November 26, 2014
Issue of The Seed Piece:
Inside Work. Here
is our Wood Prairie Farm setup for shelling our Organic
Dorinny Sweet Corn Seed. We harvest
all of our seed corn with the kernels still attached to the
cob. Then, after the kernels have properly dried we shell
them with hand shellers (see the two above bolted to the pallet
box). The final step is to clean the seed kernals and bag
them for storage, sale and shipping. Our Special Offer! in
this Seed Piece
involves FREE Organic
Dorinny Seed, so don’t miss it!
Tonight, we are seeing the beginnings
of our next snow storm. This time around, our storm is a
Nor’Easter and forecast to drop 8-14” of heavy, wet snow by noon,
tomorrow, Thanksgiving Day. Caleb and his crew have
spent all of today putting the last of the equipment away.
This will make the winter long job of plowing snow a whole lot easier.
We hope you will join with us and take
the time to stop and count the many blessings we have to be grateful
for. We are most grateful for your steadfast loyalty and
We wish everyone in your family a very
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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Wood Prairie Farm Home Page.
| Neil Young Backs
Boycott of Starbucks Over GMA & GMO Labeling.
Musician Neil Young has
stepped up and is urging a boycott of Starbucks
because of its membership in the notorious
junk food lobby, GMA (Grocery Manufacturers Association).
Neil is unhappy that the GMA - along with powerful GMA member Monsanto
- is behind the court challenge of Vermont’s historic GMO Labeling
continued membership gives tacit support to the relentless and serial
bullying by the GMA and henchman Monsanto.
Vermont’s right-to-know GMO Labeling
bill was passed by large margins in both houses of the
Legislature. Last Spring, this GMO Labeling bill was signed
into law by Governor Shumlin. The law is scheduled to take
effect in July, 2016. Shortly after the Governor signed the
law, a court challenge was filed by the GMA and other Industrial Food
was quoted in Rolling Stone magazine, "’I used
to line up and get my latte everyday, but yesterday was my last one,’
Young wrote. ‘Starbucks has teamed up with Monsanto to sue Vermont, and
stop accurate food labeling.’” Numerous articles featuring Neil’s call
for a Starbucks boycott have appeared in other media outlets including Huff
Post and USA
Similar GMO Labeling laws to that of
Vermont have been passed in Maine
However, the laws of those two states contain “triggers” requiring
additional nearby states to pass similar legislation before their laws
will take effect. Vermont’s
law contains no such trigger.
A razor-thin vote count on the
Measure 92 GMO Labeling referendum - voted on November 4 -
has resulted in the
ordering this week of an official recount. Final
election results are expected in December. The Oregon measure also does not
contain a trigger.
In addition to the lawsuit in Vermont,
examples of corporate bullying prove a dark pattern has emerged.
Biotech corporations are behind threats to citizen actions and the
democratic rule of law in both Maui,
Hawaii, and in Jackson
It is abhorrent and troubling for deep
corporate pockets - like the GMA and Monsanto - to intimidate citizens
and attempt to overturn
the will of the people. The boycott against Starbucks is a
necessary and legitimate action for the people to employ
their food-dollars to bring about justice.
join salute Neil Young and join him is his call for a sustained boycott
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
Family Farmer Supporter.
. A substantial portion of Guinea Hog feed is
inexpensive pasture in Summer and hay in Winter.
| Watch Guinea Hogs
on Pasture On Wood Prairie Farm.
year - since Spring time - we have had our American Guinea Hogs out on
pasture here on Wood Prairie Farm. Guinea Hogs are an American heritage
breed which originated hundreds of years ago in Appalachia.
They are hardy even in Maine’s climate. What makes these
black pigs unusual – besides their mild temperament – is that they do
well being fed only minor amounts of grain when they have access to
plenty of forage. Here’s a new
You Tube video (1:36) showing most of our sixteen Guinea Hogs late this
Fall out in our main pasture.
Guinea Hogs grow well on a forage-based diet:
pasture during the outdoor season and hay in the winter. What
this means is that anyone with a modest-sized yard or field can raise
their own inexpensive pork without having to spend a fortune on buying
expensive grain. On this regimen of
mostly-pasture-and-garden-waste, Guinea Hog piglets do grow slower and
finish somewhat lighter weight than grain-fed pigs. However,
the meat is of excellent quality and it is simple enough to meet pork
poundage goals with the addition of a second piglet. Many
farmers – ourselves included - believe that because of the
companionship and competitiveness factor, two pigs will grow faster
when together than two pigs in isolation. Here’s another fun You
Tube video (3:17) from this March showing this same group of Guinea
Hogs in the barn at five-weeks-of-age.
Jim & Megan
Here for our Wood Prairie Farm Certified Organic Cover Crop Seed.
| Notable Quotes:
Thomas Jefferson on Restraint.
Potatoes and Peppers.
by Angela Wotton
Potatoes & Peppers.
1 1/2 lbs potatoes
1 red, yellow or orange pepper
1 1/2 T olive oil
1 clove garlic,
1 tsp dried rosemary (optional)
1/8 tsp sea
1/8 tsp pepper
Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C). Wash potatoes. Halve or quarter larger
potatoes. Quarter onion and cut peppers into one-inch pieces. Combine
oil and seasonings in a plastic bag. Add vegetables and shake to coat
with seasonings. Place in shallow dish and bake uncovered in the oven,
until potatoes are tender, about 40-45 minutes, stirring once.
Here For Our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Specialty Potatoes For The
| Special Offer: FREE Packet of Organic
Dorinny Sweet Corn Seed.
As the recent rush of Thanksgiving
orders began to ebb, we turned our attention back to shelling the many
hundreds of pounds of dried corn kernals from our cobs of Organic
Dorinny Sweet Corn Seed. Organic
Dorinny is a Canadian open-pollinated (OP) heirloom from the
1920s. One parent is the famous “Golden Bantam.”
Organic Dorinny stands out as one of the very best early season sweet
Like every at-risk seed crop, we have
had this year’s Organic
Dorinny seed crop laboratory-tested (PCR) and it tested free of
detectible contamination from genetically engineered (GE) corn.
Now in celebration of our
successful corn harvest, we have a Special Offer for you. Get
a FREE Packet of Organic
Dorinny Sweet Corn Seed (Value $3.50) when the amount of
goods in your next order totals $25 or more. FREE
Packet of Organic Dorinny Sweet Corn Seed offer ends
Midnight Monday, December 1, 2014.
Please use Promo Code WPF430.
Your order and FREE Packet of Organic
Dorinny Sweet Corn Seed must ship by 5/6/15.
Please call or click today!
Call Wood Prairie Farm (800) 829-9765.
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Vegetable Seed Section.
Organic Dorinny Ready to Be
Shelled. The best Early Sweet Corn.
Our Mailbox: Work's
Never Done, McDonalds Nixes GE Potatoes, The World Standard.
Work's Never Done.
Your work is never done. thank
you Jim to you and your family and all you do!
Thank you for your kind words! Organic
farming is the life we have chosen. It does happen to be full of work.
We find no separation between the work of our farm and our dedication
to inform and help protect our organic community.
Jim & Megan
McDonalds Nixes GE
this new genetically modified potato take off? McDonald's has spoken...Not
a chance in hell that I will buy this...
Until mandatory GMO labeling becomes
required it will be challenging to determine which conventional
potatoes are GMO. Of course, certified organic potatoes, such as we
raise on Wood Prairie Farm, will always be free from GE
content since genetic engineering is considered a prohibited method in
organic farming under federal regulations.
The World Standard.
Let's require GMO labeling on
things that don't have labels currently like meat, milk and restaurant
The world standard - in 64 countries
representing almost half of the world's population - is for mandatory
labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). So, if GE Salmon
were ever approved for sale, it would have to be labeled because the
fish itself was genetically modified (aka "genetically engineered").
However, milk or meat from a cow who happened to be fed some GE grain
would NOT be labeled because the cow itself is not genetically
engineered. The USA will do well if we are able to come up to the world
standard on GMO labeling. Meeting that standard will empower citizens
by providing them with the information they need to make an informed
choice about whether to buy GMOs or not on the vast majority of food
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm