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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
Maine farmers criticize pesticide law repeal
Bangor Daily News - 6/15/2011.
AP – Augusta: The Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association is criticizing a new law that eliminates what some consider redundant notifications of pesticide applications. Associate Director Heather Spalding says the repeal signed Tuesday by Gov. Paul LePage is “an attack on people’s right to know about pesticides.”
Poison apples bad for consumers, Snow White
Grist - 6/14/2011.
By Tom Philpott – Every year, the Environmental Working Group (EWG) sifts through USDA testing data and figures out which "Dirty Dozen" fruits and veggies deliver the largest doses and the widest variety of pesticides. This year's winner, announced Monday: apples. According to EWG, 92 percent of the apples tested by the USDA carried two or more pesticide residues.
Save and grow (new FAO report)
Energy Bulletin - 6/14/2011.
The challenge: To feed a growing world population, we have no option but to intensify crop production. But farmers face unprecedented constraints. In order to grow, agriculture must learn to save. The Green Revolution led to a quantum leap in food production and bolstered world food security. In many countries, however, intensive crop production has depleted agriculture’s natural resource base, jeopardizing future productivity.
Prenatal pesticide exposure tied to birth size
Reuters - 6/14/2011.
Reuters – Exposure to even moderate amounts of certain pesticides during pregnancy may affect infants' birth size, a new study suggests. Researchers found that among nearly 500 newborns whose umbilical cord blood was tested for pesticide residues, those with higher levels tended to be smaller at birth.
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