Meeting minutes for HHC Regular Meeting held April 4, 2011 at Flower Pot Greenhouse.
Attendance: Barb and Earl Smith, Randy Kimerly, Gary Mithoefer, Jeremiah Priest, Marvin and Jeniece Miller, Bill and Linda King, Rex Zenor, Marcella Champion, Carol Waterman, Mike Jasper, RC McDanel, Roy Ballard, Edna Yeager.
The meeting was called to order at 7:03 pm by Earl Smith.
The minutes for the March 7, 2011 meeting were approved with the addition as requested my Marcella Champion: The meeting for the kick off of the Cumberland Farmers' Market will be Thursday, April 7, 2011 at 7:00 pm.
Barb gave a summary of the treasurer's report: current balance $3711.49.
The rent for the building for the April 30 event will be $300, which is lower that originally discussed.
Discussion about the Hancock County Fair booth July 8 - 15, 2011: cost would be $350; the Farmers' Market will be at the extension parking lot on 3 of those days. Decision was to not have a booth at the county fair but to have a booth at the State Fair and man it better than last year.
Barb and Ruth Ann are still working on the 2011 directory. A sample of the directory was passed around for member's approval.
Barb reported we have gained 11 new members for a total of 8 Farmers' Markets, 1 restaurant, 46 producers, and 5 mini members.
The scheduled speaker Chad Martin is ill and will not speak tonight.
Rex reported the county is making progress with their plan for agriculture and agritourism rules.
Roy reported a representative from Farm Bureau is attending the county meetings. He encouraged producers to send a short e-mail or post card to their state representative about the need they have for their business.
Carol Waterman reported on the Farmers' Market Association meeting tomorrow. The planned discussions of the Horticultural Congress in January include security-shrinkage and cash registers.
Barb will sign up HHC for the Great Barn Giveaway. The Fairgrounds has approved space if we win.
Marcella asked if the HHC would have a booth, cost $5, at the Cumberland Art Fair on August 20, 2011.
The block grants for federal money must be in by June.
The Governor signed the entertainment and education bill which will reduce the risk - limited liability - for agritourism.
Thank you to Bill King for hosting the meeting. The next HHC meeting will be May 2 at Barb and Earl Smith's farm.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:15 pm.
Submitted by: Edna Yeager, Secretary