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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
Maine dairy farmers getting trickle of temporary relief
Portland Press Herald - 1/30/2013.
By Kevin Miller - Washington: The USDA says it plans to pay Maine dairy farmers 59 cents per hundred-weight for milk produced in September. The additional payments were welcome news to Maine's struggling dairy farmers, but several people in the industry said much larger reforms are needed.
The Mill at Freedom Falls
Bangor Daily News - 1/30/2013.
Video: Restoring the mill at Freedom Falls has become a labor of love Tony Grassi of Camden. He bought the run-down building and successfully had it placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Now he is overseeing the restoration and hopes to attract commercial tenants when the work is complete.
Our View: Groundfishing limits are a disaster for this region
Portland Press Herald - 1/30/2013.
Editorial - What is happening to the Northeast's groundfishing industry is a natural disaster, just as devastating as a drought or a wildfire. But the federal government is just making it worse.
Biochar Cookstoves Boost Health for People and Crops
National Geographic - 1/29/2013.
By Stacey Schultz - Fumes from traditional open-fire cookstoves kill 3.5 million people a year - more than malaria and HIV/AIDS combined. Biochar cookstoves help counter this problem and create a soil amendment that holds carbon in the soil, improves water-holding capacity and adds nutrients. They also use less wood to cook a given amount of food. One researcher is even drying an invasive plant - water hyacinth - and burning it in biochar cookstoves.
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