June | 4 seasons in one month

Produce to the People Tasmania June reading stack of books

Ah June, you’ve been all over the place haven’t you? Sunny day, rainy day, grey day, rainbow day.  Perfect for catching up on some good gardening reading and planning.

Mulching has also been high on my list of things to do and I have finally got my hands on some hay to stamp out the darn weeds that come up around my raised veggie beds. Cardboard followed by hay…lets see how that works!

I discovered this fab app the other day.  It’s from Gardening Australia, its free and it helps you plan your veggie garden. Did you see PttP on Gardening Australia the other day? (Episode 13  – 08/06/2013) What fun.

I also came across this fabulous piece at Modern Farmer, it’s a 45-page ode to organic farming, hand-penned by Amish farmer Joni Miller.

It’s great to see so many Tasmanian finalists in this years delicious produce awards!  I can’t believe a year has passed since I was up in Brisbane collecting the inaugural ABC Local Radio Community award. One of the finalists is Kindred Organics, they grow quinoa here in the NW, here’s 14 quinoa recipes for you to try via Bon Appetit Magazine.

It might have seemed a little quiet around PttP HQ lately. But LOTS of background “stuff” is being done – final reports being written, meetings being had, proposals being emailed! I hope to announce some very good news very soon. 

In the meantime…

Did you know we have local fejjoa growers in our North West?  In case you get your hands on some here’s a lovely recipe via local is lovely:

Feijoa and ginger muffins

Prep time 10 mins
Cook time 25 mins
Makes 12
This really is a good basic muffin recipe, so if like my Mum, you aren’t a feijoa fan, please swap them out with another seasonal fruit.

2 1/4 cups self-raising flour
1/2 tsp bicarbonate soda
1 tsp ground ginger
1 1/4 cup buttermilk
2 eggs
3/4 cup brown sugar
120g butter, melted
1 cup feijoas, peeled and roughly chopped

Preheat oven to 180C and grease or line a 12-hole muffin tray with paper cases. Sift dry ingredients together in a large bowl. In another bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, eggs, sugar and butter until well combined. Gently fold the wet and dry ingredients together and add the feijoas, stirring until just combined. Divide the batter between the muffin holes and bake for 25 minutes or until muffins are golden and cooked through.

 

July 2012

I do not even know where to begin, telling you all about July 2012.

THE MOST SURREAL MONTH OF MY LIFE!

It began with a trip to the Portland, Oregon to attend the cryptically named World Domination Summit.  If you get a chance to attend, do.  Loosely based around the idea of living an unconventional life in a conventional world, 1000 people converged on Portland to attend two intense days of inspirational talks by world movers and shakers with an emphasis on community, service and adventure.

I was lucky enough to address the group on day two as part of the new Attendee Stories Forum (little old Produce to the People from NW Tassie chosen as one of 13 from 350 applications). It actually struck me then and there how awesome this Produce to the People project is and how lucky I am to live in a community that is so supportive and active.

On my return to Oz I had a few days to re-group before flying to Brisbane to attend the 2012 delicious magazine produce awards. We were up for an award……the inaugural ABC Local Radio Community Award.  Guess what?

We won!

A huge thanks to those who voted, again a testament to the generosity of NW Coasters and others.

This month we have gathered 2080 kilos of produce.

To top off the month, Burnie City Council gave us a ute.  Yes, you read right, GAVE US A UTE. This will mean we can gather more produce to give.  Outstanding!

She’s having a spot of cosmetic work – I mean signwriting – this week. Then the challenge will be on to give her a name.  Head over to our facebook page later in the week for details.

Tragically my dearest ( and sometime Produce to the People volunteer ) Kim has not yet been found. The ocean it appears does not want to give him back. It is really, really hard to enjoy all the good that is happening. I’m putting on a jolly good face so please bare with me.

Remember,

grow, gather, give……..and  love the one you’re with

Penelope

Delicious Produce Awards 2012

 

I know we tweeted and facebooked this on the night, but not all of you follow us that way, do you?

On Monday night we were up in Brisbane to attend the Delicious Produce Awards. We had been nominated for the ABC Local Radio Community Award and guess what……we won!

It is an absolute testament to the generosity of the NW Coast Community that Produce to the People is as successful a project as it is, so CONGRATULATIONS!

The award was presented to me by our old Tassie ABC Radio friend Tim Cox, and the wonderful Matt Preston who you may know from Masterchef.

It was a fabulous night (and walking around Brisbane in thongs and a t-shirt the next day soaking up the sun was pretty nice too!)

Again, thanks for all your support.

Let’s keep on growing, gathering and giving!