March 2009

Slow Food Upper Columbia
Meeting Minutes
March 15, 2009

Our meeting was hosted by Norman and Kristen Six at Lovitt Restaurant.

Present:Rick and Lora Lea Misterly, Lesley Mann and David King, Cheryl and Joe Barreca, Joe Petrucelli and Sarah, Norman and Kristen Six, Janis and Jay Berube, Evelyn and Al Kowitz, Chris Loggers and Kathy Ahlenslager, Marianne Watkins, Carl and Eileen Bach and guests Pat Dowst and Pat Sullivan.

1) Election of Officers
Nominations were discussed for President, Vice-President, Secretary and Treasurer.
Elected were: Lora Lea and Maureen Harlow as co-chairs
Secretary: Joe and Cheryl Barreca
Treasurer: Al Kowitz
We still need a web site volunteer –Lora Lea and Al will do this until a volunteer comes forward. Weblog address:

2) Events and meetings coming up

• March 31 Red Gold movie viewing– 6 pm @ Lovitt Restaurant
There are 22 signed up- space for 40 maximum. Call Lovitt to reserve a place-
684-5444. The movie is free- snacks provided by Lovitt for sale. Al will talk about sustainable fishing. Our convivium donated $100 towards making this film.

• April 12th RAFT transplanting party with a potluck meeting following at the Kowitz farm come at noon and bring any 4” pots you have to donate for transplanting.

• May 9, 10,11 RAFT Plant Sale at Kowitz Farm/ Garden Gate Growers- need volunteers all three days( especially on Friday). C and J Barreca will help on Friday. Contact Evelyn Kowitz to volunteer at: or 738-2227.

• May 16 Little Pend Orielle Wildlife Refuge Mushroom Foray- 930-3pm sign up for the foray by contacting Jim/Joanne Groth at 684-1379. After the foray at about 3pm our convivium will prepare mushroom appetizers and bring other appetizers highlighting seasonal fare. The site is at the LPONWR near McDowell Lake in the campground. This will be an outreach event for us and we will have a table with information. The refuge has tables we can use and in case of rain we can use an indoor space. We need volunteers to bring appetizers to share with the mushroom foray participants. Lesley, Al, J and J Berube and Marianne volunteered to bring food and assist. Maureen will also be helping prepare mushroom appetizers like last year.

3) Community Garden update
Marianne reports a board was just formed. They need fencing now. Slow Food could have a plot there for teaching purposes. At this time there are no volunteers from the convivium for this project.

4) Slow Food Youth workshop—August 6-12 at Quillisascut Farm School. A hands on workshop about the Slow Food mission of “Good, Clean, Fair” for young adults 18-29 years old. Building the future of food from the soil to the city.
Send your suggestions to or call 738-2011
There is one possible application so far. Seven other Slow Food groups in WA have offered scholarships. Discussed publicity. Shelly B and Lora Lea. Members can help get the word out and think of youth from Stevens County who might be interested.

5) School Gardens Workshop at Quillisascut Farm School -August 15-19 – Building the classroom connections from the soil to the table. For school teachers, administrators, parents, or volunteers who are wanting to start a school garden or evolve their present gar-den: We will explore regional support networks, curriculum and essential learning requirements, basics of gardening, food safety, small livestock, and the kitchen connection.

6) Idea- Slow Food can participate in the Colville Farmers Markets either on Saturdays or Wednesdays- cooking demos and information booth. Who is interested and can make this contact with the coordinators of the markets?( John Smith- Wednesday and Bob Berryman or Missy Anderson-Saturday)

7) Ideas for meetings June- September????- come with ideas to the April 12th meeting.