Dale Brady, Convener, opened the meeting at 7:00 pm. Approximately 45 people were in attendance. Chairs were arranged on a circle for the first part of the meeting.
Kate Pacelli spoke about the successful Kickstarter campaign in support of the Farmer’s Daughter Grocer and Butcher shop slated to be open by the end of May in Capon Bridge. Over $25,000 was raised in donations from local and distant contributors. Beth Reese pointed out how this showed support for the business from the community.
Cathi and Dan Hartsook gave updates on French’s Mill on Ford Hill Road in Augusta, where the garden center is now open Thursdays thru Sundays, 12-6 pm, with an assortment of organic garden seeds, plants, mulch and other gardening needs. The mill itself, which still works, has acquired historic status, and they are looking for donations and grants as they reach toward a goal of interaction with the community.
Romney Farmer’s Market will be opening the first Saturday in May in the parking lot in front of the Wellness Center. Later in the month, it will also be open Wednesdays at the Bottling Works.
Dale mentioned that a Kickstarter project may be a way to make high tunnels affordable, to buy one, get some reimbursement from the government, then use that to buy the next one.
Tom Lewis bought a biodiesel system online, and Todd Ashelman wants to set up a co-op to process waste oil into diesel fuel.
Jim Guy has a 21-page document that explains the set-up of a firewood cutting cooperative in Vermont. He’ll post it on the website.
Tonight’s main presentation covered many topics that all related to small-scale food production.
The team put together powerpoint presentations that have notes attached, and will be posted on the website. The topics and presenters were:
Eva Taylor - Food Forests
Elspeth Odbert - Soil
Todd Ashelman - Worm Composting
Jim Guy - High Tunnels
The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 pm.
The next meeting is May 14, 2015, and will be held at the Bank of Romney Community Center, due to a scheduling conflict with the Health Dept. Doors open at 6:00 pm. The topic will be Sanitation.