T is for Team

Produce to the People Tasmania People

Founder | Penelope Dodd is now a bit of a social entrepreneur.  With a background in food (Manager of gourmet muesli brand Whisk & Pin, owner of elevenses cake mixes) & small business consulting (working with a Business Enterprise Centre & developing an awesome network of womentrepreneurs along the North West of Tasmania) she now puts all her energy into making positive and innovative change in the community.

Produce to the People Tasmania has grown from a seed of an idea – what to do with a heap of home grown tomatoes – to now include Coast wide collection of excess backyard grown fruit & veg, gathered then given to those in the community who might benefit from some home grown with love produce.

Always ready to look outside the box, she believes we can all make a difference in our local community, and thinks in fact that while some people are actively making a difference there are many passively looking to do so.  Her great hope is that as a community we care enough, are engaged enough and give a damn enough to do so.

Penelope’s work with PTTP has seen a win via The Australian Centre for Social Innovation’s “Solved”. The inaugural winner of delicious magazine’s | ABC Local Radio Community Award.  A finalist in the Tasmanian Telstra Business Woman’s Awards. She was also chosen as one of the attendees to tell the PTTP story at WDS 2012 – a terrifying yet awesome experience. Penelope was also one of the AMP Tomorrow Makers of 2014 – the fresh food hub was born from funds received.

You will find her in the Food Hub, around the Farm, organising workshops and veggie deliveries and social media and grant writing and fund raising and report writing….

Seed Bank Project Manager | Michelle Williamson

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You will have seen our Michelle around The Farm for three years now and FINALLY we have found some funds to pay her for her awesome works.  Now a project manager for our Mercy Foundation funded SEED BANK project working with some of our Multicam volunteers.  We couldn’t do what we do without her.

 


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Volunteers | We have been blessed with some outstanding volunteers over the years.  Here’s just a few…

Raylene : was my Tuesday veggie run compadre, back in the day when we collected bulk veg and delivered it along the Coast.  Great company and always good for interesting conversations!  Raylene now heads up the Fresh Food Rescue Program out of Ulverstone.  She is a gem.

Michelle : new to the PttP team we could not do what we do without her!  You can find Michelle in the Food Hub every Thursday bringing smiles and laughter and huge heart.

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Past PTTP peeps… (now gone due to expired funding) but their legacy lives on!

Kim Arney was our Urban Farm Manager | Veggie garden whisperer.  Awesome person.

Produce to the Peoples farm manager Kim has spent the majority of her working life in the horticulture agriculture field and has worked in many different and varied roles in the industry. From training in horticulture upon leaving school in NZ Kim has in no particular order managed orchards, propagated plants, worked in retail and wholesale nurseries, managed logistics for a large multinational company, run her own landscaping business, managed goat rearing facilities, worked in early childhood and run her own soap making business. Moving to Produce to the People seemed like the ideal opportunity to work within the community and indulge in her passion to grow fresh food, and inspire others to do the same.

She lives with her partner in a 100 year old cottage (that is in a constant state of renovation) with assorted dogs, cats and fowl. They grow the majority of their own fruit and vegetables, with an emphasis on maximum output for minimum input. The outside area has been transformed from grass to thriving orchards, vegetable gardens and areas for wildlife.   Excess produce is preserved, given to friends, family and to PttP.

Kim’s role at PttP is too grow food and develop the farm into a self-sustaining organic system, and encourage others to do the same.   Gardening can be daunting to begin with however, Kim is firmly of the belief that Nature does a pretty good job of growing plants, all you need to grow vegetables and fruit is to give nature a nudge in the right direction. Simple gardening, nothing complicated, not expensive, just the joy of harvesting, cooking and eating fresh food.

You will find her all over The Farm, planning, planting and picking.

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Kingsley Arney  was one of our work for the dole supervisors and all round nice guy.  (Fun fact: He is applying for the Australian version of Survivor and we think he will be SO AWESOME as a contestant).

I asked him for his bio and this is what he gave me…

Is the way we grow our food worth the damage it causes the environment?  

We humans with our superior intellect and opposable thumbs transform the landscape to our needs and impose our will upon all other life. We cut down forests, dam rivers,  grow animals in pens,  spray poisons on our fruit and vegetables, manipulate genetics, release viruses to control pests,  destroy habitats and kill animals to extinction, we plunder the oceans,  grow plants hydroponically and think it’s good, we deplete the soils of nutrients and replace it with chemicals and then pollute the earth with our by products and waste.

I’ve worked with cattle, goats, sheep and deer. I’ve worked on orchards, cropping farms and in forestry and the one thing they had in common is that they where monocultures, they were all grown in isolation, in a manipulated environment with the use of chemicals and sprays, vaccines and drenches.

I was talking to an old guy the other day, he grew up on a fifty acre farm at the back of Ulverstone and I asked him what they grew and he said everything. They butchered their meat, grew their vegies and milked the cows. Now we have such a disconnection with food and where it comes from. We have kids coming over to the farm that have never picked fruit from a tree or vegetables from the garden, that don’t see the connection between that live chicken and a piece of KFC. That haven’t seen how animals, plants and the soil are all interrelated.

I’ve been interested in permaculture since the early nineties when I first picked up a copy of an introduction to permaculture by Bill Mollison and David Holgram. The ethics of permaculture, care of the earth, care of people and the sharing of surplus. The principles, integrate rather than segregate, use and value diversity, produce no waste, obtain a yield, observe and interact, it just made sense to me.

I’m thankful to be given this opportunity to work with Produce to the People and the Burnie High School. To have this chance to pass on some of my knowledge and to incorporate permaculture design principles into the school farm. To help create a sustainable community garden, where surplus in given away, where kids can pick fruit from a tree, where you can walk through a food forest and see the different foods ripen with the seasons. To see the interaction between plants and how they can benefit each other. Maybe one day one of the kids passing through the farm might lead the way to a more sustainable, holistic, chemical free, farming future.

Christian Parr was our Snack Garden guru who went into Primary Schools and whips the kids into a frenzy of soil, compost, worm and veggie loving Produce to the Peepers.

After many years working as a trainer and performer within the wild and wonderful world of circus, Christian decided to make the sea-change from non-stop Melbourne to tranquil Tasmania. Since studying Permaculture in 2009 Christian has become hugely active within the community, working within movements such as Permablitz, Transition Towns, WWOOF, and more recently the Permaculture Guild of Tasmania.  When he is not being our Snack Garden Guru he runs Social Circus Tasmania.

Huw Dodd was our veggie logistics/delivery man who made sure the veggies and the bread – large and small, were picked up and delivered all over the Coast. He also was responsible for the logistics and installation of veggie crates into households.

Volunteers, Murray & Brendan : Wednesday veggie runs were in the very capable hands of these two.  Brenda was in charge of navigation and Murray in charge of the rest.  It is great to know I have such reliable, enthusiastic and capable volunteers on board.

Lou Murphy was our awesome Produce to the People Snack Garden horticulturalist.

Theresa Chapman : Our original Project Officer, the lovely Theresa has finished her paid time with us @ PTTPT.

Theresa grew up in Brisbane, and nurtured a secret devotion to David Attenborough and animals and bugs in general. This took her to university in the tropics to study Ecology, where she was shocked to learn that plants are just as amazing as critters. She travelled throuigh Europe upon graduating, slowly eroding her chances of a professional career in the field, until she was back in Brisbane and unemployed. She discovered a city farm that taught Permaculture, and with a feeling of homecoming, took to the soil to grow food. She has since been a lab tech, peach picker, bouncer, sailor, builder and cabinet maker, and developed the heart and feet of a carnie. However, every sailor needs to lay anchor eventually, and Theresa began to feel the need keenly, only to stumble across a job that was seemingly designed for her in a town that has the best name she’d come across. She can now happily grub in the soil with a sea breeze on her face and feel at peace.

You can find her now looking after the veggie gardens at Mount Gnomon Farm.

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One thought on “T is for Team

  1. I love it.
    I can definitely see the possibility of links with AuSSI Tas-sustainability in Tas schools in the future. Let’s work together.

    Jayne

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