A time for planning, networking, hoping & reflecting
As Christmas approaches, planning for 2013 is all important. The feasibility proposal is taking a lot of time and brain power. Other TO DO items include applying for grants and acquittal reports for previous grants, the marketing plan, costing for school lunches, menu for school market plus rosters and invoices. Phew, just thinking about what I managed to do this week makes me look forward to the Christmas holidays.
On Monday evening, I sold seeds and plants and jams at the Geelong Organic Gardeners meeting. What a great bunch of people, many of whom volunteer for Food_Skil.
There’s still no answer from DPCD yet on the grant, so I’m still hoping for good news.
On Thursday morning, I attended a breakfast meeting of Geelong small business people. It was an excellent networking session and it was good to hear first-hand from new Mayor, Keith Fagg that he likes what Foodskil is doing. Later I attended the final meeting of the Geelong Future Proofing reference group for 2012. In between these meetings, I worked with St Josephs to tidy up the vegetable beds behind the shop and found a new favourite café in Pako, Red Tarts.
During the week, I also discussed our goals with the Chamber of Commerce and Healthy Geelong Together. It’s really valuable chatting with people at these business networks and linking up with other social enterprises.
Foodskil is investigating whether it should tender for the canteen services at Northern Bay College – it would be a three year contract.
On Friday, I met with Phillip who runs a gardening group with Pathways (Mental Health Organisation) at Urban Bean and explored how we can work together at the schools and also on the potato boxes at Labuan Square. The week concluded with the Osborne House Market on Sunday. We sold an awful lot of goods at Osborne House, and it was great to have customers return and praise out produce, from Jams, Chutneys, Eggs and Honey. The new item was the Dips, very well received.
It’s reassuring how awareness of our activities is spreading around the Geelong region and leading to positive recognition and growing support. I wish to sincerely thank all the staff and volunteers for their hard work and commitment during 2012 – their efforts are the key to our success.
As the festive season arrives, keep happy and healthy and remember your 2 servings of fruit and 5 servings of vegetables a day.