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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
Introducing AgFunder. It’s Here to Kickstart Global Agriculture.
Modern Farmer - 7/9/2013.
By Rebecca Flint Marx - Like Kickstarter, but for ag projects.
Chickens Flood Shelters As Backyard Farmers Call It Quits
Time Magazine - 7/9/2013.
By Melissa Locker - From Portland, Oregon to Portland, Maine, the idea of living off the land, eating locally and growing food are admirable concepts that appeal to many city dwellers. Unfortunately, urban homesteading often provides a romanticized view of farming providing the bounty without all the work. When an erstwhile farmer lays down his pitchfork and ignores the vegetable garden, nothing much happens. However when a chicken farmer gives up on the dream of collecting fresh eggs, a new home must be found for the hens.
As green crab invasion takes toll on Maine clams, researchers worry that lobsters are next victim
Bangor Daily News - 7/9/2013.
By Will Graff, The Forecaster - In recent years, clammers say the rapid growth of the green crabs along sections of Maine’s coast has ravaged shellfish populations, particularly mussels and soft-shell clams. There is concern now that even Maine’s lobster industry may be at risk.
Cornell Scientist’s Quest: Perfect Broccoli
The New York Times - 7/9/2013.
By Michael Moss - The Eastern Broccoli Project is trying to develop broccoli that will grow in hot, humid summers.
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