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Rainbow in the Rolling Hills of Aroostook County, Maine. As
one heads south and west out of Aroostook’s Potato Belt, the ground
becomes more hilly and rolling. Such farmland is good, but often better
suited to permanently-sodded hay and pastureland, one would typically
find in New England on a dairy farm.
well-drained soil is well-suited for growing potatoes. A
is less erosive impact. By its nature, potato production
lots of serious tillage, and cultivation, with soil open to the
elements. A long sod rotation, such as we practice on Wood
Prairie Farm, is a good way to take care of soil and mitigate the risk
from the demands of potato production.
Jim took the above photo after a summer thunderstorm in the vicinity of
southern Aroostook County town of Dyer Brook, located about thirty
miles southwest from Wood Prairie Farm.
last few days, gentle rains have aided thirsty local potato
crops. Here on our farm we’ve had over
This valuable rain has delayed the immediate need to
Crops are growing strong and well. August is now in view.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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Calls Needed to Stop Monsanto's
'DARK' Act. Please Call NOW.
Alert! Tell Congress NOW to Support Mandatory GMO Labeling!
Monumental and draconian change is afoot as powerful and well-financed
Biotech and Industrial Food lobbyists team up to snuff out our
right-to-know about GMO food. It is
URGENT that all of us
contact our Member of Congress and demand that they support
labeling of GMO food.
For years, there have been significant grassroots efforts
battles waged across the country for common sense Right-to-Know GMO
Labeling. Additionally, visionary communities have opted -
through the democratic process and local decision-making - to protect
the crops of local family farmers from transgenic (GE) contamination
which Biotech has remained stubbornly unwilling to restrain.
these pioneering GE crop bans and mandatory GMO Labeling laws
have been upheld by
national poll after another has
dropping and nearly
unanimous support – approximately 90% - by American
Labeling. In fact, around the world, in over 64
countries representing over half of the world’s population
Russia and South Africa – have laws on the books requiring mandatory
labeling of GMO foods. The truth is many of our huge
multinational American-based food corporations which are fighting
mandatory GMO labeling currently sell into
these 64 countries and easily
obey their laws requiring GMO
labeling. These companies now should be required to provide
GMO Labeling here in the USA.
vote in the U.S. House is imminent – it could come as soon
tomorrow, Thursday July 23 - on Monsanto’s ‘DARK’ Act, sponsored by
Koch Brothers darling Rep. Pompeo (R-KS). As currently
the disgraceful ‘DARK’
Act – ‘Deny Americans Right to Know’ -
Monsanto’s Ultimate Protection Act would pre-empt (prevent)
GMO Labeling laws such as citizens have passed into law in Maine,
Vermont and Connecticut. Additionally, the DARK Act would
overturn the people’s will where citizens have voted in GE crop bans in
order to protect local farmers, such as in Jackson County, Oregon.
Pompeo’s cynical industry-authored DARK Act would substitute eye-winking
voluntary GMO Labeling. The truth is ‘voluntary GMO
what America has had for twenty years and it has been
a miserable failure. Virtually
no Industrial Food corporation
has ever opted for voluntary labeling. This failure, of
comes as no surprise. How
well would our income tax system work
if collections were similarly based on a voluntary system?
Last minute amendments plus wheeling-and-dealing is going on
Congress as this article is written. Please
Congressperson your support for mandatory GMO labeling and your
opposition to the ‘DARK’ Act (H.R. 1599) and its concept of voluntary
GMO Labeling and extinguishing local control over GE crop growing.
Jim & Megan
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Follow-Up on Deboulie Pond.
As reported in the last Wood
Prairie Farm Seed Piece, our son Caleb, along
with his friends, had a great time camping at Deboulie Pond in the
Maine Public Reserved Land, sixty miles northwest of Wood Prairie Farm
in the Maine North Woods.
The Black Flys have thinned out in July compared
to when the boys typically go camping after-planting in quiet
June. Of course with July, the number of humans increase.
When the boys set up camp Thursday evening, only one other campsite was
occupied. By noon on Friday all dozen lake
campsites had been filled up.
In fact, the last two sets of campers arrived at
the Deboulie Pond Friday noontime with just a single campsite
left. In classic live-and-let-live Maine fashion, those folks
opted to share opposite corners of the one remaining site so neither
one would be disappointed. But the lesson is clear, you
better plan to arrive on a Thursday if it’s a weekend campout you are
planning in the months of July or August.
Deboulie Pond is good for fishing. Using a canoe
and paddles as their trolling craft, the boys caught their limit of
Brook Trout in no time. We can vouch for how delicious that
fresh wild trout tasted because Caleb brought home some of the ten-inch
beauties. These fishermen have found much more success on the
South side of the lake than the North.
Jim & Megan
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Pond. Peace and quiet in the Maine North Woods.
|Recipe: Whole Wheat
Raspberry Ricotta Scones
1 c all-purpose
1/4 c sugar
6 T unsalted
1 c raspberries
3/4 c whole-milk
1/3 c heavy cream
Preheat oven to
425F degrees. Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper.
In a large bowl,
whisk flours, baking powder, sugar, and salt together.
Add the butter
to flour mixture and cut with pastry blender until the butter is the
size of small peas. Toss in the raspberries, and use the pastry blender
again to break them in half.
With a flexible
spatula, add the ricotta and heavy cream to the butter mixture and stir
them to form a dough. Add more cream, 1 T at a time, if needed. Use
your hands to knead the dough gently into an even mass in the bowl.
Transfer dough to a well-floured surface and pat into a circular disk
about 1-inch high. With a large knife, slice into six equal wedges.
Transfer the scones to the prepared baking sheet and bake for about 15
minutes, until golden at the edges. Cool on the pan for a couple of
minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Raising the Bar. Our Mailbox:
Raising the Bar and Extreme CPB Pressure.
newsletter. Our potato beetle population in MA (at least at our small
field) is also very low this year. Here's a shot of our potato field
with your excellent seed in the 2 rows to the far left (Dark Red
Norland) and far right (Elba).
Full discolusre, the other varieties in
the middle are from another supplier. To tell you the truth I think
your high quality potatoes have raised the bar and helped others
produce a better seed potato. This is our first year using your seed
pieces and we are psyched. Watched our buddy use them for years but
took a while to pull the trigger ourselves. Keep up the good work!
Glad to get the report on CPBs. This
positive CPB experience will make it easier to get through another
tough winter like this last one. Those potatoes look really good. Nice
Hate to bother you at this busy season, BUT
We have switched away from systemics on the potatoes (second year) and
I have been spraying by hand with Bullseye (spinosad based) and copper
soap. Until last week we would see only a CPB or two in our five rows
totaling 250 feet. This morning, after that horrendous storm, there
were hundreds of CPB in every stage instar and adults.
I am perplexed, and wondering what you do for CPB. There were too many
nymphs to hand pick this AM. I sprayed with spinosads and copper, may
resort to rotenone dust today if they survive. Thanks.
year in the last 1980s when CPB were horrible up here we had a double
row of potatoes isolated from the rest which was 300' long. I was
determined to control them ONLY by picking and crushing. I was out
there 2x - 3x/week. It was a battle, but I won. That proved to me
manual control can work on a scale of up to 600 row feet.
As to purchased organic inputs, here
are three to consider in your extremity.
('Pyganic 5.0') would give you the quickest knockdown at
this point if you think spinosid ('Entrust')
is not performing.
2. Good but slower-to-control remedies are neem ('De-Bug Turbo') and
3. The parasitic fungus Beavaria
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm