Minutes:20130227

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  1. Meeting starts 11:11
  2. Check-in
    • Carol notes there is a down tree at the top of Ganges Hill that perhaps we could harvest, and another on Sunset.
  3. Agenda approved.
  4. Minutes of past meeting, 20 February 2013, reviewed and approved.
  5. Old business:
    1. Matters arising from minutes: entered with topics below.
    2. Project updates:
      1. Upcoming classes and events: Humanure workshop seemed well-received.
      2. Recruiting:
        • No reply yet from attorney regarding Ron dumping junk tractors here.
        • Jan continuing to correspond with numerous parties, but none are quite ready to make the jump.
        • Rudy has a lead that he will pursue and report back.
      3. EcoNest cottage:
        • Jan continuing to communicate with Robert L.
        • Materials estimate should be coming soon from Windsor.
        • Need to clarify the definition of a "commercial kitchen" that we are allowed to put in an auxiliary farm building.
        • Aux farm building cannot have an indoor shower.
        • Next steps following estimate from Windsor will require funding:
          1. Paula's updated drawing, which is required for
          2. Building permit, and
          3. Rezoning application.
    3. Update on farm steward recruiting:
      • Continuing, with a phone interview later today. Reviewed Michelle S's application. No objections noted to having her here.
    4. Health and safety concerns and updates: none noted
  6. New business:
    1. Discussion on sale of EcoReality property, as agreed on 2 January 2013.
      • The market is very depressed at present. One farm that has been on the market for over a year has cut its price in half.
      • We have some interesting new developments to consider that could result in a better return for shareholders than a quick liquidation.
      • AGREED: to defer decision to sell EcoReality, pending outcome of this season's activities.
  7. Review arrivals/departures, guests and apprentices:
    • Jan gone Thursday, helping Jason move in from Victoria.
    • Jan volunteering at Film Festival all day Saturday
    • Rudy is back from staying with his daughter.
  8. Farm meeting:
    • Japanese Silverberry cuttings are rooting in a tray in the greenhouse. Jan is monitoring root growth before potting.
    • Rudy's German volunteer may want some compensation; Rudy will clarify.
  9. Plans for the week:
    • Jan: prepare a "hot table" in greenhouse for early starts.
    • Jan: continued work on 30-year development plan in preparation for rezoning proposal.
    • Rudy: help with soil blocks and early seeding.
  10. Confirmed next meeting: Next residents' meeting: Jan facilitator, Wednesday, 6 March 2013, 11:00.
  • Meeting adjourned, 12:07.
  • Respectfully submitted, Jan Steinman 22:59, 27 February 2013 (CET)

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