Minutes:20180716

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Members Meeting

  1. Meeting begins
  2. Check-in: Cleome and Jan: ok, Kate: hot and tired.
  3. Previous meeting minutes (July 9) approved.
  4. Accomplishments
    1. Leonard, Lauren, and Kate did a market on their own! Cleome and Jan actually got away for a few days! Thanks so much! (Kate, Leonard, and Lauren) DONE!
    2. Jan sent mortgage renewal documents, except for insurance statement, which got put somewhere "safe." Will track it down and send it early this week. (Jan) DONE!
    3. Replacement 3/8" eye bolts for greenhouse received and ready to install. (Jan) DONE!
    4. Procured eight more grow lights for winter propagation use. Now have four lights for each of three heated tables, to help with uneven coverage and growth. (Jan) DONE!
    5. Obtained new soap making supplies, which were beginning to hold up production.
  5. Market
    1. This week's market staffing: Kate and Cleome Tuesday, Jan and Cleome Saturday.
    2. Research and procure re-coating market tent. (Jan)
    3. Planning for marketing soap at Tuesday Market, since they won't let us sell it outright. Make a sign. Photos taken and ready. (Jan)
  6. Eggs
    • Chickens have mites. Put some diatomaceous earth in their dusting baths and nesting boxes. (Kate)
    • First batch of new pullets and ducklings will be laying in October. (Cleome)
    • Where to put new chicks? Can soon go in with the older ones, until they go out with mature ones. (Cleome)
  7. Fruit
    1. Headers for irrigation installed. Need to find and install emitters and program the timer. (Jan)
      • Emitters and punch tool are still missing. We've looked everywhere. Jan is almost certain he did not move them, but will look in likely places. (Jan)
  8. Greenhouse
    1. Need replacement eye bolts installed. Will start out doing as-needed, with a push to replace many or all before winter. (Jan)
    2. Fix North purlin in East room. (Jan)
    3. Patch holes. (Cleome, Jan)
    4. Need second fan installed in west end of greenhouse before powdery mildew season in fall, probably September. (Jan)
    5. Need to gather and infuse horsetail for powdery mildew treatment at or before the second fan goes in. (Jan)
    6. Fabricate side retaining cord clips out of the found wiggle-wire. We need as many as a third replaced (96), due to the stress of using them to support eagle-catchers over the chicken runs. (Jan)
    7. Having some problems with eggplant, curling leaves and blossom drop. Cleome will research (Cleome)
  9. Dairy
    1. Hay chopper recommended by Cleome for mixing winter feed, since the late hay harvest is not going to be nutritious. (Cleome)
    2. Running out of cheese storage. Need to clean up and move one from farm store to the sewing room, next to the fridge already there. (Jan)
    3. Fix west hedgerow fence — it's not hot. (Cleome, Jan, Leonard, Lauren)
    4. Check hooves and trim (Jan) ongoing, Whitey trimmed. Commit to one day a week to trim.
    5. Clean goat trailer: can wait until fall, but we should get it out of there before they start on hay, because it's better quality and easier to move without the hay in it.
  10. Infrastructure & Admin
    1. Leonard is hot to take out the big dead maple at end of paddocks.
      • He will climb it and attach a tarp rope for guiding the tree down.
      • Cleome to take saw in for a tune-up tomorrow. (Cleome)
      • Tentatively set felling for Wednesday.
    2. Need co-op VISA card that can be used at US Costco. (Jan)
    3. Cleome will provide a written request for draw on her revolving loan for US Costco purchases until then. (Cleome)
    4. Pither suit:
      • requested to go in camera at 16:45
      • completed in camera meeting at 16:47; reviewed progress and agreed to proceed with current efforts.
    5. Put new wheel on NE pasture gate. (Jan)
    6. Get new rubber stamp for product bags and such (Jan)
    7. Catch up on tax filings (Jan): sorting receipts in prep for entry
    8. Get new computer set up as web server (Jan) ongoing
  11. Soap
    • Behind, need to do a batch or two a day for a while. (Cleome)
  12. Value Added
    1. Need more salsa verde, selling like crazy. Will hold tomatillos back from market until we have a good supply of salsa. (Cleome)
    2. Need an "info sheet" for preserves; large, laminated one and perhaps a hand-out to drop in the bag with every purchase. (Cleome, Jan)
  13. Education
    1. In touch with Bruce and his mother, who will arrive in Seattle on August 23, then touring Seattle, Vancouver, and Victoria, before reaching here a few days before Bruce's orientation on September 1.
    2. Still no firm travel info for Ricardo.
    3. Canada Homestay requested respite housing for Jiho from Friday, September 7-15, as his host family will be away on vacation then.
  14. Cleome's move: will keep on agenda, but deferred until after market season.
    1. Fix VVG (Jan)
      • Remove pump and send it in
  15. Off-Island Shopping:
    1. Need to deliver VVG pump to repair place.
    2. Need paper cups for berries from Warehouse Club.
  16. Comings and Goings
    1. Cleome and Jan were away from last Thursday through Sunday evening, and all the plants and animals survived! Many thanks to all for letting us get away for a bit!
    2. Philipp and Lena here late tomorrow, 17th. We are trying to find alternatives to a hotel for them.
    3. Leonard leaving (again!) on 19th. :-(
    4. Gary Schofield will be here Wednesday August 1-5. We've let him know we don't have indoor accommodations then. He will probably stay in the motorhome.
    5. Clover coming for a week sometime in the next month, not sure exactly when.
    6. Rebecca maybe Aug 10, but hard to say for sure.
    7. Cleome to Moly & Quentin's 70th anniversary party on Friday, Aug 17th, back on Sunday.
    8. Anne-Sophie coming Friday evening (20th) through Thursday, 2 August. She will stay in the motorhome or a tent.
  17. Health and Safety Concerns
    1. Continued heat predicted. Stay hydrated and be careful in the heat!
  18. New business
    1. Need hay grinder (Cleome)
      • We're expecting our late-harvested hay to be poor nutritionally, and with a hay chopper, we can mix in other nutrients to keep our goats healthy.
      • An electric one is about US $1,200 new.
      • Jan asked if it would make sense looking for a PTO-driven one that could handle our round bales more easily.
      • We will continue research.
      • Need to have this figured out by November, when feeding season begins.
  19. Next meeting set for Monday, 23rd, at 16:00.
  20. Check-out: all: there is work to do!
  21. Meeting adjourned 17:12
  • respectfully submitted, Jan Steinman 18:15, 16 July 2018 (PDT)

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