January 1st 2016
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Issue of The Seed Piece:
A New Year
A New Year Maze of Media.
Sorting through a drawerful of clippings allowed us to recently finish
up on a project of cataloging Wood Prairie Family Farm press coverage
over the years. Click anywhere on the mosaic we have created
above and you will be re-directed to a similar page with live links.
Then, click on any single icon and be whisked away to an article,
interview or video which somehow involves Wood Prairie Family Farm.
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.
Their Crowd Funding campaign
will go live very soon. And when it does, we’ll be sure and
let you know
about it and just how you can help this Next Generation at
Family Farm lay a firm foundation and successfully take over the reins.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
Click here for the
Wood Prairie Family Farm Home Page.
Where America's Certified Organic
Farms Are Located. This Map was included in our first
Thursday: You Are Invited to the FREE Wood Prairie Potato School
We had our first Wood
Prairie Potato School Webinar
before Christmas and - according to the comments we received - it was a
big hit. In this premier Webinar
we discussed The Martian,
greensprouting potatoes, the variety Butte Russet, tips
for getting the best yields and answered many of your potato questions
. If you missed it - don’t worry
- you can watch
our Webinar #1 “Butte (Say BEAUT-iful)” anytime on You Tube.
Next week we’ll be having our second Wood Prairie
Potato School Webinar – “So THAT’S How They Multiply Seed Potatoes” -
on Thursday January 7,
2016 at 1pm
ET (10am PT) and we hope you
will attend. In order to assure yourself of a
space in the classroom we recommend you reserve your spot TODAY
by registering now.
Webinar, we’ll explain the modern process of
multiplying Certified Seed potatoes, tell more tales about Butte
Russet, and answer your questions with the Live Chat function.
Here are some of the Comments we
received about our first Wood
Prairie Potato School Webinar:
*Very interesting. I learned a lot.
Thanks very much.
*Thank you so much!
*Jim, thank you so much for such a wonderful and
informative webinar. Excited about having more.
Many thanks. All the best!
*Great speaking for sure! Great stories too!
*Good job, Jim.
*And Jim, you are a very eloquent educator.
*Thanks from VA where I’ve successfully grown Wood
Prairie potatoes for years. Jim personally answered my
questions when I was a novice. Many thanks.
*Thank you. Great information and interesting to
*Thank you so much!! I learned a lot and very
* Thank you, look forward to the next one!
*Please notify me so I can tell folks about future
Now we hope you’ll
join us for round two of our Wood Prairie Potato School Webinar series
from the comfort of your own home. Please sign up today!
Jim & Megan
Here for our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
Offer: FREE Organic Butte Certified Seed Potatoes.
If you have ever grown and tasted Organic
, you will immediately know why we
are so enamored by them. As a rugged and reliable potato
variety to grow organically, they are hard to beat. They are
equally valuable in the kitchen and surpass all expectations as a very
high quality dry (high specific gravity) baked potato and for incredible light and fluffy
So outstanding is this now rare 50-year-old Butte variety
that it earned its place as the potato variety we covered in our first
Wood Prairie Potato School Webinar. In next week’s Wood Prairie
Potato School Webinar #2, we’ll share the story of the pivotal role
in tossing this excellent variety towards
the scrap heap of history. We don’t hold grudges and be
assured this was neither the first nor the last mistake McDonalds will
So whether Butte Russet is new to you or
not, here is your chance to try out our maverick Wood Prairie Farm
Organic Maine Certified Butte
(Value $11.95) on your next
order where the goods total $39 or more. Please use Promo
Code WPF478. Your order and FREE
One Pound Sack of Wood Prairie Farm Organic Maine Certified Butte
must ship with order and by 5/3/16. Offer Expires 11:59p.m., Monday,
January 4, so please hurry!
Here for Our Organic Wood Prairie Farm Vegetable Seed.
- One of the Best Potatoes. Butte was part of our first
webinar and there will be more Butte tales in Webinar #2.
Big Tree Big Crowd.
One of 15 excellent old logging photographs.
| Rare Collection of
Great Old Logging Photographs.
We recently came across this FREE
website which has some great offerings of historical photos.
You will not want to miss this
one very remarkable
collection: fifteen large-format photographs of logging operations
taken one hundred years ago. Just look at the size of those
Jim & Megan
Click Here For our Wood Prairie Farm Certified Organic Cover Crop Seed.
|Notable Quote: Hitler on The Big Lie.
Salad with Spiced Maple Vinaigrette.
3 T pure maple
1/2 cinnamon stick
2 whole allspice berries
1 small whole clove
1 whole star anise
1/2 tsp grated peeled fresh ginger
2 T apple-cider vinegar
1/3 c neutral oil, such as grapeseed or vegetable
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
5 oz mesclun salad mix
5 oz head frisee, trimmed and torn into bite-size pieces
1 small carrot
1 small parsnip
1 small turnip
1/4 c shelled sunflower seeds, toasted
4 oz aged sharp Cheddar, crumbled
To make the vinaigrette, combine the maple syrup, cinnamon, allspice,
clove, star anise, ginger, and 1 T water in a 1-quart saucepan. Simmer
on medium-low heat to infuse the flavors and thicken slightly, about 3
minutes. Stir in the vinegar, and strain through a fine-mesh sieve into
a small bowl. Whisk in the oil in a slow stream and season to taste
with salt and pepper. Set aside and allow to cool to room temperature.
Assemble the salad by combining the mesclun and frisee in a large bowl.
Peel the carrot, parsnip, and turnip. Using the peeler, shave each into
thin ribbons into the bowl. Add the sunflower seeds and half the
cheese. Whisk the vinaigrette to recombine, then toss the salad with
enough to coat. Serve sprinkled with the remaining cheese.
with Spiced Maple Vinaigrette.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Conditions and Wrong & Unjust.
I have been trying to store potatoes from my
garden in my root cellar in ordert o replant them next spring. I
followed the recommendations in a root cellaring book by Mike and Nancy
Bubel to store them in sand. Howver, they are sprouting ilke crazy, and
I'm afraid they won't be much good come spring. What do you reccomend I
do? Thank you for the work you do! All the best.
Potatoes store best in soil-like
conditions: dark, cool and moist.
Dark - Keep the light out to prevent potatoes from becoming "light
struck" - greening up and becoming bitter.
Cool - Ideal storage temperature for potatoes is 38-40ºF
Moist - 95% Humidity is best. A moistened burlap sack covering potatoes
simply placed in a wooden apple box prevents potatoes from losing
moisture (shriveling) and keeps them dark.
What to do about the upcoming transgenic crops for 2,4-D and
its relatives that not only drift but also volatilize from off the
have read reports that 2,4-D is so volatile that it has been measured
75 miles away from point of application. This EXTREME drift tendency is
absolutely unacceptable. Such a monsterous flaw - on its own - should
be sufficient for 2,4-D registration to be immediately revoked. We have
organic farmer friends in North Dakota who are concerned that trespass
contamination from 2,4-D may force them out of business. This is so
wrong and unjust. Government is abdicating it's responsibility to
protect all farmers.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm