Wood Prairie Farm                                     In This Issue of The Seed Piece: 
Seed Piece Newsletter                                                                New OSGATA et al v. Monsanto Transcript.
  Organic News and Commentary                                                                                              Quotes Worth Considering.
       Friday February 01, 2013                                                                                                                                     Recipe: Potato Nachos.
                                                                                                  Special Offer: FREE Organic Garden Seed.
                                                                                                  Mailbox: Organic Chicken, Honest Seed, False Pleas & True Heroes.

        The Work of Winter.
     End of a Good Day.  Northern Maine does most of its logging in the winter time when the ground is frozen and iced pathways allow for slick and efficient hauling of extra heavy loads. Back in the 1920s, cameras were scarce in Maine's North Maine Woods. So we can be pretty confidant in guessing that this seven cord load of four-foot softwood pulp was put up extra special for bragging rights and the cameraman's presence was no mere coincidence.
     Last week's long cold snap of many consecutive days below zero has now temporarily moderated as we turn to the short month of February. The sun is getting high enough in the sky that we expect it to throw some warmth our way in the next few weeks, signaling that winter's end is only a few months away..

Jim & Megan Gerritsen & Family
Wood Prairie Farm
Bridgewater, Maine
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Transcript of January 10, 2013 OSGATA et al v. Monsanto Appeal of Dismissal Oral Argument before the US Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, DC.

Organic Seed Growers and Trade Association recently transcribed the audio (38:32) recording of the Oral Argument and it makes for very interesting reading.  Find the new transcript here.

Lead Plaintiff attorney, Dan Ravicher, Founder and Executive Director of the Public Patent Foundation in this video (5:07) speaks to the Citizen’s Assembly outside the Courthouse in LaFayette Park, just after the conclusion of the Oral Argument.  If you are wondering who is taking the high road in this lawsuit you must listen to this moving impromptu speech.


Click here for Background information on OSGATA et al v. Monsanto.


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Wood Prairie Farm. We have nothing to do with Monsanto and never have.
Quotes Worth Considering.

“Monsanto should not have to vouchsafe the safety of biotech food. Our interest is in selling as much of it as possible. Assuring its safety is the FDA’s job
.” New York Times, October 25, 1998

Phil Angell

Monsanto’s Director of Corporate Communications.
Recipe: Potato Nachos

3 T vegetable oil
2 Butte potatoes, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
Sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
1/2 lb ground beef
1 15 ounce can black beans, drained
8 ounces shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
1/4 c shredded lettuce or sprouts
1/4 c salsa
1/4 c plain yogurt or sour cream
1/4 c guacamole (optional)

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
Pour 2 T of oil into a large bowl; toss the potato slices in the oil to coat.
Arrange the potato slices in a single layer on a baking sheet and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake in the preheated oven until potato slices are golden brown, about 20 minutes.
While potato slices are baking, heat 1 T of vegetable oil in a skillet over medium heat; brown the ground beef in the hot oil, breaking it up into crumbles as it cooks, about 8 minutes. Mix the black beans into the ground beef and simmer until the flavors have blended, about 10 minutes.
Arrange the potato slices on a serving platter and sprinkle with half of the Cheddar cheese.
Top the potatoes with the meat and bean mixture; sprinkle the remaining cheese on the nachos.
Spread the lettuce on the nachos and garnish with salsa and dollops of yogurt or sour cream and guacamole.


Potato Nachos.
Delicious Winter Meal.
Photo by Angela Wotton

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Some seed varieties we grow ourselves in Maine – like Organic Dorinny Sweet Corn, Organic Klari Baby Cheese Sweet Pepper, and Organic Black Zuchini.  Other seed varieties we buy from trusted certified organic farmer friends who grow the seed on their own farms.  Examples of this are Organic Cosmonaut Volkov Tomatoes, Organic Uncle David’s Dakota Dessert Squash, and Organic Provider Beans.
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Organic Chicken

Dear WPF.
     If I'm going to eat chicken I want the organic free range, humane and happy stuff that comes just as a featherless dead bird, not one that is chopped into pieces, stripped of skin, and packed in plastic wrap, in a styrofoam tray with a blood diaper underneith it. And I really question what they mean by organically fed since most chicekns are fed mainly corn, and since 88% of all corn is GMO. I have a hard time believing that the 12% of organic corn in this country is going to feed these chickens. I try to get the naked chickens that are a little on the skinny side (like a happy active chicken should be), with skin that is not yellow....a good sign that they are living on grubs and other veggies and grains besides corn. But anything is better than the nightmarish and horrific garbage that the regular grocery store or average restaurant serves. Blech.

World Wide Web

WPF Replies.

     Chicken that is labeled 'Organic' is regulated by the Feds under the National Organic Program. Organic producers - our farm included - MUST be certified by an accredited certifier and we MUST feed all organic feed to our livestock. That's the law and that's the assurance to consumers. We've been certified organic for 30 years, including the last ten years under USDA NOP control. I also volunteered for almost 25 years serving on the MOFGA Certification Committee. So these matters have been a major part of my life for a long time. Couple "certified organic" from a "local" farmer and you've got the highest assurance attainable and a real bargain.


Honest Seed.

Dear WPF.

On the matter of seed varieties and seed businesses owned by Monsanto. I have been unable to find full confirmation in either direction on some of this. https://www.occupymonsanto360.org/2012/03/17/monsanto-owned-seednames/

Thanks again for all your hard work.

World Wide Web

WPF Replies.

     There is confusion sprouting from the imprecise and varied usage of 'own.' For many of us there is no problem growing a Seminis (a company purchased by Monsanto about 8 years ago) variety should it be old enough that income generation for new parent Monsanto has been exhausted and the variety has for all intents and purposes become 'open source.' Our organic open pollinated 'Marketmore 76' cucumber is an example of this. It is a great workhorse variety, it is not under Monsanto's control and Monsanto receives no income from its use. In our opinion, a gardener's best option is to partronize independent seed companies that understand the nuances, that do not support Monsanto in any way and celebrate and treasure the superior freedom inherent in open-pollinated varieties. The best listing of such companies is from Barbara Peterson's 'Farm Wars.' https://farmwars.info/wp-content/uploads/2012/04/FARMWARS-SAFE-SEED-COMPANY-LIST-Ap0820121.pdf

Jim & Megan.

False Pleas.

Dear WPF.

Good news and a great article! https://www.non-gmoreport.com/articles/january2013/Demand-growing-for-non-GMO-corn-seed.php

World Wide Web

WPF Replies.

     Yes increased demand by farmers for non-genetically engineered seed is really good news.
     We have a problem when the world's top corn seed genetics come under monopoly control of biotech corporations like Monsanto which gained their control by buying up formerly independent seed companies while the Anti-Trust division of the US Dept of Justice was asleep at the wheel. As the failure of GE crop agriculture becomes more apparant, farmers will need increased supply of excellent non-GE seed. The manipulation of the availability of seed resources by Biotech is unacceptable. Their creation of concocted shortages of non GE seed is no more convincing than the plea by the youngster who murders his parents and then asks the court for leniency on the grounds that he is an orphan.


True Heroes.

Dear WPF.

HISTORICAL FDA MEMOS EXPRESSING CONCERNS ABOUT GE FOOD. Some of the memos are miracles of understatement. I'd use terms like fraudulent representation. 

World Wide Web

WPF Replies.

     I'm afraid many take their cues from political leaders above them and those who do serve better as soldiers than as scientists possessing integrity and a zeal for the truth. High salaries provide incentive to corporate, government and university employees to live a comfortable lifestyle and remain silent. The true heroes are the Dr. Donald Hubers, the Dr. Ignatio Chapelas, and the Dr. Gilles-Eric Seralinis who put themselves at risk in order to serve the common good and promote the people's interests. We owe them a debt of gratitude for their service and their sacrifice.


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