Produce to the People Tasmania is on a mission to create a healthy and sustainable food system that benefits us all. Set on 2 acres within the grounds of Burnie High School in Cooee, North West Tasmania, we operate a diversified, four-season farm and an education centre that will host thousands of visitors each year. We are a social profit organisation and our ethos is “grow, gather, give”.
The work we do includes:
• Providing a free food hub where the community can access locally grown produce that might otherwise have gone to waste (via Tasmanian Government Emergency Food Relief funding)
• Hosting Work for the Dole Projects offering work experience to unemployed in the region
• Experiment with and improve sustainable farming practices.
• Training beginning farmers in resilient, regenerative farming techniques.
• Helping children discover the sources of their food while preparing them to steward the land that provides it.
• Increase public awareness of healthy, seasonal and sustainable food.
We use government funds to invest in our community, playing our part towards achieving better health and education outcomes that may lead to a brighter future for individuals and Tasmania. We also have a plan to become financially self sufficient – with your help!
The Farm has been in situ for 20 years and over the years has seen hundreds of High School students learn many, many aspects of agri business. For the past four years though there was no funding to run programs and The Farm lay dormant. Produce to the People and Burnie High sat down and had a chat and decided a relationship was worth exploring. Both parties are VERY happy with all that is happening.