Prairie Seed Piece
April 22th 2016
24 Issue 09
Issue of The Wood Prairie Seed Piece:
Railroad Reaches Northern Maine. Prior to the
railroads being established in the 1890s, Northern Maine was a wooded
wilderness only occasionally broken up by scattered and newly-cleared
potato fields amid very modest settlements.
The railroad brought about a
revolution of growth which allowed Maine potatoes an efficient way to
get to East Coast markets and for supplies and new settlers to be
Photographer Isaac Simpson –
born in 1874 - captured the wild Northern Maine on the cusp of
turn-of-the-century progress and development. As
Spring works to warm up and dry out the ground, we hope you will watch
and enjoy this wonderful documentary film made up of Isaac’s authentic
photographic work which humbly documented the frontier life before it
came to be tamed.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
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Isaac Walton Simpson. A
man of many talents and remembered for his respectful photographs of
people in northern Maine's Frontier.
Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson.
Stunning photographic documentation of the East’s last
frontier – Northern Maine - was captured over one hundred years ago and
for all time by Isaac Walton Simpson. Isaac lived
in the town of Amity, south of Houtlon. He possessed a broad
spectrum of talents but is most remembered for his extraordinary
photographs taken of everyday working people toiling in Northern
Maine’s harsh and isolated wilds.
Several years ago, Maine Public
Television aired this fascinating film created from a compilation of
Isaac’s black and white photos, The
Maine Frontier: Through the Lens of Isaac Walton Simpson (56:26).
We think you will enjoy taking the hour to watch
this magnificent and educational production.
Jim & Megan
Here for our Wood Prairie Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
Offer: FREE Certified Organic tillage Radish Cover
The other day Jim took a call
from a customer who wanted to know what the best cover crop would be to
plant before potatoes. He explained that on Wood Prairie Family Farm,
in the year before potatoes, we plant a cover crop of Organic
in mid-June. Then 7-8 weeks later, we
turn that Buckwheat under and plant a brassica-family cover crop as a
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Call us at Wood Prairie Family Farm (207) 429 - 9765.
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| OSGATA's New Policy on Organic Plant
GE Seed Need not Apply. Organic
plant breeding absolutely excludes genetic engineering.
|Notable Quote: Vandana Shiva on
Smashed Roasted Potatoes.
12-15 small Dark
1/2 c extra-virgin olive oil
Place potatoes in a large saucepan and cover with at least an inch of
water. Boil, reduce to simmer, and cook until the potatoes are
completely tender and easily pierced with a fork, about 30 minutes.
Place the cooked potatoes on a clean dishtowel. Let them drain and sit
for a minute or two. Fold another dishtowel into quarters, and using it
as a cover, gently press down on one potato with the palm of your hand
to flatten it to a thickness of about 1/2-inch. Repeat with all of the
Cover a large rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil; put a sheet of
parchment on top of the foil. Carefully transfer the flattened potatoes
to the baking sheet and let them cool completely at room temperature.
If working ahead, refrigerate for up to 8 hours.
Heat oven to 450 F. Sprinkle the potatoes with about 3/4 tsp salt and
pour olive oil over them. Lift the potatoes gently to make sure some of
the oil goes underneath. Roast until they are crisp and deep brown
around the edges., 30 - 40 minutes, turning over once gently with a
spatula halfway through cooking. Serve hot.
Smashed Roasted Potatoes.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Mailbox: Forces Opposed and Seed to Seed.
am concerned that some how GMO Labeling will get to the Supreme Court
and GMO labeling will be ruled unconstitutional. Monsanto and the other
GMO food like producers and suppliers always seem to prefer profit over
health of Citizens.
The forces opposed to GMO Labeling -
Grocery Manufacturer's Association (GMA) - lost in Federal District
Court their attempt to stop the Vermont GMO Labeling law from taking
effect. Of course they are appealing. The word is the opposition is
expecting to be defeated again in the US Court of Appeals. This is why
they are putting everything they have into buying themselves a victory
in the Senate. So far that's not working for them either. Once GMO
Labeling takes effect in VT on July 1 - and across the nation - it will
be hard to put the genie back in the bottle. We spent a lot of time and
effort using constitutional lawyers to perfect the language on the GMO
Labeling laws in Maine, VT and CT to withstand Court challenge.
Ultimately, the people have a right-to-know and even SCOTUS justices
and their families eat food and will want to avoid GMOs and labeling is
the way to achieve that desire.
Seed to Seed.
So my cohort of students are on their way to
making a plan
where our farms begin to move towards more of a seed to seed
enterprise. One crop is dried beans which on the face of it should be
easy. Other then worrying about damaged seed from threshing, it seems
that some seed borne diseases might be of concern.
I also see that you sell dry beans and I assume that you grew
them yourself. What do you do to make sure that the seed is clean?
Hints? Suggestions? This may not be the last time you hear from us.
By the book
the very best Bean seed can be grown in the West where the dryness
minimizes fungal pathogens. But here we are in the moist East Maine
growing both organic seed potatoes and seed beans. Yes it can be done
We invest in the soil with long
rotations and good biological inputs. We grow good healthy crops and
monitor for disease pressure. We grow out our own seed and monitor
performance in future year test plots. We have the advantage of
regional adaptation in what we grow.
After all, regional production is how
all seed has been grown for 10,000 years.
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm