Minutes:20130805

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  1. Meeting starts 09:02
  2. Check-in
  3. Agenda approved.
  4. Minutes of past meeting, 22 July 2013, reviewed and approved.
  5. Old business:
    1. Matters arising from minutes:
      • Noted in "Farm Meeting" portion, below.
    2. Project updates:
      1. Upcoming classes and events: none scheduled
      2. Recruiting:
        • Query from Naeem & Dawn replied, and second round of specific questions answered. They are from the UK, and are planning to visit in September.
    3. Health and safety concerns and updates: none this week.
  6. New business:
    1. Electricity use reviewed: yellow house down $48.42 (33%), white house up $9.16 (25%), pump up $2.74 (23%).
    2. July stats not quite entered yet, partially reviewed harvest and sales stats.
  7. Review arrivals/departures, guests and apprentices:
    • Marion Z arrived Monday, staying through mid-September or longer if she gets another job.
    • Tony Brogan has informed EcoReality that he has no intention of becoming a member, nor any intention of investing in EcoReality. He has not reported any labour for EcoReality since 21 May. On 30 July, EcoReality notified him, in writing, that he must vacate the room he's been living in for free since 18 April, within the next 30 days. Jan offered to help him move.
    • Gretchen and Espi arrived July 29.
    • Cleome gone to Toronto August 8-13.
    • Gretchen gone to Eugene August 6-14 for Permaculture Teacher Training.
    • Cleome back to Washington around end of August, but will be back on some weekends.
    • Nicholas here through 25th.
  8. Farm meeting:
    • Items to track (rough priority order):
      1. Transplant sugar beets into west field where Tony dug up the sunchokes.
      2. Fix water timer for east field.
      3. Chipping -- Jan check mill for cedar bark for prop room floor.
      4. Get more horse manure from North Saanich on the 8th.
      5. Fix sickle bar and do mowing.
      6. Process garlic when it is dried enough.
      7. Direct seed:
        • Continue successional plantings of lettuce.
      8. Do something with the remaining goldenberries (many have been transplanted already).
      9. Jan and others: re-arrange the greenhouse tables.
      10. Complete irrigation plumbing in greenhouse after locating and levelling tables. In process as tables are positioned and levelled.
      11. Need to move the glass canning jars out of the Yellow House parking lot before they get broken.
      12. Investigate using small greenhouse as a food dehydrator.
      13. Cane berries, moving to west fence of west garden -- wait for fall dormancy.
      14. Fix big rototiller -- won't run for more than a minutes or so; investigate fuel blockage -- back burner, winter project.
      15. Jan: begin making horsetail/nettle tea to keep powdery mildew and other fungus down.
    • Tracked items recently completed:
      1. Trellis cucumbers and tie up tomatoes. DONE!
    • Work party Friday: site clean-up.
  9. Confirmed next meeting: Next residents' meeting: Jan facilitator, Monday, 12 August 2013, 09:00.
  • Meeting adjourned, 09:55
  • Respectfully submitted, Jan Steinman 00:08, 6 August 2013 (CEST)

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