Wednesday September 25, 2013
Issue of The Seed Piece:
Yesterday. Harvest Today.
Aroostook County Potato
Harvest, Circa 1910.
a nice stretch of dry weather last week we got off to a good start with
potato harvest. School was closed down for Harvest Break on Thursday.
We dug our seed plots and dug into the three varieties which make up
Potato Sampler of the Month
Equipment is running well. We have also harvested our seed corn,
Dorinny Sweet Corn
, and seed squash like Organic
Our day off on Saturday to attend MOFGA's Common
Country Fair in Unity, Maine, made for a long 16 hour day. But the
weather was good and folks said the Public Policy Teach-in Panel on
Maine's successful GMO Label bill, which Jim served on, came off well. Sharon
Kitchen wrote a nice wrap up to the Fair
you will enjoy reading.
With two inches of heavy rain on Sunday
drizzly days since, we are waiting for the ground to get dry enough to
support tractors and potato harvesting equipment. The wet has allowed
us to send out the September Samplers and harvest a nice crop of
- they are ready to ship if you
need some for your kitchen.
The forecast promises another good
stretch of dry
weather - eventually. By the time you read this issue of the Seed Piece
we'll be heading back out to the field to dig in the mud.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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Farm's Jim Gerritsen.
Speaking Jan 10, 2013 at the
Citizen's Assembly in Support of Family Farmers outside the US Court of
Appeals in Washington, D.C.
Latest on OSGATA et al
v. Monsanto & GMO Labeling in Maine.
| The Monanto
Protection Act is Back But There is New Hope.
The infamous rider – Section 735 – known as the
Monsanto Protection Act and inserted last Spring through stealth into
Congress’s Continuing Resolution - to temporarily fund the Federal
government through September 30 - is back in the House
version (H.J.RES.59) of a new CR intended to extend temporary
government funding through December 15.
The Monsanto Protection Act was slipped into the
previous spending bill in a backroom deal between a handful of Senators
and Representatives and Monsanto in order to circumvent successful
legal challenges to the corrupt regulatory process at the
USDA. The rider does not pass constitutional muster because
with it Congress inappropriately prevents judicial review which is
clear violation of the Separation of Powers.
Last Friday, despite extensive public protest, the House
voted 230-189 in favor of the version of the CR crafted by House
Republican leadership which still contains the Monsanto Protection Act.
NEWS! Last night, under pressure from outraged citizens, Democratic leadership in
the US Senate decided to strip the Monsanto Protection Act from the
Senate version of the CR! This
courageous move represents a major victory for the people.
However, the FIGHT IS NOT OVER and calls to your members of Congress
are urgently needed NOW in order to once and for all kill the corrupt
Monsanto Protection Act. Here are the details and
how you can take action to make this victory permanent by calling your
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Certified Organic Vegetable Seed.
Protection Act Needs Axing.
Please call your members of
Andersen. Do not miss his Bangor Soils School in November.
| Last Days of Early
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If there is any way you can possibly attend, you will not want to miss the
three-day intensive Soils School to be taught by master agronomist and
medical doctor, Dr Arden Andersen. The event
will be held in Bangor, Maine, on Thursday, Friday and Saturday,
November 14-16, 2013. The presentation by the world-renowned
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conventional farmers and serious gardeners. Folks will be
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should attend if you want to better understand biological
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See you there!
Jim & Megan
Here for our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Certified Seed Potatoes.
| Notable Quotes:
Dr. Donald Huber on Jeopardizing Future Generations.
historians may well look back and write about our time, not about how
many pounds of pesticides we did or did not apply; but about how
willing we are to sacrifice our children and jeopardize future
generations with this massive experiment that is based on false
promises and flawed science, just to benefit the "bottom line"
of a commercial enterprise.
Donald M. Huber
Huber, Authentic American Hero. Dr. Huber, renowned plant
pathologist for over 40 years, retired US Army Colonel and top germ
warfare expert. And now the subject of a character assasination
campaign by Biotech. Here
is Dr. Huber's MUST WATCH one hour lecture.
A Tasty Treat
for Harvest Time.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
Potato Apple Cranberry Drop Cookies
1 cup grated
(use fine blade on grater)
1 cup chopped
1 cup apple,
peeled and chopped or grated finely
1 ½ tsp grated
½ cup butter,
1 cup brown
¼ cup milk
2 cups all
1 tsp cinnamon
Preheat oven to
375 degrees. Prepare first 4 ingredients and set aside. Cream butter
and sugars; beat in egg and milk. Sift flour and dry ingredients, stir
into butter mixture until well-blended. Stir in potato and fruit
mixture. Drop by teaspoon onto greased cookie sheets. Bake 12-15
minutes. Makes 4 dozen cookies.
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Our Mailbox: Love
and Respect, Realistic Chance, Estoppal's Limit, Fine Seed.
Love and Respect.
for being a beacon of sanity in this whole crazy GMO process. We have
enjoyed growing, eating, selling and trading your potatoes here on
Bainbridge Island for the last 3 years. I hope I get a chance to meet
you someday. Love and Respect.
Bainbridge Island, WAWPF Replies.
Appreciate your support. The entire country is
Washington and we're all behind you on the November I-522 GMO Labeling
initiative vote. People are paying attention more and more. But know
we are in the political realm and we need to continue to support our
allies - both morally but also FINANCIALLY - who work in our behalf to
battle the sophisticated disinformation campaigns which Biotech has
been funding for over 20 years. Monsanto and Dupont and their Biotech
and Big Food cronies have already given over $11 million in an effort
to buy their way to defeating I-522.
Performing this campaign work effectively is
we will not win without backing up our allies. We can't expect skilled
and talented professionals to forgo earning a livelihood while they
essential battle. A workman is worth his wages. We are in the real
world. Everyone, please donate TODAY to Yes on I-522.
Realist Chance of
Why not ban GMO instead of labeling?
World Wide WebWPF Replies.
The people have a realistic chance of fighting for
and gaining Right-to-Know GMO Labeling. Once we secure our right to
differentiate in the marketplace GE food from non-GE food - a right now
enjoyed by citizens in 62 countries representing over half of the
world's population including Europe, China and Russia - we will be able
to make our own risk assessment before we make a purchase. This will
allow the market mechanism
to shift dollars away from GE. But first, we must
consumers and that is why GMO Labeling is so critical.
I don't understand: Farmer Fined for Patent
Infringement - The Western Producer. Didn't
your lawsuit say that Monsanto couldn't do that anymore... "the Court
ordered Monsanto, through estoppal, to NOT sue farmers for patent
infringement should they encounter trace GE contamination."
San Diego, CAWPF Replies.
The US Court of Appeals ruling in OSGATA et al v. Monsanto
was imperfect which is why the family farmers are asking for the US
Supreme Court to review the case. First, the Court's estoppel
only to the geographic area in which the Court has jurisdiction: the
USA, and not Alberta in Canada. Second, the Court's estoppel was
to farmers who have trace contamination (defined by the Court as 1%).
If a farmer's contamination level is greater than 1% they are NOT
protected. Had the Court of Appeals allowed our case to move forward as
we are, and have been, prepared to prove that Monsanto's transgenic
patents are invalid and that plaintiff farmers who sell into the
American market - and are thereby at legal jeopardy of claims of patent
infringement by Monsanto - including Canadians, deserve the full and
complete protection we seek.
Very Fine Seed
Your Butte seed potatoes did very well
for us this
year. A russet--good keeper. Some of the tubers produced weigh nearly a
pound. Many thanks to you and Wood Prairie Farm in Aroostook
Maine, for producing the very fine seed potatoes we started with in May.
Sioux Falls, SDWPF Replies.
Glad to hear they did well for you. Butte was
by Dr. Joe Pavek in Idaho in 1977. It is an outstanding work horse
potato well-suited to organic growing with excellent taste, dry texture
and solid storage qualities. When compared to Russet Burbank, Butte was
discovered to have 57% higher Vitamin C and 20% higher Protein.
Almost overnight Butte
became an endangered variety when
McDonalds announced in the 1990s that it would no longer accept french
fries made from Butte. McDonald's complaint was that Butte tubers
coming out of long-term storage have a tendency for some of
to reduce down to simple sugars which when those sugars are fried,
brown. Brown tinged fries are an anathema to McDonalds which has a
penchant for a world of lilly white french fries.
I've said for decades
that if I was stranded on a desert island and allowed one potato
variety to survive on, I would choose Butte in a heart beat. I met Joe
Pavek at a PAA (Potato Association of America) meeting in Bangor, Maine
in 1995. Joe is a good man and we are honored and grateful to be one of
the last certified seed growers left in the United States who is still
growing his remarkable variety. Butte was never registered under PVP
(Plant Variety Protection Act) restraint. It is now, and always has
been, an open public variety in the Commons.
Good work, Joe and thank you for such a
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm