Our two volunteers from Parklands High were in for a bit of a surprise when they arrived at the community garden this afternoon….
First up an interview with Jane from the local paper The Advocate…which should be in next Tuesday’s Coast to Coast section.
Jane McCubbin interviews Laura and Ebony for The Advocate
Then we moved to the garden where Eliza from ABC Local Radio interviewed the girls……..make sure you listen to The Rural Report tomorrow (Thursday the 30th of September between midday and one) fingers crossed the story will be featured then.
Eliza Wood from ABC Local Radio interviews Laura and Ebony in the garden
Then, we had a visit from one of the locals who brought some seed potatoes along so the girls spent the rest of the day learning the pros and cons of potato growing….with healthy doses of blood and bone and sheep poo!
from old hands to new...
This morning it was my pleasure to be interviewed on ABC Northern Tasmania Breakfast with Penny Terry. You can hear the interview here http://blogs.abc.net.au/tasmania/2010/09/passing-the-produce-on.html?site=northtas&program=northern_tasmania_breakfast
The next part of my day was spent delivering flyers to some of our wonderful drop off spot cafes and bank branches, collecting lemons from The Commonwealth Bank in Wynyard and 60 fruit puddings from Supreme Cake Company in Ulverstone! Now I know puddings are a little outside backyard grown fruit and veg but hey, the whole idea of this project is to share food and not see it go to waste. So The Salvos got lemons and fruit puddings today!
We also saw the most extraordinary rainbow on the way back from Wynyard. I’m feeling pretty excited about Produce to the People today….
First the clearing, then the pruning, now the building…
men at work!
They are getting a little bit excited that planting will come soon…
The Advocate September 7, 2010 ( I just can't seem to get my photo face right!)
I think we are just about there…..Commonwealth Bank in Latrobe as a drop off spot….tick
Expanding PTTPT along the NW coast has been such a joy as it has given me the opportunity to catch up with old friends who have kindly offered their support for our project. Quinton and Lindsay at playfish – 53b Forbes Street in Devonport – are such people. Haven’t been to playfish yet? You are missing a real treat! Be sure to have one of their most perfect coffees as you leave your excess produce with them. Your excess backyard goodies will go the The Salvos in Devonport.
playfish come on board as a drop off spot
Bonita @ The Commonwealth Bank Somerset
Tameka @ The Commonwealth Bank Latrobe
Anne @ The Commonwealth Bank Wynyard
Feast your eyes on these fine PTTPT posters now going up in Commonwealth Bank branches along the NW coast!
Spring has sprung and I think we can safely say there are no excuses to finding a local drop off point for your excess backyard grown fruit & veggies. Check out the link to find your closest spot but do remember, if you can’t get to us, we will come to you.
I must also say that the Commonwealth Bank staff are simply divine. They are busy talking to their customers about the project and they are genuinely so very pleased to be involved.
Bravo and thanks for coming on board!
What a glorious start to Spring…
Today we had two students from Parklands High School start their volunteering adventure with us. They thought they were going to be working in a community garden the whole time…..little did they know that on their first day we would have them out on site at at Leighlands Christian School in Burnie scoping the best spot for our first School Snack Garden! We are looking forward to spending every Wednesday afternoon with them until the end of the school year ( they get school holidays off! ). We have many adventures planned for Ebony & Laura…and can I say what smart, enthusiastic and genuinely lovely girls they are.
A big shout out to Volunteering Tasmania and Parklands High who are working together to pilot this program with community organisations around the State (there are other schools involved in the south and north).
- Laura & Ebony our volunteer recruits
Amanda B. Volunteering Tasmania's Community Development Officer in the NW