Wood Prairie Farm
 The Seed Piece Newsletter
             Organic News and Commentary
             Wednesday, November 12, 2014

 In This Issue of The Seed Piece:

    Snow To Stay.

     Brand New Wood Prairie Farm Catalog in Your Mailbox Soon. Our new mail order catalogues were mailed last week and will soon arrive to your home.
     As soon as November arrived, October’s rains turned into snow.  In November’s first week we had two storms dump over a foot of heavy wet snow.  Not only did snow fall here in Northern Maine but if fell all the way down to the coast near Camden - where we were holding our annual MOFGA Farmer-to-Farmer conference. 
     Early hopes the snow would melt and let us finish field work have ebbed away.  We are now busy cutting firewood, putting equipment away to allow for snow plowing, and shipping Thanksgiving orders.
     All this reminds us that real security is having a shed full of firewood and a cellar full of good organic food and seed for ourselves and our customers.

 Jim & Megan Gerritsen & Family
 Wood Prairie Farm
 Bridgewater, Maine

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Anna Lappe: Feeding the World With Organic.

     Anna Lappe - just back from the Organic World Congress in Istanbul - offers valuable insight to us.  What is clear is that America’s self-centered, self-serving, obsessive Biotech is way out of step with world agriculture.

     In her article Yes, Organic Farming Can Feed the World, Anna writes, “If my experience last month in Turkey is any indication, the notion that GMOs are the only way to feed a growing population is way out of step with both the leading thinkers on food and farming and the world’s smallholder farmers—who produce much of what the planet eats and 80 percent of the food in Asia and sub-Saharan Africa...About 80 percent of all organic producers are based in developing countries, with India, Uganda, Mexico, and Tanzania leading the charge. To date, 162 nations are now home to certified organic farms, and in 2012 the 37.5 million hectares of farmland produced a harvest worth $63.8 billion...globally, organic agriculture has received a fraction of the subsidies and 0.4 percent of the research dollars funneled into chemical farming ventures.”

     Anna continues, “Pat Mooney, executive director of the ETC Group, a global antipoverty group, had the audience spellbound by his tales of woe: The monoculture design of industrial agriculture has decimated species diversity in our food system."

     We think you will enjoy reading Anna’s positive take on the bright future of organic farming worldwide.

Jim & Megan

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The World Increasingly Adopts Organic Farming. America's Biotech the outlier.

Good Farming Tailors Itself to the Needs of the Soil. Good farming works with nature not against it.

Living with GMOs: A Letter From America.

     With a massive collaborative effort, the “Letter from America”- made public today – is a plea which effectively argues for and carefully documents the reasons why Europe should reject GE crops.   The well-written and footnoted "Letter from America" serves as an excellent primer on the pitfalls of the failed GE crop technology.  We consider the “Letter from America” MUST READ material.

   An impressive collection of American organizations and citizens – including celebrities - have signed on in order to help Europeans learn the truth from America's perilous GE experience.  Wood Prairie Farm and Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association (OSGATA) are just two of the entities who signed onto the “Letter from America.”

   On the website associated with the “Letter from America” you may read the letter itself, peruse the huge list of signatories – also gain the opportunity to add your name as a signatory.  Public figures who have signed include Wendell Berry, Robert Kennedy Jr., Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah, and Paul Hawken.

 Jim & Megan

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Oregon GMO Labeling Referendum Still Too Close to Call.

    The latest online official count released by the Secretary of State in Oregon’s Measure 92, the Right-to-Know GMO Labeling referendum, showed label proponents were behind by just 6634 votes, down from a gap of 26234 the day after the election.  If the difference drops below 2500 votes, a recount will automatically be triggered.

  Vote counting is slated to continue until Nov. 18.  The very close race now stands at 734531 (49.78%) in favor and 741165 (50.22%) opposed. 

   Desperate Industrial Food and Biotech dispatched $20 million from out-of-state – making this the most expensive campaign in Oregon history – to fund their campaign of lies and disinformation, cynically designed to scare people away from their Right-to-Know.

   What malevolent Biotech and Industrial Food have been unwittingly communicating to the world via their serial dishonesty with California Prop 37, Washington Initiative 522, Colorado Prop 105 and now with Oregon’s Measure 92, is that they have so little faith in flawed GE technology that they know they would lose if they stuck to telling the truth about GMOs.

   The fact is the public is waking up to food issues in general and GMOs in particular.  In the struggle for citizen’s rights we are winning and they know it.


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Notable Quotes: Franklin D. Roosevelt on Soil.

Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake.
Photo by Angela Wotton
Recipe: Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake.

3 1/4 c whole wheat flour
2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp freshly grated nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/2 tsp ground ginger
2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp salt
2 c pumpkin puree
1 c sunflower oil
1 1/2 c sugar
4 eggs
1 tsp vanilla
2/3 c room temperature water
1 1/2 c chocolate chips

Preheat oven to 350ºF.

Grease a Bundt pan and set aside.

In a large bowl, whisk flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, baking soda, and salt together.

In another large bowl, whisk the pumpkin puree and oil together until combined. Add the sugar and whisk again. Whisk the eggs into the mixture one at a time followed by the vanilla. Add all of the water and whisk until combined.

Fold the dry ingredients into the wet. Do not over mix. With a rubber spatula, stir in the chocolate chips.

Pour batter into Bundt pan. Use the spatula to smooth the top of the batter. Bake for 55 minutes to 1 hour and 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center of the pan comes out clean. Allow to cool on a wire rack for 30 minutes. Invert cake onto platter, slice and serve when cooled. 


Special Offer: FREE Organic Maple Syrup.

           It’s a rare breakfast in our farmhouse when we don’t serve Organic Maple Syrup.   If we’re not eating Organic Rolled Oats, then it’s most likely that’s because we’re having Organic Pancakes.  To both of these organic staples, it’s simple matter to add butter and fruit to the maple syrup for a complete breakfast.  With a nutritious and inexpensive organic breakfast, we know everyone in our family will be off to a good start for the busy day ahead.
     We’ll help you create your own great breakfast for your family with this offer for a FREE 8 oz. Jug of Organic Maple Syrup (Value $16.95) when the amount of goods in your next order totals $50 or more.  FREE 8 oz. Jug of Organic Maple Syrup offer ends Friday November 14, 2014 at 5pm Eastern.

     Please use Promo Code WPF428. Your order and the FREE 8 oz. Jug of Organic Maple Syrup must ship by 5/6/15. This offer may not be combined with other offers. Please call or click today!

Questions? Call Wood Prairie Farm  (800) 829-9765.

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FREE Maple Syrup. But please act soon before it's too late.
Our Mailbox: Thanksgiving Tradition, Stable Agro-Forestry, Bipolar Government.

Thanksgiving Tradition.

Dear WPF.

Your Potatoes have been part of our family's Thanksgiving tradition for 20 years.

Pittsburgh PA

WPF Replies.

     We are honored to have a role in your Thanksgiving.

Jim & Megan

Stable Agro-Forestry.

Dear WPF.

It is absurd that agriculture has been segregated from forestry.

WPF Replies.

     In 2000, Megan and I were in Guatemala for the OCIA International Annual General Membership Meeting. Our friend, Board member Luis Maldanado took us on a multi-day tour of his country including his family's organic agro-forestry coffee farm in the highlands near Lake Atitlan. The farm had never used chemicals and had been organic and stewarded by his family for 250 years. His "cash crop" coffee trees were interplanted in the forest with native banana and avocado trees providing overstory protection (true 'shade grown' coffee). That was one incredibly stable food production system. Food dollars spent on certified organic coffee grown like this is significant support for sustainable agro-forestry.


Bipolar Government.

Dear WPF.

Government must be bipolar. Discussed these opposite stances in school over ten years ago, but nice to see perhaps some public consideration will happen now.


WPF Replies.

     We hoped to have the opportunity to bring to the public record these diametrically opposed positions when we argued OSGATA et al v. Monsanto in court. However, the courts keep re-setting the bar for standing ever higher and higher. In the end, Monsanto got what they wanted and kept us out of court. The courts denied American farmers our right to defend ourselves and therefore our right to justice. America's governmental dysfunction has reached the judiciary. However, there exists this ultimate truth: this is our country and the people are not about to lay down and play dead.


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