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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
Gulf of Mexico: from magnificent resource to industrial sacrifice zone
Grist - 5/1/2010.
By Tom Philpott – According to the EPA, the Gulf is the home of 59 percent of U.S. oyster production. Nearly three-quarters of wild shrimp harvested in the United States call it home. It is a major breeding ground for prized and endangered fish, including bluefin tuna, snapper, and grouper. It would be a wise policy to protect the Gulf, to nurture the health of its ecosytems, to leave it at least as productive as we found it for the next generations. So, how are we doing? As I write this, oil is gushing into the Gulf at the rate of 5,000 barrels per day, 5,000 feet below the water's surface.
Belfast students learn about gardening
Bangor Daily News - 5/1/2010.
By Abigail Curtis – Belfast: A sudden hailstorm meant the kids pulling dandelions and witch grass at the Troy Howard Middle School Garden Project on Thursday afternoon were due for an unscheduled break. They dashed, giggling, through the pelting ice and pulled up short in a warm, sheltered hoop house where spicy mustard greens and spinach are thriving. “My favorite part is just being outside,” said Desi Dodd, 12, of Belmont, who has been working in the organic garden “all year.”
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