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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
Syngenta deal would bulk up Monsanto in crop chemicals
St. Louis Post-Dispatch - 5/5/2015.
By David Nicklaus - After spending a couple of decades diversifying away from crop chemicals, Monsanto may be about to expand that business in a big way.
Popular Pesticide Hurts Wild Bees in Major Field Study
The Cornucopia Institute - 5/5/2015.
By Seth Borenstein, Phys.org - A common type of pesticide [neonicotinoid insecticides] is dramatically harming wild bees, according to a new in-the-field study that outside experts say may help shift the way the U.S. government looks at a controversial class of chemicals.
Will superweeds, regulation create a perfect storm in Iowa farmlands?
GM Watch - 5/4/2015.
By Gary Nabhan, Des Moines Register - The recent convergence of five emerging drivers of change will no doubt impact agribusiness over the coming years: slipping sales of herbicide-tolerant corn seed and associated agrichemicals, new Environmental Protection Agency restrictions on using glyphosates because of difficulties controlling superweeds, a World Health Organization report allegedly linking glyphosate exposure to higher risks of non-Hodgkins lymphoma, and the tripling of the Fish and Wildlife Service target numbers for recovery of imperiled monarch butterflies in Midwestern farmscapes.
They Are Biocides, Not Pesticides – And They Are Creating an Ecocide
Huffington Post - 5/4/2015.
By Andrew Kimball - "A single corn kernel coated with a neonicotinoid can kill a song bird." As a long time environmental lawyer and campaigner, I should not have been stunned by that fact but I was. Shaking my head in dismay, I read on, "Even a tiny grain of wheat or canola treated with the ... neonicotinoid ... can fatally poison a bird."
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