Calapooia Food Alliance Minutes June 20, 2016
Present: Board members: Don Lyon, Steve Brenner, Gini Bramlett, Kathleen Swayze and Sally Lockhart. Market Mgr. Diane Remior (briefly for her presentation) and Garden Mgr. Ally Maser. Peggy Purkerson was absent.
Minutes: Kathleen made a motion to approve minutes for May 2016, Don seconded.
Treasurers Report: Balance in Selco is $512.36, Saving balance is $5 and Key Bank savings total is $17,001.12.
Farmer’s Market: Rain is expected again on Thurs., and in spite of the weather issues the past few weeks, we are seeing more families coming. The scavenger hunt was successful, so maybe more ideas to attract families to the market is a good idea.
The POP program looks to be a success. Diane talked with a few dowtown businesses for donations for the Power Of Produce (POP) program and sent a letter to this week’s Times asking for help in keeping this program going. An all over mailing might also be the way to go.
Brownsville Community Foundation: Don and Diane will be checking to make certain a photo of the gifted cabinets used at the market will be sent to chamber for their brochure.
Community Garden: The Brownsville Garden Club’s Garden tour is on Saturday and still needs volunteers. Kathleen will be contacting Linda Scronce- Johnson to see where we are needed on Sat. since we are getting some of the profits and need to help out where needed.
Allie suggested those who can gather together for one last work party to get the garden up to par before the garden tour on Sat.
Allie needs more hosts to man the community garden the day of the garden tour as well. Gini volunteered the 10-noon slot and Don is taking the noon – 2 time. Ally will be making sun tea to serve to visitors. Also she would like to set up a table/desk to hand out brochures as well.
A reminder that the shed has been left open on several occasions. Check as you pass and put away tools if needed and lock up. Ally suggested marking tools and all to be thinking about ways to label permanently.
School board meeting indicated the new owners will exempt the garden area so we’ll have long term usage. The outfit that buys the rest will have use of the remainder of the property.
Ally is also working on the permit for building the new garden structure before construction can begin.
Members are asked to save newspapers and tapeless cardboard for the garden.
Taking Root: Gini asked for input for future columns. She will focus on pest Id for the next one.
Stand By Me: Bit o honey candy will be picked up right beforethe event in July. We will also be selling jarred honey, honey stix and whatever anyone of us would like to sell.
Honey Sales: Kathleen said she still needs to contact Thompson Mill to get honey to them.
She reported that the CFA has upped the cost of honey to $10 from $8.
Munch Night: No Munch Nights for summer
Mother Earth Fair: Do we want to do it next year? It was decided that having a booth really doesn’t do that much for us, but that it is good for our community as a whole. More participation is needed to do it. Another option is to not have a table, but just help out in other ways and still get free tickets for the exchange..
Cider pressing/Boston Mill: progress is being made.
New Biz– Lisa sent an email with her idea for a year ’round market in the Farm Kitchen location on Main St. We suggested that she offer us a proposal before we make any committment to help support financially or otherwise.
Next CFA Meeting: Monday, July 18 at Community Room
Submitted by Gini Bramlett