CVFAC Membership Meeting, April 4, 2011
COTR Greenhouse Classroom
Present: 17 members
Jeanne called the meeting to order at 7:05 pm. Agenda was approved as presented.
President’s Report: Jeanne presented Gail’s report. Gail has been working hard on Grant applications. Grants applied for total $41,799, to date the grants received come to a total of $22, 119.
The Enterprising Non Profit idea is still being moved forward.
The FAC had a display table at Seedy Saturday, thanks to Jeanne, Jessica, and Pat. FAC was also present at KLAS AGM, thanks to Jeanne, Jessica, Caroline and Kyersten for promoting our group.
Membership fees are due, $25 per household. These funds are used to support the general work of the FAC.
Please complete a registration form for COTR if you are a new member or have not completed one already.
Treasurer’s Report-Presented by Jeanne Kay Guelke as received from Denise Jaeger.
Farmers’ Market update–Jen
2011 Spring Market season starts May 7th, 8:00am at Millennium Park. New mid-week market in Spirit Square July – September, Wednesdays 3:30 – 6:30
Looking for vendors with bedding plants, crafts, baking, art for Spring Market!
Key 2011 Farmers’ Market changes & updates:
Starting season 6 weeks earlier than 2010, and added mid-week market for summer! Some incremental stall fee changes (stalls fees range from $15-20 for Spring/Summer Markets), and one-time membership fee increased to $10. This will bring in needed additional revenue for market operations.
We will be charging non-profits who are selling products full stall fee, but non-profits only offering information will be entitled to a free booth. We are also a non-profit and need to make our ends meet!
Watch for our new marketing materials – new Farmers’ Market branding by Imagine Ink looks fantastic! New website going up soon, ads in visitors guides look great… All vendors required to provide at least 24 hours notice. No more drop-in stall rentals the morning of the market.
The Farmers’ Market committee needs YOUR help:
1. Homes for four 4’x8’ billboards (sizes can be adjusted to fit space). If you live along a main highway corridor and are willing to host a farmers’ market billboard (or know someone who does!) please get in contact with us.
2. Volunteers to help set-up and take-down the market. A volunteer roster and schedule is being put together. We will bribe you with a snazzy cloth Farmers’ Market grocery bag.
3. Market entertainment – a schedule and roster is also currently being put together for entertainment. Also bribing with Farmers’ Market grocery bags.
BC Association of Farmers’ Market Annual Conference
Attended by Jen Comer & Jean Syroteuk (long-time farmers’ market vendor and sits on farmers’ market committee)
Fantastic weekend full of networking, learning and sharing!
Update was previously emailed out, and available on FAC website.
Contact Jen Comer for additional Farmers’ Market information, CVFarmersMarket@gmail.com
Greenhouse-Greenhouse Grand opening, Tuesday, April 19, 2011 11:30am – 1:30pm. They have received a grant of $40,000 to be spread over 3 years.
Greenheart Herbal Society-Jeanne reported the meetings are the second Monday of each month at the college. $25 membership fee or $5.00 drop in fee. There is a newsletter and website. Contact Jeanne if interested.
Farm Fresh Guide-We will start phoning for updates in the next couple of weeks. We may add local restaurants. Pat and Gail will take care of this part of the guide.
Home & Garden Show-Jessica has been spearheading this for us. She is still looking for other groups who are sharing the booth with FAC. Volunteers will be needed for set up and take down and possibly on Friday and Saturday during the show. Set up is Thursday night. The hours of the Garden show are Friday, April 15th 2pm-9pm and Saturday 10am-5pm. Please contact Jessica or Caroline if you can help or take part.
Blossom Festival-Long weekend in May. There are two events, Parade on Saturday. Pat (along with her husband) will help with this. Please contact Pat with ideas for the float. The theme for this year’s festival is in honour of Lela Irvine (she was a long term Mayor of Creston). The second event is the Chili cook off. Does anyone want to volunteer for this again this year? FAC did it last year but did not win. Henry Schoof is the person to contact if we want to proceed.
Guest Speaker-Cassandra Viers-Creston Public Library. Cassandra told us about all of the different materials and services available at the library. The library covers the area from Riondel to Yahk to the border. Library cards are free unlike many libraries across BC. The library has DVD documentaries about food and gardening. How to Books, Newspapers, Articles are all available at the library. The library website is very informational; it is full of databases. There are Library events such as movie nights and readings. There is an Inter Library Loan program-if our Creston library does not have what you are looking for, it can be borrowed from another library in BC. So…if you do not have a library card it is time you did. Check out what the library has to offer.
New Business-Creston Urban Chickens & Bees are now a Facebook group. Holly Pender-Love presented some information at the last meeting. Cassandra reported once the election is over Holly and others interested will start to organize this group.
Randy Meyer reported good news on the chicken business. Things are moving ahead, we are purchasing the processing unit along with another couple. There should be about 4000 chickens processed through the unit this year. The quota is now 2000 birds per producer. We may need to find some people to work in the unit.
Meeting adjourned 8:05pm
Next meeting-Monday, May 2, 2011. 4pm
As prepared by Sheila