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Greenbank Farm asks for specifics

BY RECORD STAFF

There appears to be nothing wrong with the Greenbank Farm’s bookkeeping.

At least that is according to Judy Feldman, executive director of the farm’s management group.

She responded Monday to a story in the Oct. 24 South Whidbey Record. It was reported that Georgia Gardner, a Coupeville accountant with years of public service to her credit, claimed there were problems with the farm’s financial statements. Gardner refused to elaborate beyond a letter she penned to the management group’s board of trustees.

Saying she was speaking on behalf of the Greenbank Farm Management Group, Feldman said that Gardner’s letter was vague and frustrating.

“For an organization that strives to be effective and transparent, this is extremely frustrating in that we have no specifics to respond to,” she said.

“We have looked through everything we have, worked with our CPA, and asked as many hard questions as we could think of,” Feldman said. “We are proud that we are constantly reviewing and improving our accounting systems just as we are proud that we have always corrected oversights as we were made aware of them. Even so, we have not found anything of the scope or severity that Ms. Gardner refers to.”

The Port of Coupeville owns the commercial areas of the publicly-owned farm. Feldman pledged the management group will fully cooperate with a committee looking into its operations.

“We believe we deserve to hear what the specific concerns about our financial accounting might be so that we can respond. If there is an oversight, we want to fix it. Our community should feel confident and know that we are working in good faith with the port and their review panel,” Feldman said.

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