2012 has been an amazing year. There is no other way to describe it. I am incredibly proud of Produce to the People Tasmania and all it has achieved.
We continued to gather amazing amounts of produce from Harvest Moon, and we began to collect food from Woolworths in Devonport, Ulverstone and Smithton.
And of course, where it all began…….backyard grown veggies and fruit from an awesome bunch of individuals.
We gathered around 25,000 kilos of produce over the year!
I asked The Carbon Reduction Institute what that meant in terms of impact on the environment because this produce did not go to land fill and they tell me that equates to 40tCO2e (tonnes of CO2 equivalent) which equates to 16,829 litres of fuel saved; 230,529 kms off the road and 16 vehicles annually. (See below for sources)
Ah the memories. Week after week of broccoli! The great tomato paddock harvest, and who could forget the two tonne of spuds in two days.
This produce was given to those most food insecure in the community via 30 + organisations we work with on a weekly basis in the North West Tasmanian community.
We won some Awards:
“Solved” via TACSI -The Australian Centre for Social Innovation, Delicious Magazine Produce Awards – ABC Local Community Award. And I was a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women Awards Tasmania.
I travelled to Portland, Oregon to participate in and speak at WDS 2012 : If you get a chance to attend, do. Loosely based around the idea of living an unconventional life in a conventional world, 1000 people converged on Portland to attend two intense days of inspirational talks by world movers and shakers with an emphasis on community, service and adventure. I was lucky enough to address the group on day two as part of the new Attendee Stories Forum (little old Produce to the People from NW Tassie chosen as one of 13 from 350 applications). It actually struck me then and there how awesome this Produce to the People project is and how lucky I am to live in a community that is so supportive and active.
We appeared in the Media a bit……..including ABC 7.30 + ABC Rural Report Local Radio as well as appearing numerous times in our local, The Advocate.
A random personal highlight was Yoko Ono following Produce to the People Tasmania on twitter!
Of course a special mention and BIG thanks must go to Burnie Council who gave us a ute.
Aside from visiting over 30 organisations almost every week to give fresh veggies away, we also went on a couple of road trips with program participants from Burnie Community House. So far we have gone to Black Ridge Farm and Red Cow Dairies. It’s definitely on my list of things to do more of next year! The road trips have been part of a bigger project to grow the Food Pantry at the Burnie Community House. We will be working on this in bigger and brighter ways in the new year.
We also began Veggie Swaps at The Secret Buddha Café – maybe we (the community) are not quite ready for them yet?
A BIG thanks to all who have contributed over the year – the growers, the gatherers, the givers.
Special love to Raylene, Murray and Brendan who help out each week with deliveries.
So, for now I wish you all a happy end to a magical year.
Remember to grow, gather, give and love the one you’re with.
See you in 2013.
The Carbon Reduction Institute
* 6 Speed Manual Toyota Corolla 1.8L 2WD Manual (www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au), consuming 7.3 litres of automotive petrol per 100km from (http://www.greenvehicleguide.gov.au/GVGPublicUI/Search.aspx), Search for detailed criteria
* Average Vehicle Yearly Kilometres of 14,600 per year from Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2007 update (http://www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/abs@.nsf/allprimarymainfeatures/63AF63FDCC1078F4CA2571E1001F0FF6?opendocument)