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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
Court Asked to Stop Planting of Genetically Engineered Eucalyptus Trees
Environmental News Service - 7/6/2010.
Fort Pierce, Florida: An alliance of conservation organizations is suing the U.S. Department of Agriculture over its approval of open-air field tests of a genetically engineered hybrid of eucalyptus tree across the southern United States.
Work, love converge at organic dairy farm
Waterville Morning Sentinel - 7/6/2010.
By Jason McKibben – Skowhegan: Sarah Smith loves her job. Which is a good thing, because it's a rare moment that she isn't working. Smith and her husband, Garin, operate Grassland Farm in Skowhegan.
300 converge on Unity fairgrounds to talk, learn about Permaculture
Bangor Daily News - 7/5/2010.
By Heather Steeves – Unity: About 300 people converged on the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association’s Common Ground Education Center over the July Fourth weekend to talk about sustainable land use, finding water, keeping bees and more at the sixth annual Northeast Permaculture Convergence. The three-day event was sold out Saturday, according to Lisa Fernandes, one of the organizers. This was the first time Maine hosted the convergence.
Houlton community market finds its footing
Bangor Daily News - 7/5/2010.
By Jen Lynds – Houlton: Officials at the Greater Houlton Chamber of Commerce, local vendors and residents are excited by the success they are seeing with a revamped community market that is attracting vendors selling everything from beans to blankets. The Chamber is sponsoring the new market, which will be held every Saturday in Market Square through early September.
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