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Greenbank Farm use, money-making suggestions made

Eight volunteers spent the last six months deciding on recommendations on how the publicly owned Greenbank Farm should be operated.

The Greenbank Farm Executive Planning Group recommended that the Port of Coupeville shouldn’t extend the current contract with the Greenbank Farm Management Group, which is set to expire March 31, 2014. In addition, the group recommended that the port should solicit requests for proposals for the selection of future management for the group. The volunteers also stated that the port, as it currently functions, should not assume management of the Greenbank Farm without the assistance of a management entity, according to a report released last week during a special meeting of the commissioners of the Port of Coupeville.

“It’s disappointing to me that the group doesn’t have a lot of confidence in the port’s ability to manage the farm,” Commissioner Laura Blankenship said during the meeting.

Fran Einterz, a Coupeville farmer who is one of the members of the volunteer group, said there appears to be a conflict with the port’s mission of economic development and the community’s wishes and restrictive covenants that were placed on the farm.

The report also included recommendations for the agriculture land at the farm. The report states that the goals of the Greenbank Farm master site plan hasn’t been achieved.

“I’m absolutely impressed by the work this group has done,” Commissioner Benye Weber said during the meeting.

The commissioners for the Port of Coupeville will meet 10 a.m. Wednesday, Jan. 9, at the Coupeville Public Library.

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