KCFA BOD Meeting Minutes
Call to Order at 4:02 PM
Present: P.Uster, M.daSilva, K. Wood, B. Corker, C. Wilson, T. Butler, C. Carrico , J. Stith, ML Moss and C. Bondera.
100% Kona Coffee furnished by M. daSilva. Mahalo. Oct. is P. Uster.
Acknowledgement of guest Bud Lindsey who is taking care of a Honaunau farm.
Pres. Bondera’s quote of the month was a reference on how to quit a non profit.
Review of Minutes for Aug., 2011. Motion by B. Corker to accept minutes was seconded by P. Uster. Motion carried.
Treasurer’s report: Motion to accept by ML. Moss was seconded by J. Stith. Motion carried. Recommendation was made by B. Corker that Karen Kemp be recognized for her service as interim Treasurer last year.
Events: ML Moss- Kona Coffee Cultural Festival will be held Nov. 4 through 13. KCFA will have a booth Saturday, Nov. 5 in Holualoa for the Coffee and Art Stroll , and on Saturday, Nov.12 for the Festival of Artists and Ethnic Foods. Volunteers are needed for both events.
Gevalia will not be sponsoring the Cupping Contest this year. A motion was made by B. Corker that C. Bondera and ML Moss explore the new format for the cupping contest and they be authorized to contribute $500.00 to the Festival for the purpose of promoting the contest if they deem it acceptable. Seconded by C. Carrico. Motion carried.
ML Moss reported that she needs coffee for Alii Drive sales.
Grants: J. Stith- There is not much to report on from the Grants committee. I have talked with Denise Oda at Rural Development in Hilo and explained some of things we were interested in accomplishing with the aid of a grant including: funding for an entomologist or other expert to come and help us deal with the CBB and funding for a workshop to teach farmers how to grow the B. bassiana. She sent me a bunch of info that I am sifting through.
Legislature: B. Corker - 1—Origin Disclosure Bill: Colehour Bondera, Paul Uster and Bruce Corker met with Sen. Josh Green on September 5 to discuss the Origin Disclosure Bill endorsed by the Board at the August meeting. Sen. Green has agreed to introduce the bill in the 2012 session and actively work for the bill’s passage.
2—For Discussion: In light little of apparent progress in development and implementation of a mitigation plan for CBB on the Hawaii Island over the last year, a proposal has been suggested by the Pest & Disease Committee for consideration by the Board. The suggestion is for the drafting and introduction of a bill calling for a 25 cent/lb levy on green coffee imported into Hawaii [and on Hawaii-grown coffee certified by the HDOA??]. The levy would be similar in concept to the “barrel tax” of $1.05 levied on each barrel of petroleum imported into Hawaii. The levy would have a specific duration—for example, 5 years—and would be used exclusively for a development and implementation of a program of CBB mitigation by UH-CTAHR and its Cooperative Extension Service--with participation of other state and federal agencies as deemed appropriate by UH-CTAHR.
There were mixed feelings by the BOD’s regarding this proposal and they would like more information.
Library/Historian: B. Decker-“The L of Origen for Food “??? By Elizabeth Barum and Benjamin Sylvander has been published and is for sale for $145. A motion was made by B. Corker and seconded by K. Wood that the book be purchased for the KCFA library. Motion carried.
Pest and Disease: B.Smith- As chairman of the Pest and Disease Committee, I would like to propose the following for the Board's consideration and approval. “Melanie Bondera has suggested that the KCFA produce a professional video, with Suzanne Shriner as spokesperson, if possible- on "How To Grow Your Own Beauveria bassiana". Kamehameha Schools/Bishop Estate has offered Melanie their video production expertise. The video would be available on the KCFA website or with a link from the KCFA website.
Melanie has received Neil Reimer's okay so it is legal. It was suggested we take the $1000 that we set aside for the CBB Task Force, and use it for this project to pay Suzanne for her time and effort. I believe this would be a good expenditure of the $1000 and offer a solution to Members' high cost of buying Botanigard and Mycotrol.”
It was recommended that although the BOD is enthusiastic about this, they would like more information to be presented at the next meeting.
Web site: C. Smith - Sent out emails to Members for Coffee Talk, Meetings, Newsletter and the Safeway Story, etc. etc.
Reviewed Classifieds with each poster to be sure they wanted to continue. Some did not. All is up to date.
Branding Committee : C. Smith - A member asked to post a Classified offering Orange Bourbon coffee plants for sale. I did not think it right and believe this is an important issue that needs to be addressed and resolved. After speaking with Colehour and Bruce, 2 questions arise: Would running such an ad would be in conflict with that part of KCFA's mission statement concerning protection of the Kona coffee heritage"; And more broadly, should KCFA be encouraging farmers to cultivate "Kona typica", rather than other cultivars and exotics?
The Branding Committee would like to consider both questions, and then make a recommendation to the Board. The Branding Committee welcomes input from Board members and others as part of its review.
Public Relations: C. Wilson - Chamber of Commerce: M. daSilva -"Tom Butler and his wife attended the "After Hours" Chamber of Commerce event at the Aloha Theater in August and enjoyed the presentations, etc. A list of upcoming Chamber Events is located at the coffee station.
Ad Hoc Safeway: P. Uster-Our President asked me to draft a position statement to discuss and vote upon at Tuesday’s board meeting.
Re The Thurston vs. Safeway lawsuit -and such others as may be filed in
various courts of the nation,
The Kona Coffee Farmers’ Association is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to promote and protect Kona coffee farmers economic interests in 100% Kona coffee, to protect the Kona coffee heritage, and to seek greater legal protection of the Kona coffee name.
We concur that current labels mislead the consumer’s reasonable expectation that the ingredients in coffee labeled as a Kona blend originate from within the state of Hawaii’s official boundaries of the Kona coffee belt, and such labels exploit the superior quality and value of 100% Kona coffee. Our official position on the State of Hawaii 10 Percent Blend Law as adopted by our board of directors on April 19, 2006 remains unchanged and the public is referred to the full text at https://konacoffeefarmers.org/10_Percent_Blend_Law.asp
which contains our remedies.
Sadly, mainland consumers have even less protection and we now learn they may have been getting even less than 10% Kona coffee in “Kona blends” sold in the continental United States. More effective enforcement and the strengthening of individual state and federal legislation for specialty coffees of geographic origin are necessary for accurate truth in labeling.
We await with interest the courts’ opinions on whether current “Kona blend” labels violate California’s Consumer Legal Remedies Act (“CLRA”).
California Civil Code §1770 (5) and California’s Sherman Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Law (“Sherman Law”), Article 6, Section 110660., and the consumer protection laws of other states. End DRAFT
A motion to accept the KCFA position statement as written was made by T. Butler and seconded by B. Corker. There were 5 yes votes, 0 no votes and 3 abstentions by K. Wood, C. Wilson and M. daSilva. Motion carried.
Adjourned at 5:50 PM
Minutes by T. Butler