Monday, April 27, 2009

Board Meeting Notes, from April 4, 2009

Mission Statement. The development of a vision for our enterprise will help to shape our organizational mission, which in turn will allow the Board to prioritize activities and strategically choose a direction for Wise Worm. Please check out the post from Friday, April 24th to add your thoughts to the list of words and phrases. At the next meeting, I will compile these for additional discussion.
Operations. We did get a price quoted to put the road in to the back field, where the operation will be moved permanently. We are considering building the road in two stages; the first stage will cross the mucky drainage the borders the field. We have made significant progress toward filing with the state: 1) thanks to Paul, we have a draft waste management plan; 2) we have a friendly rapport with the Act 250 office, and are in the process of writing our narrative for a possible permit; 3) we dug the test pit in the back field and it looks encouraging (3 ft, no water; 6 ft, no bedrock). We discussed purchasing a temperature probe at $110, and plan to do that shortly.
Incorporation. We discussed incorporating as an L3C (limited liability corporation with an educational mission). Suggestions were made to contact the following organizations for information and technical assistance: VT Composting Association and the Highfields Institute for sample bilaws; Clark Atwell, local business attorney; UVM Cooperative Extension Women's Agricultural Network; VT Small Business Development Association; NEKCA small business support center (Emily will provide contact info); Northeastern Vermont Development Association, the Charles Carter Center.
New Developments. A request for residential foodwaste drop-off was made by a local family to start in June; Marcus connected us with Burke Mountain Academy, interested in starting a composting program; four opportunities were offered for us to collect additional ammedment: two prodigious manure supplies, woodchips from Eric Davis, and shredded paper from Burke Recycling Center; the Town of Burke is interested in a community foodwaste collection site at the recycling center.
Next meeting: May 23rd. 6:00 pm Potluck at the LaPointe's house
Next Agenda: 1) up-dates on permitting, 2) Mission and Vision statements, 3) continuation of work on management plan, 4) educational program development for schools and community, 5) new opportunities. Please comment to add to the agenda.

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