One of the many lovely parts of this job is meeting fantastic small business owners along the North West Coast of Tassie who are willing to help our project. David Mason from Mason’s Sign Worx in Wynyard is one of these people. He has very generously done the sign writing for our van – how cool is that? David can be contacted on 0409 259 577 or 6442 2780 or visit him at 63a Old Bass Highway in Wynyard. We really appreciate his fine work!
Hi there it is Laura and Ebony from Parklands High school, you have probably read about us on the blog already. Just wanted to talk about how much we love working with produce to the people, Penelope and Rhonda at the community garden every Wednesday! We have learnt so much already and are still learning more, it is so great to get out of the classroom and helping out in the community.
We’re excited to see some of our plants growing already and can’t wait to see them fully grown and harvested! It is great to get some exciting opportunities like being on the radio, in the paper and meeting people we wouldn’t have met before through volunteering. We are quickly picking up on how to look after a vegetable garden, how important poo is, watering and how great worms are!
Chris has taught us a lot about weeds, how annoying they are how to remove them and control them so they don’t take over our veggie patch. He has unsuccessfully tried to make us not hate poo so much, Ebony is getting used to it but Laura still cringes at the thought of being surrounded by it.
We are having so much fun with Penelope and we will keep you updated on any further progress, bye for now, Laura and Ebony.
We are very pleased to let you know that we just received a grant from The Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund to pilot our School Snack Garden idea. You may have seen photographs of our site visit to Leighlands Christian School?
This space will turn into a fully fledged snack space with lovely tomatoes, berries and fruit trees. Basically we will grow produce that can be eaten straight from the source by the wonderful students. They will also be able to take bowls of fruit into the classroom and snack during the day. Over the holiday breaks produce will be harvested for Produce to the People so there will be no waste!
Planned kick off is the new year, but I’m not sure if we can wait that long!
It is heartening to see fruit and veg beginning to be left at our drop off spots. Hopefully it will flow forth in extraordinary amounts soon!
In the meantime a little tally for September 2010:
two big trays of salad greens
baskets of chokos
spuds, lots of lemons and quite a few swedes
and of course the 60 fruit puds from Supreme Cake Co
and click on the audio link (top right). Our Parklands volunteers story is the last story so if you forward to around 3:44 you will hear the girls.
They are fantastic, Eliza Wood – reporter extraordinaire is fantastic, high fives all round!!