Wood Prairie Farm
 The Seed Piece Newsletter
             Organic News and Commentary
                 Thursday, January 7th 2015
                         Volume 24 Issue 02

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 In This Issue of The Seed Piece:



    They Grow Up Fast.

     Close to mother earth.  Baby Caleb rides with mom, Megan Gerritsen, digging Rose Gold potatoes on Wood Prairie Farm near Bridgewater, Maine. Leland Daugherty, an intern sponsored by an organic growers association, helps out. Megan and husband Jim sell 17 potato varieties, harvesting by han to avoid bruising. Certified organic by two trade groups, the farm grows potatoes, grains, and clover in rotation. Soil fertility is sustained with barnyard manure, fish scales, sawdust, and plant residue, known as green manure.
     Above caption and photo from National Geographic Magazine, December 1995. From the Seed Piece archives, here is our Maine Tales article describing the Fall harvest in which this photo was taken.
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 Jim & Megan Gerritsen & Family
 Wood Prairie Farm
 Bridgewater, Maine
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BarnRaiser Crowdfunding Project.! Live as of this morning. Please contribute TODAY if you can. Thanks!
Breaking! Caleb Launches Fast New Crowdfunding Campaign to Help Transition Wood Prairie Family Farm to the Next Generation.

         This morning, Caleb’s new crowdfunding campaign – entitled Keep This Organic Legacy Growing – Wood Prairie Family Farm - went live on BarnRaiser.  Please help by contributing today.  Crowdfunding campaigns which get off to a fast start are the most likely to succeed.

As we announced in the last Seed Piece:

     This home-grown Media project has had a purpose.  It is part of a new
     Crowd 
Funding campaign the Next Generation of Wood Prairie Family
     Farmers are
putting together which will soon be launched.  As we greet 
     
this New Year, now is the time-to-transition Wood Prairie Family Farm
     
over to our children Peter, Caleb, Sarah and Amy.  After 40 years we love
     
it here and you can bet we’ll still be around.  Like all family farms,
     we’ll 
help out wherever we’re needed.

   A short video (2:36) accompanies the Campaign.  The video explains the timing and need for this important campaign. There are over a dozen fun Rewards which Caleb, Peter and their sisters Sarah & Amy, will love to share with you – including a package of delicious Certified Organic Bacon at the $100 level from our good friends at ninth-generation Tide Mill Organic Farm in Downeast Maine.

     As you may remember, because of support from people like you, three-and-a-half-years-ago we succeeded in a crowdfunding campaign established to raise funds for building materials in constructing a much needed Farm Equipment Repair Shop.  On many levels that Shop campaign was a tremendous success.  That essential crowdfunded Repair Shop has been used on a daily basis year-round.

    Caleb’s BarnRaiser campaign will be short and will take place with lightening speed in order to fit into our busy Winter schedule.  In order to keep up with the intense pace of shipping organic seed orders beginning in February, we are planning to conclude the campaign towards the end of January in a few brief weeks.  

   Please help the Next Generation - Caleb and his siblings - by contributing today.  We understand that not everyone is able to contribute.  It will help if you would please share this campaign with your friends, family and networks.  
   Thanks so much.

Caleb & Megan & Jim

Heads Up!  Wood Prairie Potato School Webinar Coming Up TODAY 1pm Eastern.

     Yes that’s right, TODAY!  Our second Wood Prairie Potato School Webinar, So THAT’S How They Multiply Seed Potatoes, will be TODAY, Thursday January 7 at 1 pm ET/10 am PT.

   Here is where you may register to attend TODAY’S Webinar.  It will be about all things potatoes.  With the Live Chat feature you will be able to ask you questions to Jim in real time.

   Our first Webinar, Butte (Say BEAUT-iful), is now up on YouTube.  In that webinar we covered the optional seed potato pre-conditioning procedure called Greensprouting.

  Our long-time faithful customer and Organic Garden Blogger Theresa Martz, attended and wrote up a very complete article on greensprouting.  Theresa has a wonderfully warm and engaging blog.  You will want to check it out!

Jim & Megan

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 Jim & Megan Gerritsen
 Wood Prairie Farm
 49 Kinney Road
 Bridgewater, Maine 04735
 (800)829-9765 Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm
 www.woodprairie.com