Issue of The Seed Piece:
Making Progress on Our Farm Repair Shop.
Organic Supports Prop. 37 & Opposes
Recipe: Zucchini-Oatmeal Muffins.
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Do Your Homework & Monsanto Pockets.
Harvest Help Needed.
Around The Corner.
Those first August nights in which our northern Maine temperatures drop
back into the 40s have returned once again signaling that it won’t be
long before ‘digging’ - as potato harvest is known up here. It’s
been a good growing year so far and the crop looks fine. It’s
been dry this summer and because of the modest amounts of rain we’ve
been getting - for the first time in years - we have been irrigating
our organic seed potatoes from our on-farm spring-fed irrigation ponds.
2012 Catalog (with Amy, Sarah & Michelle picking King Harry Seed
will soon be in your mailbox. It’s also time for our Harvest Help Offer
– our opportunity to help you save big with our Pre-Season promotion
also help us meet our Fall Harvest expenses. Place your order NOW - and
goods may ship anytime up until May 1, 2013 - and enjoy our
greatest-availability-of-the-year plus FREE Shipping
order. Hurry! Offer ends September 15. Details here.
We hope everyone digs a good crop and has a safe
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Progress on Our Farm Repair Shop
Last Saturday we had a successful pour of 49 cubic yards of redi-mix
concrete. This concrete became the footing and floor of our 30’ x
70’ crowdfunded on-farm Equipment
Repair Shop. Now, we are working on forming up for the short
concrete kneewall atop which the metal shop building will be
newspapers carried word of our shop progress. Also, the local
TV station came down last week as we were working, a couple of days
before we poured the floor. Here’s a
short (1:57) news clip which WAGM-TV produced.
Thanks for everybody’s wonderful
support! We’ll keep you updated on our Shop project progress.
Jim & Megan
Pouring Our Shop
Floor. Note the orange half-inch
radiant floor tubing snaking its way through the concrete floor. The
network of such tubing will carry non-toxic antifreeze - heated by a
- through the 100 ton heat-sink-concrete floor.
Doing this will effectively heat both the
floor and provide steady
radiant heat for the entire building.
Prop 37: Your Right-To-Know.
has created a helpful chart that identifies
the good organic companies to patronize and which Big Food corporate
turncoats to avoid. All of us should vote every day with our food
dollars to support the good organic companies that have our families’
best interests at heart. Click
on the image to enlarge.
Supports Prop. 37 & Opposes
Proposition 37 is
the critical ‘Right-To-Know GMO Labeling Initiative,
which California will vote on this November 6. Nearly one
million signatures were collected in order to place this measure on the
ballot. California voters themselves will make the final
determination as to whether this citizen initiative will pass or
not. National polls indicate massive public support – in the
range of 70-90% in favor - for mandatory labeling of GMOs –
‘genetically modified’ or ‘laboratory-gene-spliced’ foods.
Biotech is pulling out all stops to short-circuit the people’s
The ramifications of the California passing
Prop 37 will have significant national consequences and the organic
community is solidly behind the effort. Biotech and their Big
Food backers have initiated a major and massively-funded disinformation
campaign designed to confuse and defeat the people’s Right-To-Know
initiative. The organic community has become angered that Big
Food corporations who have bought their way into the organic industry
are funneling funds to their biotech buddies to defeat Prop
Our friends at Organic Consumers Association
are calling for a boycott of seven such corporations, targeting organic
brands owned by Kellogg’s, Dean Foods, Smuckers, General Mills,
Coca Cola, Pepsico and Safeway. Read
the details here.
Click here for our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Cereals.
|DGA Tour of
back from our Direct
Summer Conference and Board of Directors meeting in Chicago.
DGA is the 77-year-old non-profit association
of the best internet and
mail order companies which sell garden goods directly to consumers.
One of the highlights of our
Tuesday’s guided tour of UPS’s gigantic
Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH). Twenty years ago UPS – one of
shippers Wood Prairie Farm uses to ship your orders – converted a
General Motors/Fisher body stamping plant into its state-of-the-art
computerized sortation-facility for national destination ground
shipments. The CACH site is 240 acres and
the sprawling building footprint of over
34 acres. Inside are 65 miles of
conveyer belts and rollers. Over 1000
outbound bay doors service the 1.3-1.5 million packages daily received
3500 tractor trailers, many of which arrive as intermodal shipments on
The facility runs four part-time shifts 24/5
and - thanks to union membership - each of those 6000 UPS employees
benefits. Most packages take just 15 minutes to wind their way through
facility. If your home is anywhere
north, west or south of Chicago,
if we shipped your order via UPS, then it went through this massive
here for our
Wood Prairie Farm Organic Seed Potatoes.
Room To Sort.
building covers 34 acres.
Zucchini-Oatmeal Muffins. Moist and
oven to 400 F. Grease (12) 3" x 1 1/2" muffin pan cups.
bowl, mix together first 7 ingredients. In a separate bowl, beat eggs
slightly; stir in grated zucchini and salad oil. Stir egg mixture into
flour just until flour is moistened.
batter into muffin cups. Bake 25 minutes or until golden and toothpick
inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.
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As the Summer wanes in northern Maine, we are
and will soon harvest our fine crop of organic seed potatoes. Our selection of seed potatoes as well as all
of our other organic crops are now at their yearly peak - you
can order now exactly what you want and we can ship as soon as
your items are available – or – store them
here on the farm in our
state-of-the-art facilities and ship to
you anytime this Fall, Winter or Spring.
Our Harvest Help FREE Shipping! Offer is designed to give you significant
savings and a great reason to help us now with our big annual
Please use Promo Code WPF 1126. Harvest Help FREE Shipping! Offer must ship by
5/1/13. Order may not be combined with other offers or deals. FREE Shipping Offer limited
to a $300 value. Subzero temperatures may delay mid-winter
shipping. Harvest Help FREE Shipping! Offer ends September 15, 2012 so please
call or click today!
here for our Wood Prairie Farm
Organic Vegetable Seed Section
Prairie Blush at Harvest. Wood
Prairie Farm grows good organic seed.
|Our Mailbox: Do Your Homework &
Do Your Homework.
[Editors Note: MK is an employee-director at Kellogg's. She posted the
item below on
the Kellogg's Corporate
Facebook wall. Kellogg's has recieved tens of thousands
of negative FB posts by folks supporting the Kellogg's boycott,
launched because of Kellogg's
support for GMOs.]
a farmer about GMOs. You'll soon find out that we couldn't feed the
world's population without them. There would be a lot more starving
people in the world because we couldn't afford the cost of foods
maintained without GMO use.
Responding to your request for a farmer to
reply, I have been an
American farmer for the last 36 years. Sadly, you have not done your
homework. As the report
from Union of Concerned Scientists confirms, GMO crops in fact, fail to
yield. As a director of Kellogg's you should not promote false
information concocted by biotech propagandists. Kellogg's uses GMO
ingredients in your products and you should be honest and tell your
customers this fact via labeling. Better yet, abandon your Kellogg's
use of GMO ingredients and voluntarily label to that effect. Your
customers will then return to Kellogg's and thank you for your
leadership. Kellogg's should not work to deny American citizens our
Right-To-Know by contributing $115,547.94 [Editor's note: Update.
Kellogg's has now contributed $632,000 to biotech's effort to defeat
Prop. 37] to the biotech effort to
defeat the Nov 6 California Prop 37, the Right To-Know GMO Labeling
initiative. You should watch this interview with retired Colonel Dr.
Donald Huber who has been a respected plant pathologist for over 40
Dr. Huber is one of
our nation's top experts on germ warfare. Dr. Huber describes the
problems scientists have discovered with GMO crops. Until you correct
your Kellogg's errant behavior we can not and will not in good
conscience purchase your products for our family. You can do better
than this and that is what the American people expect of you.
Pockets of Monsanto.
It really is about money. These countries that ban GMO's must not be in
the pockets of Monsanto?
Well, we've been to Denmark and the government
there puts the interests of its people first. That is how our country
is supposed to work. However we do know that corporate money has bought
control of our government and that the people's interests do NOT come
first. We also know that Monsanto contributes heavily - directly and
through front organizations - to the executive and congressional
brnaches, as well as to land grant universities. Plus they massage
revolving door collusion in governmental 'regulatory' agencies. Plus
Monsanto now has contributed over $4 million against Prop 37 in
One can do the math and immediately recognize
the preferencial treatment Monsanto has bought and paid for. The people
in California have the historic opportunity to pass Prop. 37 and in
doing so let Monsanto know that their days of buying governmental favor
are over. The people own America and they are taking charge. It begins
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm