Produce to the People est. 2009, become an Incorporated Association in its own right in late December 2015.
Introducing the Produce to the People Inc Board 2017:
Dr Polly McGee is one part author and many parts assorted thinker, do-er, entrepreneur, mind explorer and dog wrangler. She has worked in kitchens, bars and restaurants from frantic to fancy, managed multi-million dollar innovation grants programs, worked with hundreds of start-ups to refine their business ideas and source funding, and championed causes from a variety of soapboxes, lecterns and stages.
Gender equality locally and globally feature strongly in her motivation for work. She is a passionate believer in philanthropy and the power of giving and service, advocating embedded wealth and skills distribution as part of a bhakti business model. Polly is a bowerbird for technology and innovation as co-founder founder of entrepreneur support organisation Start-up Tasmania, and an advocate of compassion and food security as President of Produce to the People. Her debut novel ‘Dogs of India’ was released in 2015, her new book ‘Bhakti Business: The Yoga of Business’ will be released in September 2017.
Polly lives urban yogi, and emphatically believes that the answer to most of life’s question can be solved by living with compassion, meditation, yoga, and patting retired greyhounds, in no particular order.
VP: Catherine Gale-Stanton
Born and raised on Tassie’s North-West Coast, Catherine left for the “mainland” after starting a fine arts degree at the University of Tasmania in 1993.
She spent five years in Melbourne (in hospitality), before moving to Sydney, where she worked in fashion and media.
In 2006, she returned to the North-West where she worked for The Advocate, bought a house and turned her attentions to growing food in her new home’s garden.
She spent three years on the fundraising committee for The North West Medical Research Fund, joined a mentoring program for high school girls, and spoke to groups of pre-tertiary students about careers in the changing media landscape.
In 2014, she moved to Brisbane where she worked for The Courier-Mail.
After two years, the lure of the Coast, community, time and space (and the long-neglected garden) saw Catherine and her husband return to Burnie.
She has launched her own media consulting business and spends any spare moments in her vegetable garden.
She believes growing and sharing food are fundamental ways to connect individuals and community, and sees Produce to the People as an opportunity to further enhance those connections.
Public Officer: Amina Keygan
Amina is a demographer, population researcher and a mother of three who runs a small consultancy firm on the NW coast of Tasmania. She is a passionate advocate for growth, innovation and change on the coast—a place she has called home for the past 8 years after having relocated from Hobart. Amina enjoys the strong sense of community spirit and connectivity evident here. Her involvement in PTTP has stemmed from a desire to be more locally minded and affect real change on the ground by fostering relationships between those who grow, and those in need. She believes strongly in the right of all to access high quality, sustainable, local fresh food.
Treasurer : Tanya Trost
After 10 years as the Regional Tourism Coordinator, Northwest at the Tasmanian Department of Economic Development, Tourism and the Arts Tanya did what many of us just dream about – sold almost everything, crammed what was left into a backpack and set off exploring the world, volunteering with grass roots proj
ects, seeing first-hand the struggles of those less fortunate that we share this vast universe with, trying to make smiles and life up those that the world seems to have forgotten. Staying consistent to throwing caution to the wind Tanya is now embarking on re-training, flipping from the world of business to people, counselling, supporting and hopefully enabling better futures for others. Bundling up the love of numbers crunching, budgets, project planning and occasional innovative ideas to help others and see if we can spin around just a little a system that leaves so many disadvantaged.
Secretary : Jo Smith
Jo is a holistic health, wellness and natural living educator. Jo begun Primal Living three years ago with the aim to create and cultivate a community around sustainable and practical wellness. A conscious valued based approach to leading a healthy and meaningful life for everyday people. Bringing ancient wisdom into modern day living, Jo uses the tools of holistic nutrition, sustainable and natural living and the teachings of yoga to help people achieve a healthy mind and body whilst living naturally and sustainably. With a passion for fresh, local, organic and seasonal food and wanting to grow her own food, Jo with her partner bought a 10 acre off grid property on Bruny Island. Generating power throu
gh a wind turbine and solar. She has also started a small market garden, selling her produce direct from the farm gate to the local cafe’s, locals and tourists. With hens, guinea fowl, ducks, a small farm to manage and her business Primal Living, Jo hopes to inspire and empower to people live well and be well through yoga, holistic health and natural living.
Lee-Ann Mundy is an accredited Nutritionist and Practicing Dietician, cyclist, outrigger, sea kayaker, lover of the Vespa and Southern Italy’s regional food and culture. She is passionate about the wellbeing of rural and remote communities, supporting and advocating for local food communities to pursue good, clean and fair food to enable sustainable small scale food production and connecting people, place and producers to a local food systems.
In 2013 she graduated cum laude from the University of Gastronomic Sciences in Italy, with a Masters degree in Food Culture and Communications specialising in Human Ecology and Sustainability.
Lee-Ann has worked for 14 years in nutrition consulting to government departments and community organisations and worked in public health, community nutrition and hospitals.
· Created facts sheets and resources used by dietitians, school health nurses, sports teams and teachers
· Worked with many school canteens and worksites to improve menus and worksite food options
· Tackled the weekend sausage sizzle one of my pet peeves!
· Facilitated cooking workshops with local communities and families
· Acted as media spokesperson for print media, radio, television and Dietitians Association of Australia
· Independent judge for the Australian Food Media awards Nutrition Category, 2010
· Mentor new graduate Dietitians and Nutritionists Produce to the People Advisory Committee
Rebecca Gray is a a fully qualified VET teacher at TasTafe where she is responsible for:
• Delivery of Training to Fee for Service clients and Deed funded clients from Certificate II to Advanced Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism in the workplace
• Delivery of RSA, Safe Food Handling and Barista workshops and classroom based learning
• Marketing of Training services to business in North West Tasmania
• Instruct and inform students using VET applied learning principles
• Ensure safety and supervision of students
• Develop and provide a satisfying learning environment that is challenging, engaging and
• Develop relationships with other staff to support teaching
• Design, develop and review assessment, teaching and learning strategies to meet RTO
compliance, ASQA guidelines and the AQF Framework,
• Interpret and apply the ASQA standards to systems documentation
rs experience in journalism, media, communications and public policy. Corey was the co-founder and business part
ner in Bruce’s cafe at Wynyard, which since opening in 2009 has become a popular cafe and social hub on the North West Coast. Following the sale of Bruce’s in 2015, Corey has been looking at ways to start giving back to the community and said that Produce to the People more than fits the bill.
Born in Adelaide, moved to Dampier WA when I was 5 and then we arrived in Luina, Tas, on my 10th birthday. I loved growing up amongst the rainforest of the West Coast of Tasmania and would spend as much time as I could exploring the stunning and peaceful environment in my backyard – I will forever love that gorgeous earthy smell when you stand in the heart of a rainforest, eyes closed and face to the sky.
Fast forward to late teenage years and I was off travelling again, around the coast of Australia. Then away again to Adelaide at 21, where I stayed until 20 or so years ago, when Tassie called to me once more. I love it here and am grateful and happy to now call Tassie home.
I have had lots of different jobs in my adult life; pharmacy assistant, bar attendant, door to door saleperson (I lasted one day with that horrendous job), drug courier (in a hospital), teacher aide, early childhood educator (previously known as ‘child carer’) and now, currently, disability support worker. In my role as child carer, I had a focus on the outdoor environment and teaching the children about nature…about ways that they could support and protect our environment and oceans, and the thrill of growing their own vegetables. In the two child care centre where I worked, I was able to obtain money through Junior Landcare and NRM grants that could set up vegie gardens, worm farms, rain water tank etc. I believe it is so important to teach our children, the future caretakers of our environment, respect and consideration for our planet and its inhabitants – as early as we can.
Two years ago, when I heard about Produce to the People, it resonated with me and I immediately got in contact to ask if I could volunteer. Since then, I have enjoyed every moment that I have spent amongst the wonderful people that work there. I do have a confession, though – gardening is actually not on my list of favourite things to do; not even in the top 10 – but, I do enjoy helping others and that is what Produce to the People is all about. Pretty well, top of the list 🙂
Produce to the People began its first project in 2009 auspiced by the North West Environment Centre Inc and NWEC have been the major auspice organisation for all our grants until our own Incorporation. The Children’s Food Education Foundation also auspiced grants on our behalf in 2014.
The auspiced bit basically means that NWEC Inc. & CFEF were the Incorporated Association with DGR (Deductible Gift Recipient) status that held any grant money PttP might be successful in obtaining and any Government money. They co-signed any grant deeds and were ultimately responsible for financial acquittals for those grants.
Produce to the People Inc are responsible for all new grants post January 2016 and financials can be obtained via our Treasurer.