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"Keeping it Farming" Round Table, Potluck & Annual
Make it a family event on Friday evening March 18 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Swede Hall, 18543 Albany St SW, Rochester, WA 98579

 
Here is what to expect at your Annual Meeting ...

The Keeping it Farming Round Tables are your chance to ask questions about farmer support programs, handing down the family farm, or leasing land.  We will also have round tables for children, newcomers and just to visit with friends and neighbors.

The potluck will start at 6:15 pm.  Swede Hall does not have dishware, so along with your favorite food to share bring your dishes, glassware and utensils.   Family friendly beverages are welcome.

The business meeting starts at 7 pm with updates from Mary Ann Swain, SSCFLT’s Director of Farmland Acquisition, and introduction of Annie Shattuck, our new Director of Development and Administration.  At the end of the meeting we will ask for your input about how to improve communication about easements and the community farmland model.


2016 Board Candidates: see the SSCFLT Board of Directors candidate slate on the website.  

 
2016 Board Candidates: The SSCFLT Board of Directors has prepared a slate of candidates for the 2016 board election.  Check out the slate and other Annual Meeting documents as they become available on the website
New candidates:  Lisa Breckenridge has volunteered for SSCFLT in many capacities including membership on several committees, and as a volunteer assistant to the 2015 board retreat consultant Diane Miller.  Lisa is a planner with the Nisqually Indian Tribe.   Al Josephy is a grant manager for the Office of Columbia River at the Washington Department of Ecology, and has served on other non-profit boards including other land trusts.  He provided input to the board by attending occasional meetings over the past several years.

Seeking another term:  Marcie Cleaver, Russ Fox, and John C. MacLean.  Marcie is currently the board treasurer, Russ Fox is chair of the legal committee and John MacLean is board chair.

Continuing Board members are:  Collin Barricklow, Stephen Hallstrom, Jennifer Holderman, Loretta Seppanen and Aaron Varadi.

Interested in being on the board in the future?  We are open to new board members with a commitment to farmland preservation and to affordable access to land for farmers.  A great way to start is to join one of our committees.  Committee membership provides the opportunity to meet new and interesting people, learn broader skills, give back to your community, and help keep farming viable in the South Sound.   

To make further inquiry please contact us.
Renewing your membership:  Many of you renew your  membership donation each year at the annual meeting via cash or check.  Or, go online today to renew. Many of you are already paid up members of SSCFLT because you made a year-end or a "GiveBig Day" contribution or you purchased tickets to Farms Forever.  All are welcome March 18.

Volunteers needed at the Annual Meeting:  Can you help with set up, picking up supplies, clean up, registration, or note taking at the meeting discussion sessions?   Let us know by emailing us at communityfarmlandtrust@gmail.com

Your board and staff absolutely could not carry out this work without your support as members and as volunteers.  Thank You!
In other news....
Check out the Thurston Conservation District’s 2016 Native Plant Festival on Saturday March 5th, 10am-3pm in the area outside the Conservation District office: 2918 Ferguson St SW, Suite A, Tumwater, WA 98512.
This is election season for the Thurston Conservation District with ballots for Board of Supervisors members due March 5th (available at the Native Plant Festival or by absentee ballot) – check out the candidates and voting process at their website.
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