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May 21, 2019, 4-5 pm
4:00 Call to Order – Welcome, Check-in Learner
Public Comment - No Public present
ARC members present:
4:05 Agenda Review Learner
No minutes adopted
4:10 ARC Business Faith
ARC Roster/Recruitment - Three (3) open seats need to continue to recruit.
There will be no meeting in June, a meeting on July 16 and no meeting in August. Our usual third Tuesday of the month schedule will resume in September.
4:15 Outreach Caitlin
Ag Org Retreat- May 23rd Lopez Island 10:00-3:00
22 -24 people RSVP’s for Retreat
Summer Work Plan
San Juan County Fair- Last year coffee hour with SJ Grange
Website build out
Guide to Ag Organizations
Website- Learner to create list with all AG Orgs with attendant acronyms and abbreviations.
Ask Ag Orgs to write a brief description of what they do, website and contact info maybe ask Ag Orgs to do this at retreat.
4:30 Policy David
Comp Plan Land Use Section ready to vote on in July meeting.
Faith talked to Lynda at SJC- Planning commission does not want comments until September
Need a program to get Farmers water rights possibly having DOE to a big batch at once.
VSP will be looking for new members, perhaps a new opportunity to fund a water initiative. Cost Share?
Discussion of the Draft Ag Goal and Policy section of Land Use.
Discussion on Agricultural Land Use Goal 7 in regards to Mandatory or Productive Uses. Desire is to have the land used for Ag.
Encourage ARC to take a look at Draft Ag Goals before July meeting.
How can we use local resources more effectively and make food more accessible to locals
4:50 Ag Program Updates & General Announcements
Charlie- Next land bank meeting on Orcas - June 21
Land bank looking for new lease, both short term and longer term for Coffelt farm. There will be a RFP out in the next few weeks for short term lease. Look for notice in paper.
WSU - hiring a coordinator and Office Manager
Ag Guild - Working with Puget Sound Food Hub to possibly link up San Juan Farmers.
5:00 Adjourn Learner