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Annual Meeting Thursday, June 13th, 2018

Skidaway Farm’s 2018 Annual Meeting is scheduled for Thursday, June 13th at 5 pm at the Farm.  The farm’s annual budget will be presented and voted on by the Board of Directors and nominations will be presented for board positions.  Currently there are seven board members and three of those positions  expire this year: Mike Welsh, Monica Hughes and Bob Rogers.  Nominations will be accepted from the floor and farmers will vote for a new Board at the annual meeting.  Please come and participate in this process.  All farmers are encouraged to attend.

Farm Board Meeting Minutes April 4, 2018

 

Board Meeting Minutes September 19, 2018

Present: M Kahn, J Kollmann, M Hughes, R Hinz, J Tyson, C Adler, L Dillard

1)  Finance report per B Rogers, outgoing Treasurer:
    Checking Account: $ 11,836.19,  Asset Replacement Account:                            $19,286.29
A) motion per J Kollmann to install L Dillard as new Treasurer, second per C Adler,
Unanimously approved.

B) motion per M Hughes to install M Kahn as Board President, second per J Kollmann
Unanimously approved.

2) Welcome to our two new bee hives! Hopefully they will stay healthy and our crops will do well with their presence.

3) Weather station for the farm has been approved by Skidaway Audubon.  They will fund installation and operating  costs.  This will be installed by R Hinz.

4)  Pathways are in need of new  pine straw, a cost of around $500 approved per the Board and a work party will be scheduled for mid to late October for distribution on the pathways.

5)  Work party set for Saturday, 9/22, 8-11.  Discussion ensued to look at finances and increase maintenance budget to have more of the cleanup work done by the team that currently takes care of mowing, weed control on pathways and plot clearing as needed.

6) Ralph to have some signs made for fence line to remind farmers not to throw debris over the fence as the debris gets caught on the electric fence wire causing it to short out.  

7) Ralph reports tractor needing repair, new seat installed, and fuel pump is on order.

8) Discussion to update Data Base and Farm Map.  C Adler to email Blake and Rick to meet with the Board to accomplish this.  

Motion to adjourn per J Kollmann, second per M Kahn

Next meeting, 10/10, 5pm @ the Farm

Saint Andrews School visits the Farm

       This November was the fourth year the  first graders from St. Andrew’s School on Whitemarsh Island toured the Farm to gather information to bring back to their own gardening projects at school.  The children garden in raised beds at school, a part of the curriculum.  Nice!  Future Gardeners. 

A big thank you to Jane Kollman and Carol Stiles for all the work they do at the garden with the children’s programs.  They are helping to establish in many a lifelong love of gardening!

 

 

Farm hosts the first graders from St. Andrew’s school.

       This November was the fourth year the  first graders from St. Andrew’s School on Whitemarsh Island toured the Farm to gather information to bring back to their own gardening projects at school.  The children garden in raised beds at school, a part of the curriculum.  Nice!  Future Gardeners. 

A big thank you to Jane Kollman and Carol Stiles for all the work they do at the garden with the children’s programs.  They are helping to establish in many a lifelong love of gardening!

 

 

Skidaway Farms Board Meeting 10/4/2017

Present: M Welsh, J Kollmann, M Hughes, C Adler, J Tyson, B Rogers, R Hinz, M Hahn

1) Financial Report per B Rogers: Operating : $15,038.72, Reserve: $11,263.88
Bob also reports our donated computer is on its last leg. Authorization for new computer approved, motion per C Adler, second per J Kollmann, approved by all.
After research and discussion with Geek Squad at Best Buy, was determined pkg for computer and install of updated Quick Books cost would be around $500. Bob will discuss with R Cunningham how best to backup farm data.

2) Swamplike area by raised beds in section A needs to be resolved, improved as farmers in that area are discouraged with the mud. After discussion, it was determined per R Hinz’s suggestion to get a load of stone to build the area up. Motion made per M Hahn,second per C Adler to get a load of stone for the area, approved by all. Ralph will research cost and get back to the board.

3)Organic farmers requesting to go to overhead watering. Ralph has been working on details to get the section up and running, however, upon locating the box and noting some disconnected wires is unable to get the section to run. Ralph doesn’t have the equipment to determine the problem so an irrigation fella has been called to work the problem.

4) Discussion re the need for farmer work parties to spruce up the farm, will schedule one during the week and one on a weekend to capture more help, dates to be determined .

Motion to adjourn per M Hahn, second per C Adler

Next meeting : 11/8 @ 5 pm @ the farm

Weeds, Weeds and More Weeds.

In Georgia, our weeds are persistent growers year round.  When we clear our plots for the summer though, or between seasons when our veggies are not growing, weeds spread, multiply and celebrate!  That’s one of the reasons to plant a cover crop or spread some helpful mulch to the soil.  One of our farmers sent me photos of some of the rascals that are common in our gardens and need to be pulled before their  spreading roots take over.    So be vigilant, stay on top of the weeds and when you see one, pull three!

Summertime Garden Tips

Summertime tips for garden success:

Be vigilant, the army worms and other pests are about!
They can be treated with BT available at Hester and Zipperer, or Captain Jacks Bug Juice available at Herb Creek. Both need to be reapplied after rain/ watering.  Neem oil is a good organic alternative.

To those who have sweet corn, the first farmer has been robbed by the squirrels! If your corn looks ready, pick it otherwise the squirrels will!

As always, keep your garden free of weeds and diseased debris, this can be a breeding ground for pests and more disease.

Lastly, feed your plants as needed. Frequent watering causes the nutrients to leech through the soil.

Farmer Jane

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