Spring has sprung

Produce to the People Tasmania September 2015 week 1

Spring. Sigh. So lovely to greet you again.

Warm days, sunshine, blossom. The Farm garden growing as all good gardens should! This week we harvested leeks, beets, turnips, lettuce, herbs and SO MUCH kale!  So much kale in fact we were able to send five trays off with Second Bite for them to share with some of the many organisations they service in Tasmania.  We also received over 200 cans of produce gathered by the Burnie High grade 7’s for the emergency food relief hub. We are so proud to be a part of nurturing community caring in these young people.

A reminder that Ben’s Menu Series 2 starts next week on Channel 10.  We were super excited to be a part of filming so keep an eye out!

Finally, the news that our Farm Manager will be returning soon. The best news of all.

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Relationships. Community. Life.

Pttp week that was august 2015 week 4

Some of the stories shared with us on The Farm this week have been so heartbreaking. Tears welling up, hugs required, head shaking, heart pounding……and we are merely hearing the stories – not living them.

I’m not sure if many of us stop to think about how others in our community might be travelling. I know I can get caught up in my own randomly tumbling self absorbed thoughts at times but this week….This week has been a little overwhelming.

Domestic violence and the ways our courts are seemingly doing very little to protect women and children. The implications this has for extended family. A man, so ill he could barely catch his breath coming in to access fresh food – he had spent weeks in hospital after “surviving” on food that was clearly past its fit for consumption status. An increase in the numbers of elderly people coming into the hub to access fresh food. Women so distressed – they never thought they would have to visit a space like ours for food. I do not want to think about how many others are out there too ashamed to seek assistance.

This is not the kind of community I want to live in.

I attended a forum during the week, you can catch it here on ABC i view for a little while. Lots of talk about future prospects in the NW, some shaming of people from a place of priviledge, but not much discussion about how we make sure the most vulnerable in the community are being cared for. Given there was only 30 minutes allocated for the discussion we can forgive this omission, but I believe this has to be a part of every discussion we have about the present and future of our region.

Remember, if you would like to support Produce to the People you can do so for a teeny tiny $25 investment.  Hit that button once, or twice or more times if you wish! All money goes towards establishing a social enterprise so we can continue to grow, gather and give.

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