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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 Farm Days to focus on energy
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
By Mechele Cooper – Leeds: David and Vicky Barker will open their fifth-generation dairy farm to the public Friday and Saturday for Maine Farm Days. Natural Resource Conservation Service soil conservation technician Paul Carmichael said there will be vendors and a variety of educational activities, including a wagon tour, children's learning center, pesticide credit workshops and speakers. He said Maine Farm Days is a great way for the public to witness agricultural technology and learn about farming.
Food just gets better and better when meat is taken off the menu
Portland Press Herald - 8/20/2009.
Op-Ed by William Lee – ... Years ago, mentioning that I was a vegetarian provoked incredulity or argument, even among my hippy and progressive friends. Now, however, I hear things like "I was a vegetarian for a while myself," or "I never eat red meat myself – or hardly ever."
Highmoor Farm celebrates 100
Kennebec Journal - 8/20/2009.
By Craig Crosby – Monmouth: Farmers clad in plaid and tie-sporting politicians turned out in droves Wednesday to help Highmoor Farm celebrate 100 years of agricultural research. "I'm very pleased and proud of all the work you've been doing and will be doing," U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District, told a gathering of more than 100 invited guests. "You definitely are a proud institution of the state of Maine, and the entire delegation is very proud."
Agriculture and the healthcare debate
Common Dreams - 8/19/2009.
By Sara Franklin – President Obama’s plans to reform the healthcare system in U.S. have taken over the headlines in the past several weeks. Doctors, economists, insurance executives, public health experts—all of them are being afforded the chance add their two cents on how to fix our broken healthcare system. The voices that are strikingly absent, though, are those of the agricultural community.
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