The minutes of that meeting held on June 3rd, can be found here on the County website. The committee was formed by the Commissioners and the members are: Steve Knox, Susan Wiley, Frank Riley, Becky Mason, Mellisa Seamans, Wendy Scribner, Olivia Saunders, and Henry Spencer.
In terms of objectives, the committee listed the “Save the Farm Coalition” list of objectives:
1. Identify and validate Farm benefits to the community
2. Assess Farm revenues versus expenses versus benefits
3. Devise a means of quantifying intangible benefits
4. Identify, analyze and improve key farm processes and outcomes
5. Benchmark regional farm models
6. Develop a best practices document for Farm operations
7. Develop a plan to maximize Farm earnings
8. Assess production capacity of Farm and forest land
9. Evaluate the effects of expanding and/or downsizing on Farm revenues
10. Assess the Delegation’s expectations for the Farm and the level of current
11. Document team results and recommendations to the county delegation
The committee asked for for a statement of commitment from the commissioners and delegation for the work of this committee at the suggestion of Andy Kendall of Kendall Foundation during the farm tour earlier this year.“Is the County committed to owning and being a
good steward of the land?”, “A commitment to owning the land and being a steward while
trying to find a path forward to being a responsible owner for the benefit of the County”. The Commissioners at their June 8th meeting agreed to give Steve Knox a letter in support of the Farm Committee.
The committee expects a rough draft report by the end of the summer and a final report in the fall to coincide with the county budget process. A survey is also in the works. The minutes are very informative and a worthwhile read.