May 29 2015
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Help From Maine: Emergency Bags of Rice Help Earthquake Survivors in
Nepal. This photo - and those in the following article -
were taken Thursday, May 28, in the isolated Nepali village of Dhading.
With relationships cultivated over the last five decades by Mainer Jeff
Kaley, 100% of the cash donations he is collecting are going to
directly help earthquake victims in Nepal. Please read more about this
fascinating, unfolding story and about our ability to pitch in, make a
difference and help Nepalis in critical need.
Please join us and help if you can. Even $5 goes a long way in Nepal.
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The Mainer Making A Difference in
Galganjen, Nepal. Circa 2015.
Devastation in Dhading, Nepal. All eighteen homes in the
very remote village of Dhading escaped the first earthquake but were
destroyed by the second major quake which followed. (Click on photos to
After the Quake. After recent earthquakes destroyed the
homes in their villages - and fearful of further quakes - survivors in
Dhading, Nepal have used ingenuity to create shelters.
on Typical Nepali Construction. Laid up stone mortared
with mud and dung.
One of the first people Jim met in the town of Bridgewater in
mid-1970s was energetic and charismatic homesteader, Jeff
Kaley. Sharing both community-mindedness and an irresistible
attraction to helping those without advantage, thus began an enduring
forty-year friendship between the two of them. In time Jeff moved kit
and caboodle down to the coastal hamlet of Brooksville on Maine’s Blue
Hill peninsula. There, Jeff has been a woodworker,
entrepreneur and most recently, Fair-Trade certified developer and
importer of folk art from rural Asia in a right-minded business he
named Asian Spiritual Art.
Way back in 1967, Jeff was a Peace Corps volunteer
assigned to the Ag Extension program in Nepal. His work was
helping his Nepali friends and centered on vegetable production,
horticulture, family planning, rodent control, animal husbandry and
anything else he could do to enhance the quality of life for the rural
Even in the best of times, life is very difficult for rural
people in Nepal. Remoteness is extreme and difficult to comprehend by
Western standards. Nepali annual per capita income is just
$300/year. Imagine this, for a hard day’s work, rural men
typically earn fifty cents, and rural women - working just as hard -
thirty cents per day. Most rural Nepali villages exist
without electricity, though a few might have a solar charger for a
radio or a light. On the other hand, cell phone towers -
built by the Japanese - give Nepal nearly universal cell phone service
of a quality better than we enjoy in Maine.
Jeff’s Nepal Peace Corps experience transformed itself into
a lifetime of dedicated commitment to helping his Nepali
friends. For 47 years, on a regular - almost yearly – basis,
Jeff has returned to Nepal. He has fostered many long-term
caring relationships with individuals, families and
communities. Using his own money, and some from friends in
America, for many decades Jeff has worked to help rural friends in
Nepal. A few of his joint projects include developing school
infrastructure, building a community library, donating stipends to poor
and disadvantaged students (mostly girls and low castes), building a
foot bridge across a dangerous monsoon crossing, donating solar lights
to rural health posts - and to one - a birthing table, and offering
stipends to help poor people receive medical aid.
This past February, Jeff and his son Justin (who
lives and works in China) visited Galganjen, a village of the Magar
tribe, located about 50 miles as the crow flies from Dhading.
So remote is Galganjen that Jeff and Justin were the first white men to
ever visit their village. Before they left, the Kaleys gave
their friends in Galganjen $800 for their local school.
“I encourage Nepali self-confidence to develop in
a meaningful way suited to them,” said Jeff. “They need not
feel inadequate for the lack of ‘development’ there. These
are some of the most generous, hospitable, friendly and
community-minded people I have ever had the privilege to live around.”
earthquakes which began in April are almost
beyond imaging. Hundreds of thousands of homes have been
destroyed across Nepal. Survivors, fearing further building
collapse, are living outside under tarps. The harsh monsoon
season is just weeks away.
In Jeff’s customary, no-nonsense, get-thing-done
manner, he has created what is in effect an ad hoc
private-direct-relief-effort rushing donated American dollars to
trusted friends on the ground in Nepal who are seeing to it that
survival basics – like food and shelter - are making their way directly
to rural quake survivors.
This week, Jeff’s team engineered the first aid to the very
remote village of Dhading – twenty bags of rice were distributed among
Dhading’s eighteen families. All eighteen homes in Dhading
had been destroyed by the first quake.
Galgenjen escaped damage from the first
earthquake. However, the second major quake caused the
collapse of ninety-six homes in the village. Again, Jeff’s
team was able to respond and brought desperately needed relief to
Galgenjen in the form of sacks of rice, lentils and salt.
We Can Help. The monsoon season begins in a few short
weeks and with it comes radically increased difficulties for
relief. Because of poor transportation infrastructure,
forwarding food supplies - like rice - during torrential rains will
subject them to likely spoilage. All
of us can help MOST by donating funds NOW so relief can happen before
the monsoon. 100% of our donations will go to
help those in need: Jeff and his team are donating all of their
everyone help if you can. Even $5 goes a long way in Nepal.
Jim & Megan
Essentials. In an efficient manner, Jeff is collecting
donations from America to help in Nepal. In collaboration with trusted
friends on the ground in Nepal he is getting tarps, rice, salt and
other essential goods directly into the hands of distressed villagers
in Dhading and elsewhere.
Kaley, Maine's Unconventional Nepali Friend Philanthropist.
A five decade journey from the Peace Corps to entrepreneur
direct-aid-worker for the good and challenged people of Nepal.
Donate To Help Nepal via Paypal.
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Wood Prairie Piglets Discover Wading Pool on Hot Day.
Maine received its first hot Spring day recently and to keep
everyone cool we set up a wading pool in the pig pasture. Watch
this quick You Tube video (1:04) as our
six-week-old Guinea Hog piglets find their initial experience in the
fresh water on Wood Prairie Farm a cool concept.
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Good Life on Wood Prairie Farm. Cooling down on our first
hot Spring day.
14 T butter
2 lbs lamb shoulder (or beef), trimmed and cut into 1/2" cubes
1 medium onion
2 medium carrots
2 T flour
1 1/2 c beef stock or water
1 T worcestershire sauce
1 T finely chopped rosemary leaves
1 T finely chopped thyme
1/8 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
salt and freshly ground pepper
1 1/2 c peas
3 large Butte
potatoes (about 2 lbs), peeled and quartered
1/2 c half-and-half
Melt 2 T of the butter in a large pot over high heat. Add one-third of
the lamb or beef and brown on all sides, 4-5 minutes. Transfer lamb to
a plate and repeat the process two more times, using 2 T of the butter
each batch. Add onion and carrots to pot, reduce heat to medium, and
cook until softened, scraping up any browned bits, 3-4 minutes. Return
lamb or beef and its juices to pot along with flour and cook, stirring
frequently, for 1 minute. Stir in stock or water, worcestershire,
rosemary, thyme, nutmeg, and salt and pepper to taste. Bring to a boil
and then reduce heat and simmer, covered, until meat is tender, about
40 minutes. Uncover pot and simmer, stirring often, until thickened,
about 35 minutes more. Remove from heat, stir in peas and set aside.
Meanwhile, put potatoes into a large pot and cover with salted water;
bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer until tender,
20-25 minutes. Drain and add 6 T of butter, half-and-half, salt and
pepper to taste. Mash smooth with a potato masher.
Preheat oven to 375 F. Transfer meat and vegetable mixture to a 2-quart
casserole dish. Top evenly with mashed potatoes. Cut remaining 2 T
butter into small cubes; scatter over potatoes. Bake until golden brown
and bubbling, about 30 minutes.
One of our family's favorites.
by Angela Wotton
Authentic Organic. Our Mailbox:
Authentic Organic and an Honest Alternative.
is to thrive and survive it HAS to maintain its own integrity - as a
real an meaningful alternative to industrialized agriculture. Slipping
in modifications to the National Organic Program to allow "industrial
organic" operations to more easily qualify (like the permitting of
organic hydroponic operations; chick and egg CAFOs, etc.) will only
marginalize the organic label as we wave goodbye to our righteous
I agree with you. We have been told the
USDA NOP regs are supposed to be "scale neutral." However, what is
clear is USDA is scale-biased in favor of large-scale industrial
"organic." USDA bends the rules to advantage CAFOs and other large
scale producers, thereby lowering organic integrity. (Organic
Program Dismisses Legal Complaints Targeting Factor Forms Without
Investigating) Honest organic family farmers - following
authentic organic practices - are hurt as consumers come to distrust
the concept of organic. The four criteria we look to in our family are:
organic, family-scale, local and transparent. All four are important.
And all four meet the expectation of organic consumers, who are both
intelligent and not chained to vacuous "organic."
So now we
would have yet another way (U.S
Approves SunOpta System for Detecting Genetically Modified Crops)
of supposedly identifying food that does not contain GMO ingredients on
top of the 'USDA Organic' and 'Non-GMO Project Verified' labels?
Sadly, this is a clear political ploy
designed to do an end run around the peoples' interest and demand for
Right-to-Know mandatory GMO labeling. Voluntary does NOT work.
Can you imagine a voluntary income tax achieving success?
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm