Wayne’s email 3/29/10 and April meeting info

Art suggested a better place to park our cars to carpool to Terry’s…at the Fred Meyer parking lot at the east end across from Columbia Bank.  It is lighted, with plenty of spaces.  Let’s meet there about 5:45, leaving no later than 6pm.  We’ll visit the various activities that Dick and Terry have going to make a successful CSA farm.  The harvesting, organizing, and boxing up produce for customers to pick up, (or to deliver?) and the accounting part of it must be important, too.  How do you decide what to plant when and where?  Do they rotate crops?  What kind of potatoes do they plant?  

 At about 8pm we will thank them and visit Holly Foster’s Zestful Gardens farm a short piece down the road for a short visit and chat.  Holly finished college at a small town in Scotland, where she also got acquainted with local farming.  Bitten, she interned at a farm in New York State, then moved back to River Road where she met and married her husband and farmed together with her mother.  By the way, she may have already have her new baby by the time we come to visit, so cross your fingers that our timing will be okay.  Following that visit we will sojourn to a comfortable indoor place, (coffee shop? Library?) in Puyallup to debrief, share any new info, then head back to Fred Meyer and home.

 Grains are calories…bread, cake, pasta…that veggies alone can’t give us.  Think about joining the Budds and myself to drive to Everett April 14th, Wednesday morning, for a 10am to noon class by the expert Dr. Stephen Jones on the practical growing of grain in the Northwest.  You have to register.

 The meeting time to help get Steve and Stephanie F****** started with their community garden did not work out.  Their number is ***-**** (Emerald Landscaping) if you want to offer your own advice or support.  Would Wed. April 1st at 6:30 work?  Steve, let us know.

 On May 15-16 the residents of Sonoma County plan to put in 350 community gardens, all on the same two days, covering all the cities and towns in the county.  www.igrowsonoma.org

The Pierce County Parks Dept. has asked to meet with us and Erin Benedict, manager, about starting a Graham Farmer’s Market at Frontier Park this year.

 Margi, let’s welcome and add to our contact list Terry and Louise C,  Graham.  Email is **********.  Ornamental iron and growing food is their interest, and they are friends of the Pethicks.  I hope they can join us at Terry’s Berries meeting.

Iris Y is trying to re-start the Graham Lions Club.  I invited her to our meeting to get acquainted and explore possible ways to partner for mutual benefit. 

 William is teaching young neighbor Tristan as they work together…says it is important that we somehow invite young people into our activities.  During second week in April, young people will meet in library to continue forming a Youth Advisory Board under Graham Kapowsin Community Council.  Please suggest any names of youth that might like to join this meeting.  Today I talked to a lady that used to run a Graham 4H group.  She is 81 and no longer raises food.  She may also be able to help us. 

Last and most important, little Traxler was born to Treavor and Tracy on March 23rd.  He is now 5 days old.  It was a very smooth water pool home birth, assisted by a “fantastic” midwife, Marie.  Traxler weighed in at 8 lbs, 12 oz. and Tracy recovered amazingly fast.  The birth was relatively pain free, using the self-hypnosis technique they had practiced together.  This alternative to the hectic hospital visit worked out very well for them.


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