Sure. Next week is fine. Weds. evening is best for me.
FYI - I had a long talk yesterday with Jon Erlandson of the SBDC about the Workforce Dev. Board's budding ideas about an urban farming initiative in West County. I briefed him on the West County orgs. that you and Robin mentioned, shared the mixed history of urban ag. in the West County, and outlined my plans for a conference/gathering.
There's stimulus money available to create jobs and Tracey Nicks at the WDB is interested in doing something in urban ag. I've worked with Tracey before and we've talked over the years about a wide range of ideas.
The idea that seems to be getting traction revolves around the idea of developing a community kitchen type of business incubator linked with various local sources of food. While there's high interest in garden-to-school types of programs, preserving food and maybe selling food-products (e.g. locally made salsa) offers additional opportunities.
There is also high interest in doing something with the old ColorSpot greenhouses. Apparently SunnyHill Farms has offered to cooperate. The conference I proposed fits right into the WDB's plans. The key is that the money needs to be committed before the end of June!!
I told Jon that all of the players in the West County need to be included in some way. Jon's planning to contact at least one foundation in the next week to seek funds to support the conference, a directory of CC urban ag. projects, programs and activities and an opportunity assessment. This would be tied to whatever else is done with the stimulus money. Nothing guaranteed, but doors are opening! I'm working with Jon to put together a conceptual framework to support some sort of proposal.
Things are being discussed and I'm making sure that SCOCO is positioned to participate. We're a wealth of expertise that the government agencies (e.g. the Workforce Board) are lacking.
Thanks for the info!