Central Coast CRAFT, Farmers Meet N' Greet: Monday, February 7 2011
~ Double Dog Ranch~
~Community Announcements/ Introductions
~Reflections on first season of Central Coast CRAFT
~Who can join CRAFT, how far to cast the net?
~Coast-side Seed Initiative (Erin, Tunitas Creek)
Ranch, Blue House Farm, Portrero Nuevo, Fat Cabbage Farm, Fifth Crow
Farm, Tunitas Creek, Fly Girl Farms, Free Wheelin', Add Water Farm,
Double Dog Ranch
Conwell: In collaboration with Pie Ranch and POST the goal is to
develop a mechanism for farmers to build equity, security, and land
ownership. Ultimate interest is in secure and permanent tenure of the
family farm in San Mateo County.
Reflections on Previous Season......
~Making community connections through farm tours
~Farm tours, a "positive learning experience" according to interns
~General consensus around farm tour hours- the visit should start earlier in the day, with a potluck at every other gathering
~Questions arose around who this is structured for? The interns? The farmers? Both?
~Interest in advanced workshops structured for Farmers
~Consensus around quarterly meetings for Farmers only "Farmer focused get-togethers"
around educational topics to address: 10-12 topics throughout season
(ie. soil science, irrigation, land access) to be hosted by volunteer
farmers based on skills and experience
~Stagger farm visits to ensure stronger attendance
consensus around keeping Central Coast Craft regional- others out of
the region are welcomed to join the google group, but will be encouraged
to create their own CRAFT-like "troops"- think girl scouts
Proposal for next meeting:
1) Discuss and identify 10-12 core topics of interest- and who will host those farm visits
Create structure for CRAFT based on intern education and community
building and collaboration: 8 Intern-focused workshops, 3 Farmer
(quarterly) gatherings- discuss time frame and calendar dates
3) Seed saving with Erin at Tunitas Creek
4) Three people to moderate the google group: Teresa, Miranda & Jordan
notes taken by Maggi Aaronson