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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
High risk of Parkinson’s disease for people exposed to pesticides near workplace
UCLA Newsroom - 5/26/2011.
By Mark Wheeler – In April 2009, researchers at UCLA announced they had discovered a link between Parkinson's disease and two chemicals commonly sprayed on crops to fight pests. Now a follow-up study adds two new twists. Once again the researchers returned to California's fertile Central Valley, and for the first time have implicated a third pesticide, ziram, in the pathology of Parkinson's disease.
Healthier spuds on the menu
Bangor Daily News - 5/26/2011.
Editorial – There is no question that potatoes contain a lot of needed nutrients. One potato contains 45 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C and 21 percent of the recommended potassium. The problem is what most people do to the tubers. They are often filled with sour cream or butter and salt. They are mashed with cream, butter and, sometimes, cheese. They’re fried in oil and doused with salt.
Now that the FDA itself has found BPA in canned foods, will it regulate the poison?
Grist - 5/26/2011.
By Tom Philpott – The next time an FDA panel convenes to discuss whether to ban BPA, the endocrine-disrupting industrial chemical used in can liners, it will have new data to consider – a study by the agency's own scientists. In a just-released report, they tested a range of commonly used canned foods, from peas to chili, and found "detectable" levels of BPA in 71 of 78 samples.
Farmer’s cookbook found its roots in Maine food
Portland Press Herald - 5/25/2011.
By Avery Yale Kamila – Organic vegetable farmer Lisa Turner blames her choice of profession on cold weather gardening guru Eliot Coleman. "It's his fault," Turner said with a smile on a recent afternoon at Laughing Stock Farm in Freeport, which she owns with her husband, Ralph.
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