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It’s official!

The Capital City Organic Gardeners club is now official! At our Annual Meeting on November 3rd, we installed the Board of Directors and adopted our By-Laws.

Introducing the CCOG Board of Directors…

• President: Scott Morrison
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Co-Vice Presidents: Eleanor Baron and Judy Dickinson
• Secretary: Laura Morrison
• Treasurer: John Frasier
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Programming: Lorna Austin and Claudia Altemus.

Thank you to all of the new Board members who worked really hard and dedicated themselves to forming the organization.

A very special thanks goes out to Judy Dickinson who wrote up all the legal documents and submitted them to the State. Judy has also graciously volunteered to work on the documents needed for our club to gain 501c3 non-profit status.

You can find the By-Laws and Articles of Agreement on our ABOUT page with contact information for all of the Board members.

How can you become a member of CCOG?
The short answer is that you can’t! In an interesting twist, the new By-Laws state that there are no members. The incorporators wanted to make the club open to anyone who is interested in organic gardening and growing their own food regardless of time, energy and finances. Anyone can attend the meetings, read the blog and take advantage of the resources we have to offer. It’s all free.

The intention is to build a community. If you are on the mailing list, or if you read this blog you are considered to be a part of the Capital City Organic Gardening Community. Welcome!

Get involved…
If you would like to get involved and volunteer some of your time and talent for the club, contact Scott Morrison at scott.gardener@comcast.net to talk about volunteer opportunities for the coming year.

Contribute…
Until we get our 501c3 status squared away, you can make a tax deductible donation to our fiscal sponsor, The New England Grassroots Environment Fund (NEGEF). Here is how to do it…

Make your check payable to NEGEF. Indicate that you wish to make a contribution to the Capital City Organic Gardeners. Mail your check to: Scott Morrison, Capital City Organic Gardeners, 4 Jordan Avenue, Concord, NH 03301. Scott will forward your check to NEGEF and they will send you a letter confirming your charitable contribution for your records.

If you have any questions, contact Scott Morrison at scott.gardener@comcast.net.

Thank You!
Thank you to everyone who has supported this organization over the past two years. We are looking forward to a wonderful new season in 2011!

 

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Area Residents to Look at Forming Agricultural Commission in Concord

Capital City Organic Gardeners (CCOG) announced today that it will form a feasibility committee to establish an agricultural commission in the City of Concord. CCOG was selected by the Central New Hampshire Regional Planning Commission to receive a technical assistance grant, provided with support of the Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP), which provides support and technical assistance to the 26 communities impacted by the I-93 improvements project.

“We are pleased to serve as the catalyst for getting this important process moving,” said Scott Morrison, CCOG founder and president. “In the coming weeks we’ll convene a group of Concord farmers and other people interested in preserving our City’s agricultural resources and heritage. I look forward to working with that group build support for an agricultural commission in Concord and awareness in general of Concord’s rich agricultural resources and history.”

The recent City of Concord Master Plan 2030 details several important agriculture-related goals for the City, which Morrison hopes this effort will support. The city currently has 1991 acres in agricultural use (using 2005 data) and the Master Plan articulates the need for preserving both the rural character of the City’s open spaces and its prime agricultural soils.

“Ultimately, an agricultural commission would advise City boards on the needs of the agricultural community, in order to ensure that these goals are met,” said Morrison.

Enabled by New Hampshire RSA 674:44-e, communities may establish agricultural commissions “for the proper recognition, promotion, enhancement, encouragement, use, management, and protection of agriculture and agricultural resources, tangible or intangible, that are valued for their economic, aesthetic, cultural, historic, or community significance within their natural, built, or cultural contexts.

The purpose of an agricultural commission is to protect farmland, support the local agricultural economy, preserve rural character and promote local agriculture to community members and visitors. Agricultural commissions are advisory only in nature, and do not have a regulatory role. Rather, they are the ambassadors of the farming community, acting as educators, advisors and promoters to help keep agriculture viable in New Hampshire.

At this time, there are 14 agricultural commissions in New Hampshire towns; if Concord forms one, it will be the first city agricultural commission in New Hampshire.

Any farmers or other individuals with an interest in agriculture in Concord should e-mail eleanor.baron@gmail.com for further information and to participate in an informal discussion about next steps.

Download for more information about agricultural commissions in New Hampshire

Press Release: Area Residents to Look at Forming Agricultural Commission in Concord

agricultural resources and history.”