The way forward for OurField Weston..
Abby Rose: I just updated the title of this group to be more general about the way forward for OurFieldWeston as I think we have moved into a more general discussion now. (Jan 24th 2018)
We have 43 members in the OurField Weston co-operative: 42 members with one farming share, and John Cherry who has 18 farming shares, so a total of 60 farming shares altogether. For each farming share £150 was subscribed.
In addition, the external co-operative members but not John Cherry contributed £50 to theOurField organisers account from which various external costs and events have been paid.
The co-operative farming account has £3,952 in cash so each farming share is worth now £65.82 _ and also _ 250kg of unhulled spelt from the 2017 harvest.
The cooperative farmed a large part but not all of one field (20 acres out of 28 acres).
In the next year I would propose as follows
That John is bought out of his major stake in the farming shares (it is anomalous, as he is effectively “employed” by the cooperative to farm for them)
That the cooperative farms the entire field (so takes on a further 8 acres in addition to the present farmed area of 20 acres)
That the increased risks of the above are partly mitigated for the present cooperative members, by attracting 18 new members to replace John's large stake – so retaining the original total of farming shares at 60.
__ If these points can be agreed,__ the consequential matters going forward are:-
At what price do the new members acquire their farming shares?
Do new co-operative members also pay £50 away, for the organisers’ portion?
Is it reasonable that if the organising committee is allowed to fall away, that _ the administrative and event costs are taken up and apportioned by all the 60 farming cooperative members equally_ (some members may not attend events)?
Are the members of the co-operative willing to contribute to a continuing accounting / facilitating role which will have some costs: probably around £30 monthly, or 50p per member per month.
What will be the method of calculating the price at which any retiring members would be paid out?
Will present co-operative members be allowed to increase their farming stake - ie to acquire one or more new farming stakes from retiring members?
If yes to existing members increasing their stake, would they then be allowed more votes in polls?
Grahame Hunter started a proposal Fri 26 Jan 2018
Lets keep growing in 2018 Closed Mon 5 Feb 2018
Everyone who voted, __ voted to continue, and to expand.__ 11 votes were cast.
This has some exciting implications:-
in 2018, OurField Weston will be farming a total of 13.6 Ha. including the same 8 Ha. farmed last year,
the total number of external members will rise to 60 and John Cherry will be the farmer and not a member,
existing members have until 15th February to inform me if they wish to end their membership, but so far no one has left,
a nominated team are putting together information about the goals and scope of OurField with the purposes of explaining the project, attracting new members, and bringing renewed focus on what we want to achieve..
John Cherry is content to continue the present OurField engagement for 2018 and onwards.
To make this viable, and easier to track the inputs, and to better monitor how field fertility is improved it is proposed that the entire bounded-area of 13.64 ha. (33.7 Acres) be farmed entirely for OurField members.
The 8 Ha area farmed last year for OurField, that has a handsome cover crop of clover and reseeded Spelt growing, is within the larger area which is called Far Town Field, Lannock.
The implication of farming the entire field and not just a part of the field is that we will have space for new members, and the OurField project is more viable for Weston Park Farms to support.
|Agree - 11|
|Abstain - 0|
|Disagree - 0|
|Block - 0|