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Minutes of the 12-7-18 Meeting
« Reply #1 on: January 04, 2019, 09:30:42 AM »
Dear ONES,
   Here are the December Minutes.  We elected board members with just 7 in attendance; due to our structure, it's impossible to specify a  membership quorum.  The Jan meeting will be Friday, Jan. 4.

ONE Minutes 12-7-18

    After dinner and waiting until after 6 because the telephone notification failed to specify the start time of 5 p.m., George called the meeting to order at 6:22 p.m. There were 7 present.
     Minutes:  Suzanne read the Minutes of the November meeting.  Magda move to approve; Lisa seconded; approved without opposition.
     Treasurer's Report:  November balance $979.42.  Income = $5 donation; no expenses, for a balance of $984.42.  $618.38 committed, $366.04 available -- sorghum balance $2.135.19.  Jon asked that the sorghum fund be itemized; George said that's the sorghum group's business, but he'll do it for the year-end report.  Lisa moved to approve; Jon seconded; approved without opposition.
     Sorghum (Jon):  This year we were out of sync all year.  It sounded so promising, with the transplanted cane the Lutie kids started.  We should have thinned it, but there was no aphid problem.  We got 14 gal out of it, our best-tasting ever.  We sold it all.
     We made a total of 26 gallons this year -- some the best we've ever made, some inedible (we sold it, and some of the pressed cane, to some cattlemen who reported that the cattle loved it).  We still haven't figured how to regulate the furnace so it gets cooked enough but not too much.
     We pressed some cane brought by some people who grew it for seed for Baker Creek.  We charged them $17. 
     April Wilson, the NRCS lady, put in for a grant for beneficial insects, but NRCS's focus is pollinators, not the insects we want for aphid control.
     We need to reorganize the sorghum consortium -- to see who's in, who's out.  We're committed to finishing the building.  The roofing is still in question.  We have some we could use, but need Elaine's agreement, and she waffles.
      Magda noted that the contract with Elaine to finish the building is with ONE, not just the sorghum group.  She suggested planting other crops (dill, coriander) at Ledbetter's besides the sorghum.   
     Chipper:  Lisa cut and chipped 2 huge maple trees by herself -- she recalled being extra careful doing this alone.  It takes up to 10-inch logs, but that size is firewood anyway so she didn't do ones that big.  She had 1.5 truckloads unloaded in 2 days. 
     She and Chuck and Magda will have more to do.  Thom got a new hour meter for it -- Jon's going to Ava and will take it to her.
     Work Party:  No new requests, though Suzanne would like help removing a large generator from her car -- it's too heavy for her to handle. 
     A lot has been cut for Hoppeses.  Several people went to Thom's and got his dead trees cut, split, and stacked.
     Election:  George opened nominations, but there were none in addition to Magda and Pearl.  Nominations were closed.  With the same number of candidates as (one-year board) positions, the nominees were elected unanimously by show of hands; Suzanne certified the election orally.
     Phone messaging:  Nine subgroups are still available without an extra charge; let Suzanne know if you want to start one.  The Board should be a subgroup.  The annual fee, $129, is due in February.
     Website:  It was $100/mo when we started -- then cheaper but the email is a pain to maintain.  It's only $16/year for the new site and it's working much better.  It will be $30 next year, but someone needs to maintain it.  Sophek told Thom he was interested but hasn't responded to Thom's email.
     Lisa has forgotten her password.  Thom said instructions for resetting your password are "all about the Forum" or something like it.
     Next meeting will be Jan 4.  Swap met?  No -- it will be cold and nobody showed up last time.  George will facilitate again.  But Jon will lead a discussion about planning -- how will we carry out our mission statement?  (Feb. meeting:  There will be a church spaghetti dinner on the first Friday, the 1st -- so we'll meet Feb. 8.)
     Jon said we need to try harder to produce healthy. ecological. enlightened, democratic food systems.  We need to network with others -- how can we work together besides work parties?  What else can we do about the greater picture?
We don't have land for wheat but we do for corn. 
     Thom said we should adopt Galen's focus on food.  Do we have the resources to take on things we have goals for?  Should we start with resources or goals?  Sometimes resources come to meet goals.  We would be busy taking care of crops -- not sure it's viable. 
     Magda suggested those who come each time could contact the others and ask if they plan to come.  Sharing crops is a good idea but none of our crops turned out this year.  We could have a planning meeting -- find out how many people are  interested in growing their own food.
     Lisa said she's stayed away because of the format, which she hates -- it's her only option in light of the majority decision -- but she suspects others may feel the same (though a number who spoke for it are absent tonight).  She grows meat animals -- grass-fed beef, non-GMO-fed pork.  She would grow even more if there were a market. 
     As for garden failures, there was no rain last fall, so there was no subsoil moisture for gardens this year -- why you plan for 2 years.  She didn't can any tomatoes this year, but she did about 40 quarts last year.
     George noted that you don't have to be a farmer to preserve food -- get stuff at farm markets.  Good meat is hard to find -- people have forgotten how to age beef.  But enough people in this group could provide a lot more that we're thinking about now.
     Jon said we should not only meet with other groups -- we should coordinate  food production with them.  He'll talk to Amalia, who has more at her meetings than we do.
     Lisa said the Ava Organic Gardening Club has talked about this, but they thought producers would be glad to sell meat for less.  She's not.  She's fed a beef for 3 years, and it has to be inspected if it's to be sold -- though you can bypass that by buying a share of a live steer.  And her processor ages for three weeks.  She would sell milk if she had regular customers.  (Magda, Jon, and Thom said they'd like some.)  In Missouri, it's legal to sell raw milk if customers come to the farm.
     Lisa moved to adjourn; Thom seconded; adjourned 7:55.
                                                                                                                           Respectfully submitted,
                                                                                                                                  Suzanne Meeks, Secretary

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