National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture (NICH)
Bi-Weekly Tuesday Conference Call
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Attending: Gail, Rick, Debbie, Pam, Julie, Casey, Ellen, Marisol, Suzi, Shannon
1) NICH Meeting Update (Ellen)
a. Date: (Save the date has been added to the website: Ellen): June 28th, 8am-5pm, and June 29th 8am-12pm. The meeting will be at the Hilton Garden Inn.
b. Pre-registration: so folks can register their interest in the meeting (Ellen): To Do: All NICH members, please pre-register for the June meeting, so that we can get a better count of rooms. Committee chairs, please talk to your committee members, and ask them to pre-register on the website, helping us to distribute the travel stipend.
i. The pre-registration button is at the top of the NICH website: consumerhort.org
c. Targeted Invitations (All): We’re going to target ourselves, first. After we get a sense of how many will be coming, we will extend targeted invitations.
d. Schedule: Wednesday (June 27th) is a travel day. We may tentatively have a reception on Wednesday night (Atlanta Botanical Garden not yet nailed down). Tentative agenda has Friday meeting (June 29th) will be for NICH leadership. Everyone else can leave Thursday (June 28th) night or Friday morning, if they want to.
i. Debbie’s committee might have their face-to-face meeting on Friday morning.
ii. We’re not married to the agenda that we put in the grant, but it is a good place to start.
iii. Are there times for committees to meet on Thursday? It might work better for committees to meet on Friday.
iv. On Friday morning, have all committees start out together. Give updates on progress. And then, have committees break out into separate rooms.
v. To Do: Ellen: look into getting breakout rooms on Friday.
vi. Casey is meeting with the Botanical Garden folks this Friday to talk about the possibility of having an event there on Wednesday night. The challenge will be how to get to the garden from the hotel. It may be possible to wrangle Extension transportation to get from hotel to the garden, and/or we have $$ in our budget for travel.
e. Also, NICH website has been updated to include our videos at the NIFA listening sessions, meeting minutes, etc.
i. The website is ripe for an update. This may be a topic of our January conference call: what are strategic updates that are needed?
ii. One problem with the website is that there is no easy way to ‘join’ NICH. It has been moved further down the website. We can replace the ‘how to help’ button with a ‘join NICH’ button. Or, it could be a menu choice at the top.
iii. Just have one button for pre-registration. Move ‘join NICH’ and ‘How can I help’ up to the menu bar.
2) Recruitment, Placement, and Structure (Casey, All)
a. SCC-85 as the Academic Council (Rick)
i. What is structure and function of SCC-85? What are the advantages/disadvantages of SCC-85 as the de facto academic council?
ii. 2011-2012: some folks in Consumer Horticulture in the Southern Region met at a grant-writing workshop, but realized that there is no granting agency
iii. Instead, they formed a SERA, which turned into a Coordinating Committee (SCC). For information on SCC, see Rick’s handout, which is an addendum to the minutes.
iv. While the SCC-85 is a southern coordinating committee, the plans extend nationwide and are not focused on the southern region. Current membership includes 11 people from 10 southern states. There are additional folks who are signed up from states outside of the southern region. There are opportunities for other states and organizations to become involved, as well.
v. When SCC-85 was developing white papers, they realized there is a lot of opportunities for collaborating. A lot of what SCC-85 is doing is either aligned with NICH or directly relates to NICH.
1. SCC-85 was using the #PlantsDoThat infographic.
2. There are four additional #PlantsDoThat in process. SCC-85 should feel free to use the infographics.
vi. A lot of NICH people are already involved in SCC-85 if we look at the list of participants.
vii. If NICH turns into a formal 501(c)3, it may be complicated to have SCC-85 formally joined to NICH. That said, the purpose of SCC-85, and the people who are involved suggest that this is a good fit.
viii. Is there a limitation on who can join SCC-85? There are no geographic limitations (people outside of the southern region can join). There are no affiliation limitations (people outside of Extension can join). A significant benefit for Extension folks is that their Extension director may be able to provide travel funds to attend SCC meetings.
ix. This meeting could meet at the same time as the NICH meeting, in Atlanta.
x. NICH could provide the administrative structure that academics in the SCC need, to justify their participation in NICH.
xi. What roadblocks might there be for SCC to serve as the NICH de facto academic council? Perhaps the 501(c)3 — but we can work on that if/when we cross that bridge. SCC has defined goals and activities which were missing from the NICH academic council. It will provide a way for academics to become involved in NICH.
xii. Are there specific limitations built into how NICH can use funds, depending upon who is chosen as the fiscal agent? With the SCRI planning grant, there are limitations put on how the funds can be used by the granting agency, and not necessarily by the recipient of the grant.
1. Some grants are only open to non-profits, and not to land-grant universities, and vice-versa.
2. With private donations, there is often more flexibility in how funds can be used.
3. On NICH, we have some non-profits
xiii. Motion made by Suzi to support SCC-85 to function as the Public Land Grant / University council of NICH. Seconded by Ellen.
1. Discussion: how are we going to ensure that additional leaders from other areas of the country are engaged? People can continue to join NICH and not be affiliated with SCC-85 at all but can be on the Public Land Grant / University council.
2. Decisions Made: There was a unanimous vote in support of the motion.
3) NICH (Email Blasts): Upcoming list – Suzi, Debbie, and Others
a. Community/Social Committee Objectives ranking: this can be sent off, now. Let’s send out this email blast, before the economic survey/objectives ranking. To Do (Ellen, Suzi, Casey): will get copy (to Casey) to send out to email list, on December 14th, to be sent out on December 19th.
b. Annual Report of NICH Accomplishments: go out first of the year. To Do (Gail, Suzi, All): If Gail gets the report to Casey by the end of the year, his team can deploy early in the New Year.
c. Economic survey/objectives ranking: the economic survey could be sent off before MANTS (week of January 10th). To Do (Debbie, Suzi, Casey): Debbie, Suzi, Casey will have it ready to send out on January 10th. Casey will have his team send out the survey/objectives ranking as soon as possible.
d. Economic committee article: Debbie is working on the article. It will go in the February issue of Ball publishing’s trade mag.
e. Environmental committee objectives ranking: Ellen will share the environmental committee objectives ranking with Julie.
4) New Items:
a. Farm Bill Initiative: Ellen, Casey, Debbie, and Suzi put together an action plan — the team is moving forward.
b. Pam and Ellen are presenting on NICH at the International Hort Congress Meeting in Turkey.
5) Review Action Items
NICH National Meeting
To Do: All NICH members, please pre-register for the June meeting
To Do: Ellen: look into getting breakout rooms for the NICH national meeting on Friday.
To Do (Ellen, Suzi, Casey): will get the copy (to Casey) to send out to the email list, on December 14th, to be sent out on December 19th.
To Do (Gail, Suzi, All): If Gail gets the report to Casey by the end of the year, his team can deploy early in the New Year. Gail will send out a draft list of accomplishments to all, for comment.
To Do (Debbie, Suzi, Casey): Debbie, Suzi, Casey will have it ready to send out on January 10th. Casey will have his team send out the survey/objectives ranking as soon as possible.
Decisions Made: There was a unanimous vote in support of the motion: to support SCC-85 to function as the Public Land Grant / University council of NICH
Next Meeting: January 9, 2018
Addendum: SCC Handout from Rick Durham
Mission Statement, objects and outcomes for SCC-85 (Southern Coordinating Committee)
Formal name: Consumer Horticulture Extension, Research, and Education Coordinating Committee
This Southern Coordinating Committee (SCC) will serve as a focal point to support and implement academic components of the National Initiative for Consumer Horticulture’s Strategic Plan (NICHSP). The long-term goal of this SCC is to develop collaboration among CH and allied researchers and extension specialists with the goal of creating and sharing educational materials and investigating the human and environmental impacts of gardening.
- Foster the development of the NICHSP, assuring that the plan has strong academic input.
- Establish consumer horticulture research priorities that align with the NICHSP.
- Build a team of scientists and academicians that will facilitate planning for joint research and Extension activities.
- Create a mechanism for the collaborative development of educational resources in the area of consumer horticulture.
Expected Outcomes and Impacts:
- The NICHSP will be completed and will engage members of academia, industry, and the general public.
- Federal and private funding opportunities for consumer horticulture will increase, and this SCC will serve to link collaborators to seek and attain this funding.
- White papers for the public on current key topics (climate change, carbon sequestration in residential landscapes, impacts of residential landscapes on water quality, youth horticulture, nutrition, etc.) will be written and developed.
- Educational resources regarding practices and benefits of home and community gardening will be identified and/or developed for use nationally.
- Extension Master Gardener volunteers will become increasingly effective (as teachers and citizen scientists) as research and outreach objectives and tools are developed.
Current membership of SCC 85
- Sheri Dorn, GA
- Ellen Bauske, GA
- Lucy Bradley, NC
- David Berle, GA
- Kerry Smith, AL
- Rick Durham, KY
- Gary Bachman, MS
- Gary Knox, FL
- Natalie Bumgarner, TN
- David Close, VA
- Jeff Kuehny, LA
- Mary Meyer, MN
- Gail Langellotto, OR
- Pam Bennett, OH
- Julie Weisenhorn, MN
- Susan Yoder, Seed Your Future