The past month has just been awesome.
Working backwards I have……
Today visited our Green Jobs Corp Crew and Lou and Dave who started work on the large Coroneagh Park Nursing Home vegetable garden today. They are learning how to make cement paths as well as lay out the vege patch from scratch…(and a pic of our awesome GJC supervisor Lou)
I spent the middle of today in paddocks in Boat Harbour and Sisters Creek, talking to farmers whilst picking carrots and lettuce. Farmers in the NW are so generous and talking to them about how they make ends meet for themselves whilst donating produce to us that they have spent time, money and love on, that would be going back into the ground (for reasons I wont go into just here) is heartbreakingly real. Can I ask you all to buy local produce and demand that farmers get a fair price for their produce?
This morning I was at UTAS at the launch of “Stories from the North West Food Bowl” which is a wonderful artist in residence project of which Produce to the People is but one of a myriad of awesome tales.
Yesterday the amazing Organic & Sustainable Living Festival happened in Penguin….well over 1000 people enjoyed the sun, Costa (!), Tino and others. It was an awesome effort by the Festival Committee who should be super proud. The new building at the Penguin Sustainable Living Centre also was officially opened by Federal Member Sid Sidebottom, hopefully PTTP will have a little space to call its own down there to work out of very soon.
You will have read already about my zucchini adventures…….well farmer Neale in Somerset donated another lot of marrows to us…..254 this time and my wordy they were big! I am getting such a great workout carting all this produce around!
On top of that, we are getting a steady stream of produce from nearly all of our drop off points, so once again a huge thanks to all of the cafes and businesses that support the project.
I have found more places to distribute the produce to, especially as we are getting larger volumes of produce from farmers…..we now give to The Salvation Army in Burnie, Ulverstone and Devonport, Oakleigh House & Burnie Lodge in Burnie , St Vincent de Paul in East Devonport, youth shelters in Burnie and Devonport, Mission in Penguin (who also send through to Latrobe and Launceston) & Heaven’s Kitchen in Don…so rest assured your donations of produce are going far and wide and feeding many, many people.
Next month sees us plant our first School Snack Garden at Leighlands Christian School in Burnie, we now have a waiting list which is just awesome. And whilst on the topic of School Snack Gardens I must tell you about a phone call I had last week from a student at a Devonport Primary School… a grade five student who has lobbied her Principal to put a snack garden in! She was ringing me to set up an appointment so that we can all discuss how we will go about it. Right on! Then she visited me at the Festival, it was so nice to put a face to her sweet voice.
It is getting time I think to be a little more serious about this Produce to the People project…..I have five grant applications to write if I want to source money to keep the project going, data to collate, produce to collect and then distribute all over the coast……more hands are needed so do feel free to volunteer yourself. I have no firm idea of what I might get you to do…maybe someone will volunteer to sort me out…Produce to the People is fast becoming more than a one woman operation! Hopefully a big grant will come our way…or a cashed up sponsor or partner ( cheeky ) so that I can create some more paid roles within the project…..that would be awesome because it is such an awesome project to be a part of.
So here we are at the end of Summer already, thanks so much for being a part of Produce to the People Tasmania.