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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
Salmonella outbreak linked to poultry hatchery
USA Today - 8/19/2013.
A national outbreak of salmonella has been linked to an eastern New Mexico hatchery that sells live baby chickens, ducks and other poultry by mail and supplies them to feed stores, state health officials announced Monday.
Maine blueberry crop sweeter, if a bit smaller, farmers report
Kennebec Journal - 8/18/2013.
By Craig Crosby - This year's crop is a little below average in terms of pounds, but better than average where the berry meets the taste bud, according to Marie Kohtala, owner of Kohtala Blueberry Farm in Vienna, which has been in the business for more than 55 years.
Maine cheese makers join cream of crop
Portland Press Herald - 8/18/2013.
By Doug Harlow - Skowhegan: Amy and Josh Clark of Crooked Face Creamery have been making artisanal cheese for only about three years. In that short amount of time, the young couple – both from traditional farming families – already have won an award in a national competition in cheese-friendly Wisconsin for their handcrafted whole-milk ricotta.
BPA, phthalates tied to kids' weight, diabetes risk
Reuters - 8/18/2013.
By Genevra Pittman - Children exposed to two chemicals commonly used in food packaging are more likely to be obese or show signs of diabetes precursors than those with lower exposure, new research suggests.
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