Prairie Seed Piece
January 20th 2017
25 Issue 02
Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed
Winter Scene Near Portland,
Maine, Circa 1848.
Twice in recent years we’ve had our April weather in March and then our
March weather in April. This winter, we seem to have had our
January weather back in December and now we’re getting our December
weather this month. We still have a good pile of snow up here
left from the blows of December. However, one or two January
events have settled the snow some and made for icy conditions.
The image above is an oil on canvas painting by Charles E.
Beckett. The notation accompanying the painting "Dr Sumner Cummings
taking the mail from Portland…” Further details were shared
David Crouse: "Brown Cape Cod style farmouse at
middle ground. Log fences run diagonally on either side. A horse and
carriage and four people stand in front of house. Man in top hat riding
in horse-drawn carriage in right foreground. Oxen at left. Mt.
Washington and trees in the background."
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
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Wood Prairie Family Farm Home Page.
.BREAKING! New Study Links
Monsanto's 'Roundup' to Liver Disease in EXTREMELY Low Doses.
A new groundbreaking
peer-reviewed scientific study
has implicated Monsanto’s deadly weed-killer, ‘Roundup’ – used in the
vast majority of genetically engineered (GE) ‘herbicide tolerant’ crops
- as causing
non-alcoholic fatty liver disease at 'ULTRA LOW' DOSES permitted by
In addition to its widespread
use on GE crops, Monsanto’s
is also extensively used in many field crops
grown conventionally – including wheat, oats and dry beans -
as a crop-drying-chemical-desiccant.
As a synthetic
persistent-toxin, Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ would never
ever be permitted in organic production.
Therefore, while the mainstream media and revolving-door government
‘regulatory’ officials continue to ignore this burgeoning health
crisis, your family’s best protection is to switch your diet as much and as
quickly as possible to certified organic food.
recent landmark study, conducted by the Detox Project
showed a jaw dropping 93%
of American’s urine samples tested positive
glyphosate, the primary ingredient in Monsanto’s ‘Roundup.’
The team of European scientists lead by Dr. Antoniou, who released the
peer-reviewed study, observed unmistakable negative impacts on human
health at extraordinarily
of Monsanto’s ‘Roundup.’
historical note, back in 1996, Monsanto was found guilty of false
advertising and fraud by the New York Attorney General for lying about
the safety of ‘Roundup.’
new peer-reviewed study led by Dr Michael Antoniou at King’s College
London using cutting edge profiling methods describes the molecular
composition of the livers of female rats administered with an extremely
low dose of Roundup weedkiller over a 2-year period. The dose of
glyphosate from the Roundup administered was thousands of times below
what is permitted by regulators worldwide. The study revealed that
these animals suffered from non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD).
Antoniou stated Monday; 'The findings of our study are very worrying as
they demonstrate for the first time a causative link between an
environmentally relevant level of Roundup consumption over the
long-term and a serious disease – namely non-alcoholic fatty liver
disease. Our results also suggest that regulators should reconsider the
safety evaluation of glyphosate-based herbicides.'
unsettling reality which has emerged is that Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’
represents a clear public health emergency. It is way
past time to immediately ban Monsanto’s Roundup and glyphosate once and
Here for Our Wood Prairie Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
Deadly At Very Low Levels. Past time to ban this outlaw.
Hull-less Oats. Versatile work horse cover crop
Offer: FREE Organic
Hull-less Oats Cover Crop Seed.
A sack of Organic
Hull-less Organic Cover Crop Seed
is an oft-needed grower’s essential which should be in every gardener’s
tool box. Last year we grew a beautiful big crop of organic
Hull-less Oats here on Wood Prairie Family Farm. On
winter day we’ll help you get off to a good start in this new gardening
year. Protect the soil in your garden and your garden will
you for it with bountiful yields of healthy and nutritious food for
So, today earn yourself a FREE 2.5 lbs. sack of our
Organic Hull-less Oats Cover Crop Seed
$9.95) when your next order totals $59 or more. FREE
Organic Hull-less Oats Cover Crop Seed
- offer ends 11:59
PM on Monday, January 23, 2017, so please don’t delay.
Please use Promo Code WPFF403
. Your order
and FREE Organic Hull-less Oat
Cover Crop Seed
must ship by May 7, 2017. Offer may not be
combined with other offers. Please
call or click today!
Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Cover Crop Seed.
|What Would You
Pick As Maine's Most Iconic Photos?
Hauling Maine Island Sheep. Self-reliant,
newly-sheared Maine sheep. Living on an island off the Maine coast.
Maine’s Down East
took to answering the question of what would comprise the most iconic
photographs of Maine. Their project was extensive and took
back 175 years.
think you’ll enjoy seeing the photos Down East came up with
- and reading the stories behind them.
Caleb, Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie Organic Tools and Supplies.
|Other Voices: Agrarian
Elder Jack Lazor on His Love
Affair with Soil.
Two of the most knowledgeable
and generous pioneering organic
farmers in New England are Anne & Jack Lazor of Butterworks
organic yogurt fame. We
have known the Lazors for over twenty-five years.
We have been to each other’s farms. Toegther we have attended
the first two Agrarian
Elders gatherings in Big Sur, California.
Jack is the talented author of one recent farming
Organic Grain Grower. Not long ago,
Jack put pen-to-paper to tell us about another love in his life, an
article entitle My
Love Affair with Soil.
course, cost was an issue. Soil tests indicated that we needed about
500 pounds to the acre of the material to achieve the proper balance.
In our early days on the farm, cash was tight and we could only afford
100 pounds to the acre.
changed once we got a Vermont milk handlers license in 1984. All of a
sudden, we had more disposable income from selling our yogurt in stores
statewide. We invested heavily in minerals for our land and the payback
was almost immediate. Clovers and other legumes increased in our
hayfields along with the yields. The health and general well-being of
our tiny herd of cows increased as well. All of a sudden, animals were
being bred on time. Milk production increased. This was such a
revelation to me. I very quickly realized that balanced
do not cost—they actually pay.
began my love affair with soil. All I needed to do was to take care of
it, and it took care of us. Shortly after this, we bought and
an entire hopper train car load of hard rock phosphate from Florida.
Our farm was stocked up on minerals. As legumes increased in our
pastures and hay fields, the accompanying grasses began to thrive from
the surplus nitrogen fixed by the clovers and vetch. Our fields had
tripled in feed quality and output.
Over the many years we have learned when Jack says - or writes -
something we best pay attention. You will find that truism is
again the case with this must read
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Certified Organic No-GE Vegetable Seed.
Agrarian Elders Anne &
Jack Lazor. Butterworks Farm, Westfield, Vermont.
Luther King Jr. on Values.
Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cake.
1 3/4 c whole wheat
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp ginger
1/4 tsp nutmeg
1/4 tsp allspice
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp sea
2 large eggs
1 c granulated sugar
1/2 c unsalted butter, melted
1/2 c buttermilk
2 tsp vanilla extract
1 c roasted or canned pumpkin
3 oz dark chocolate, melted
2 T unsweetened cocoa powder
Preheat oven to 350ºF. Butter a 9x5-inch loaf pan and set aside.
In a large bowl whisk together flour, spices, baking powder, baking
soda, and salt.
In a medium bowl whisk together eggs and sugar. Add butter, buttermilk,
and vanilla. Whisk until combined. Fold in pumpkin. Add wet ingredients
to dry all at once, whisk just until no lumps remain.
Divide batter in half. Add melted chocolate and cocoa powder to half
the batter; stir to combine. Alternately add batters to pan. Using a
knife, swirl through batter. Bake 50-60 minutes until cake has risen
and crackled. Let cool 20 minutes.
Chocolate and Pumpkin Swirl Cake.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
Caleb & Jim
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox