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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
As Crop Prices Surge, Investment Firms and Farmers Vie for Land
The New York Times - 3/18/2013.
By Julie Creswell - From the potato fields of Michigan to the high prairies of Kansas, farmers are receiving record prices for their land - but economists and banking regulators warn that this boom, like so many before it, could end badly.
Voters reject plan to reduce mosquitoes on Cranberry Isles
The Working Waterfront - 3/18/2013.
By Laurie Schreiber - Mosquitoes have been driving residents of the Cranberry Isles crazy for at least a century. But the swarms likely will return this summer, because residents rejected a proposal to address the biting bugs.
By targeting bigger fish, we are breeding populations of smaller and weaker fish
Treehugger - 3/18/2013.
By Michael Graham Richard - In nature, bigger, healthier, stronger individuals tend to have more offspring and thus there is a selection pressure in their favor. But humans can put other kinds of pressure on species, for instance by targeting bigger fish, actually reducing their chances of survival and reproduction compared to smaller and weaker individuals.
"Mesophyllic" fertilizer and soil culturing
Rodale Institute - 3/18/2013.
By Kevin Meehan - The author has discovered that composting alfalfa pellets produces a potent nitrogen fertilizer that also smells terrific.
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