Minutes 2015-05-18

Calapooia Food Alliance Minutes 5/18/15

Present: Members; Steve Brenner, Kathleen Swayze, Gini Bramlett, Cheryl Hayworth, Don Lyon, Peggy Purkerson, FM Mgr. Ally Maser & CG Mgr. Diane Remior.

Minutes: Motion to approve corrected minutes made by Kathleen, second by Steve.

Treasurers Report: Cheryl brought copies of Jan-May, 2015 Profit and Loss statement stating income at $1,694.92 and expenses at $2,221.88.  Income from starts markets is $268.92, from community garden is $200, and Munch Night is $1,226. Motion to approve report was made by Kathleen and seconded by Gini.

Reports:  Rhoda’s Garden Gathering is slated for June 27, 2015 from 10-14pm featuring art, music, a garden tour and plants. The CFA has offered to assist with this event. A signup sheet was passed around for the board to sign up to help. Rhoda will give the CFA 10% of the proceeds up to $500 and a lower percentage above that.

Farmers Market:  Diane announced that the Farm Market now has a Facebook page to post photos and information. She reported that the first 2 starts market sales were OK, but the 3rd was poor, possibly because of the weather. A new logo was discussed for the market with the name change of the Thursday Market from Farmer’s Market. Copies of some ideas were passed around. A photo of Don’s truck was suggested as the focus.

The chamber has agreed to get behind the Thursday Market night by encouraging stores on Main St. to stay open an extra hour or two on June 25/Thursday Market Grande Opening. Diane also discussed a punch card for customers for free things at businesses and specials at restaurants.

She is still looking for an artisan baker with a few possibilities in the works. Other ideas to encourage business are free music festival advertising through the city, frequent shopper cards for a drawing at season’s end and cook. demo’s.

Community Garden: Ally will be taking lettuce and radishes to Sharing hands. She plans to purchase straw for edging on some beds. Ideas she presented were to have a u-pick garden of some kind. It was discussed and concerns arose about abuse and also the city’s take on the project. Conclusion was it needed to be supervised in some way. It was agreed this was a good idea since it promoted outreach.

A regular water check schedule was instituted to help save water and to avoid it being left on or for problems.

Taking Root:  Gini will be writing an article for the next Times promoting the Thursday Market. The following Taking Root column will feature the Mother Earth Fair in Albany the first weekend in June.

Annual Election: Steve discussed the election coming up in July, and that Cheryl and Don’s positions expire soon. It was decided that we would open for 3 board positions.

Munch Night: Next Munch Night is Friday, May 29 with the film “Sacred Science.” Dinner theme is Quiche Fest.

Grants: The CFA received a $200 grant for SNAP and $250 toward a new sign from BCF. Kathleen and Don will be accepting the checks at the Pioneer Picnic in June.

Mother Earth Fair: For volunteering to help at the Mother Earth Fair in Albany in June, CFA members and spouses will receive free admission and a booth to promote the CFA. Signups were done for set up, working the booth, and take down on Sunday. New display boards will be made featuring photos and information about the CFA.

Garden Tour: The CFA will be collaborating with the Brownsville Garden Club with a fundraising Garden Tour on July 11, 2015. Three to four gardens will be featured for $15 per person. CFA members will help sell tickets and man gardens.

Next CFA Meeting: Monday, June 15 at Community Room.

Submitted by Gini Bramlett

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