Well it’s been another action packed month here at Produce to the People.
We gathered 3551 kilos of locally grown produce and 39 dozen eggs. This fresh food had a market value of $11,397.30
We collected a further 366 kilos of food from supermarkets and that included fresh produce, bread and frozen meat.
We were successful with our proposal for a grant from the Commonwealth Bank Staff Community Fund to run the big Burnie Primary School Veggie Garden Project in 6 Burnie Primary Schools starting next year. Even more awesome is that Christian Parr, our Snack garden Guru is back to run the project!
We didn’t receive any funding, not one cent, from the State Government’s Food For All Tasmanians Grant Round. We think we put in an awesome application. It was for a two year project that included increasing the capacity of Produce to the People’s core work and, amongst other things, an edible streetscapes program with Burnie, Central Coast and Devonport Councils. Unfortunately our proposal did not tick enough of the bureaucrat’s boxes against selection criteria. This has major implications for the future of Produce to the People and we are currently assessing our options. Contingencies to the max are being looked at. It’s all good though – nothing like being forced to reassess how you go about your business!
We gave away two tonne of potatoes in two days. One tonne via the Burnie Community House where awesome volunteers from the community came out in force to help unload the ute. One tonne via some of the organisations we deliver to in the Devonport area. A huge thanks to the business that gave us the lovely spuds! Such lovely people!
We were part of the Food Strategy Networking Group in Ulverstone. A group of local business owners who came together to talk about how we might work together to increase business opportunities. I got to talk all things PTTP and about the Tassievore Challenge.
And we went to Black Ridge Farm & Lapoinya Abattoir on a super fantastic Road Trip with members of the Burnie Community House community. Linking local farmers with local people.
I’m off to the big island later this week to discuss options with my board. Some hard decisions to be made, but exciting times ahead as we do a little reinvent!
Grow, gather, give and love the one you’re with,