Issue of The Seed Piece:
Last Day of Planting.
Recipe: Homemade Cheese Crackers.
The Great Organic Wave Digest.
Mailbox: Standing Colorados & Common
Life After Planting.
Last Day of Potato
Planting 2012 on Wood Prairie Farm. Click
to watch this short You Tube video to learn about our
process of planting our organic seed potato crop. Our potato
planter was originally a McConnell Two-Row Pick-Style which we
converted twenty years ago to become a two-row Tuber Unit potato
planter. As you will see, the sprouted whole mother seed tubers
are cut into the appropriate number of daughter seed pieces, which are
in turn laid sequentially on the segmented conveyor belt to be
automatically planted in the soil in this same order ("tuber
unit"). Tuber unit planting is an old seedsman technique which
gives us a leg up in identifying and rogueing out virus infected
plants. Tuber unit planting helps guarantee that the organic
certified seed potatoes which you purchase from us will be of the
highest quality and will support the highest possible yields in your
potato crop next year.
Our oldest daughter, Sarah, age 13,
is on the near outside edge. Next to her, working the same row,
is our youngest, Amy, age 9.
Jim & Megan Gerritsen
Wood Prairie Farm
|Recipe: Homemade Cheese Crackers.
T unsalted butter, cut into 1/2" cubes, plus more for baking sheets
tsp dry mustard powder
ounces Cheddar cheese, grated
tsp white wine vinegar
the butter, flour, dry mustard, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer.
Mix on low speed with the paddle attachment until the mixture is
crumbly and the butter starts to integrate into the mixture, about 30
seconds. Add the cheese and mix again on low speed for a few seconds.
a measuring cup, combine 3/4 c water, the vinegar, and the ice cube and
let sit for a moment to get cold. Add 6 T of the vinegar mixture to the
dough and mix on medium speed for 20 seconds. Continue to add liquid, 1
T at a time, until the dough clings in a ball to the beater. Mix for an
additional 30 seconds. Wrap the dough in plastic wrap and refrigerate
for at least two hours, and up to 3 days.
the dough from the refrigerator 15 minutes before rolling out. Preheat
oven to 325F and grease two baking sheets. Turn dough onto a lightly
floured surface and roll out until dough is 1/8" thick. Cut into
desired shapes using knife or cutter.
1" apart on sheets for 18-25 minutes, depending on thickness of
crackers. Turn off oven, prop open the oven door and allow crackers to
crisp as the oven cools, - at least twenty minutes.
|FREE Wood Prairie Farm Organic
We are done planting our organic seed potato
crop and yes we do
have organic Seed Potatoes left to sell. There is plenty of time left
to plant and harvest a great crop if you act soon. Better hurry while
the selection is best.
Here are the varieties, in greater or lesser amounts, which are still
available: All-Blue, Butte, Carola, Elba, Island Sunshine, King Harry, Prairie Blush, Rose Gold, Katahdin, Goldrush Russet, Rose Finn Apple Fingerling and Swedish Peanut Fingerling.
And here's your chance to experiment and earn a FREE
1 lb sack of Wood
Prairie Farm Organic Seed Potatoes ($10.95-12.95
value) – Your Choice of Variety
- with your next purchase of $45 or
more. FREE Organic
Seed Potatoes offer ends Monday, June 18.
Please use Promo Code WPF 1121. Your order and FREE Organic Seed Potatoes must ship by
6/21/12. Offer may not be combined with other offers.
Please call or click today!
here for our Wood Prairie Farm Organic Seed Potatoes.
Great Organic Wave Digest
An Organic Advocate for the Family Farm.
UNH Journalism student Julia
Miller traveled quite a ways to interview us on Wood Prairie Farm in northern Maine. "Democracy thrives
where you have a wide land ownership by the people, by family farmers.
They represent the basis of a democracy." Click
here to read the story.
A Controversy Exists.
Incisive article by
Margaret Riche exploring the issues surrounding our organic community lawsuit 'Organic Seed Growers and Trade
Assn et al v. Monsanto' challenging the validity of Monsanto's
transgenic/GMO patents and seeking Court
protection for family farmers. "The truth is we are under threat and we
do not believe Monsanto. The truth is that American farmers do not
believe Monsanto. Family farmers deserve our day in court and this
flawed ruling will not deter us from continuing to seek justice." Click
here for the Article.
Message from Makana.
MUST watch You Tube video
(5:42) production combining Hawaiian musician Makana's moving "We Are the Many" with the
recent news story of Oahu City Councilers working under the influence
of biotech to vote down the people's proposal for Mandatory GMO
here to watch.
calves in the Wood Prairie Farm barn. Calvin is an organic Jersey
bull and Callie is an organic Irish Dexter heifer born here on the
a few minutes in levity and earn a smile. We guarantee you will be
sharing this video (4:34) with your friends. Click here to watch.
are good days, planting potatoes and coated in dust. So with planting season it is time now to share one
of the finest farming anthems: Canadian folk musician and songwriter
Stan Rogers and his 'The Field Behind
the Plow' (4:28). Stan's life was
tragically cut short in 1983 at age 33 by a fire aboard a grounded Air
Canada plane. Stan lives on through his wonderful music widely
available on You Tube.
About Wood Prairie Farm on Facebook
using daily Facebook posts like those above to keep our Wood Prairie
community up to
date on important organic topics. Please meet us on Facebook!
And thanks to all of you who have
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Wood Prairie Calves. Calvin on
the left and Callie on the right.
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& Common Sense
am writing a new article on OSGATA et al v. Monsanto and will include
some of the info you share on the link. Thanks for all...and let's hope
and work for the best.
We are still dealing with pre-trial motions.
Judge Buchwald's dismissal was on the issue of standing. We have not
yet gotten to the substantial portion of the case itself. We believe we
do have a strong case and we believe Monsanto knows this and that is
why they are
doing all that they can to prevent this case from getting to trial.
The 'standing issue' is the matter of whether
family farmers have a right under the Declaratory Judgement Act to
pre-emptively sue Monsanto in order to gain court protection from
allegations of patent infringement should we come to 'possess' Monsanto
technology as a result of trespass and contamination of our crops by
Monsanto seed. Our lawyers asked Monsanto for a binding legal covenant
not-to-sue and they refused, signaling their desire to maintain their
options. We believe we meet the requirements of the Declaratory
Judgement Act. The judge disagreed and we are appealing.
Now our burden is to convince at least two of
the three appellate justices that Judge Buchwald made errors of law and
errors of fact that were sufficiently serious that in toto her errors
lead her to an erroneous ruling.
Our lawyers are now working on our Appeal
thought I would send you a picture of My King Henry plants. The
pictures don't do my disappointment justice. Story goes like this. My
wife and I are in the garden last night and she laughs, "ugh, your
potatoes have bugs." I hurry over and find a lady bug and tell her
"silly that's a good bug"
Then tonight I am hilling the potatoes and she was
right. Maybe even this out-of-focused picture speaks a thousand words!!
So what do you suggest?
If you have a reasonably sized potato patch
you can control Colorado Potato Beetles by simply picking off the
potato bugs (adults) and crushing the larva and eggs (orange masses on
the undersides of leaves) with your finger. Repeat this procedure three
times per week until the threat abates. Twenty years ago, alone, I
controled Colorado Potato Beetles this way on an isolated potato patch
of 500 row feet under severe pressure. One must be faithful to one's
'picking' schedule in order for this technique to work. But I am
living proof it will work.
On a larger scale, an effective organically-approved
control is Entrust (https://www.johnnyseeds.com/p-6467-entrust-og.aspx).
I have seen this product available somewhere in a mail order seed
smaller gardener scale packages in the last year or two but I can't
recall which company offered it.
The insect resistance displayed by the
varieties in Cornell's hairy-leaved potato breeding program is a
relative matter. King Harry has superior culinary quality over its
predecessor Prince Hairy and it is early. Prince Hairy had a superior
level of bug resistance but its eating quality was only mediocre and it
was very late. There are always trade-offs.
Common Sense Food Rules.
it is becoming a science to feed one's family these days. From pink
slime to things that are not identifiable unless you are a chemist!
Lawsuits for meds that kill people. When will it end....should have
been a cockroach? They can survive anything apparently!
World Wide Web
A simple template is to analyze food purchases
by a ranking of common sense trust. Focus food choices on three basic
high trust criteria: Organic, family scale and local. Low trust foods
(e.g. pink slime and Fruit Loops) come from Big Ag makers of corporate
processed food and are best avoided as low trust food. Choose simple
high and medium trust organic staples that may not be sourced locally.
(e.g. Lundburg Farms organic rice, domestic (avoid Chinese) organic dry
beans). Food preparation from basic organic ingredients: high trust at
reasonable cost. To avoid GMOs, avoid Big Ag processed food which
relies upon GMO commodity crops.
Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm