Tuesday July 22, 2014
Issue of The Seed Piece:
Its Own Schedule.
Truth Comes Out.
with the rest of the country we were shocked, but ultimately not
surprised, at the breath-taking honesty displayed last week by U.S.
Attorney Bharara. The family farmers challenging Monsanto’s
transgenic seed patents in OSGATA et al
knew that our fight for farmer rights had been derailed by a bitter and
joyless district federal judge. Now we and the country
more fully just how low a standard Judge Buchwald sets. Learn
more details in our first article.
If you are sweating like we are here in
Maine, cool yourself down with a good read about that Cool Summer of 1816
in our second article.
Crops around here look good.
We’ll soon be irrigating unless Mother Nature comes through with some
Megan Gerritsen & Family
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| Judge From OSGATA et al v. Monsanto
Using jaw-dropping candor and
harshness, one of the most powerful attorneys in the United States,
Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
(Manhattan), characterized Judge Naomi Buchwald as the “‘worst federal
judge’ he’d ever come across.” U.S. Attorney Bharara – who oversees an
office of over 220 Assistant U.S. Attorneys - made
his candid remarks last week.
“Nearly 150 current and former members of the U.S. Attorney’s Office
for the Southern District attended the event, held at a Manhattan
restaurant Lugo Cafe. Several federal judges were also in attendance,
according to people who were there. ‘I was in shock,’ said one
attendee. ‘I know Preet’s office butted heads with the judge during the
trial, but you usually don’t hear this kind of stuff from a U.S.
Attorney against a sitting federal judge.’”
highly-respected U.S.Attorney Bharara’s stellar career
follows his graduation magna cum laude from Harvard and then following
that, Columbia Law School where he earned his J.D.
In January 2012, over fifty family farmers – I was one of them -
attended the oral argument in Judge Buchwald’s courtroom over
Monsanto’s motion to dismiss our ‘OSGATA
et al v. Monsanto’
lawsuit which sought to challenge Monsanto’s patented genetically
engineered seed. Judge Buchwald’s blatant bias in favor of
Monsanto and her hostility towards the farmers was truly
stunning. Her eventual ruling was a miscarriage of justice. Find
details on our lawsuit here. Now we see this
judicial impropriety as part of a pattern and rank enough to solicit
such rare open condemnation.
Bad judges like Naomi Buchwald have no place in our judicial
system and she should resign. Judge Buchwald’s disgraceful
pattern of poor judicial behavior is made apparent in her abysmal
“Robing Room” rankings. These ranking
are provided by lawyers who have practiced before Judge Buchwald.
Federal Judge Buchwald. Elizabeth Williams.
Crop at 1816.
Hardship in Maine.
| Maine's Year
Without a Summer.
While this Summer has been hot in Maine and
appears to be
turning dry, not so was that epic cold Summer of 1816. The
volcanic eruption of Mount Tambora in Indonesia has always received
credit, but there were other factors involved.
Do read this fascinating article by
Charlie Lopresti, Snow
on June 17. It is sure to be enjoyed
by everyone and will help cool you down.
Jim & Megan
Here for Our Wood Prairie Farm Certified Organic Vegetable Seed.
| Notable Quotes:
E.B. Whit eon the World.
Ginger Oat Squares.
Wonderful summertime treat.
by Angela Wotton
Rhubarb Ginger Oat Squares.
2 c chopped rhubarb
3 thin slices of fresh ginger
1 c sugar
1 c water
the rhubarb, fresh ginger, sugar and water in a saucepan and bring to a
boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until the rhubarb
has softened and is falling apart, about 15 minutes. Strain into a bowl
pressing on the rhubarb and ginger to release the juices. Pour the
strained rhubarb-ginger syrup into a bottle or jar and refrigerate.
(Save the syrup and use as sauce over ice cream or mix with seltzer for
a refreshing drink) Allow the rhubarb pulp to cool. Remove and discard
the sliced ginger.
Preheat oven to 350 F
1 c rolled
1 c whole
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch of sea
1/8 tsp ground ginger
1/2 c light brown sugar
1/2 c chopped walnuts
1 stick unsalted butter, cut into chunks
the oats, flour, baking soda, salt, ground ginger, brown sugar,
walnuts, and butter in a bowl. Work with your fingers to a crumbly
Butter a 9x9 square baking dish. Pour 3/4 of the oat
mixture into the dish and press firmly to cover the bottom of the dish.
Spread the rhubarb pulp over this and then top with the remaining 1/4
of the oat mixture.
Bake for 30-35 minutes. Cool and then slice into squares.
Delicious summer treat.
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Reefer, Asheville Homesteader, Chemicals Jeopardize Food.
are well pleased with the potato crop this year and the refrig is
packed with them that will last until winter. The fingerlings were
particularly productive. Many thanks.
for the report.
I am a homesteader in Southern Appalachia and was
to your website by Southern Exposure Seed Exchange. I've read that some
growers in the south plant a second round of potatoes in early July for
a fall harvest. I'd like to experiment with this, because my potatoes
are typically ready to harvest in July, and don't keep through the
winter even when in ideal storage conditions (which aren't easy to
create on my property/home). Do you have any seed potato on hand that I
can purchase to experiment with a second planting? Would I need to cold
shock or prepare them in any way to get them to break dormancy and
sprout this time of year? Is there a variety of potato that would be
better for this purpose? If not, is there a variety you would recommend
I try next spring that has a longer maturation time for a later harvest
and better success with storage? Thanks for your time.
We ship our seed potatoes ten months a year
harvest in September/October and then from our underground potato
storage throughout the Winter and Spring, ending the season on July 4.
Newly harvested seed potatoes must go through a dormancy period of 4-8
weeks - depending on the year and the variety - before they will sprout
I would hazard a guess that planting a short
variety (like Onaway, Reddale, Caribe' or Rose Gold) in mid-Fall will
not offer you the success you are after.
However, there is another way to success. Some of our
in the South who want to plant a Fall crop of potatoes will take a
portion of their spring crop (harvested in May or June) - preferably
golf-ball-sized tubers - and place them in their refrigerator (or a
walk-in cooler) over the Summer. Then two weeks before their expected
fall planting date (mid-August?) They remove the tubers from the reefer
and allow them to warm up to room temperature and thereby break
dormancy. This means that in planting their Fall crop they are never
more than one generation away from clean Certified seed, so they should
not experience much of a yield drop due to build up of potato virus.
I believe this will be the best solution for you.
Great Post! IMPORTANT
NEW STUDY CONCLUDES CHEMICAL INSECTICIDE USE JEOPARDIZES WORLD FOOD
SECURITY. Maybe we can stop the flow of
these dangerous chemicals sooner rather than later.
There are powerful Industrial Ag corporations - which buy
way to favor through collusion with government - that profit
tremendously from the untenable status quo. These corporations are
sophisticated at externalizing the real costs of their toxins and they
employ relentless public relation campaigns to create fear and justify
their self-serving position. However, the people are capable of winning
and bringing about reform. We must do our homework, remain faithful and
disciplined in our resistance and help fund the allies working on our
behalf. We can not hand off this current mess to our children and
|Wood Prairie Farm Quick
& Megan Gerritsen
Certified Organic, Direct from the Farm