Minutes:20131019

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  1. Meeting starts 09:08
  2. Check-in
  3. Agenda approved.
  4. Minutes of two meetings ago, 28 September 2013, reviewed and approved. Mindy will email minutes from 5 October 2013 to Jan for entry.
  5. Old business:
    1. Matters arising from minutes:
      • Meeting time: Rudy forgot it had moved to 10. Next two meetings at 10, then possibly move to 9 when milking moves to 7:30 due to daylight savings time.
    2. Project updates:
      1. Upcoming classes and events: not reviewed
      2. Recruiting: Jan still needs to follow up with Naeem & Dawn.
    3. Health and safety concerns and updates: none noted.
  6. New business: none
  7. Review arrivals/departures, guests and apprentices:
    • Cleome arriving on the 17:35 ferry next Friday.
    • Mindy returned yesterday after CIC delays. (YAY!)
    • Mindy to leave on or before December 1, but can re-enter, probably within the following week.
    • General discussion about the people Rudy has been hosting, noting that they are not considered EcoReality volunteers, unless they fill out a volunteer application and sign a volunteer agreement.
  8. Farm meeting:
    • Winter gardening desires: kale, collards, sweet onions (for spring starts), mescluns, raab broccoli, spinach, mache.
    • Items to track (rough priority order):
      1. Take out cukes after last harvest, probably in one week.
      2. Inventory our seed collection and start to think about orders.
      3. Get fuel for tractor and clean fuel filter.
      4. Get at least one chain saw working and continue harvesting wood.
      5. Harvest pumpkins after first frost.
      6. Continue monitoring the big pear tree and pick when it begins to really fall.
      7. Harvest potatoes from cages, and set up two cages in greenhouse for pear storage.
      8. Replace water timer in west room of greenhouse.
      9. Jan contact Gavin about putting manure on fields he leases from us.
      10. Pull up and store field irrigation in prep for winter cover crops.
      11. Get cedar slabs and bark from Shane for projects and path mulch.
      12. Prep area and plant garden in greenhouse, probably where the cukes are, as they will be the first out.
      13. Put a second tarp on hay barn; tarp the sides.
      14. Build bigger planters for Physalis. Shoot for 8' to 9', depending on what we can get from Shane.
      15. Chipping -- Jan check mill for cedar bark for prop room floor. (Jan Steinman)
      16. Jan and others: re-arrange the greenhouse tables.
      17. Complete irrigation plumbing in greenhouse after locating and levelling tables. In process as tables are positioned and levelled.
      18. Fix sickle bar and do mowing.
      19. Need to move the glass canning jars out of the Yellow House parking lot before they get broken.
        • Find a place to put jars!
      20. Investigate using small greenhouse as a food dehydrator.
      21. Cane berries, moving to west fence of west garden -- wait for fall dormancy.
      22. Fix big rototiller -- won't run for more than a minutes or so; investigate fuel blockage -- back burner, winter project.
      23. Jan: begin making horsetail/nettle tea to keep powdery mildew and other fungus down. -- back burner for when humidity increases.
        • Some tomatoes are starting to show mildew.
    • Tracked items recently completed:
      1. Rudy to contact Clay about the dryers and juicer left in the packing shed. Jan & Mindy to support Rudy in packing shed clean-up. DONE!
      2. Contact our retailers and see what they would like from a winter garden. DONE!
        • Mindy reports retailers are interested in chard and small greens, but not collards.
      3. Jan will bring sickle bar part on his trip to Washington (6th). DONE!
  9. Confirmed next meeting: Next residents' meeting: Jan facilitator, Saturday, 26 October 2013, 10:00.
  • Meeting adjourned, 10:02
  • Respectfully submitted, Jan Steinman 21:38, 19 October 2013 (CEST)

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