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The members of Skookum Food Provisioners’ Cooperative gathered at Trinity Hall in Powell River on January 31 2012 to celebrate our first public gathering for 2012, the United Nations International Year of the Cooperative. The salad/dessert pot-luck event attracted over 30 of our 101 members. The meal was centred around Jacqueline Huddleston’s delicious risotto and quiche dishes, and graciously emceed by member Alison Taplay. A special gift basket was awarded in absentia to Nansi McKay and Nancy Tyler (members #100 and 101), and presentations by Wendy Pelton, coordinator of The Abundant Pantry Bulk-Buying Project and by directors David Parkinson and Giovanni Spezzacatena provided lots of news about what’s going on with our cooperative.
Here is some of what we talked about:
Alison talked about 2012 Year of the Cooperative, and set up an informal agenda for the evening, ending with a call for ideas on new projects and for helping hands to organize and implement existing ones;
Wendy Pelton gave us a major update on The Abundant Pantry Bulk-Buying Club, which is about to be launched;
The Skookum Community Bookshelf was introduced: this is a Skookum Cooperative initiative by Director Sharon Deane and Melissa Leigh where members may donate books that they feel would be appropriate to cooperative member use to this project housed in Kingfisher Used Books. A dedicated bookshelf will be set up letting only Skookum members borrow these materials. Contact Sharon at the store for more information;
David Parkinson reported on the Skookum Gleaners project. The upshot is that key Skookum members have devoted a lot of time and effort to this community project, to little benefit to the cooperative, while other projects more in tune with our purposes have suffered. The board of Skookum has voted to let this project go, but encourage members to reach out to us if they want to pursue this project outside of the cooperative;
David also briefly introduced the concept of a Community Orchard that may prove to be the evolution of Gleaners. Please reach him if you have an interest in this up-coming project.
A couple of items that got a little lost in the fray, but we’ll pick up on these in future posts and gatherings:
Skookum co-presents the feature documentary film How to Make a Farm) at Powell River Film Festival;
Skookum’s board wants to set up a Project Selection and Development Team to help in selecting viable projects from member proposals, and guide the process;
We want to set up a crack team that will be focused on Fundraising Events, to help fund Skookum projects, and to engage members; contact Giovanni if you are interested.
Harry Burtonpartner Debbie from Salt Spring Island’s Apple Luscious Organic Orchards visited Powell River for a Skookum-sponsored two-day fundraiser for our new community apple press.
It was about apples, and a lot more. Harry talked about pruning, apple varieties, permaculture and much more, both at the Tuesday night presentation at the Unitarian Hall and the next morning at Little Wing Farm in Lund. We’re hoping to get Harry and Debbie back here again for some more in-depth workshops and hands-on skill-building in grafting, pruning, disease and distress management, and more. Stay tuned for more details.
If you did not get the chance to attend and would still like to donate to help us pay for the community cider press, please check out our new PayPal ‘Donate’ button at the top right of this page. Thank you! If you would like to see more events like this (or different ones), please add your voice by using the comment box below, and together we’ll make it happen.