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July 25th – Board Meeting & Update

July 25th – Board Meeting & Update

After the preliminaries, we spent some time discussing the Central Kitsap Farmers’ Market. We are generally pleased with how it is going, and are looking at ways to increase public awareness and bring in more produce. We discussed the idea of having a ‘community table’ available, which would allow farmers to drop their merchandise at a manned table, and not necessarily have to be at the Market to sell it. This has some advantages and some disadvantages, and JJ Meland – Board member, will be checking out the community table at the Kingston Farmers’ Market to get some information on how that works there.

The Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner (KGHD) is taking shape. We are excited to bring Dr. Steve Jones of WSU’s “Bread Lab” as our keynote speaker. Dr. Jones has been pioneering research into developing grains for non-traditional grain growing regions, like the Puget Sound region. He is a highly respected and visionary researcher, and a captivating speaker  and we anticipate a fabulous evening with him at the KGHD. We will be releasing more information on his presentation and the other wonderful events of the day. Mark your calendars – Sept 24th at Olympic College. Tickets will be available through Brown Paper Tickets in early August.

Lastly, Jess is gearing us up for Farm Funk on the 12th of August. Here’s a description from the Farm Funk webpage: “Farm Funk will include vendor booths for local producers, artists, and non-profit organizations that support all things local. We will have hot food, treats, and a beer garden stocked with locally produced beer, wine, and cider. On the main stage, we will feature live music performed by local singers, songwriters, and musicians throughout the festival.”

It runs from 1pm to 10 pm at the Minder Farm. Put on your party duds and get out there! Now I’m going to run…till next time

Bob Geballe
KCAA Board President

June 27th Board Meeting & Update

June 27th Board Meeting & Update

KCAA Board Meeting Summary – June 27, 2017

Well, folks, we came, we ate some pizza, and we talked! This time, the Central Kitsap Farmers’ Market was a bit more enjoyable – we didn’t dodge raindrops and Roni didn’t shiver her way through the meeting.

The Highlights:

The Farmers’ market is doing well – receipts and visits are up, and the farmers finally have a bunch of beautiful things to sell. Our long-term plan is to be able to hire a Market Manager, but in the interim, various board members (Michelle, Peggy, Scott, especially) are carrying the load.  And…July 11 is Family Day at the Market – with music, face-painting, and much more fun.

We are planning our Annual Kitsap Grown Harvest Dinner – taking place on Sept 24 at the OC Bremerton campus. The KGHD is our biggest event for the year, and our biggest fundraiser. We are finalizing our theme and guest speaker (more on those next time) and have hired Marie Vila to help us shepherd the gala event to the finish line.

The other BIG news is the incredible $50k gift KCAA received from the Petersen Estate. So…we took a vote and decide to hold our next 3 meetings in Hawaii (NOT!).  In actuality, this is a wonderful opportunity to shape the future of the organization, and we’ll be discussing ideas on how to do that over the next few meetings. If YOU have ideas, let us know!

Much more happened – but don’t want you to be board (bad pun…)

Till next time –

Bob Geballe

KCAA Board President

May 30th, 2017 Board Meeting & Update

May 30th, 2017 Board Meeting & Update

We held a KCAA board meeting on Tuesday May 30 – a cold and damp day for the end of May! We gathered at the Central Kitsap Farmer’s Market, and I wanted to share a few of the highlights with you, our dear members and supporters.

We discussed the Farmer’s Market –still in its infancy. We are anticipating more traffic and much larger selection of produce and protein as the weather improves, but farmers, like everyone else in Kitsap, are eagerly awaiting the arrival of our favorite summer guest…the Sun!

We welcomed a new member of the KCAA board – JJ Meland. JJ is a chef, culinary instructor at Bates Technical College, and a businessman with ambitious and wonderful plans to add to Kitsap’s growing culinary scene, as he works to open his lifelong dream – Maynard’s in Silverdale.  It will be a combination restaurant, market, and event space. He brings a lot of food and business acumen to KCAA, as well as plenty of energy and a good sense of humor. KCAA board is still 3 members short. Please contact us if you are interested in being considered for a board position.

We talked about two upcoming and fabulous events – Farm Funk, an afternoon of music, food, and fun set for August 12 out at Minder Farm in Bremerton, with proceeds benefiting KCAA and the Washington Academy Of Music.

And our yearly spectacular – the Kitsap-Grown Harvest Dinner, which will take flight on September 24th (a Sunday) at Olympic College, Bremerton.  Save the date! More exciting details on both these events to follow.

We have received a grant for $34,314 with Washington State University Extension from the Farm Service Agency (FSA). Marie Vila has been hired to work on this grant to create a series of workshops, webinars and conferences focused on strengthening farm’s business plans, marketing, and financing. She will expand on this in our next update. Scott Hall brought us up to date on the County’s crafting of the Critical Areas Ordinance, a topic we will follow closely as the County works towards its long-overdue update.

Other than that, it was the typical board business, so this is enough for now. Look for another exciting KCAA news flash after our next meeting, the end of June!

Till then –

Bob Geballe
President
KCAA Board

Support KCAA During This Years Kitsap Great Give!

Support KCAA During This Years Kitsap Great Give!

On Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016 from Midnight to 11:59pm, the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA) is participating in the Kitsap Great Give. We invite you to take part in Kitsap County’s greatest nonprofit fundraising event and support KCAA!

KCAA great give fbHow your donation works: 

Your donation on May 3rd will help KCAA further our mission of providing education, resources, and advocacy for local agriculture on the Kitsap Peninsula. Donated funds will go directly to help support our scholarship program and Kitsap Grown campaign.

How you can give on May 3rd:

 

Step 1: For 24 hours on May 3, you can review the profiles of 200 local nonprofit organizations on the Kitsap Great Give website (www.kitsapgreatgive.org).
Step 2: Navigate to the KCAA profile page to donate

Step 3: Donate! You can donate any amount that suits you. Every dollar you donate will be proportionally matched by the event sponsors. This means the nonprofits you donate to will actually get more money than you donate – Your $100 donation could become $120 or more!

Please also consider joining us that evening from 6pm – 8pm at The Slippery Pig Brewery (18801 Front St NE, Poulsbo) where we will be celebrating and connecting with KCAA supporters.  $1 of each pint sale will go to the KCAA during the 6-8pm event, so don’t miss out!

As a supporter of local food and agriculture here in Kitsap we encourage you to donate to the Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance during this years Kitsap Great Give on May 3rd. Please feel free to contact us anytime if you have questions about this event or KCAA.

KCAA 2016 Annual Meeting & Seed Swap

KCAA 2016 Annual Meeting & Seed Swap

You are invited to join The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance for our 2016 Annual Meeting on Monday, March 21st at 5:30 pm. We will be sharing our accomplishments from 2015 and discussing future projects KCAA will be taking on in 2016.

This is a potluck meeting (potluck dish not required to attend), and is open to KCAA members and the general community; anyone who may be interested in learning more about KCAA!

When: Monday, March 21st

Time: 5:30pm – 8pm

Where: Kitsap Regional Library Poulsbo Branch – Community Meeting Room (700 Lincoln Road NE, Poulsbo, WA)

What to Bring: Yourself and a potluck dish (not required to attend).

SPECIAL THIS YEAR:
We will be holding a Seed Swap as part of this years annual meeting. During the potluck and social time we will have a section set up for those that would like to partake in the sharing of seeds. Bring any extra seeds you have for planting and swap with others! KCAA will provide sandwich baggies to carry seeds home in.

For more information/questions please email
kcaa4u@yahoo.com

We hope to see you there!

Are You Passionate About Local Agriculture?

Are You Passionate About Local Agriculture?

KCAA is recruiting new board members
Are you passionate about local agriculture, healthy food systems and connecting your community with the resources available to them? If so, we need you as part of the KCAA team!

The Kitsap Community & Agricultural Alliance (KCAA), a 501(c)(3), provides Kitsap County & West Sound residents with small Ag events, education opportunities, and resources required for small producers to profitably and efficiently supply their products to consumers, retailers, wholesalers, foodservice operators and food manufacturers. Through these efforts we contribute to a sustainable small agricultural industry, the local economy, and preserve our region’s farming heritage for future generations.

We are looking for individuals who are willing and able to donate time and energy towards furthering agriculture here on the Kitsap Peninsula. In addition to attending required board meetings (occurring on the 4th Tuesday of each month), board members are asked to participate in at least one committee (education, events, policy, or communications), and take part in any major KCAA fundraiser/educational events throughout the year.

For more information please download our KCAA Board Member Position Description. Then fill out our Board Member Application and submit by February 24th, 2016. Elections will be held prior to the KCAA Annual Meeting in March.

For more information and an application please contact the KCAA Elections Committee at 360-355-9413 or kcaa4u@yahoo.com

Sincerely,
KCAA Elections Committee
P.O. Box 6004
Bremerton, Washington 98312
Kitsap Community and Agricultural Alliance
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