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- Albert Howard, The Soil and Health, 1947
    

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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
Growing success from a compost heap
Maine Sunday Telegram - 11/21/2010.
By J. Hemmerdinger – Portland: For Carlos Quijano's business, the recession had a silver lining. That's because when times are tight, many consumers stay home to save cash. And home is where the garden is. Quijano's Coast of Maine Organic Products, a Portland-based maker of nutrient-rich mulch and garden soil, starts with cast-offs from some of Maine's best-known industries – lobsters, blueberries and forestry.
New owner has help with plans to get Scarborough farm growing
Portland Press Herald - 11/20/2010.
By Ann S. Kim – Scarborough: Farming will make a comeback at the old Fancy family property on Ash Swamp Road. Daniel Mays is the new owner of the 13-acre property, a former gentleman's farm that hasn't been worked for about a decade. He plans to start by growing vegetables on 1-1/2 acres and offering a small community-support agriculture program next year.
Building networks with ‘slow money’
Bangor Daily News - 11/20/2010.
By Christopher Cousins – Belfast: Clayton Blake, owner of one of the only slaughterhouses in extreme eastern Maine, ambled up to the microphone and addressed an audience of a couple hundred. “My name’s Clayton Blake,” he said. “I need money.”
The Winter I Had to Live Almost Completely on Potatoes ... And Loved It
Alternet - 11/19/2010.
By Carol Deppe – Chris Voigt, executive director of the Washington State Potato Commission, is currently eating nothing but potatoes for two months, 20 5.3 ounce potatoes a day. When I read about it, my reaction was, Hey, what's so hard about that? Last winter, I ate pretty nearly all potatoes for about six months. It was a feast all winter!
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