Wood Prairie Farm
 The Seed Piece Newsletter
             Organic News and Commentary
                  Friday June 13, 2014

 In This Issue of The Seed Piece:

    Of Greatness and Loss.

     The Greatness of the United States is Founded on Agriculture. (click on map to enlarge) The beautiful 1922 map above is one from an incredible series – forty in number -  of graphics and charts about American food and agriculture.  This recently released treasure trove may be found here. 

     The good news this week is we finished potato planting last evening amidst a light rain which picked up in intensity, and by this morning had amounted to 0.80”.  We’re down to a small handful of crops left to plant which includes our organic Chantenay Carrots and a plowdown crop of Buckwheat where next year’s potatoes will be grown.

     Sadly, Aroostook County was again reminded that northern Maine is cut from a very different cloth than the “other Maine.”  Logger and Aroostook County State Senator Troy Jackson from Allagash, running for Congress in the Democratic Primary for Maine’s 2nd district captured over 70% of the Aroostook vote.  However, our Aroostook population – a scant 11% of the giant 2nd district was no match for voters south of us who don’t know Troy as we do. 

     While no loss is ever easy to deal with, the huge plurality of support from Troy’s constituents and neighbors in Aroostook County can only be interpreted as a strong endorsement of the many years Troy has fought on the people’s behalf in Augusta.  We just wish he would have been given the chance to fight for the people in Washington DC.

     If you missed the You Tube video of Troy’s powerful speech – being hailed by both Democrats and Republicans as one of the greatest political speeches in Maine’s history – here is the link.


 Jim & Megan Gerritsen & Family
 Wood Prairie Farm
 Bridgewater, Maine

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Journalist Chris Hedges to Speak in Portland This Monday June 16.

     Courageous Pulitzer prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges will be the key-note speaker at the Peace Action Maine Annual Peace Gathering on Monday, June 16, at 7 pm in Hannaford Hall, USM Portland campus.  Hedges will speak on “The Wages of Rebellion.”

    As a foreign correspondent for the New York Times and other major newspapers, Hedges witnessed the brutality of war in Central America, the Balkans, and the Middle East.  He was part of a team of New York Times reporters that won the 2002 Pulitzer prize for their coverage of global terrorism.

    One of the most courageous opponents of U.S. foreign policy before and during the Iraq war, Hedges sued the U.S. government in Hedges vs. Obama (2012) over the unconstitutionality of indefinite detention of U.S. citizens without habeas corpus, allowed in the National Defense Authorization Act.  Noam Chomsky and Daniel Ellsberg, among others, joined him in this suit.

    Hedges’ books include War Is A Force That Gives Us Meaning (2002), a finalist for the National Book Critics Award for Nonfiction; What Every Person Should Know About War (2003); and Collateral Damage: America’s War on Iraqi Citizens with Laila Al-Arian (2008).  Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt with Joe Sacco (2012) records the catastrophe that occurs in places where the marketplace rules without restraint, and considers the Occupy movement as a modern-day revolt against the corporate state. 

  This week, alternative newspaper the Portland Phoenix published an insightful interview with Hedges. “We’ve reached a point, Hedges says, where acts of civil disobedience and mass protest (on the scale of Occupy Wall Street) are ‘a moral imperative. To remain passive in the face of this destruction is to be complicit.’”

    Also at Monday’s event,  Peace Action Maine will award its annual Peace Worker Award to long-time activist and Maine artist Robert Shetterly, famous for his “Americans Who Tell the Truth Series” which includes both Hedges and longtime MOFGA leader Russell Libby.
     If we can swing it we hope to attend and look forward to seeing you there.

Jim & Megan


Chris Hedges. No Shrinking Violet. See him in Portland on Monday.

Organic Blackberry Production. Just one of dozens of good webinars you can view from home.
Resources. E-Organic Webinars on Organic Growing.

What do these topics have in common:  Birdsfoot Trefoil, Reduced Tillage Cropping Systems, Pastured Poultry, Late Blight of Tomato and Potato and Small Scale Hops Production?  They are just five of scores of e-Organic educational webinars available for no-cost viewing anytime you choose and from the comfort of your own computer.

    eOrganic is the outstanding national system of Cooperative Extension Service research and education – partnering with your local Cooperative Extension - focused on organic subjects.  Your tax dollars are efficiently leveraged with the easy and convenient availability.  The webinars are just one aspect of organic information available on e-Organic.  Be sure to check out e-Organic.


Click Here For Our Certified Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes.
Notable Quotes: Chris Hedges on American Dysfunction.

Fresh and Delicious From the Garden.
Photo by Angela Wotton
Recipe: Whole Grain Mexican Wedding Cookies

1 c pecans, toasted and cooled to room temperature
1 c unsalted butter
1/2 c cane sugar
A splash of vanilla extract
1 1/2 c whole wheat flour
1 cup oats
1/2 tsp fine grain sea salt
organic powdered sugar for dusting

Preheat oven to 325 degrees. Puree the pecans and oats in a food processor until a fine meal. In a mixer, beat the butter until it becomes creamy, Add the sugar and mix until everything is creamy and lighter in color. Add the vanilla followed by the nut and oat meal. Slowly add the flour and salt and mix until a stiff dough is formed. On a piece of plastic wrap,0 pat the dough into a disk 3/4-inch thick. Cover with another piece of plastic wrap and chill in the freezer for 10 minutes. This makes for easy cookie stamping.

Use a 1-inch cookie cutter to shape the cookies and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes or until the bottoms begin to brown ever so slightly. Dust with powdered sugar. Makes 1 1/2 dozen small cookies.


Special Offer: FREE Sack of Organic Seed Potatoes.

     Everyone should keep on hand some fast-growing organic cover crop seed for use when a spot in your garden would otherwise be bare for a period greater than 5-8 weeks.  One of our favorite cover crop species is the versatile workhorse Organic Hull-less Oats.   These are the very same oat we grow acres of and mill into our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Rolled Oats.

      Here's your chance to earn yourself a FREE 2.5 lbs. Sack of Organic Hull-less Oats Cover Crop Seed (Value $9.95) when the amount of goods in your next order is $35 or more.  FREE Organic Hull-less Oats Cover Crop Seed offer ends Midnight Monday, June 16, 2014, so better hurry!

      Please use Promo Code WPF1179. Your order must ship with FREE Organic Hull-less Oats Cover Crop Seed and entire order must ship by 6/30/14. This offer may not be combined with other offers.  Please call or click today!
 Wood Prarie Farm (800) 829-9765.

Click Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Cover Crop Section.

FREE Organic Oats Cover Crop.

 Jim & Megan Gerritsen
 Wood Prairie Farm
 49 Kinney Road
 Bridgewater, Maine 04735
 (800)829-9765 Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm
 All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy