Wood Prairie Farm
 The Seed Piece Newsletter
             Organic News and Commentary
               Tuesday, December 23, 2014
                        Volume 20 Issue 27

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 In This Issue of The Seed Piece:

    Time Now for Christmas.

     Beautiful Caribe’ Featured in Our New 2015 Catalog.  This time of year several new seed catalogs arrive in the mail everyday.  Like every gardener, we enjoy paging through the catalogs, discovering new offerings and imagining just what might be worth a try up here with our cool and short growing season in Northern Maine.
     Now that our Christmas orders have peaked, we and the neighbors who make up our crew are back to cleaning, grading and packing our many, many lots of organic seed.
     Outside today our farm is covered with a foot-and-a-half of snow.  Our woodshed is full of dry firewood and we are snug and warm as the woodstoves burn steady.  Along with our crew, we’ll be taking a few days off to be with family and friends.  We hope you are able to do the same and will be able enjoy these wonderful days ahead.

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

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Christmas Day Weather in Aroostook County, Maine.

     The NOAA Weather Service Office in Caribou has just posted a brief article describing historical Christmas Day weather observations for both Caribou in Northern Maine’s Aroostook County, and Bangor in Central Maine.  Weather records have been collected in Caribou since 1939 and in Bangor since 1925.

    Caribou’s record low for December 25 is -26ºF (1975), and the record high was 48ºF in both 1964 and 2003.

    Statistically, Caribou has a 92% likelihood of snow covering the ground on Christmas Day.  Bangor, further south, has had snow cover 75% of the last ninety Christmas days.

    Nationwide, in an average year, 38% of the area of the United States has snow cover.  This year, as of yesterday, Monday December 22, only 26% of the USA has snow cover, the smallest portion for that date in ten years.  Here’s a map showing where the snow cover is this Christmas of 2014.


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Katahdin in Winter. Northern Maine's Greatest Mountain.

Wood Prairie Farm Gift Certificate.
Still time for Christmas.
Special Offer! There's Still Time! Send an e-Gift Certificate and Receive a FREE Gift Card.

     Yes! You still have time for us to email your loved ones a Wood Prairie Farm e-Gift Certificate!  For this Special Offer you must act now and no later than Noon on Christmas Eve.  Your e-Gift Certificate will be accompanied by your personal greetings and by an easy-to-use link to our Wood Prairie Farm Electronic Virtual Catalog.

    For each Gift Certificate you order which is worth $50 or more we will send you a Gift Card for $10 off your next Wood Prairie Farm Order.  Please use Promo Code WPF 435.  Your e-Gift Certificate will be emailed promptly on Christmas Eve.

    For each Gift Certificate you order which is worth $100 or more we will send you a Gift Card for $20 off your next Wood Prairie Farm Order.  Please use Promo Code WPF 436.  Your e-Gift Certificate will be emailed promptly on Christmas Eve.

   Offer ends 12 Noon Eastern on Christmas Eve, Wednesday December 24, 2014.  Please indicate in the Checkout Comment Box that this is an e-Gift Certificate and provide your recipient’s email address.  FREE Gift Card Offer may not be combined with other offers or deals.  Limited to ten (10) offer redemptions per customer.
   Many thanks and Merry Christmas!

   Questions? Call (800)829-9765.

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Powerful Speech by Vandana Shiva.

     Eminent Indian food, environmental and social activist leader Vandana Shiva has delivered a powerful speech which aired recently on national public affairs channel, Link TV.  In her speech, Vandana takes to task corporations which have reinvented themselves as “persons” under United States law.

    “When the abstract construction becomes persons and being, they will take away the rights and personhood of real people.  That is what we are facing,” explained Vandana.

      This short and inspiring excerpt (2:40) from her speech is well worth viewing.

Jim & Megan

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Vandana Shiva. Protecting the interests of real people.

Tide Mill Organic Farmers. There's still time to help these hard working farmers.
Update on Tide Mill Farm Crowdfunding Campaign.

       The Bell family, hard-working organic farmers and our good friends at Tide Mill Organic Farm in Downeast Maine are making excellent progress on their Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign first reported in the last Seed Piece.

   The Bells at Tide Mill Farm have embarked on construction of a major poultry processing facility on their farm.  The poultry enterprise will serve their rural community in extreme Downeast Maine as a critically needed organic infrastructure and hub facility.

   Carly and Aaron’s young family are the 9th generation of Bells to live on Tide Mill Farm. They are well-known throughout all of Maine for their extraordinary, ceaseless and selfless efforts at developing the organic community in their very isolated part of Eastern Maine.  The Bells were instrumental in starting up the organic-farmer-owned MOO Milk company which saved organic dairy farmers in Eastern and Northern Maine.  MOO Milk’s early story was forever memorialized in Cecily Pingree’s epic documentary, Betting the Farm.

   Tide Mill Farm has to date raised over $13,000 for their Indiegogo Project, 52% of their stated project goal of $25,000.   Their undertaking is huge in scale – and equally huge in impact.  Carly and Aaron are in serious need of our financial help in order for them to succeed.

   Let’s show the Bells the organic community will come together and help ease the burden of some of its very best leaders and dedicated workers as they work to build up the viability of local organic farming

   Thanks so much for your help!

Jim & Megan

Click Here to View Tide Mill Organic Farm’s Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign.

Notable Quotes: Martin Luther on Substance.

Carrot Beet Salad.
Photo by Angela Wotton
Recipe: Carrot Beet Salad.

Grate in a food processor:

Whisk together in a separate bowl:
2 T balsamic vinegar
1 clove Red Russian Garlic, minced
1/2 c olive oil

Add dressing to grated vegetables and gently toss to combine. Let stand 1 hour to marinate before serving. Garnish with sliced almonds or sunflower seeds.
Serves 8 as a side dish


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