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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
DeLauro bill would require labels on GM fish
Food Safety News - 9/30/2010.
By Helena Bottemiller – Rep. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), chairwoman of the House committee that controls the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and Department of Agriculture budgets, introduced a bill Wednesday that would mandate labeling of genetically modified fish.
Transgenic crops’ built-in pesticide found to be contaminating waterways
Grist - 9/29/2010.
By Tom Laskawy – Bt gets into streams and rivers by leaching out of crop debris left on fields through the now-ubiquitous industrial "no-till" farming technique, in which fields aren't plowed after harvest so as to prevent soil erosion. As a result, leaves and stalks get washed into streams through large-scale farms' irrigation canals: Notre Dame scientists found such debris in almost 90 percent of streams near cornfields.
Find your purpose for pickled beets
Bangor Daily News - 9/29/2010.
By Sandy Oliver – Beets keep perfectly well in a cold cellar, so for me pickling them is not essential for preservation. I pickle beets because it is nice to have them ready to use and because I welcome the sweet-sour flavor for variety.
Heard it through the grapevine
Bangor Daily News - 9/29/2010.
By Aislinn Sarnacki – Neil and Joyce Estabrooke have been growing grapes for six years on their small Stetson farm, but this is the first year they have opened their vineyard to the public. The crop was so abundant that they realized they couldn’t possibly use all the grapes.
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