News Letter #1


Hello all!
After two weeks of intense learning, in the form of complications, setbacks, and a whole lot of help and guidance from volunteers and advisers, we at TICo are excited to let everyone know about the progress we have made.

Progress Update #1

Keep scrolling to:

  • view the first video of our People of Turtle Island Cooperative series,
  • meet a friend of the cooperative whose charitable donation saved us in a pinch last week,
  • be introduced to the newest members on our team!

People of Turtle Island Episode #1: Dylan

People of Turtle Island Cooperative - Dylan

This video series highlights friends and team members of the Turtle Island Cooperative, and shares their stories, art, and research.

Dylan Hixson is a biology student seeking to spend some time at Turtle Island CoOp between degrees. She wants to gain practical experience on a sustainable farm while continuing her research in soil ecology.

In addition to video production, we have been finalizing the web design for, the Form 1023 for our non profit status, and what seems like a thousand other tasks. Professor Ann Johnson of Boise State University has taken on the role of manager, helping Dave get definite priorities in order, deadlines set, roles assigned, and tasks delegated.

One particularly perplexing complication faced this month: somehow it escaped us that filing for non-profit status costs $850. Our budget had not preempted this expense.

We were at a loss until Steve McKerracher (shown left) made a generous donation to cover most of the cost. Thank you, Steve!

Introducing our two newest volunteers:

In the limelight this week are two new members of the team – Liz Tanons and Bethany Poythress. Each came on board this week just when their contributions could not have been more crucial.


It has become clear that we need a professional donor packet – an entirely new facet to the project. We wondered how we could possibly find the time to put this together. Thankfully Bethany, who recently graduated from Boise State with degrees in International Business and French, has taken on the project of researching and compiling our donor packet.


We have all had way too much on our plates- so it’s relieving to now have Liz volunteering as our administrative assistant. Her help has made everything flow so much smoother over the past few days. Her invaluable support has freed up the time for this newsletter to be written and for the most recent People of Turtle Island video to be completed!

Thank you to the rest of the people making all of this possible:

Kelsey Nunez – Attorney at Kelsey Jae Nunez LLC. Kelsey has been providing legal consultation every step of the way with the Form 1023.
Sammi Lowman – Graphic and Web Design. Sammi has been working almost every day on this website – and finally, we’re about ready to launch!
Matt Boxer and Gary Mitchell – Web and tech assistance. Without their advice and support working out technological bugs and setting up domains, as well as teaching Sammi the ways of WordPress, our site would not exist.
Andy Ridgeway – Crowdfunding campaign coodinator. Andy recently drafted our crowdfunding campaign street team handbook.
Alex Chaffin – Singer/Songwriter. Alex has been writing a song for Turtle Island (a riff from this song is featured at the beginnings and ends of our People of TICo videos.)
Ben Konkol – Graphic design. Ben helped structure and print posters and flyers for promotional use.
Cae Odell – Fundraising strategist, helping us prepare to approach donors.
Tony Powell – Video production. Filming and editing interviews.
Drew Buckmiller – Group facilitator. Drew has been our interviewer for video production.
Seann Sweeney – Story adviser. Acting as mentor for our People of Turtle Island project.
Christian Carley – Financial analyst, mathematician, scholar and musician. Overseeing the business plan.
Professor Ty Morrison
– Permaculture designer and sustainable architect. Developing our Master Site Plan.
Christina Stucker-Gassi – Project coordination and marketing strategy.
Dr. Ed Kaitz – Education adviser.
Chris Dorr – Spa and grounds management.
Bryan Weeks – Vision, mission, and purpose development.
Joey Steinbach – Tourist guest stay, timeshare, real estate, and business adviser.
Julie McKerracher – Farm guru and market garden research.
Dave McKerracher – Executive director, marketing, and video production.

Thanks Sammi, Liz, and Dave for putting together the newsletter.

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