Wood Prairie Seed Piece
             Organic News and Commentary
                Friday, January 20th 2017
                       Volume 25 Issue 02


 In This Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed Piece:

    Winter Reversal.

     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 rain 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 by David Crouse:   "Brown Cape Cod style farmouse at right 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."
 Caleb, Jim & Megan Gerritsen & Family
 Wood Prairie Family Farm
 Bridgewater, Maine
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.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 regulators worldwide.  

     In addition to its widespread use on GE crops, Monsanto’s ‘Roundup’ 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.

      Another recent landmark study, conducted by the Detox Project, showed a jaw dropping 93% of American’s urine samples tested positive for 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 low doses of Monsanto’s ‘Roundup.’

The 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).

Dr. 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.'

     Of 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.’

     The 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 for all.


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Glyphosate: Deadly At Very Low Levels. Past time to ban this outlaw.

Organic Hull-less Oats. Versatile work horse cover crop seed.

Special 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 this 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 thank you for it with bountiful yields of healthy and nutritious food for your family.
     So, today earn yourself a FREE 2.5 lbs. sack of our Organic Hull-less Oats Cover Crop Seed (Value $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!

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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 Magazine took to answering the question of what would comprise the most iconic photographs of Maine.  Their project was extensive and took them back 175 years.

       We think you’ll enjoy seeing the photos Down East came up with - and reading the stories behind them.

Caleb, Jim & Megan

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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 Farm 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 bible, The 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.

Of 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.

Things 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 mineral inputs do not cost—they actually pay.

Thus 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 applied 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 once again the case with this must read excellent essay.

Jim & Megan

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Agrarian Elders Anne & Jack Lazor. Butterworks Farm, Westfield, Vermont.
Notable Quotes: Martin Luther King Jr. on Values.

Recipe: Dark Chocolate Pumpkin Swirl Cake.   

1 3/4 c whole wheat flour
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 salt
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.


Dark Chocolate and Pumpkin Swirl Cake.
Photo by Angela Wotton.

 Caleb & Jim & Megan Gerritsen
 Wood Prairie Family Farm
 49 Kinney Road
 Bridgewater, Maine 04735
 (207) 429 - 9765 Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox