Minutes 2015-10-19

Calapooia Food Alliance Minutes Oct. 19, 2015

Present: Members; Don Lyon, Steve Brenner, Sally Lockhart, Gini Bramlett, Kathleen Swayze, Diane Remior and Ally Maser.

Minutes: Motion to approve corrections made by Kathleen, second by Gini.  Amended current signers for accounts are Kathleen, Don and Stephen. The Sept. 19, 2015 minutes were approved.

Treasurers Report: Currently there is $511.96 at Selco Credit Union, $12,999 in savings and $1,134.91 in checking at Key Bank. Kathleen reported she finally received the check from ABT, and as of Sept. 18, we had $283.00 in cider sales.

Farmers Market: Diane reported we sold $259.00 worth of cider and $40 worth of honey (without labels) at the market this past week. She also wants to schedule a day to take down the market tents for winter storage and to update the bulletin board, possibly making a chalk board. Diane will also be doing a market “year to date”.

Community Garden: work parties with MGs was discussed and several dates were chosen to get the garden winter-ready. Ally suggested using cover crops to prevent weeds and add nutrients for overwintering beds.  This must be done by late November if decided. She also reported that she reminded plot holders that they must care for their individual plots during the winter months.

Taking Root: Gini will be writing a column about our honey project

Honey Project:  It has been decided that retail cost for small jars of honey will be $4; large jars will be $6 and wholesale for $6. The businesses can charge what they want to. The “Call to Artists” project was discussed and it was decided to have the labels with artist’s work ready for sale for Christmas. A call will go out to the museum/Lori Garcy for input, and an ad will go into the paper ASAP.

Munch Night: This month Munch Night will be Friday, October 30, 2015. Guest speakers will be Lynn Peabody and Chris Burns, coordinators of the Sharing Garden in Monroe. They will share their vision and a slide show of their gardens.  Sally and Gini will bring squash casseroles, Don is making soup, Steve is making bread, and Kathleen will bring a main dish and a dessert.

Other topics/guest speakers for future Munch Nights were discussed; earthquake preparation, a cooking demo, and The Mushroomery and Green Willow.

Cider:  It was decided to test the cider to see how long it would stay totally fresh, and look for events where we can sell it. Don suggested doing a hard cider workshop at his house. Don said he’d produce a flyer for the paper and the market

 New BusinessIt was suggested that we all keep our eyes and ears open for new board members. Diane suggested posting on social media.

Don and Sally have been attending the Ford Foundation leadership Training. Don passed around a handout containing the life cycle of small non profits. He proposed an informal meeting to discuss what the mission of the CFA is this winter and what direction we want to go.

A private nonprofit is interested in buying the school; someone on the board needs to be in on the planning meetings since this sale could impact the community garden, which is on school property.

Next CFA Meeting: Monday, Nov. 16, 2015 at Community Room

Submitted by Gini Bramlett

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