Contact: Jim Gerritsen
October 12, 2012 207-429-9765

Wood Prairie Farm

Maine Farmer to Speak in New York City
Wood Prairie Farm's Jim Gerritsen to Discuss Lawsuit, Good Food & Rural-Urban Bridge

Bridgewater, Maine - Farmer Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm is the President of the Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA), lead plaintiff in OSGATA et al v. Monsanto, the landmark lawsuit which challenges Monsanto’s genetically engineered seed patents and seeks preemptive protection for organic farmers from claims of patent infringement should they become contaminated by Monsanto seed.  Gerritsen will be host to four presentations in New York City  on Ocotber 22-23.  He will be discussing the lawsuit as an element of the larger family farmer struggle for the right to farm, and how the farmer-fight impacts urban residents who want their right of access to good food for their families.

Gerritsen will be accompanied by nature writer Richard Horan, whose book Harvest – An Adventure into the Heart of America’s Family Farms  was recently released by HarperCollins.  A chapter of Horan’s book was devoted to capturing the potato harvest on the Gerritsen’s farm in northern Maine. Horan will perform a reading from the book at Jimmy’s No.43 and do book signings at Jimmy’s and the Brooklyn Grange.

“We are thrilled that Richard Horan is able to join us in New York City,” said Jim Gerritsen.  “His book Harvest wonderfully captures the essence of the thriving family farm renaissance. His depth of experience is sure to provide all of us with great insight into the struggle family farmers face on a daily basis.”

All events are open to the public.  Organic potatoes and organic products from Wood Prairie Farm will be featured at the evening dinners. Proceeds from all events will go toward Wood Prairie Farm's outreach programs. Descriptions of the events are listed below.

DINNER AT JIMMY'S NO. 43 (Two Events)
Monday, October 22
Talk: 6:30 to 8:00PM
Dinner: 8:30 to 10:00PM
Jimmy's No. 43, 43 East 7th Street
Following Jim's presentation, participants are invited to stay for dinner. There is a $10 suggested donation for
the talk, and dinner is $25, drinks and gratuity not included. Advance reservation is requested, please email
foodkarma@gmail.comor call 212-982-3006.

Tuesday, October 23
10:00 to 11:00AM
Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm
Brooklyn Navy Yard, Building No. 3
Tour the farm and share a cup of coffee or tea with Jim and Ben Flanner of Brooklyn Grange. There is a $10
suggested donation and attendance is capped at 24. Please email or call
347-670-3660 to reserve your spot.

Tuesday, October 23
7:00 PM
Rucola, 190 Dean Street, Brooklyn
Join Jim for a presentation and a 5-course dinner with wine pairings, built around Wood Prairie Farm and
Brooklyn Grange harvest. Tickets are $90, excluding tax and gratuity. Please email
or call 718-576-3209 to reserve your spot.

About Maine's Wood Prairie Farm
(; 800-829-9765)

     Wood Prairie Farm is located in Aroostook County, Northern Maine's historic center of potato farming. For over 36 years, Jim & Megan Gerritsen and their family have been farming organically and grow the finest potatoes, seed, grain and vegetables. Wood Prairie Farm's organic seed potatoes, kitchen potatoes, vegetable and cover crop seeds and other products are available direct to the customer by mail order from its website and catalog.
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OSGATA President Jim Gerritsen Video Interview on PBS

Complete background information about OSGATA et al v. Monsanto is available at
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