May 2012 – What a month!

Local backyard & farm grown veggies gathered :  2423 kilos

Supermarket gatherings : 964.25 kilos

Total = 3387.25 kilos

The month of May, 2012 began with a speaking gig at the Linking Up conference with Burnie Community House co-ordinator Tracy Edington-Mackay.   We spoke to a packed room about how our trust partnership works.  I’m a bit of an anti bureaucrat and if I can avoid a piece of paper saying we have a relationship and actually have a working relationship I’m there!  The room seemed pretty keen to know how we do it.

To fly the flag of a couple of our partners…. The Burnie Community House won a gong at the inaugural Tasmanian Association of Community Houses (TACH) Neighbourhood House Awards in the category of ” Supporting People and their Families” and guess what? It was for a project they collaborate with Produce To The People on.

A BIG congratulations must also go to our partners in produce at Grove House in Ulverstone.  Community Housing Limited who manages this facility recently had a gardening competition; this competition took in all of Victoria and Tasmania. Grove House took out first prize in the “Best shared/ Community Garden” section.

Our huge tally this month is in part because of all those lovely potatoes grown and given by Farmer John McKenna.  Super generosity on his part to a number of organisations along the Coast.

You might have noticed in the above tally an amount from supermarkets?  Well, we are now collecting from Woolworths Supermarkets along the NW Coast! (and Coles in Burnie via Second Bite).  Each store must be congratulated for putting aside produce for us each week, which in collaboration with our lovely partners in produce goes straight into the local community where the store is located.

Pumpkins, caulis, cabbages, spuds, silver beet have added diversity of our veggie loot this month.  It is always a pleasure to collect your home grown offerings.

 

You also might have seen us on the tv?  Our project was on ABC’s 7.30 Tassie program. Great pr I say for the awesome generosity of people on the NW Coast. Win TV also got us on tape at the McKenna farm collecting spuds.

We have gone a little retail with our awesome PTTP calico bags available to purchase at Bruces Café in Wynyard and Secret Buddha Café in Burnie.  Projects like ours cost money to run, and this is a small way we can earn some coin to keep us going.  Feel free to purchase your very own baggie!

As always there are a number of plans and projects bubbling away in my head.  Some of them are even getting onto paper!

I’m off to put my feet up and have a cuppa

Keep on, growing and giving!

Penelope

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