FFN Business Meeting Minutes – May 18, 2016

Business MeetingNorthwest Michigan Food and Farming Network (FFN) Business Meeting
May 18, 2016, 10:30-noon

In Attendance: Amanda Kik of Crosshatch, Brian Bourdages of Tamarack Holdings, Carol Danly of the Food and Farming Network, Elise Crafts of Networks Northwest, Heather Ratliff of Cherry Capital Foods, Juliana Lisuk of SEEDS, Kelly Lively of Cherry Capital Foods, Margaret Sheets of Taste the Local Difference, Meghan McDermott of Groundwork, Mollie Thomas of Crosshatch, Rick Gleason of Farm Bureau, Rod Robinson of Eaton B Goode, Sarah Eichberger of MSU-E (remote), Scott Smith of Local Food Alliance (remote), Sharron May of The May Farm (remote), Stephanie Cumper of FoodCorps, Steve Nance of Oryana, Tasha Lapinski of Baker College-Cadillac & consultant, Tricia Phelps of Taste the Local Difference, Val Stone of Northwest Food Coalition/Goodwill/Salvation Army, Wendy Wieland of MSU-E

⦁ Consider printing FFN business cards and postcards with meeting/action team/website info for use by active members. (carried over)
URGENT: Reach out to Dr. Benishek to let him know Continue reading

FFN Business Meeting Minutes – Mar 16, 2016

Meeting Minutes IconNorthwest Michigan Food and Farming Network (FFN) Business Meeting
March 16, 2016, 10:30-noon

In Attendance: Amanda Kik, Bill Palladino, Brian Bourdages, Brian Matchett, Carol Danly, Hannah Fernando, Heather Ratliff, Kris Thomas, Mark Coe, Meghan McDermott, Mollie Thomas, Rick Gleason, Rod Robinson, Sarah Eichberger, Sharron May (remote), Steve Nance (remote),Tricia Phelps

⦁ Consider printing FFN business cards and postcards with meeting/action team/website info for use by active members.
⦁ Provide Sarah with contact information for farmers who have done farm to school successfully.
⦁ Suggest to Rick venues for 150 people that can showcase local food.

2015-16 MEETINGS:
1. April 20, 2016 (study session) – Topic will be economic development with an agricultural focus. There will be brief presentations of three reports on the state of northwest Michigan agriculture and a panel discussion follows. Panelists and presenters include representatives from Networks Northwest, Lakes to Land Initiative, SBDC, plus others (to be determined).
2. May 18, 2016 (business meeting)
3. June 15, 2016 – If you enjoyed the post-summit happy hour, you’ll love our end-of-the season celebration at the Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance, 1st floor of the Cherry Capital Foods building. It will be a grand opening, of sorts, for the Foodshed Alliance! Details will be forthcoming. Continue reading

FFN Business Meeting Minutes – Nov 18, 2015

Nov 18, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance, 1610 Barlow, Traverse City

Meeting Minutes IconINTRODUCTIONS: Brian Bourdages, Mark Coe, Stephanie Cumper, Carol Danly, Sarah Eichberger, Sharron May, Steve Nance, Bill Palladino, Tricia Phelps, Heather Ratliff, Amber Ressl, Scott Smith, Mikaela Taylor, Kris Thomas, Wendy Weiland

SURVEY RESULTS:  Total responses to the member survey was 228 with the majority (more than 100) from consumers, 29 from farmers, and the remainder from others in the food system. Overall, members find the 20% by 2020 goals to be Continue reading

FFN Business Meeting Minutes – Sept 16, 2015

Sept 16, 2015, 10:30 a.m. to noon, Grand Traverse Foodshed Alliance, 1610 Barlow, Traverse City

Meeting Minutes IconINTRODUCTIONS: Amanda Kik, Amy MacKay, Amy Martin, Annie Olds, Bill Koucky, Bill Palladino, Brian Bourdages, Carol Danly, Heather Ratliff, Mark Coe, Meghan McDermitt, Rod Robinson, Sandi McArthur, Sarah Eichberger, Scott Smith, Sharron May, Stephanie Cumper, Tricia Phelps, Wendy Weiland, Zane Schwaiger

ROLE OF VISTA: See blog post of 7/27/15. VISTA provides support to organizations for the purpose of increasing capacity. The focus with FFN is measurement of progress against goals and outreach/relationship building. Carol has increased the activity of FFN on social media and has attended three of ISLAND’s Twilight Tours plus a Local Food Alliance meeting in Petoskey. Continue reading

FFN Meeting May 20, 2015 – Hosted By Cherry Capital Foods

Network Council Business Meeting Agenda

May 20, 2015   10:00 AM – 12:00 Noon

Cherry Capital Foods – 1610 Barlow Street

  1. Introductions
    • In Attendance: Bill Palladino, Tricia Phelps, Heather Ratliff, Meghan McDermott, Brian Bourdages
    • Via Video Conference: Sharron May, Wendy Wieland, Scott Smith, Helen Leithauser.
    • Newcomers: Les Hagaman – Father Fred Foundation looking forward to having a presence here. Stuart Campbell – Perennial Farm & Garden Nursery, business entity interested in connecting.

View the full meeting as recorded through our Zoom online meeting system here:

Download the full PDF document here: FFNMinutes_05_20_ 2015 or to read it online… Continue reading

FFN May Business Meeting Agenda

Once again, deep apologies for messing up the meeting invitation last week.  We’ve had a lot going on and I simply put the wrong date on the calendar.  Hopefully some of you will be able to make it or tune in Wednesday May 20th at 10 AM at Cherry Capital Foods. The address there is 1610 Barlow Street. The building is the large warehouse structure behind the building at the street’s edge.  See our calendar for instructions and a map.

It’s our last formal meeting of the year, with June lining up to be an informal pot-luck style gathering of some sort, then off for the summer.  After some scattered input from around the network I have also added a brief discussion item to plan a revisit of our Network’s mission, goals and objectives for 2016. There is some indication that the Good Food Charter connection is good, but not fully representative of current Network direction. We’ll put this on the floor to hear what you think.

Here’s the invite and the revised agenda.  Thanks for your patience and continued trust.


Topic: Food and Farming Network Meeting May 20 (10:00 AM – 11:30 AM)

Join from PC, Mac, iOS or Android: https://zoom.us/j/8763464532

Or join by phone:

+1 (415) 762-9988 or +1 (646) 568-7788 (US Toll)
Meeting ID: 876 346 4532
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/zoomconference

Proposed Agenda:
1.      Welcome and Introductions
2.      Grants Reporting

a.      New Grants Received
b.      New Grant Opportunities/ Opportunity to Collaborate

3.      New Website  (www.foodandfarmingnetwork.org)  Now a WordPress site.
4.      Project Task Force Reports

  • Introduction and reminder of task force roles
  • Standing Task Forces
    • FFN Overall Goal
      • 1. Farmers supply 20% of purchases
      • 2. Institutions source 20%
      • 3. Agri-business generation
      • 4. 100% access to ample, high-quality, healthy, and culturally diverse diet
      • 5. Farmland resources are available and affordable
    • Measurement
    • Summit
    • Recruitment / Outreach (Suggested New)
  • Other Reports from around the Network. (60 second updates)
  • Resetting Network Mission/Goals/Objectives for 2016  (Discussion)

5.    Scheduling

  • June – Potluck / Social Networking / End of the Year Event
  • Taking rest of July and August off.
  • Consider rescheduling meetings.  What’s the best week? Start back up in September.

6.    Other Relevant Business

7.    Adjourn  (Optional Tour of Cherry Capital Foods and/or Food Innovation Hub)