A chilly November 15th welcomed 30 first graders and their teachers from St. Andrews school on Wilmington Island to our farm. This is the 5th year that Farmer Jane has coordinated a tour of the garden, a picnic lunch and a gardening project for these youngsters.
Present: Michael Kahn, Jane Kollman, Linny Dillard, Ron Dillard, Ralph Hinz, Monica Hughes
Absent: Joe Tyson, Cathy Adler
Treasurer’s Report: Ron presented board members with updated docs: revised annual budget, balance sheet (including depreciation of assets), A/R aging summary which included farm plots that were in arrears, and a revised plot rental form . All of our financial documents and accounting are now in outstanding order.
A motion was made by M. Kahn and seconded by J. Kollman, passed unanimously to approve our new treasurer to have internet access to the farm bank account at South State Bank.
Marketing Report: Linny presented a visual plot plan that showed our farm and the plots that were vacant, currently farmed and grassed over. 61% of our plots are rented and 85 plots unused, some of these grassed in and a majority in the organic section. Linny will execute a plan to market the farm in the hopes of gaining new farmers and renting more plots.
Weather Link: Ralph reported on the status of our new weather station which has been installed, minus the soil monitor and soil temperature monitor which he will install soon. It was decided to begin with one monitor which will be installed at the front west side flower garden. The weather station updates every 5 minutes and contains twenty different items. To get the free app: weatherlink2, to view all data: weatherlink.com, user id: rhmaint, password: 3dogs1cat The farm’s website also has a link on the left hand side of the opening page to the weather station.
Communication: Monica will send a blast to Farmers re new billing process which will now be done by e-mail and new policy which will require farmers to volunteer two hours every six months for general maintenance of farm. Notice of a work party to be scheduled on Saturday, December 1 at noon. She will also revise farm rules to include the newly required volunteer hours.
Meeting adjourned at 6:15 pm.
Minutes approved by Kahn, Kollman, Dillard and Hughes
Next Meeting: Wednesday, December 12 at 5pm.