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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
Roberta ‘Joan’ Lipfert, 84, advocate of organic farming
Portland Press Herald - 7/10/2012.
By Melanie Creamer – Woolwich: Roberta "Joan" Lipfert was a loving wife and mother who cared deeply about her community. She was married to Donald Lipfert for nearly 62 years. Together, they became founding members of the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association. She worked in the association's office for many years and helped organize its popular Common Ground Fair.
Brazil set to unleash genetically modified mosquitoes
Common Dreams - 7/10/2012.
Brazil is readying a plan to unleash large numbers of genetically modified (GM) mosquitoes in an effort to combat dengue fever, a plan that environmentalists have previously called "dangerously misguided."
Farm camp: chores and a chicken coop
Portland Press Herald - 7/9/2012.
By Gillian Graham – Scarborough: Collecting eggs and feeding chickens is an exciting chore at farm camp. It's extra exciting when a squealing pig escapes its nearby pen, then runs in circles as farmers try to corral it back into the yard. Young campers in brightly colored rubber boots froze in their tracks Thursday as the pig ran around them, then quickly resumed their search for fresh eggs at Broadturn Farm.
Food and extreme weather: it’s the soil, stupid
Mother Jones - 7/9/2012.
By Tom Philpott – The message from the Midwest is clear: Chemical-intensive, industrial-scale farming is vulnerable to spells of hot, dry weather – some of the very conditions we can expect to become common as the climate warms.
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