Monday, October 27, 2008

Meeting notes 10/26/08

Another beautiful Sunday in Burien. The leaves outside the library are spectacular. I saw a woman pull over with a camera to get a picture. We had a very productive meeting with many great ideas.

I have been in contact with the White Center Food Bank and am working on a project called "Cut Out Hunger" where I match Sunday newspaper coupons with local grocery store sales. If you have access to any coupons inserts out of the paper, please bring them to our meetings and donate them. This is a great way to help our community food banks.

Lucy Krakowiak has volunteered to be a point person for dropping off florescent bulbs and used batteries to be recycled. If you have any laying around, bring them to our next meeting.

You are also welcome to bring any food items that you may want to barter to our next meeting. For example, if you have way too many apples and another person grew too much garlic, you can barter. Any food left over can be donated to our local food bank. There is also talk of starting up bartering of skills/services/goods resource for members.

We are still in the investigative stages of consideration of a Burien Pea Patch. Discussion of some property owned by Highline School District was brought up. Further investigation is required.

We're still forming ideas for the Burien Strawberry Festival. Talk of a bee tent came up. I will talk to the director of the food bank to see if they want to showcase their lettuce Bowl program in a booth. The Lettuce Bowl program provides materials and instructions for food bank clients to grow their own vegetables.

Interest was expressed in square foot gardening. A current concept of growing vegetables in very small plots of land and containers.

I personally joined Full Circle Farms CSA and pick up in north Burien on Tuesdays. I am really pleased with the variety of fruits and vegetables and look forward to it. If interested in joining contact Full Circle Farms. We are interested in starting up a south Burien/Normandy Park location and if we have at least 12 people interested, we can establish another drop off location.

We had another successful gleaning of apples and pear apples and are looking to ramp up volunteers for our next harvest season. I have been working with Community Harvest of South Seattle (CHOSS) with their volunteers but want to get our own Burien group organized for next year.

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