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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
Mild winter could lead to huge honeybee die-off come fall
Kennebec Journal - 4/30/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Beekeepers need to be especially careful this year. A mild winter and unseasonably warm early spring have created conditions reminiscent of 2010, when beekeepers were caught off guard from an explosion of mite populations that killed off many honeybee colonies, according to a state expert.
‘We have no food policy’
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 4/29/2012.
By Doug Harlow – Farmington: Maine not only needs to produce more local food, the state also needs to establish a food system that processes, packages and ships the food, says Professor Mark Lapping, executive director of the Muskie School at the University of Southern Maine.
A fresh approach to the fiddlehead
Kennebec Journal - 4/29/2012.
By David F. Robinson – Wilton: An army of fiddlehead pickers has spread across central Maine early each morning for the past few weeks. They scour streams and riverbanks and fill onion sacks with the tiny curlicue ferns, named for their resemblance to a fiddle's head.
She vows to protect a farm and its way of life
Kennebec Journal - 4/28/2012.
By Mechele Cooper – Belgrade: Mary Perry wants to ensure that the 1870 farm she has been living on for 11 years with her three children remains farmland forever. So Perry is attempting to protect Winterberry Farm with the help of the Maine Farmland Trust through its new Forever Farm Program, which promotes agricultural easements to prevent subdivision and non-farm development.
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