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Emily Butters and Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, LLC.

Know Your Organic Producers!

Meet Emily Butters and Forrest Butler of Royal Rose Syrups, LLC, in Brunswick. Royal Rose produces MOFGA certified organic simple syrups in various flavors, including cardamom-clove, lavender-lemon, raspberry, rose, tamarind and three chile. They sell through mail order, natural food stores, restaurants, specialty shops, supermarkets and distributors. Royal Rose Three Chiles Syrup was among 146 products chosen from 1,462 entrants to win a national 2015 Good Food Award for leading the way toward a tasty, authentic and responsible food system (winners shown here). "We believe that using the best-quality, whole ingredients in our syrups makes the difference between an ordinary drink and a superior cocktail or soda," say Emily and Forrest. Follow Royal Rose Syrups at royalrosesyrups.com and on Facebook.

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Organic and Sustainable Agriculture News
Frost hits Maine’s berry and apple crops
Bangor Daily News - 5/12/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack – Machias: It’s a “nervous time” over at Albert Tate's third-generation strawberry farm in Corinth. Pockets of frost hit much of Maine on Monday night, and another frost was predicted for Tuesday night. With many berry bushes and fruit trees blooming two to three weeks earlier than usual this spring, a dangerous frost could easily wipe out a harvest.
Orono approves zoning for chickens
Bangor Daily News - 5/12/2010.
By Jessica Bloch – It was egg-cellent news for certain residents. The Town Council voted Monday night to amend town ordinances to allow people who live in areas zoned for medium density residential uses to keep and raise up to six domesticated chickens, a move the council has said is in line with a public interest in locally grown food.
Book explores gardening from artists’ eyes
Bangor Daily News - 5/12/2010.
By Ardeana Hamlin – “The Inspired Garden: 24 Artists Share Their Vision” is the writerly creation of authors Judy Paolini of Long Island, off Portland, and Nance Trueworthy of South Portland. In their book, they give readers a look at 20 private gardens belonging to artists, and write about the relationship between the artists and their gardens. Ten of those gardens are in Maine.
World governments fail to halt biodiversity loss
Reuters - 5/10/2010.
By Janet Lawrence – London: World governments have failed to meet a 2010 target to halt biodiversity loss and action must be taken to preserve the species and ecosystems upon which human life depends, a United Nations report said on Monday.
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