Friday, September 26, 2008

Meeting dates

Well, we thought that meeting on Mondays would make it easier for people to attend. Turns out it doesn't. At least a couple members, in fact, have informed us they can Never attend on Mondays. So what do the rest of you think? Should we keep it where it is, or just move it back to Wednesdays? Are you reading this blog?
Please comment.
Nicole M.

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Canning class tomorrow!

Hey all, just a reminder, the canning class with Holly Berry from the OSU Extension Service's Master Food Preserver program is at 7 p.m. tomorrow night.
Canning Fruits and Tomatoes: Basic boiling water canning processing method, review equipment, ingredients, current instructions, step-by-step. Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 7:00-8:30 p.m. OSU Yamhill County Extension Office, 2050 NE Lafayette Avenue. Instructor: Holly Berry,OSU Extension Service, Co-Sponsored by OSU Extension Service and Slow Food Yamhill County. $10.00 per person. Questions to Judi Herubin at 971-237-3953.
Nicole M.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Sept. 8 minutes

Date: 9/8/08
Attend: Susan, Lucy, Nannette, Nicole, Sarah Bates (YCPH), Judi, Aimee

I. Sarah w/ Yamhill County Public Health on a grant that they have received regarding Chronic Disease in YC. YCPH is asking for assistance in doing the community assessment for this grant. They are looking into creating a county-wide directory of CSAs, farms, farmstands, etc (sound familiar?) Sara is getting most of the farmstand information from the USDA. We talked about a CSA brochure and noted John Foster (on Hill Rd) as a potential resource. We all recognize the shortage of community gardens and Sarah would also like a summary of community gardens in the County. Lucy recommitted herself to getting as much of this information that she is out for.

The upcoming community/school garden up by Grandhaven was also brought up. It is being sponsored by Petra & Jesse (of Natural Connections).

If you have any information/questions, Sara Bates can be reached at

She is also looking for any ‘champions in the community’ that we can pair up with.

II. YC Agricultural Industry Meeting. Lucy talked with Jodi Christensen (MAC Chamber) and SFYC is very welcome at the meetings. Susan will go to the first meeting and we will get details from there. This is being cosponsored with Extension. Susan will take money out of the account to buy jars which we will raffle off. Katie K. might attend in the winter?

III. Canning Class. Wednesday, Sept. 24, 7-8:30 p.m. at the OSU Yamhill Co. Extension Office 2050 NE Lafayette Ave. $10. Press release is out. Please send summary from Judi to anyone/everyone who might be interested. Susan will send it to Yamhill Valley Peacemakers. This is on the radio, press release to the papers, etc.

IV. Meetings. Keep on Mondays for now. Potentially have a field trip to Bernard’s after next meeting. Next agenda: bee presentation at library.

V. YC Grant. Add line about ‘conglomeration of private businesses and nonprofits’

VI. Winter Movie Sponsor w/ Yamhill Valley Peacemakers? They are showing “Power of Culture” at 3rd St Pizza. Yes, we definitely support it. Nicole knows of someone who studied agricultural systems in Cuba.

September 21. 3 p.m. Potluck at Valley Creek Farm. Soup and Salad Theme.
October 12. 3 p.m. Apple themed potluck. Does anyone have a press?
(Update since minutes were sent out:Danny Browne has agreed to host our October potluck. The date that works for him is Sunday, October 12. We agreed to start again at 3 for consistency. He has a big backyard and a few apple trees. Let's discuss details at our next meeting. Judi)

Judi to continue with canning planning/potluck.
Lucy to invite Katherine Huit to the September Potluck and get her home mailing stuff to Judi.
Lucy to talk to Kullas about getting slow food information forwarded to Nicole.
Lucy to get Nannette numbers of ‘original members’
Lucy to check occupancy of canning demo building.
Susan to buy 2? Sets of canning jars with money from account.
Susan to talk with Bernard’s to find out appropriate hours.
Angelina to make flier for canning.
Angelina to make SF Flier w/ SFYC app. Sheet built in. J
Nanette to talk about the community garden at the next meeting.
Nannette to call original members.
Nicole to contact Cuban ag workers re. YVP movie night talk.

Potluck reminder

September 21, 3 p.m. Potluck at Valley Creek Farm, 8910 SW River Bend Road. Soup and Salad Theme. Please come and enjoy a leisurely afternoon of good food and conversation.

Monday, September 8, 2008

Canning class scheduled

Canning Fruits and Tomatoes: Basic boiling water canning processing method, review equipment, ingredients, current instructions, step-by-step. Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 7:00-8:30 p.m. OSU Yamhill County Extension Office, 2050 NE Lafayette Avenue. Instructor: Holly Berry,OSU Extension Service, Co-Sponsored by OSU Extension Service and Slow Food Yamhill County. $10.00 per person. Questions to Judi Herubin at 971-237-3953

Friday, September 5, 2008

Monday meeting agenda

A reminder everyone:

We have a meeting next MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 8th.

At a minimum, the agenda will cover the following:

- Finalize YC Cultural Coalition Grant.
- Presentation by Sarah Bates of the Yamhill County Public Health regarding a grant that she has received to study, amongst other things, nutrition in the County, existing resources, and community (food) needs.
- Details from Judi regarding September Canning Class.
- Potluck last minute touch-ups.
- Schedule for fall/winter events.

Lucy Falcy

Sarah is looking for information from us, as well as informing us about the new Community Health Advisory Council, which will assess community resources and needs and then develop a workplan. Nutrition is just one aspect of the grant, but it's one where we might be able to work with Public Health in coming up with some projects.
Please plan to attend the meeting to hear Sarah's presentation and add your thoughts.
Nicole M.

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Aug. 22 minutes

August 27, 2008
Attendees: Judi, Lucy & Matt Falcy, Nicole, Shari

I. Slow Food. Our enrollment numbers are unclear. We also don’t know if we need 20 by December or by our 1 year anniversary. Lucy is to call Katie to ask her to ask SF to send materials to Nicole.

II. Canning Demo. Demo kitchen at fair available for rent. Holly Berry may do canning demo on September 22 or 24th. She usually charges a small fee, perhaps she would donate it to SFYC. Judi is to write a press release as soon as the details are known.


IV. Web site. Angelina, will you please add other YC names to the website ‘hit list’ (e.g. Newberg).

V. Grant. Lucy came up with a grant application for the YC Cultural Coalition. Group said it looks okay but Lucy is going to change some numbers to more accurately reflect what will be SF’s contribution. This could be big and fun. YC Soil & Water Conservation is also interested in ‘helping’ and Lucy has been talking with Tim S. As a result of this, she had to send an ‘off the hip’ list of potential farms for the tour.

VI. IDEAS. 1) Menu for the future party. 2) October apple party/potluck…(@ Oakhill Organics?) 3) November local cheesetasting event (w/ a fee). 4) Winter SF Movie night at First Baptist—ideas please. King Corn, Dirt on Farmer John, etc. We are trying to get stuff on board to carry us through the long, dark months.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Slow Food in McMinnville

A possible new member brought it to our attention at the last meeting that our blog doesn't come up if you google Slow Food McMinnville, and that if you don't happen to think of Yamhill County, this blog can be hard to find. So here it is, a formal reference in the blog to Slow Food (in) McMinnville, for Google to look for. I am quite sure there's a better way to do this, but being blogging challenged, I haven't figured it out. Perhaps some of our real bloggers out there could offer technical advice.
 While we're on the subject of Slow Food by the way, those of you who signed up with Slow Food USA may want to make sure you got into the Yamhill County convivium. Looks like some people got slotted in with Portland, and we're falling short of the number of members we need. Fortunately, we still have time to catch up.

Meeting date change

Hey all,
 We're changing our meeting dates! Hopefully, this will make it easier for people to attend, since a lot of our farmers market people are very busy on Wednesday evenings. So we're switching to Monday evenings at 5:15 p.m.., at the same Harvest Fresh annex. And many thanks to Harvest Fresh for allowing us to use the room.
Second and fourth Monday of the month. Hope to see you all there.
Nicole Montesano