Dale Brady, convener, opened the 7:00 pm meeting with welcome and introductions of four new attendees.
Tom Lewis addressed the downfall of the hydrofracking industry. Fracking is dying, and the net worth of American oil went down 60%.
Tom Kennedy gave the Treasurer’s Report, $611+ in the account and passed around the donation jar.
If anyone has local photos to add to the website, send them to Vince Lombardi, to replace those photos there that aren’t local scenery.
Upcoming meeting topics:
July 9 - Community Networking and Emergency Preparedness, Tom Lewis and Dorothy Kengla
No meeting in August.
Sept. 10 - Affordable Solar, Vince Lombardi and Randall Ashelman
October - Proposed: Prep for harvest and winter storage of food, or local market farmers Eli & Misty Cook
Sat. June 13, Edd Vrcich will be demonstrating composting at Brookdale Farm in Mineral County
Saturday, July 11, 10-2:30 Garden Tour, Eva Taylor and Maureen Wysopal.
Proposed: Demonstration of old-fashioned hay cutting by Larry Lemons, to be scheduled
Windy Cutler gave a report of the Square Foot Gardening workshop put on by Edd Vrcich at her home. Eleven people attended and learned the basics of this concentrated gardening method.
Farmer’s Daughter Market is open in Capon Bridge, with fresh local meats and produce.
French’s Mill Garden Center is closed now after the spring season. Thanks to all who patronized Dan & Cathi Hartsook’s operation. They will be at farmer’s markets in the fall. Organic feeds are available through them on contract.
Robin Mills talked about the progress of the recycling effort. The County Commission is planning on a drop-off recycling center near the Regional Jail in Augusta. He visited the Hampshire County Landfill and the Greenbrier County Recycling Center and was impressed with both. A fundraiser for the Recycling Cooperative is tentatively planned for Friday, July 31 6:00 pm at the Rio School House.
Main Presentation - Food Preservation Methods (other than canning and freezing)
Dale introduced the topic and recommended several books including The Art of Fermentation by S. Katz
Eva Taylor described fermentation, how it takes place, what foods can be fermented, etc. She was a wealth of information and offered that folks could call her for more details.
Tom Kennedy and Maureen Wysopal talked about methods of drying vegetables, fruits and herbs, including air drying, using an electric dehydrator, solar or oven (150 degrees is ideal)
Windy Cutler described a root cellar and its uses.
Dale described cheesemaking as another non-energy dependent way to preserve food.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:00 pm
The next meeting will be July 9, 2015 at the Augusta Health Dept. 7:00 pm., social at 6:00 pm.