Minutes:20131109

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  1. Meeting starts 09:14
  2. Check-in
  3. Agenda approved.
  4. Minutes of last meeting, 2 November 2013, reviewed and approved.
  5. Old business:
    1. Matters arising from minutes: none noted.
    2. Project updates:
      1. Upcoming classes and events: nothing noted. General approval expressed for cleaning up the classroom and re-instating monthly events.
      2. Recruiting: Jan still needs to follow up with Naeem & Dawn. Two couples from White Rock will visit on Sunday. Past possibility Chris & Kate, renewed interest. Also heard from John who is interested.
    3. Health and safety concerns and updates: none noted.
  6. New business:
    1. Julian and Eric want to leave a camping van here. They would want to use it from time to time, but otherwise, we could use it. They said the engine is not in very good shape.
      • Member were unanimous that it was not clear of what benefit this would be to EcoReality.
    2. Reviewed 2013-10 labour and 2013-10 gross productivity.
    3. Review and prioritize current projects.
      • Tabled due to time constraints.
  7. Review arrivals/departures, guests and apprentices:
    • Laura & Amy want to increase their involvement, and each pledged ten hours of volunteer labour each week. Noted that we would like some structure around that time.
      • AGREED: Work parties moved to Saturday following the weekly meeting. Jan & Mindy will prepare a list of things to do each Saturday.
    • Ron came back for a few minutes on Friday, and said he'd be back Sunday.
    • Mindy must check out with Peace Arch CIC no later than 1 December.
      • To save ferry expenses, Cleome & Jan will pick her up an 30 November, take her to Peace Arch customs, and bring her back to the ferry. Jan will prepare an additional letter. If she is denied re-entry, Cleome will take her to Olympia, and we will work out some way to get her car and personal possessions back.
    • Cleome leaving Monday, probably on the 13:50 ferry.
    • We may need milking help December 31, as Mindy will leave before Jan arrives back from Michigan.
    • Jan & Cleome to Michigan, Dec 24-31.
  8. Farm meeting:
    • Awash in sunchokes; need to preserve, prepare, or sell them!
    • Winter gardening desires: kale, collards, sweet onions (for spring starts), mescluns, raab broccoli, spinach, mache.
      • Have all but collards and mescluns.
    • Items to track (rough priority order):
      1. Make tomato sauce from last of tomatoes. One big batch done, still a lot in the west room of greenhouse.
      2. Move cane berries.
      3. Get fuel for tractor.
      4. Store west garden irrigation.
      5. Get at least one chain saw working and continue harvesting wood.
      6. New.gif Make mini-root cellar for potatoes.
      7. Clean up farm store area in prep for construction.
        • Empty freezer in farm store, feed to chickens.
      8. Clean up classroom and cloakroom.
      9. Harvest pumpkins after first frost.
      10. Harvest rose hips after first hard frost.
      11. Continue monitoring the big pear tree and pick when it begins to really fall.
      12. Set up two cages in greenhouse for pear storage.
      13. Replace water timer in west room of greenhouse.
      14. Jan contact Gavin about putting manure on fields he leases from us.
      15. Pull up and store field irrigation in prep for winter cover crops.
      16. Get cedar slabs and bark from Shane for projects and path mulch.
      17. Plant winter garden in greenhouse where the cukes were.
      18. Build bigger planters for Physalis. Shoot for 8' to 9', depending on what we can get from Shane.
      19. Chipping -- Jan check mill for cedar bark for prop room floor. (Jan Steinman)
      20. Jan and others: re-arrange the greenhouse tables.
      21. Complete irrigation plumbing in greenhouse after locating and levelling tables. In process as tables are positioned and levelled.
      22. Fix sickle bar and do mowing.
      23. Need to move the glass canning jars out of the Yellow House parking lot before they get broken.
        • Find a place to put jars!
      24. Cane berries, moving to west fence of west garden -- wait for fall dormancy.
      25. Fix big rototiller -- won't run for more than a minutes or so; investigate fuel blockage -- back burner, winter project.
      26. Investigate using small greenhouse as a food dehydrator.
      27. Fix dining room ceiling.
    • Tracked items recently completed:
      1. Juice last of cukes. DONE
      2. Prep area and plant garlic. DONE
      3. Inventory our seed collection and start to think about orders. DONE
      4. Clean tractor fuel filter. DONE
  9. Confirmed next meeting: Next residents' meeting: Jan facilitator, Saturday, 16 November 2013, 09:00. Note new meeting time, due to earlier milking due to Daylight Savings Time.
  • Meeting adjourned, 10:14
  • Respectfully submitted, Jan Steinman 22:42, 10 November 2013 (CET)

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