Prairie Seed Piece
February 26th 2016
24 Issue 05
Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed Piece:
Bright Daylight Outside And In Scientific Circles. By
observation and experience, organic farmers have gained an
understanding of their system’s superiority over conventional
systems. Now a new landmark
conducted by researchers at Washington State University - which
examined forty years worth of scientific research – confirms organic’s
overall mastery and its capability of feeding the world sustainably. Do
check out the good article.
As our Winter’s days lengthen, our workload picks up as we come into
peak shipping. Crops are holding well in storage,
brisk and we are blessed with an energetic and capable crew of young
people – everyone exudes good energy!
If you want to say young, surround
yourself with young people!
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
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Wood Prairie Family Farm Home Page.
Organic Farmer Eliot Coleman.
Our wise neighbor just four hours south of Wood Prairie Family Farm.
Eliot Coleman's The
Once all the farmers got back home and were
savoring and digesting the experience of the second
Agrarian Elders Gathering at Big Sur,
Gathering organizer Eliot Coleman of Four Seasons Farm - here in Maine
- sent around to farmers this excellent organic summation which he
appropriately dubbed The Prequel.
Eliot, one of the Seed Piece's
faithful readers, gave us permission to share his work with all of you.
Eliot's piece does an excellent job of both
reader plus helping those interested in the discussions at the Agrarian
Elders Gathering to gain a sense of the historical organic concepts
upon which our remarkable week was centered.
The Prequel by
24 – 29, 2016 was a great week of Agrarian Elders discussions. I am
still inspired by our exchanges and thought I might throw a little more
fuel on the fire.
As a farmer with a passion for
history, I have collected many references from our predecessors whose
knowledgeable writings contributed greatly to my understanding of
If there had been an Agrarian Elders meeting in
1940, the following three grand old figures of the movement would
certainly have been there. Although hardly known today, they were
important influences as members of the generation that set agriculture
on the new path we are all following. I have edited these 70-year old
essays for clarity. They remind me of our discussions. More.
Here for Our Wood Prairie Family Farm Certified Organic Cover Crop Seed.
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gardener and farmer should have a good supply of Organic
cover crop seed
on hand to sow down when ground is opened up – say, after a crop is
harvested. Bare open ground stresses beneficial organisms in
soil and and leaves the soil susceptible to erosive
degradation. Compared to the high value of produce harvested
a garden patch or a farmer’s field, Organic cover crop seed is very
affordable. Treat your soil well and protect it with cover
One of our favorite fast-growing and inexpensive Organic
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ends Midnight Monday, February
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Oat Cover Crop Seeding. Spun on after potatoes are
Wood Prairie Potato School Webinar. Thursday March 10.
| Don't Miss Our Next FREE Wood Prairie
Potato School Webinar - March 10 "OK,
My Potatoes Are Planted, So Now What Do I Do?".
Our next FREE
Potato Webinar in our wintertime series will be on Thursday, March 10, at 1pm
ET/10 am PT. Please Register
today for Wood Prairie
Potato School Webinar #5: 'OK, My Potatoes Are Planted, So Now What Do
In case you’ like to watch, we’ve
archived our past webinars. Here’s where you may find them:
Prairie Potato School Webinar #4: 'Of
Course Before You Harvest You've Got to Plant'
Prairie Potato School Webinar #3: 'Why All This Hullabaloo About
Efficiency at Harvest?'
Prairie Potato School Webinar #2: 'So THAT’S How They Multiply Seed
Prairie Potato School Webinar #1: 'Butte
Jim & Megan
Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
|Organic Farmer & Vermont State
Senator David Zuckerman, Candidate for Vermont Lieutenant Governor.
Dave is a longtime Vermont organic farmer and our
friend. He and his wife, Rachel Nevitt (2nd from right) were
important leaders in our landmark OSGATA
et al v. Monsanto
lawsuit. Note in the photo, supporters Ben Cohen and Jerry
Greenfield from Ben
, straddling both sides of Dave
In addition, Dave has been
fighting his entire
on behalf of important issues
like GMO Labeling. He began running for office while still
enrolled in college. Dave was
instrumental in getting passage of Vermont’s historic
mandatory GMO Labeling Law, now set to take
effect on July 1.
Dave is now running for Vermont
needs our help
He needs to raise over $100,000 from grassroots supporters – all of us
- all across the country. Please join us in pitching
in with a contribution today
and help this
honest and effective organic farmer and public servant get elected
Jim & Megan
For the hummus:
(about 1 pound each)
3 1/2 T extra-virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lb Rossa
di Milano onions
, peeled, ends removed, and cut in half
1 tsp Maple
1 medium Red
clove, peeled and coarsely chopped
1 1/2 c cooked garbanzo beans, drained with juice reserved
2 T tahini, or as needed
1/4 c fresh lemon juice, or as needed
1/2 tsp fresh chopped rosemary leaves, plus extra for garnish
oven to 450 degrees F. Cut squash in half lengthwise; scoop out seeds
and reserve. Drizzle squash halves with 1 T of the oil and season with
salt and pepper. Place squash cut side down on baking sheet. Place
onion in a bowl and toss with 1/2 T of the oil, maple syrup, and salt
and pepper. Place onion cut side down on the same baking sheet with the
squash. Roast until squash is fork-tender and onion is caramelized,
about 35 minutes. Set aside to cool.
Transfer squash and onion
to a food processor (skin may be left on the squash) and add the
remaining 2 T of the oil, garlic, chickpeas, tahini, lemon juice and
rosemary. Process until smooth, adding the reserved chickpea juice as
needed. Adjust seasonings with lemon juice, olive and salt and pepper,
if desired. Transfer to a bowl and garnish with roasted seeds and
To roast squash seeds:
Rinse delicata seeds to
remove any pulp and drain and dry well. Place in a small bowl and toss
with just enough olive oil to coat. Spread the seeds in an even layer
on a baking sheet and season with salt and pepper. Bake, stirring
occasionally, until the seeds are dry and crunchy, about 25 minutes.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Mailbox: Winter Rye Saves Soil and Big On Butte.
Winter Rye Saves
I have an urgent question for you. We just had to
our geothermal field. Now there is a barren place in our backyard that
slopes toward the house. I would like to put a cover crop on it right
away. I am in Zone 7 in northwestern Virginia. We have had a very mild
autumn. I have a sack of your Common Winter Rye seed. Can I broadcast
that? Rate? Rake over it?
I am still trying to get a better understanding of
proper use and timing of cover crops, and was not at all prepared for
this emergency in our yard. The company originally wanted to use the
area that is my vegetable garden - that was not going to happen!
Thanks for your help! And thanks for
all that you do to protect our soil and our food supply!
broadcast the Winter rye, it will sprout and establish itself without
raking. If you also had some Annual Rye to mix it that would help also
because of how fast and mat-like Annual Rye grows. My thinking is you
have nothing to lose and in the Fall one never knows when the cold
weather will come.
Big On Butte.
We used to buy from you years ago but gave up the space and
it go back into hay. We will be trying to grow in a small raised bed
that we will hill up and contain. Are the Buttes the Potato that the
potato bugs seemed to ignore while eating every other type of potato?
could have been Butte because Colorado Potato Beatles tend to
Even more resistant to CPB is the "hairy-leaved" Cornell variety, King
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm