Prairie Seed Piece
December 1st 2017
25 Issue 18
Issue of The Wood
Look in your mailbox for our
brand new Wood Prairie Catalog.
in this new Catalog now on its way is our 2018 Green Thumb Award
Organic Potato Plant Detective
. Read the
article below for details.
So far, the ground
and ponds have frozen over, but we are mostly free of snow.
Last year, November 30 brought a foot of snow, and that was followed in
quick succession by snow storm after snow storm. By the end
of December, Northern Maine had set a record for the greatest
accumulation of snow early in the season.
This year, at this
time, every day free of snow is a gift. Caleb is mostly done
getting farm equipment put away and the yard cleaned up so he can plow
snow. Our cold nights are pushing the frost into the ground,
freezing and destroying potatoes left behind in the harvest.
Dry firewood – almost a two year supply – is stacked and safely under
cover. We are pre-grading the potato crop every day
and it looks good. We’re taking in orders
and moving out early shipments. We’re not quite ready for
winter but we’re getting there.
Megan Gerritsen & Family
Prairie Family Farm
|Wood Prairie Wins 2018 Green
The Organic Potato Plant
Wood Prairie Family Farm's New Award Winner.
Wood Prairie Family Farm has won a 2018 Green Thumb Award
for The Organic Potato
, named one of the two best new edible
plant introductions in the United States. Honored in the
Edible Plants Division, the Award was presented by the Direct Gardening
Association (formerly called the Mailorder Gardening Association)
Winners of the 2018 Green
Thumb Awards were selected by an independent panel of garden writers
and editors. The winning product was selected based on its uniqueness,
technological innovation, ability to solve a gardening problem or
provide a gardening opportunity, and potential appeal to gardeners.
Thumb Awards recognize outstanding new garden products available by
mail or online. The awards are sponsored by the eighty-three-year-old
Direct Gardening Association (DGA), a nonprofit association of
companies that sell garden products directly to consumers via catalogs
“We’re honored to have won
this Green Thumb Award from the DGA,” said Caleb Gerritsen.
“This marks the fifth time our family has been recognized by the DGA
for introducing exceptional plants into the national marketplace.”
This new GTA winner is called The
Organic Potato Plant Detective
. It is
a special twelve tuber seed potato collection which serves double duty
and features two of the best organic Maine Certified Seed potato
varieties – Island
In addition to growing a bountiful crop
of delicious potatoes for eating, the two unique Organic Potato Plant Detective
varieties perform a detective-like bioassay
function, helping growers of all sizes diagnose potato growing
Both are traditionally-bred, Non-GMO
varieties. Early-season, round white King Harry
designated king of the Cornell University hairy-leaf-potato breeding
program. Cornell has been naturally breeding for potato crosses
possessing hairy-leaves or “glandular trichomes” which repel and keep
bad bugs at bay.
Late-season Island Sunshine
descended from two savory Dutch varieties, was bred by two organic
farmer brothers on Prince Edward Island, and is highly regarded for its
substantial ability to stand up to diseases like Potato Late Blight.
Potato Plant Detective
serves as a simple and effective
diagnostic tool for differentiating whether potato problems are being
caused by insect or disease pressure. The kit comes complete
with How-To Plant
Diagnosis Flow Chart
Potato Growing Guide
and Wood Prairie Family Farm Potato
and sells for $19.95.
Caleb, Jim & Megan
Here for Our Organic Maine Certified Seed Potatoes
Wood Prairie Organic Potato Fertilizer.
Potatoes – and many
garden vegetables – are heavy feeding crops. Unless you have been
tending and building up the fertility in your garden for a long time,
you may be well-served by applying a good quality organic
fertilizer. Our Wood
Prairie Organic Potato Fertilizer
is a good
all-purpose organic fertilizer suitable not only for potatoes but also
for other vegetables, fruit and flowers.
If you are uncertain
whether you need to add fertilizer try this simple test. Once your
ground is prepared and ready to plant, mark off a row. Divide
the row in half and apply our organic fertilizer to the first half at a
rate of one pound per ten row feet. Leave the other half
alone as the unfertilized control. As the season progresses
compare the plant size, color and health of the plants. At
harvest, measure the yield (poundage). If you find no real
difference in the two sections of row, it’s a good bet that your garden
is fertile and not in need of additional fertilizer. On the
other hand, if plant health and yields were greater in the fertilized
portion, understand that this means your entire garden will similarly
benefit from added fertility.
your fertility experimenting is on us! Receive a FREE 3 lbs. Sack of Wood Prairie
Organic Potato Fertilizer
(Value $9.95) when your next
order totals $49 or more. Offer ends 11:59 PM on Monday,
December 4, 2017, so please hurry! Please use Promo Code WPFF417.
3 lbs. Sack
of Wood Prairie Organic Potato Fertilizer
must ship by May
5, 2018. Offer may not be combined with other
Here for Our Wood Prairie Certifed Organic Cover Crop Seed
Potato Fertilizer. Unless your garden is well-developed
and fertile, yield and quality will improve with a good organic
You don't know what you've got till it's gone.
|The Case Against Civilization.
So, who had a better life?
Hunter-gatherers or agriculturalists? I’m thinking it is a
crowd much greater than simply farmers who finds this question
riveting. Now that we have great numbers of human beings
inhabiting planet Earth, there is surely no going back.
However, an increasingly prevalent ‘peasant’s-eye-view’ seems to favor
the idea that despite all of our agriculturally-based
achievements, we were better off way back as hunter-gatherers
in metrics important to ‘peasants’ such as freedom from
oppression, nutritionally sound diet and proportion of leisure-to-work
The recent valuable book Sapiens
by Israeli historian Yuval Noah Harari, among other things, lends
credence to this pro-Hunter-Gatherer thinking. One
July evening a couple of years ago, I was plowing down sod and had the
tractor radio tuned in to a CBC. I plowedlate and caught the
entirety of CBC’s
Paul Kenndy interview with Professor Harari.
Fascinated by the content, I immediately ordered and then read the best
seller, Sapiens. It’s definitely a good read.
Now a new article this Fall in the New
Yorker by John Lanchester, The
Case Against Civilization, further explores this
subject and offers additional good insight. Below is an
excerpt taken from the New Yorker article.
Anatomically modern humans have been around for roughly two hundred
thousand years. For most of that time, we lived as hunter-gatherers.
Then, about twelve thousand years ago, came what is generally agreed to
be the definitive before-and-after moment in our ascent to planetary
dominance: the Neolithic Revolution. This was our adoption of, to use
Scott’s word, a ‘package’ of agricultural innovations, notably the
domestication of animals such as the cow and the pig, and the
transition from hunting and gathering to planting and cultivating
crops. The most important of these crops have been the cereals—wheat,
barley, rice, and maize—that remain the staples of humanity’s diet.
Cereals allowed population growth and the birth of cities, and, hence,
the development of states and the rise of complex societies.”
|Notable Quotes: Mark Twain on
|Recipe: Maple Syrup
1/4 c Organic
6 T Milk
2 1/4 c Whole Wheat
1/2 c Rolled Oats
1 1/2 T Baking
1/2 tsp Sea
11 T unsalted butter, cold, cut into cubes
Preheat the oven to 400ºF degrees.
Whisk together the maple syrup and milk in a small bowl and set aside.
In a food processor, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, and salt
and pulse to mix together. Add the butter and pulse until it resembles
sandy flour (about 20 quick pulses). Add the maple syrup milk. Pulse
just until the dough comes together. If the batter is too dry add more
milk a bit at a time.
Turn onto a floured surface, knead once or twice just to bring the
dough together. Arrange the dough into a 1-inch thick rectangle. Slice
the dough into nine equal-sized squares. Arrange the scones next to one
another on a baking sheet, 1/4-inch distance between each of
them. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until golden along the
bottom and tops. Yummy.
Maple Syrup Scones.
Photo by Angela Wotton.
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
Caleb & Jim
& Megan Gerritsen
Prairie Family Farm
429 - 9765
Certified Organic, From Farm to Mailbox