Jim Gerritsen-Wood Prairie Farm on Organic Potatoes & Activism
Spring is just around the corner and soon it will be time to plant your spuds; potatoes that is. Our guest today, Jim Gerritsen from Wood Prairie Farm will share generations of potato knowledge. Well as much as we can squeeze into our program. Jim and his family own and operate Wood Prairie Farm, a Certified Organic family in the State of Maine. Their modest scale allow them to focus on producing high quality organic seed potatoes for your planting pleasure. There is still time to plan for the coming season in zones 3-7 and with some quick work and ordering, zone 8.
Join us for great tips on growing fabulous potatoes for your family beyond this informative guide prepared for you by Wood Prairie Farm.
Did you know that 90% of the potatoes grown in Russia are in small family garden plots known as a dacha.
Use of the family dacha demonstrates how the country can survive during periods of extreme crisis. Indeed, at the moment of the collapse of the Soviet Union, when the exchange rate of the national currency had been devalued by ten times, the savings of the population had vanished, and the government had nothing with which to pay wages, the people were not left hungry, there was no general uprising, and the country did not collapse completely thanks to the fact that the majority of the population had parcels of land under cultivation, parcels of land called dachas.
Why is it important to buy organic when it comes to potatoes ? Root vegetables absorb herbicides, pesticides, and fungicides that wind up in soil. In the case of potatoes—the nation’s most popular vegetable— conventionally, they’re treated with fungicides during the growing season, then sprayed with herbicides to kill off the fibrous vines before harvesting. After they’re dug up, the potatoes are treated yet again to prevent them from sprouting. Be sure to check out what Jim does in his “spare time” speaking out for farmers everywhere ; on youtube and in his community!
Check out this great recipe for Potato Pizza !
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My apologies to our audience for the heavy emphasis on Jim’s experience as an activist. He has promised to return for more potato talk soon !
Jim Gerritsen, a Maine organic seed potato farmer, has accepted an invitation to participate on a guest panel at the United Nations in New York City on April 22, 2014. The event will be the fourth Interactive Dialogue of the General Assembly on Harmony with Nature which commemorates International Mother Earth Day.
Gerritsen, a long-time family farmer, will speak along with four additional panel members. He will offer a farmer’s perspective on the advantages and challenges facing organic agriculture today in an era of declining resource availability, heightened corporate domination of agriculture, and farming systems challenged by the effects of climate change.