I. Call To Order
In attendance: Lauren Golden, Amy Mattias, Stacy Whitman, Jamie Truppi, Kaz Thea, Ali Long, Matt Robinson, Bill Pereira
II. NEW BUSINESS
Community Food System Strategic Plan Working Group Discussion
One of Ken’s key recommendations is to unify community foods coordination. His advice is to create a more diverse, action-oriented community foods working group that includes groups such as The Hunger Coalition as well as more farmers and other food system stakeholders. BCFC could become that group but Lauren does not have the capacity to lead such an effort. We would need to have a designated paid person to coordinate the newly designed council.
Ken Meter event - Ken’s professional fee to come present the report to the community is already paid. We would need money to fund his travel expenses and a venue. Hailey Grange could be a possible location. We could present Ken’s report to the new working group. Public presentation could be key as well. Bill suggested that a meeting as important as this should be held at a very strategic time frame - maybe 4th of July at the Hailey Grange? “Come and take 5 pounds of potatoes home with you.”
Wholesale Produce Partnership - Amy is working with Mike Heath of M&M Heath to create a formal partnership among a handful of certified organic farmers including Mike Heath, John Klimes of Agrarian Harvest, and Nate Jones of King’s Crown Organics, and possibly Brett Stevenson of Hillside Flour & Grain. They will then identify key buyers to serve as partners. They hope to establish a relationship with Natural Grocers and want to work with restaurants that will commit to buying all their seasonal offerings. It will be larger quantities, not like Idaho’s Bounty. The Culinary Institute will be a buyer. Amy would love to establish a relationship with Sun Valley Company. Bill Pereira asked that we look at it from the farmers’ point of view: It’s much more efficient to be able to sell a lot of produce at lower cost than to sell smaller amount at higher profitability. Amy noted that our job is not to solve all the farmers’ problems but to work with them to fill the need in our community. We will help them get their produce in here and get more attention for it. How do we serve farmers and buyers in the middle? Bill pointed out that growing 10 different crops on 10 acres requires a ton of equipment and may not be financially feasible. We have to get big buyers such as St. Luke’s, Blaine County School District, Sun Valley Company, and others. We know what we want to do with a community foods working group - the how is the hard part. We need to identify the finances and the person or people who can help us execute. As a farmer, Bill feels that having a physical space is key - SVI and BCFC don’t represent the solidarity that farmers feel. Council members agreed on desire for a food hub where there is space for processing, etc.
III. OLD BUSINESS
Why Local Food? BCFC collaborated with Local Food Alliance, University of Idaho and The Hunger Coalition to create a graphic that explains why local food. (See attached.).
Wood River Valley HarvestFest Update - The future of this event is being discussed. One idea is to move it up to Ketchum and piggyback on another existing event such as Trailing of the Sheep. Another is to move it to a different location in Hailey and make it more of a celebration of farmers and community building event.
Curbside composting - Kaz spoke to Mike Gointendea, and they will move forward with a curbside composting plan. Bill stressed the need to create compost that can be used by farmers. Currently, Winn’s compost is not good quality.
Our next meeting will be held with Ken Meter, via Skype, on Tuesday March 5th, at 8:30am.