Who? Mike, Sarai, Chuck, Chris S., Rosemary, Trina, Annette, Jamie, Keith
Discussion on first quarterly newsletter for April. Submissions due Monday, April 18th.
Theme: Foodshed-- area that food comes from. Right now, it is international for most people. 30 square miles is all we need per person.
Food acreage-- how much land it takes to feed an individual
1.6 acres by average Cornell Study
1.Chuck's essay on plants/pesticides/pollinators
2.SCD -Native Plant Sale Volunteers Needed, Fish Count
3. TFF- Seventh Gen supper, Events: Skill share, book talk, discussion
4. Speak up!Speak Out-- 10 year anniversary
6. Pictures of Tiny Cows
7. Trina would like to address the bee killer pesticide/have summary of Chuck's article and link
Facebook - like Chuckanut Transition on Facebook. Scott from volunteering w/Garden Tour made Facebook page for the tour.
Jamie is excited about hosting movies and chatting afterwords. So, he will come up with a list. He'll talk to Ranger and the Sedro guy and take the ball.
Garden Tour organizing update
Next quarterly newsletter will be July. Focus will be on Garden tour and drought strategies. Chuck has been seeing a lot of things about water. The guy who predicted the housing market collapse has now analyzed the water situation/degradation/privitazation is saying things are getting bad.
Keith brought up the legality of rain water collection.
Annette added that Seattle announced the largest rain collection ever.
Last night an inch of rain dropped.
Mike volunteered to share the story of his new tank. Chris added that the Dept of Ecology encourages water storage as it helps keep the low stream flow in the summer.
Chris would like to make an edible native species presentation as a part of the garden tour. Wild edible plant
Plant Swap and Sale-- Vending?, Organizing Skill Share?, Sharing Info
Do we want a tent? Yes.
Trina-seeds, Sarai-starts,plants, Jenny's tomatoes, Jill, Chris, Annette has seeds,
Chuck wants to share about bugs. Will put into tent.
Keith told us about how young people are gaining enthusiasm about gardening and he and Anette are passing out seed packets. He wonders how to further engage younger crowd.
Sarai suggested Skagit Garden Geeks Facebook page as one strategy.
Create skill survey for what people want to learn or perhaps what they may have to teach?
Develop a survey that we use at multiple events.
Rosemary will develop a list. Chris recommended checking out the Whatcom skill share. They will pass out survey at Plant Swap and Sale
Chris suggests that seed saving is a skill share that would fit. He reached out to some resources at Whatcom and Phinney Farm. Celt Shirra will share from 1 to 3.
Also, a money box will be introduced for events/meetings to hold our small budget -- Keith got cash for the fruit press.
Procession of the Species May 7
CT will march.
Break Free - End of Fossil Fuels Global event/in Anacortes - May 13-15
Discussion about merits of local activism ensued.
Keith might bring his Shaam to moderate the meeting.