Issue of The Seed Piece:
Speaking on Good Food Issues in NYC
Last Metal Arches Up On Farm Repair Shop
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End Of Fall. End Of Outside
Moose After Rapeseed Breakfast.
Megan took this photograph this morning after Sarah and Amy called back
from the school bus to report that there were a big bull and cow moose
chowing down on our lush crop of plowdown Rapeseed. By the time Megan
got up to the field, the moose had enough to eat and were crossing
Kinney Road heading back into the woods. Bringing disappointment to all
the moose in the neighborhood, tomorrow, Caleb and Peter will chop and
plow under our field of biofumigant Rapeseed. This cover crop has been
growing since August in order to cleanse the soil for next year's
organic seed potato crop. We've had seven inches of rain since late
September. The ground has dried out some this week and so as to be
ahead of any more rain Hurricane Sandy may bring our way next week
we've decided to plow now. Having finished harvest two weeks ago, this
last plowing task will mark the end of our Fall field work for the year.
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Speaks. Jim Gerritsen in NYC.
| Speaking on Good Food Issues in NYC
this week Jim was in New York City discussing with
citizens such things as our Organic
Seed Growers and Trade Association et al v. Monsanto lawsuit,
the growing problem
with genetically engineered
crops and the Proposition
37 Right-To-Know GMO labeling initiative in California.
filled to capacity. Consistently,
the folks in attendance were very supportive to learn of the growing momentum
in turning the food movement into effective food political action.
Here is a short
video taken by Janet Nash (7:48) of a
portion of Jim’s
presentation at Jimmy’s No. 43 in the East Village.
Jim & Megan
Wood Prairie Farm Organic Certified Seed Potatoes
| Last Metal Arches Up On Farm Repair
been interrupted for nearly a month in
order to get the harvest in, recently we have been working on our 30’ x
70’ Indiegogo Farm Equipment Repair Shop. Tonight, we lifted up
the last of the metal arches into place and bolted them home. We
still have the end walls and doors to install. Also, we need to
hook up our wood-fired boiler which will warm the non-toxic antifreeze
in the radiant-heat-tube-lined concrete floor. However, today’s
placing-the-last-arch was a major milestone. Much of the
remaining work can now be done ‘inside’ regardless of whether it is
raining or snowing outside.
Here’s a short video
taken today of how we went about lifting the metal arches into place
using our pond-digging excavator and a twenty-foot channel iron
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Case Excavator Lifts Arch into Place. By
removing the bucket we gained a valuable three feet in height. The roof
peak is twenty feet high.
Traditional Potato Doughnuts. Photo
by Angela Wotton.
|Recipe: Traditional Potato Doughnuts
3 T shortening or lard
3/4 c sugar
3 egg yolks
1 egg white
1/2 c milk
1/2 c all-purpose flour
or cooking oil for deep frying
shortening or lard and sugar. Beat with an electric mixer until creamy.
Add egg yolks and egg white and beat until thick, about 1 minute. Add
mashed potato and mix to combine. Sift together the whole wheat flour,
all-purpose flour, salt, baking powder, mace and nutmeg. Alternately
add flour mixture and milk to batter, beating after each addition until
dough and chill for 2 hours.
dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll dough until 1/2 inch
thick. Cut dough with a floured 2 1/2-inch doughnut cutter. Reroll as
Fry doughnuts, 2 or
3 at a time, in deep, hot fat, (365 F), about 1 minute on each side or
until golden, turning once with a slotted spoon. Drain on paper towels.
Repeat with remaining doughnut and doughnut holes.
Good with milk or tea.
|Special Offer: FREE Organic Dark Red Norland
Dark Red Norland
is a good red-skin, white-flesh potato which we have begun growing here
on Wood Prairie Farm. It has a lot of fans because of its
earliness, reliability and nice appearance. We have been enjoying
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with butter, salt and pepper added.
Now here's your chance to see for yourself
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Thank you. I love
We're glad to hear that. Thank you for your
Jim & Megan
Great Read! Thanks
for the Moo
Milk and 'Betting The Farm' Movie info.
Will look for it on Netflix in the new year. Just wanted you to know
that I received my copy of 'Harvest' and I
highly recommend it to
everyone! What a great read...and what an adventure. Thanks for being a
part of it and allowing Richard Horan the opportunity of creating such
a great work. It will be a great tool for spreading the light of truth
about organic farming and its supreme importance.
We agree. Everyone will enjoy reading Harvest
An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms
. It's in
our Wood Prairie
Essential Books Section.
Jim & Megan
Dr. Donald Huber, American Hero.
Watch this short video.
It's really scary, a new organism with no name has been discovered
which is raising havoc within our soils. The issue with GMO's isn't a
political issue....its a matter of survival!!!
Yes, this newly discovered organism - which
thrives in GE crops where there has been an overuse of glyposate -
chief ingredient in Roundup herbicide - causes mammalian reproductive
problems and is an extremely serious threat
to our national food security. The public became aware of this matter
in January 2011 when it was disclosed that Dr. Donald Huber, who has
been a plant pathologist for 40 years, had warned USDA Secretary Tom
Vilsack of the discovery and urged that USDA research resources be
deployed to get a handle on it. While Secretary Vilsack refused to take
action, independent scientists are continuing the research. I am told
that the problem is worse than originally believed and that you can add
humans to the list of species affected. Dr. Huber is courageous and a
true American hero. He has been subjected to character assassination by
Biotech because of his work. He is a retired Colonel in the US Army and
is one of America's top experts on germ warfare.
As you characterize, this discovery is explosive territory.
Farmers Support Prop 37.
ads in CA opposing Prop 37 say that the farmers are against this but
they don't say why. Prop 37 sounds like a good thing, but is there a
down side to this bill? If so, what is it and why would farmers be
against it? I've been trying to research this online but with no
I am an American farmer, here in Maine, and I
believe that all thinking people - including farmers - support GMO
labeling. This is why national polls consistently show 90% support for
GMO labeling. Americans deserve the Right-To-Know. The Biotech, Big Ag
and Big Food corporations opposing Prop 37 - the Right-To-Know GMO
Labeling initiative - are not the farmers' or the peoples' friends.
They are lying and trying to fool California voters into voting against
their own best interests. Please vote Yes on Prop 37 and get your
friends to vote Yes as well. America is counting on you to see the
Fall Potatoes in Florida.
Just wondering if you have any seed spuds
suitable for mid-southwest Florida? We would like to order some for a
school garden project. Many thanks.
We would recommend Rose Gold or Russian Banana as short dormancy
varieties that will break dormancy more easily for Fall growing.
Jim & Megan
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm