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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
The secret to biodiversity is in the soil
Treehugger - 6/27/2010.
By Christine Lepisto – Mankind has long been fascinated by biodiversity, even imagining species beyond the natural realm. We have learned to appreciate the value of biodiversity by enjoying the variety in nature, and by benefiting from products derived from many different species. But did you ever wonder why there is so much diversity on our planet? If "survival of the fittest" is the rule, is the planet naturally trending towards a time when just a few of the fittest survive?
Slowed Food Revolution
American Prospect - 6/26/2010.
By Heather Rogers – Morse Pitts has been cultivating the same land in New York's Hudson Valley for 30 years. His operation, Windfall Farms, is the very picture of local, sustainable agriculture. From early spring to late fall, the farm's 15 acres are luxuriant with snap peas, squash, mint, kale, and Swiss chard. Its greenhouses burst with sun gold tomatoes and an array of baby greens. Pitts, who is in his 50s and is tall with gray hair, doesn't use chemical fertilizers or pesticides or any genetically modified seeds. He cultivates biodiversity, not just vegetables.
Biologist: Ocean pollution ‘threatening the human food supply’
Alternet - 6/25/2010.
Associated Press – Sperm whales feeding even in the most remote reaches of Earth's oceans have built up stunningly high levels of toxic and heavy metals, according to American scientists who say the findings spell danger not only for marine life but for the millions of humans who depend on seafood.
After all the recent bad news, how about some good news?
Kennebec Journal - 6/25/2010.
By Denis Thoet – There’s bad news all around us: Afghanistan (Why are we there?), Gulf oil spill (When will it end?), wildfires, mud slides, Blagojevich. How about some good news? Good news does not sell newspapers, any cub (anachronism) reporter will tell you. But we do have good news: This year’s growing season is awesome!
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