Board Meeting Minutes 11/19/19

Skidaway Farms Board Meeting Minutes: 11/19/19

Present: Susan Burns, Monica Hughes, Ralph Hinz, Michael Kahn, Jane Kollman, Tom Rosen

Absent: Joe Tyson, Karen Burroughs

Treasurer’s Report: Tom Rosen reported on the e-mailed Income statements for the farm for September and October. Also reported that the income from our increased plot fees would yield at least $2000 more in our projected 2020 budget.  Maintenance costs have remained stable through 2019. Tom is studying the current depreciation schedule and will present some recommendations to the board at our next meeting in January regarding the depreciation schedule vis a vis ongoing maintenance expenses.

Maintenance: Ralph reported on the need for hose ball valves that will prevent leakage from our hose bibs.  The price of the hose ball valves cost $3 apiece and Ralph will install on 65 hose bibs.  Jane K made a motion to have the ball joints purchased and installed, seconded by Michael K and passed unanimously.

Gravel vs pine straw discussion with approximate costs for both assessed. The board decided that the farm will continue to install pine straw on an annual basis.

Work party that was scheduled and canceled last weekend due to rain will be rescheduled in the spring when weather is warmer.

New Business: possible visit in January of prospective marketing people.  Review of current flyer.  Discussion of the pros and cons of opening up the farm to those outside of Skidaway Island.  

Next Meeting: Tuesday, 1/7/20 at 1pm 

The Farm hosts 110 local children this fall on three separate days!


Kindergarten children from Hess School.












St. Andrew’s First Graders


The children worked on paper projects, a chrysalis hunt, plant identification and had lunch under the pavilion.  There were 11 farm volunteers and 110 children on the three days plus lots of parents  and teachers.  Special thanks to Farmer Jane for organizing and our farmer volunteers.  We couldn’t do it without you!



Farm Board Minutes 10/23/19

Skidaway Farms Board Meeting Minutes: 10/23/19        


 Susan Burns, Karen Burroughs, Monica Hughes, Michael Kahn, Jane Kollman, Tom Rosen, Joe Tyson


Ralph Hinz

Treasurers Report:

Tom reported that there were three new plots rented. New rental fees will take place January 1st to $125. and $175. $13,000 per year income from rental fees, $6,000: fixed expenses.


Pine straw will be delivered  on Monday, October 28th. MH will send a reminder work party blast.

Ball valves to be installed on all hose bib risers to cut off water in case of leaking faucets until repairs can be made. Wait for Ralph’s return to vote so all questions can be answered and cost reviewed.

Farm Visits:

 Jane reported that  the Hess school kindergarten class will visit on two days, 11/7 and 11/8 from 9 -12:30. The St Andrew’s children’s annual visit is scheduled as well. Volunteers are available for all days and Jane will organize and train.

New Business: 

Study of the cost effectiveness and aesthetic considerations of annual pine straw expenditure vs permanent gravel installation will be reviewed by the board

Next Meeting: 

Tuesday, 11/19/19 at 1 pm at the Farm unless changed due to weather.