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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
New federal rule on seasonal work could imperil state’s apple industry
Bangor Daily News - 2/23/2010.
By Sharon Kiley Mack - Machias: A new U.S. Department of Labor rule concerning temporary agricultural workers could have an adverse impact on Maine’s apple industry, growers said last week. The H-2A program rule which will take effect March 15 requires growers to advertise locally for agricultural positions and increases wages for temporary agricultural workers to $10.50 an hour.
Food fairs aim to reap support for local farms
Bangor Daily News - 2/23/2010.
By Judy Harrison – Bangor: Residents will be able to learn how they can support area farmers and eat better this year at meetings to be held around the state Sunday. Again this year, the Maine Council of Churches and the Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association will sponsor farm fairs where people can learn about community sustainable agriculture.
Sustainability just science backing up good sense
Maine Sunday Telegram - 2/21/2010.
By Tom Atwell – Sustainable gardening is a trend. Many growers, mostly smaller food farmers but also some ornamental garden designers, are working toward sustainability. So when New England Grows, the trade show for the horticulture industry held each winter in Boston, offered a lecture on ''The Scientific Underpinnings of Sustainability,'' I figured I could come away with some useful knowledge. What I didn't realize was that I was going to have to learn about the laws of thermodynamics, specifically the second law of thermodynamics, or the entropy law.
Local CSAs to exhibit at fair event
Kennebec Journal - 2/21/2010.
Farmington: Twelve communities will host the upcoming Community Supported Agriculture Fair on Sunday, Feb. 28, co-sponsored by Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. The fair is an opportunity to preview the products available in their areas this year.
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