February 23rd Conference Call

Attendees:  Ellen, Margaret, Rick, Gail, Casey, Tom

1)   Reviewing Mission, Vision, Goals (Ellen will forward Gail notes on the meeting between Ellen and Mary)

a.     Mission:  ‘Growing a healthy world through the art and science of plants, gardens, and landscapes.’

b.     Ellen and Mary met to discuss comments associated with vision and vision.  Came to conclusion that only one new idea was presented (slightly different metrics were presented, but ideas largely overlapped).  New idea was partnerships ~ which they incorporated into the last version of the vision.

i.     Modified Vision Statement:  ‘Use stakeholder partnerships to increase the percentage of U.S. households participating in Consumer Horticulture to 90 % by 2025.’

ii.    Tom suggested mission ‘Use stakeholder partnerships to grow a healthy world through the art and science of plants, gardens, and landscapes’ and vision:  ‘increase the percentage of U.S. households participating in consumer horticulture to 90% by 2025’.  Instead of focusing on word-smithing, we can work on developing structure of our group to engage everyone who has expressed interest in our group.  We should consider shifting our focus on creating an initiative.

c.     Regarding goals: folks tended to want fewer goals, but did not identify goals to ‘kick out’.  Folks tended to focus on industry-university partnerships.  Mary was going to rewrite goals into six statements, and Ellen was going to rewrite the goals into four statements.

d.     Concluded it was important to recognize contributions that folks have made to the mission, vision, goals; and that things look different, or else collaborators will not think we’re listening to them.

e.     Take home consensus on goals:  move forward with mission and vision (perhaps light modification on mission), get a subgroup together to pare goals down from 7 to 4.

i.     Diversity, advocacy can be woven into other goals.  Community and health can be woven into a single goal.

ii.     Ellen will send out an email to participants (and will follow up with a call, if no response), inviting them to participate in goal writing ~ to combine 7 goals into 4.

iii.    This group will be asked to report at the May NICH Meeting.

2)    Denver NICH meeting:  expect ~ 100 people

a.     Shannon Spurlock is with the Denver Urban Gardens (awarded a People’s Garden Grant a few years ago).  She works with the city of Denver, which is trying to promote urban gardening.  Lucy is working with Shannon to make local arrangements.

b.     Invite Shannon to our next meeting.  Invite Beth Horne from the Center for Urban Agriculture to assist Shannon with the event planning.  Ellen is the contact for Beth. Casey will contact Shannon and invite her to the March 8th meeting.

c.     Our approach will be to set a date, choose a venue for our next in-person NICH meeting.  Dates are tentatively set at June 27-30, 2016.

d.     Rick suggested coming up with a registration form for the meeting.  On the registration form, ask people to self-identify their choice of breakout session by goals.  Tom mentioned that we can use Google docs to develop the registration form/questionnaire.  This will also allow folks who can’t attend to add input on the process.

3)    Next meeting:  March 8th at 10am EST.  Casey will look into whether or not there is a need to appoint chair for the March 8th meeting.  Tom will initiate the call for the March 8th meeting.

a.     Look at update on mission, vision, goals

b.     Plan Denver meeting

4)    Summary of Assigned To Do’s.

a.     Ellen will send out reminder for conference call by March 4th, and will chair the March 8th meeting.

b.     Ellen will send out an email to participants (and will follow up with a call, if no response), inviting them to participate in goal writing ~ to combine 7 goals into 4.

c.     Casey will contact Shannon Spurlock to invite her to the March 8th meeting.

d.     Tom will be on the March 8th call, and will initiate the call as host.

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