March 2012

My goodness, we are one week in to April and already I am exhausted but exhilarated by what we are going to be up to.  In the meantime, here’s what happened in March….

We gathered 1045 kilos of fresh, locally grown produce and gave it to 25 relief agencies, primary schools and community houses along the NW Coast.

Why did we gather less this month?  One reason was all due to Mother Nature sending us a lot of rain, particularly one weekend that meant we had no veggies for a week.  I had calls from numerous agencies asking, “Where are the veggies?”  “You haven’t stopped delivering it have you?”  No, not all I replied….it’s just Mother Nature reminding us how important she is to the cycle of food we take for granted.

We also missed another week of veggie deliveries because I was off on an Hobart adventure to attend the Ministerial Round Table around the cost of living.  It was a sensational meeting with the Premier, Ministers for Community Services, both State and Federal in attendance and 30 representatives from on the ground organisations.  The Premier asked us to discuss what the best way might be to spend some funds allocated via the sale of Tote.  She wanted to hear solutions from people who work in the field.  The general consensus being that it should not be spent on emergency relief as such, but developing or supporting projects with long term solutions.  Watch this space I guess to see what happens!

Produce to the People attended Taste the Harvest in Devonport one weekend, Burnie Children’s Expo by the Sea the following Sunday and the North West Environment Centre’s Organic & Sustainable Festival the next Sunday…..all great events to help spread the PTTP word. A BIG thanks to the lovely volunteers who helped out at different events (Rebecca, Lisa, Evie, Lola, Michelle & Kim)

Eliza Wood from ABC radio Rural Report came on a veggie run with me one Tuesday and we surprised many with impromptu requests for interviews along the way.  The result?  A beautiful interview. (Which doesn’t seem to be on the ABC web site any more….)

We also had another fabulous Community Veggie Swap…..next one is Saturday the 14th between 10 + 11 at the Secret Buddha Cafe in Burnie!

April is HUGE,so many awesome things happening, so be sure to either come back to the blog, follow us on facebook or twitter to keep up.

grow, gather, give,

Penelope

 

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