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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
USDA eyes opportunities in Maine
Bangor Daily News - 2/11/2012.
By Matt Wickenheiser – In the 1980s the farm economy collapsed in America, and farmers were faced with huge payments and no income. Dallas Tonsager was a dairy farmer in South Dakota and remembers how farmers set their minds on building industries that use the products they grew. “Lots of people will argue over ethanol, but it worked, local farmers invested in it,” Tonsager said. “It created jobs, economic activity, a market for their product – everybody benefited.” Today Tonsager is the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s under secretary for rural development.
Forcing branches of flowering trees and shrubs
Bangor Daily News - 2/11/2012.
By Reeser Manley – By early March, gardeners are aching to be in the garden. Why not get a head start on pruning garden trees and shrubs and, at the same time, bring a touch of early spring into the house? Branches of many woody plants can be forced into early flower in late winter, providing a glimpse of the season ahead.
Is ‘prescription for disaster’ our ‘most optimistic’ climate future?
Common Dreams - 2/11/2012.
New climate information from French scientists indicate that global warming of 2 C is the "most optimistic" scenario. Yet this is the amount of warming James Hansen has referred to as a "prescription for disaster."
Lexicon of sustainability: salmon-safe
Grist - 2/10/2012.
By Douglas Gayeton and Laura Howard-Gayeton – Any discussion about the sustainability of salmon is no longer limited to analyzing the numbers of fish pulled from the sea. Each winter, salmon return to rivers and creeks in the Pacific Northwest to spawn, but if these waterways are impacted by surburban spawl or pollution from agricultural runoff, their numbers are dramatically reduced.
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