Working Bee

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So, this farming caper is VERY labour intensive and due to a number of factors – no funding to continue to pay our farm manager, 0/8 work for the dole participants – we are relying very much on volunteer labour to get our beds back to planting ready.  This Saturday we plan to attack the bed behind our greenhouse and our tunnel house.

We will be onsite between 9 and 2 and would LOVE some help, even if you can only come for an hour or so.  Many hands…..

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New Year, New Board, New Vision

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Media Release: 11 January 2017

For Immediate Release

 

New Year, New Board, New Vision

Produce to the People has welcomed some new faces to their board’s executive at their AGM this week, adding considerable experience, skills and energy to the social enterprise. Former Vice President Dr Polly McGee has taken on position of President, she is joined by Ms Cat Gale-Stanton as Vice President, Ms Tanya Trost as Treasurer and Ms Jo Smith taking on the role of Secretary. Ms Amina Keygan remains in her role as Public Officer.

The new board is working closely with Founder and General Manager Ms Penelope Dodd to realise the organisations strategic vision of growing Produce to the People as a vibrant social enterprise with its own revenue stream.

“I’m thrilled to be continuing on my work with Produce to the People as President, and along with the board and General Manager, single pointedly pursuing the organisation transitioning from existing on donations and transient funding to creating our own sustainable revenue,” Said Dr McGee.

“The people of the North West community that we serve are the reason we all contribute the time and energy we do. We need to make Produce to the People a stable fixture that they can rely on.”

Founder Penelope Dodd acknowledged the work of the previous inaugural board members at the AGM, citing their willingness and faith to step up and in when the organisation became incorporated 12 months ago.

“Having a skills based board is critical for a lean organisation like Produce to the People. In the new executive we have significant local and international experience in commercialisation, funding, traditional and digital media, communications strategy, financial management, NGO’s, social enterprise, demography, nutrition and permaculture,” Ms Dodd said.

“We are all excited to get our hands dirty – literally and metaphorically with our plans for creating revenue streams to support and grow the food hub and farm. Our dream is to be able to not only develop fresh and value added products here at the farm, but to train and employ local people.”

Produce to the People is a social enterprise based in Burnie on the Burnie High School Farm. It provides fresh food grown at the farm and donated by individuals and businesses free to local people with food security issues. In 2016 demand for the service grew by 76%. 41 tonnes of food was distributed to 9342 people in the Burnie area alone.

Recurring monthly donations can be made with a simple sign up here https://www.givenow.com.au/producetothepeople

To volunteer your time and expertise in the garden, to work in the food hub, or for corporate donations contact founder Penelope Dodd on 0409 484 152 or producetothepeople@ymail.com

Media enquiries to founder Penelope Dodd on 0409 484 152 producetothepeople@ymail.com or President Polly McGee 0488301143 px@pollymcgee.com

 

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2016 in review

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It’s been a pretty amazing 2016.

We’ve very much settled into our new home on The Farm at Burnie High – in fact we celebrated our two year anniversary there this year – that’s seven years PttP has been around, two of those on The Farm – we hope we will be able to stay for years to come as our model of growing, educating and giving really does work so well.

Growing:

We have expanded our growing space – then contracted it due to weather – all that rain! – and the loss of staff members. We need to give such huge thanks to Kim who was our Farm Manager for the first part of this journey. Unfortunately due to lack of funding we had to set her free and that has meant we have been without a key person to manage the maintenance, planning and general everyday everything grounds of this size really need. Let’s just say it’s been a challenge but we are muddling through quite well.

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Gathering:

We have been absolutely thrilled to receive produce this year from LION and COSTA. All that cheese and all those strawberries!! We continue to send BIG love to GOLDEN GRAIN BAKERY, WOOLWORTHS and SECOND BITE who have generously donated wonderful produce to help us out in the food hub, and to the FARMERS and BACKYARD GROWERS who have also brought in unexpected treasures (like salmon at XMAS time!) In fact we gathered and grew just over 41,000 kilos of produce in 2016.

We’ve also been gathering an awesome team of volunteers. We know we are doing well based on the gold star quality people we attract!

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Giving:

We have had huge numbers through our Burnie gate this year and it has been our greatest pleasure to feed our community. 9342 have accessed our fresh food in 2016 – a 79% increase on last year – remember our food hub is only open two days each week.

Plus approx. another 8000 via our remote food access no-judgementservice that extends from Smithton through to Launceston. These numbers have increased partly due to our home delivery service to elders and others and theassistance we give to local schools.

 

Other news:

Produce to the People became an Incorporated Association in 2016 so behind the scenes there is an amazing bunch of people assisting with all manner of things – please head over to our governance page to find out more about them. We thank the Department of Premier and Cabinet for funding us, and WD Booth Trust for enabling us to get our veggie box home delivery project operational – the project that grew so huge we had to put a lid on it. Also a shout out to all the marvelous people who have made individual contributions to our program, every $ helps feed the most vulnerable in our community.

 

So, what does 2017 hold?

We have plans in place for 2017 and beyond, two versions in fact – one if we get funding for staff and one if we don’t.

Obviously we want to focus on the “WE WILL GET FUNDING TO IMPLEMENT OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE / JOB CREATION” model and we are furiously working behind the scene to make this happen.  As always watch this space.img_0003

 

We hope you all enjoy a wonderful summer and remember to grow, gather, give and love the one you’re with xx

 

Penelope Dodd | Founder and Program Leader