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

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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
Precautionary approach to chemicals best for kids
Kennebec Journal - 4/3/2011.
Op-Ed by Nancy Ross – As a professor of environmental policy, I write in response to Jon Reisman's March 26 column criticizing the policy basis of the Kid-Safe Products Act. Reisman takes issue with a precautionary approach to assessing a chemical's impact on children. He would like to see the burden of proof fall on the public rather than the manufacturer.
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Maine Sunday Telegram - 4/3/2011.
By Tom Atwell – Gardening season is about two weeks away, and let me tell you right now: You are going to have some problems. I am not psychic, I am not pessimistic, and I am not trying to discourage you. I am being realistic.
Rotating vegetable families through the garden reduces pest damage
Bangor Daily News - 4/2/2011.
By Reeser Manley – What do vegetable farmers do in winter, in that time between harvest and the start of a new growing season? I asked my Horticulture Technology students this question last week, an entry into discussion of vegetable plant families.
US farmers going all out, but grain bins thinner
PlanetArk - 4/1/2011.
By Charles Abbott – U.S. farmers say they will plant some of the biggest corn and soybean crops ever this spring, racing to keep pace with unrelenting global demand that's rapidly depleting stockpiles and driving up food costs.
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