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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
Women lead a farming revolution in Iowa
Christian Science Monitor - 2/25/2009.
Women own nearly half of Iowa’s farmland. But they find they have a common problem: The men they hire to farm their land often don’t treat it with the tender care they expect – and often won’t listen when they complain about it. Women from three counties near Cedar Rapids, Iowa, discovered the shared view in a series of meetings on “Women Caring for the Land.”
How to survive the coming century
New Scientist - 2/25/2009.
By Gaia Vince – Alligators basking off the English coast; a vast Brazilian desert; the mythical lost cities of Saigon, New Orleans, Venice and Mumbai; and 90 per cent of humanity vanished. Welcome to the world warmed by 4 deg. C [7.2 deg. Fahrenheit]. Clearly this is a vision of the future that no one wants, but it might happen.
Restaurateurs hope it’ll be a week to remember
Portland Press Herald - 2/25/2009.
By Meredith Goad – Eateries large and small have signed up for Maine's first Restaurant Week, hoping to lure skittish diners to their tables and then keep 'em coming back.
Weathering the economy cooperatively
Kennebec Journal - 2/24/2009.
By Keith Edwards – AUGUSTA – Co-ops are well-equipped to deal with hard times because members share the burdens and fruits of the business, according to organizers of a Saturday conference on co-ops. The 15th annual Changing Maine conference, this year titled "The Co-op Model: Transition to a Democratic Economy," will focus on how using the co-op business model can help people meet their needs in hard times.
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