Living An Indoor Life. With snow up to the bottom window
sill, three of our Wood Prairie cats gaze transfixed by the
Black-capped Chickadee action outside our north kitchen window. Our
Northern Maine fields and woods are blanketed in snow and nights can
still drop to the single numbers.
We are at peak shipping of organic
certified seed potatoes and focused on getting
orders out for the mid-Atlantic, plus states in the Southern Plains and
Southwest. Our cellar is still 38ºF which for working away in is cool
enough to chill bare fingers unless one dons a wool cap and extra vest.
The final orders for this week are bound for the Post Office in the
morning. Then after a moment's pause and a gaze at the Chickadees,
we'll start in again on next week's orders.
We have a good amount of organic seed
potatoes left to sell, so if you haven't ordered yours yet, do let us
know and we'll ship them out when the time is right and whenever you
University of Oregon Environmental Law Conference - PIELC.
Late last month, Peter
and Jim Gerritsen from Wood Prairie
Farm, traveled out to Eugene,
in order to attend the 31st Annual PIELC, the
famous Public Interest
Environmental Law Conference.One
largest law conferences
its kind anywhere in the world, this year’s event drew over 3,000
from all over the world.
itself was an exhilarating immersion into worldwide environmental
every sort and inspiring interaction with exemplary individuals who
dedicated their lives to furthering the public interest as
activists and policy makers. Scores of concurrent panels and workshops
speakers each were
tightly scheduled each day, all day long, and woven tightly between
strategically placed keynote speeches.
Among the eclectic
panels Peter and Jim attended: Food Sovereignty as a Legal Concept;
Fish, Big Deal; Building a Sustainable, Community-Oriented Food System
Current Issues in Chinese Environmental Law and Policy.
took part in an afternoon hike a thirty
minute drive from Eugene,
a professional forester. There we cruised an endangered grove of giant
growth Douglas Fir trees on publicly-owned federal Bureau of Land
At a closing University
of Oregon Law School Alumni
reception, we met folks from Philomath to Pakistan.
Shaker and mover environmental law professor Mary
Woodsearched us out and introduced us
to thePublic Trust Doctrine.A remarkable concept which
goes back to Roman
Times, the Public Trust Doctrine asserts that government’s prime
is to protect resources of the commons.The doctrine contends that government lacks
the authority to privatize
the commons, be it our water, our air or the people's seeds. We look
forward to learning
more and reading Mary’s soon to be published book, Nature's
Trust: Environmental Law for a New Ecological Age, which includes a section about OSGATA
et al v. Monsanto.
We took the long way back
to the airport by heading
west across the coastal mountains to Florence and then driving
northward up the
entire length of Oregon’s north coast highway all the way up to Astoria
Columbia River, before heading back to PDX in that other Portland.
spectacular and breathtaking ride if you ever get the chance to drive
The Maine Legislature has
referenced the historic LD 718, Maine’s
Right-To-Know GMO Labeling bill to the Committee on Agriculture,
and Forestry (ACF).It
is expected that
soon ACF will announce the date for a public hearing to be held
sometime in April. Here’s a new article just out that
provides excellent background on this
You Can Do To
Help Right Now!
live in Maine,
write or call your Senator and Representative
and ask them to support LD 718 and your Right-To-Know.Click here
to see whether either of your legislators are among the incredible 123
co-sponsors, and if they are, do thank them for their courage and
leadership for sponsoring LD 718.
live in Maine,
write or callGovernor Paul LePage
and tell him transparency and LD 718’s Right-To-Know GMO Labeling
provisions are good for Maine
business and good for Maine
people and request his strong support.
are an organization, business or farm in Maine
please let MOFGA know that you want to sign-onto the letter of support
for LD 718 which will soon be presented to the Legislature.Email MOFGA and let them
know you want to sign-on: firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks for playing a
critical role in making Right-To-Know
history in Maine
and the USA!
Jim & Megan
Berry on Corporate Power.
ascendancy of corporate power over democratic process is probably the
most ominous development since the end of World war II, and for the
most part "the free world" seems to be regarding it as merely normal.” -
For the stew base:
3 lb boneless beef - stew meat, shoulder or chuck roast, cut into 1
3 T vegetable oil
Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 medium Dutch
Yellow onion, coarsely chopped
2 medium celery stalks, coarsely chopped
1 medium Chantenay
Carrot, coarsely chopped
Russian Garlic cloves, minced
1 tsp dried oregano, thyme
1 c red wine or water
2 1/2 c beef or chicken stock
1 1/2 c water
a dutch oven or other heavy-duty pot, heat 3T oil over medium-high heat
until shimmering hot. Season about one-third of the meat with salt and
pepper and arrange in a single layer in the pot. Brown well on each
side. Transfer meat to a bowl and repeat with the rest of the meat.
at least 2T of fat remaining in the pot, add the onion, celery, and
carrot and cook over medium heat, stirring often and scraping the
bottom of the pot with a wooden spatula, until the vegetables begin to
soften, 5 to 6 minutes. Stir in the garlic and dried spice, season with
salt and pepper and cook 1 to 2 minutes longer. With vegetables still
in the pan, deglaze the pan with wine or water, stirring to dissolve
any browned bits on the bottom. Raise the heat to medium high and boil
to reduce by about half, 5 to 8 minutes. Add the beef or chicken stock
and water. Bring to a boil.
Return the meat to the pot along with any accumulated juice. Cover the
pot tightly and cook in the oven for 1 hour.
the meat has cooked for 1 hour, carefully remove the lid from the pot
and add the vegetables. Stir to combine. Replace lid on pot and return
to oven and cook 1 to 1 1/2 hours more, until meat is fork-tender.
Now here's your chance to earn
Four FREE Packets of
Wood Prairie Farm Organic Vegetable Seed (Value $13.00) – Your Choice
of Variety - when the goods on your next order totals $45
or more. Four FREE Packets of
Wood Prairie Farm Organic Vegetable Seed offer ends
Monday, March 18, 2013.
This is really scary. Somehow the
entire Corporate ~ ChemAg ~ Pharmaceutical conglomerate just doesn't
get it. Here we are facing a tough environmental crisis and their
understanding of the natural world is accelerating us to oblivion. What
is needed is an aggressive educational campaign to the masses. This is
our food supply under attack here, how more fundamental does it get?!
Note the writer of this NY Times
Label Genetically Engineered Food?' never tells the reader
that GMO's have never been tested for safety by the Corporate-owned
FDA. I have seen the move in the NYT towards being a tool of the
Corporate owners of the USA. Sad, we do not have a press that gives
information. Though I think the momentum is gaining and the next
"excuse" in the food shortages caused by droughts will be GMO labeling
laws, watch this play out.
I understand your concern. Big Ag will want to draft a
scapegoat. GE 'drought tolerant' corn has already been exposed as a
fraud including this
monumental study at Rodale Institute. So we have no reason to
be surprised that 'drought tolerant' corn failed in last year's
historic Midwestern drought. And let's do make mental note of
drought-year-2012 as the last year before GMO labeling laws were passed
in the USA. 'Drought tolerant' corn failed all on its own vast
shortcomings. The short crops were, of course, not because the people
demanded transparency and finally passed GMO labeling laws like
LD 718 Maine's Right To Know GMO Labeling bill. But
the truth won't stop biotech from lying and cheating.
I still don't understand why a
farmer could not sue Monsanto for invading his crops, as an invasive,
World Wide Web
There is the 'Fair Use' doctrine in copyright law;
however there is no such parallel in patent law. Patent rights in the
US are absolute. The only way one can 'possess' patented material is if
one has signed a licensing agreement and paid royalty of the patent
holder. It doesn't matter whether one has intention to possess or even
if one has knowledge of possession. If one is in 'possession' of
Monsanto's patented material without authorization then one is at legal
jeopardy for patent infringement litigation. Watch
this CBS news video (4:02) of David & Dawn Runyon's bad
experience with Monsanto. This unwarrented legal jeopardy
isn't fair for our farmers and that is why we've gone to court with
'OSGATA et al v Monsanto' in order to gain court protection.
Many organic and non-GE farmers are
fearful of the following scenario. Say they become contaminated by
Monsanto's patented GE seed and thereby suffer crop loss and economic
harm. Then they decide to recover damages from Monsanto for the
inflicted loss by taking Monsanto to court and suing them. There is
widespread fear that in this situation Monsanto would then counter sue
the farmer and claim infringement of their seed patents. The fear is
that Monsanto would cite as prima facie evidence that farmer-initiated
lawsuit: that suit would be 'proof positive' that the farmer was in
'possession' of Monsanto's patented material without permission and
without having paid royalty. That is the injustice we face. If we
succeed with our lawsuit, 'OSGATA et al v Monsanto,' farmers who want
nothing to do with Monsanto or their GE technology will receive court
protection from Monsanto under the Declaratory Judgement Act. So , our
OVM lawsuit is in pursuit of simple basic justice for farmers. If we
win our lawsuit, it lays the groundwork to assurre consumers the right
of access to an alternative in the marketplace for something besides
Biotech's GE food.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen Wood
Prairie Farm 49
Kinney Road Bridgewater,
Maine 04735 (800)829-9765
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm www.woodprairie.com