Issue of The Seed Piece:
Farmers in OSGATA et al v. Monsanto File
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Recipe: Lemon Sesame Cookies.
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Mailbox: Pesky Property Rights and Concise
Family Farmers Stand Up and Fight.
The Cold in Maine.
As has been experienced widely
the last thirty years have been enough milder here in Maine that most
of us have been bumped a notch upward towards warm. For example, our
farm near Bridgewater used to be in the warm part of Zone 3 (3B). The
new data now indicates that we have migrated to the cold part of Zone 4
(Zone 4A). Click on image to
In recent years we have seen May weather in April, and April weather in
May. Last week was a record-setting event when we experienced May
weather and record warm temperatures in March and as a result lost most
of our snow cover which had
been a couple of feet deep. This week we're back to 'normal' with
low temperatures in the teens and Tuesday morning the thermometer
12ºF, pushing the frost back deep into the soil. This frozen ground
will help freeze
and control both Colorado potato beetles and potato volunteers left
over from last year.
Jim & Megan Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Farm
Determined to Defend Right To Grow Food File Appeal In Organic Farmers
Battle Over Farmers' Right
Against Monsanto Continues to Brew.
Yesterday, in Federal District Court
filed their Notice
of Appeal to Judge Naomi Buchwald's February 24th
dismissing Organic Seed Growers and Trade
Association et al v.
The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit will hear
farmers' appeal, seeking to reinstate the case, which
attention. The farmers are determined to move forward with their
challenging Monsanto's patents on genetically engineered seed
order to continue their pursuit of Declaratory Judgment Act court
from Monsanto's claims of patent infringement should their crops become
contaminated by Monsanto's seed.
"Farmers have the right to
protect themselves from being falsely accused of patent infringement by
Monsanto before they are contaminated by Monsanto's transgenic
Dan Ravicher, Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation
not-for-profit legal services organization based at Benjamin N. Cardozo
of Law that represents the plaintiffs. "Judge Buchwald erred by denying
plaintiffs that right and they have now initiated the process of having
"Farmers are under
Our right to farm the way we choose, and to grow pure organic
healthy food on our farms for our families and for our customers is
assault," said Maine
organic seed farmer Jim Gerritsen of Wood Prairie Farm, President of
lead Appellant OSGATA.
honor-bound to challenge an erroneous ruling which denies
the protection the law says we deserve. We're not asking
penny from Monsanto. Ultimately, our fight is for justice and is waged
defend the right of the people to have access to good and safe food." (more)
| How to
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Vacation with Folk Singer Dar Williams' Garden Party
Help OSGATA. Maine.
August 4, 2012.
Prairie Farm Seed Potatoes. Bagged and ready to ship.
|NDSU Research Proves Wood
Prairie Farm Organic
Potatoes Are Tops in Quality and Performance.
Source Evaluation research
conducted by North Dakota
State University and now published
on the NDSU website shows that Wood
Prairie Farm's organic certified seed potatoes - variety Yukon Gold
replicated dryland organic test plots - out performed the competition -
that of organic
and conventional seed - on all important metrics.
According to NDSU
statistics, Wood Prairie organic seed potatoes produced:
Highest Total Yield (200
Highest Yield of #1 Tubers
Lowest Amount of
"B" (undersize) Tubers (6.8 cwt/acre).
Over the decades we have
received hundreds of anecdotal reports from customers who have related
that our organic seed potatoes excel in performance. The NDSU
research also confirms our own observation on Wood Prairie Farm in
have concluded there are significant differences in seed quality and
crop performance and yield. We believe our success in achieving high
seed quality is
attributable to our 35 years of experience as organic farmers, our
detail and our careful husbandry of our soil, with particular benefits
attributable to building soil quality through long rotations, additions
organic material, balanced mineralization with rock powders and
We choose to be organic
farmers because organic is demonstratively the superior system for seed
food production and it allows us to be proper and good stewards of our
Jim & Megan
| Recipe: Lemon
1/4 c toasted sesame seeds
1/2 tsp baking soda
Toast the sesame seeds by
heating in a dry skillet for a few minutes until they start to brown
slightly; remove them from the pan. Mix together the dry
In a separate bowl, stir
1/4 c vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp apple cider vinegar
1 T grated lemon zest
Add the liquid mix to the
dry ingredients, mixing well. Chill dough for 30 minutes. Roll out
dough on lightly floured surface to 1/4 inch thick. Cut out rounds or
shapes. Bake for 10 - 12 minutes in a 375 F oven. Megan.
Makes about 2 dozen cookies.
Source: The Maine Organic
Farmer & Gardener, Dec 2011 - Feb 2012
Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Grains Section
Lemon Sesame Cookies
Photo by Angela Wotton
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|The Great Organic Wave Digest -
Keeping Track of Recent Wave News.
How Young Scientists are Determining the Future of Organic
Uplifting article from Good
Magazine which documents the values shift underway in
American agriculture thanks to visionaries like WSU's Dr.
Jones. "'I noticed this tall kid kind of hanging around at different
field days,' he says. 'Then I gave a talk at a food justice meeting in
Eugene, Oregon, and there was Brook. That's the exact kind of student
you want. If you can pick up your grad students at food justice
meetings, that's pretty good.'" World meet Brook Brouwer, graduate
student, OSGATA plant breeder member, and recipient of our nation's
first fellowship for organic plant breeding thanks to Clif Bar.
the story on it here.
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A good book to read.
Mailbox: Pesky Property Rights
So putting their argument another way: Organic growers should charge
higher prices so they can sort of self-insure against GMO contamination
while the people doing the contamination can produce what is a cheap
commodity - almost a chemical factory product at the lowest price
Rogue River OR
Then to add to that
'outrageous' argument there is this pesky thing called property
Our laws are based on English Common Law and the concepts underpining
property rights go
back many hundreds of years. English Common Law holds that it is the
of a potential harm (i.e., hungry cows) that must restrain their harm
causing trouble for their neighbors (including that next door lush
clover the neighbor plans on cutting for hay) - that is, the cattle
owner must fence in
his cows. It is not the responsibility of the neighbor to fence out those
hungry cows. The operation of these common laws in rural areas
for good and mostly peaceable neighbors for many hundreds of
Ultimately, biotech will have to convince a skeptical nation of
owners, some of whom are judges, that something significant - besides
greed - has developed in the last twenty years to throw these
concepts on their head and let themselves imagine they have the right
to trespass and contaminate the neighbors with impugnity.
illustration. If our junk yard dog daily crosses into our neigbor's
then mauls our neighbor's formerly beautiful children, who prior to our
maulings, were on fast track for a career as movie starlets, we may,
vociferously, contend that their employment desires for careers in the
entertainment industry may be satiated by their reading of the price of
belly futures on the 1130am Farm Commodity Report on our local radio
In historical context, we would be on firm ground to expect that there
those who don't see the world the same as we do.
Jim & Megan
Mailbox: Concise Fan Mail.
Jim for ALL you do.
Little River CA
Thanks for your support. We're all in this
together and we're happy to help out.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm