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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
Legislator: Report on dairy subsidies silences debate
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.
By Susan M. Cover – A state senator is accusing the state Department of Agriculture of trying to "squelch" debate on the controversial topic of dairy subsidies. Sen. John Nutting, D-Leeds, who runs a small dairy farm, said the department did not accurately depict the conclusions of the Governor's Task Force on the Sustainability of the Dairy Industry in Maine in a report posted online. Further, Nutting alleges the department did not post a separate report supported by five of the 20 members because it disagreed with the majority.
‘Let’s keep buying home-grown produce’
Kennebec Journal - 12/5/2009.
Letter to the Editor by Ellen Roberts – First of all I'd like to say, that I am not promoting any advertising of any specific products. I just want to say that I was born and raised in Maine, and am proud to say how good and tasty our home-grown products are.
Gardeners build energy-efficient home with local, natural and recycled materials
Bangor Daily News - 12/5/2009.
By Lynn Ascrizzi – Many of us think we’re being ecologically savvy if we tote groceries in recyclable canvas bags or drive around in a newer model, fuel-efficient car. But to Maia Campoamor and Jacob Mentlik of Montville, living sustainably involves far more. In fact, their lifestyle is about as green as it gets. Their owner-built home, barn, root cellar and three, hoop-style greenhouses, all set on 30 acres off Peavytown Road, form the hub of their organic market garden, a small business called After the Fall Farm.
Cancer from the kitchen?
The New York Times - 12/5/2009.
Nicholas Kristof Op-Ed. The battle over health care focuses on access to insurance, or tempests like the one that erupted over new mammogram guidelines. But what about broader public health challenges? What if breast cancer in the United States has less to do with insurance or mammograms and more to do with contaminants in our water or air -- or in certain plastic containers in our kitchens? What if the surge in asthma and childhood leukemia reflect, in part, the poisons we impose upon ourselves?
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