Wood Prairie Farm                                     In This Issue of The Seed Piece: 
 Seed Piece Newsletter                        Making Progress on Our Farm Repair Shop.
      Organic News and Commentary
                                        Organic Supports Prop. 37 & Opposes Corporate Turncoats.
              Friday August 24, 2012                                                  DGA Tour of UPS CACH.
                                                                                                                     Recipe: Zucchini-Oatmeal Muffins.
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        Harvest Help Needed.

     Potato Harvest 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.
     Our Harvest 2012 Catalog (with Amy, Sarah & Michelle picking King Harry Seed Potatoes) 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 and to also help us meet our Fall Harvest expenses. Place your order NOW - and your goods may ship anytime up until May 1, 2013 - and enjoy our greatest-availability-of-the-year plus FREE Shipping on your order. Hurry! Offer ends September 15. Details here.
     We hope everyone digs a good crop and has a safe harvest.

Jim & Megan Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Farm
Bridgewater, Maine
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Making 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 constructed.
     Local 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 half-mile network of such tubing will carry non-toxic antifreeze - heated by a wood stove - 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. Cornucopia  Institute 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.

Organic Supports Prop. 37 & Opposes
                                                          Corporate Turncoats.

     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 Right-To-Know.
     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 37.       
     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.

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     Just back from our Direct Gardening Association 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 conference was Tuesday’s guided tour of UPS’s gigantic Chicago Area Consolidation Hub (CACH). Twenty years ago UPS – one of the three shippers Wood Prairie Farm uses to ship your orders – converted a former General Motors/Fisher body stamping plant into its state-of-the-art central hub computerized sortation-facility for national destination ground shipments.  The CACH site is 240 acres and that includes the sprawling building footprint of over 34 acres. Inside are 65 miles of computerized conveyer belts and rollers.  Over 1000 outbound bay doors service the 1.3-1.5 million packages daily received from 3500 tractor trailers, many of which arrive as intermodal shipments on railroad flatbed cars.

     The facility runs four part-time shifts 24/5 and - thanks to union membership - each of those 6000 UPS employees receive full benefits. Most packages take just 15 minutes to wind their way through this 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 facility.


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Room To Sort. Massive building covers 34 acres.

Zucchini-Oatmeal Muffins. Moist and delicious.
Recipe: Zucchini-Oatmeal Muffins

1 c all-purpose flour
1/2 cup rolled oats
1 tsp salt
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1 c chopped pecans
4 eggs
1 medium zucchini, grated
3/4 c salad oil

Preheat oven to 400 F. Grease (12) 3" x 1 1/2" muffin pan cups.

In large 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.

Spoon batter into muffin cups. Bake 25 minutes or until golden and toothpick inserted in center of muffin comes out clean.

Harvest Help Offer: FREE Shipping On All Orders!
Limited Time!

     As the Summer wanes in northern Maine, we are gearing up 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.  
Harvest Help FREE Shipping! Offer is designed to give you significant savings and a great reason to help us now with our big annual Fall farm expenses. 
     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!

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Prairie Blush at Harvest. Wood Prairie Farm grows good organic seed.
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Do Your Homework.

Dear WPF.
[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.]
     Ask 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.

Battle Creek MI

WPF Replies.

     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 (https://www.ucsusa.org/assets/documents/food_and_agriculture/failure-to-yield.pdf) 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 years. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X4swW9OFmf8. 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.

Dear WPF.

     It really is about money. These countries that ban GMO's must not be in the pockets of Monsanto?

World Wide Web

WPF Replies.

     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 California.
     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 in California.

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Jim & Megan Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Farm
49 Kinney Road
Bridgewater, Maine 04735
(800)829-9765 Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm