Ok, look, I am a fan of community farming...key word is community. Does the entire Radnor community have the ability to grow things at the Willows? All I have seen is one big deer fenced in field is there something I am missing?
Greener Partners seems to use a lot of OPL (Other People's Land). Seriously, they say so right here:
Mr. Ingle co-founded Greener Partners to compel potential partner organizations to take underutilized land holdings and put it into sustainable agriculture using organic growing methods for the benefit of surrounding communities. Core components of this initiative are the education and community outreach programs.....Prior to co-founding Greener Partners, Mr. Ingle has spent much of his career in the finance industry. Mr. Ingle currently serves on the Board of the Tyler Arboretum in Media, PA, Heron Hill Winery located in the Finger Lakes region of New York State, and Brush Street Capital based in Detroit, MI.
Ok so I don't know this Jason guy, but if he has by his own website bio spent a lot of time in the finance indestry - he knows how to make money, right? And if someone answered this somewhere on another blog or a post here, forgive me, but what kind of non-profit status does Greener Partners have? Or is Greener Partners reall a for profit gig dressed in non profit farmer's overalls?
So the other thing is Greener Partners is running a "surplus" market now at the Willows. Do the proceeds go back to the Willows? Is there a permit for them to sell as an open market? Does Radnor make anything on this deal as a township? Don't businesses pay mercantile or business privilege taxes? If perishables are being sold is there a county health requirement in Delaware County?
I think the "surplus" market is a terrific way for people to feel more connected to this CSA thingy...but I still am not crazy about this arrangement...and having listened to the meeting live and then on replay, I have to ask WTF else is going on? If Greener Partners wants to rent the cottage, pay some real green...pay some real rent. And how much is the Radnor Conservancy share of the Greener Partners Farmer's rent at Ardrossan? I think THAT is ridiculous! Greener Partners should be paying to house their farmer no matter where he is. I don't think the Radnor Conservancy should get stuck with that, and furthermore and even more importantly, don't those fustian fuss pot Scott heirs have enough moola that they could just donate the living quarters to this farmer right now?
I really, really, really wish I had a comfort level and understanding of this CSA at the Willows, but every time someone involved opens their mouth it's more CYA on the CSA.
This Dan Sherry was right to ask his questions he ask (see you tube above - he's cute when he's making a point too). And that Spingler? Wowee! Dude has a BAAAAAAD attitude...cranky and unpleasant. He's like a troll. And then of course there was Lisa...all I have to say about the former commissioner is well, she really should have watched all the meeting tapes if she wasn't going to attend them, huh?
Well this is certainly drama....and you know what? If Greener Partners can pay rent, let them stay...but if they don't the perception will continue to be that they are using Radnor, the Friends of the Willows, or The Radnor Conservancy....and that succinctly put is just not kosher.
Oh, check out this editorial here from a political candidate named Harriet Waldron. It's not bad, but I don't agree that this surplus market is competing with the Wayne Farmer's Market or the grocery stores. Or WalMart. That's not the point, or it shouldn't be the point. The point of this exercise should be can these people pay their way and can this be opened up so residents of all incomes can participate?
As I See It: Does Radnor need to hire a farmer?
Published: Wednesday, August 19, 2009