." Find Old Narrow Gauge Farm at oldnarrowgaugefarm.com and on Facebook and Instagram.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Wanted: ‘Grow pair’ who love children, life on the farm
Bangor Daily News - 4/27/2015.
By Natalie Feulner - Last year, Sarah Smith, farmer and owner of Grassland Organic Farm in Skowhegan, found herself unexpectedly single; wrangling three kids ages 3, 6 and 9; and trying to manage the day-to-day of farm life. “I’m a great mom. … But in the end, I love to work and I love to work on my farm. I don’t want to sacrifice that, but I’m also not interested in putting them in day care all summer,” Smith said. “So, there is this balance that needs to happen.” This year, Smith is hoping to implement a unique solution: a “grow pair.”
Portland embraces Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System
Portland Press Herald - 4/26/2015.
By Meredith Goad - In Portland, it’s everything from goat mowing to more community gardens and a public orchard, as city dwellers sink their teeth into projects for the Mayor’s Initiative for a Healthy and Sustainable Food System.
Prominent Government Watchdog Asks Obama Administration to Remove Organic Leadership at USDA
The Cornucopia Institute - 4/24/2015.
The nation’s preeminent organic industry watchdog, The Cornucopia Institute, sent a letter today to the White House, and to USDA Secretary Thomas J. Vilsack, requesting a change in leadership at the regulator’s National Organic Program (NOP).
Seed to risotto: I visit the first rice farm in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 4/23/2015.
By Kate Cone - When I saw on the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners (MOFGA) website that Ben Rooney, a Colby College grad, was beginning to farm rice in nearby Benton, I got excited. Not as excited as I was about finding heirloom apples, since that involves detective work, but almost as excited, and you should be too.
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