November 12, 2014
Issue of The Seed Piece:
New Wood Prairie Farm Catalog in Your Mailbox Soon. Our
new mail order catalogues were mailed last week and will soon arrive to
As soon as November arrived, October’s rains
snow. In November’s first week we had two storms dump over a
of heavy wet snow. Not only did snow fall here in Northern
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
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.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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Wood Prairie Farm Home Page.
| Anna Lappe:
Feeding the World With Organic.
Anna Lappe - just back from the Organic
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.”
“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
We think you will enjoy reading Anna’s
positive take on the bright future of organic farming worldwide.
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Vegetable Seed.
The World Increasingly Adopts
America's Biotech the outlier.
Tailors Itself to the Needs of the Soil
. Good farming
works with nature not against it.
| Living with GMOs:
A Letter From America.
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
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.”
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.
figures who have signed include Wendell Berry, Robert Kennedy
Jr., Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah, and Paul Hawken.
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Non-GE Wood Prairie Farm Organic Maine Certified Seed
| 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.
the difference drops below 2500 votes, a recount will automatically be
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
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.
here for our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Cover Crop Seed
| Notable Quotes:
Franklin D. Roosevelt on Soil.
Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake.
by Angela Wotton
Chocolate Chip Bundt Cake.
3 1/4 c whole wheat
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
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.
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.
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
| Special Offer: FREE Organic Maple Syrup.
rare breakfast in our farmhouse when we don’t serve Organic
Maple Syrup. If we’re not
Rolled Oats, then it’s most likely that’s
because we’re having Organic
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!
Call Wood Prairie Farm (800) 829-9765.
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Grains & Bakery Section.
FREE Maple Syrup.
But please act soon before it's too late.
Thanksgiving Tradition, Stable Agro-Forestry, Bipolar Government.
Your Potatoes have been part of
our family's Thanksgiving tradition for 20 years.
We are honored to have a role in your
Jim & Megan
It is absurd that agriculture
has been segregated from forestry.
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.
must be bipolar.
Discussed these opposite stances in school over ten years ago, but nice
to see perhaps some public consideration will happen now.
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.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm