I. CALL TO ORDER – 8:30AM
II. FARM BILL
Council members expressed interest in taking a position and submitting comments on the Farm Bill. Stacy will contact IORC, The Hunger Coaltion and ICL to see if they have position stands. Please send any individual concerns about the latest draft of the bill to Brett, who can try to incorporate them into The Nature Conservancy's comments being submitted to Congressman Crapo.
III. MISSION STATEMENT
Please send feedback ASAP on BCFC's draft mission statement - Blaine County Food Council's mission is to strengthen the health and vibrancy of our community food system and increase the production, distribution and consumption of locally grown food.
IV. MEMBERSHIP PROCESS
Council members feel there are questions that we need to ask ourselves before opening up membership. For example: Why do we need members, what are members' roles, what will we expect from them, what can they expect from us? Will memberships be ongoing or renewed annually? Members like the idea of keeping membership free of charge (for now); having a steering committee as well as broader membership; and hosting an annual event or potluck for all members. Once final decisions are made, we can post our new membership form (attached) on the BCFC website and send out to the Ken Meter workshop invite list.
V. KEN METER FOLLOW-UP
On August 1, Ken will be part of a roundtable discussion on The Power of Regional Food Systems (between 1:30-3:30pm) and lead a working session (4-5:30pm) at the Sun Valley Forum - admission is FREE, please RSVP to Stacy. See Forum Schedule here. Ken also be in the WRV from September 13-16 to attend Wood River Valley HarvestFest start farmer/stakeholder interviews for our Food System Strategic Plan (FSSP). BCFC will form a temporary subcommittee to help inform the FSSP. There is interest in planning a longer meeting this fall to review the conversations and outcomes of BCFC's May Ken Meter food system workshop.
VI. NEW POLICY FOCUS
BCFC will form a Policy Subcommittee - please sign up by emailing Lauren or Stacy. Council agreed that if we take a position and put things on public record, then we need to know exactly what we're talking about. Also, we may not want to take on issues that we can't win. Brett gave an update on the challenges faced with her flour mill development due to county regulations.
VII. AMERICORPS UPDATE
Lauren and Jamie's proposal to the state for Farm to Early Care was accepted and they have received a grant to work to help implement Farm to Early Care in five to 10 locations throughout the state. CONGRATS!