About producetothepeopletasmania

Produce to the People Tasmania is a feel good community project with the ethos grow, gather, give. We gather excess fresh, seasonal produce from backyard gardens, farms & food processors along the North West Coast of Tasmania then give this produce to people in our community who may not have access to seasonal fruit and vegetables via our Free Food Farm Hub on The Farm @ Burnie High. We encourage the community to grow their own food, whether that be at home or in a community space and invite the sharing of recipes and skills for the long term well being of all those on the North West Coast of Tasmania.

Food donations – how you are covered

Happy Wednesday!

There seems to be confusion still about food donations and whether it is ok as a business to give organisations like Produce to the People food. IT IS OK and you are covered by the Good Samaritan Act. Watch the video above for a brief explanation.

If you would like to talk more you can pop in and talk with Penelope or Michelle on The Farm at Burnie High any Tuesday and Thursday or fill in our contact form.

Here’s the link to the Good Samaritan Act for Tasmania

 

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You’re invited to our GALA DINNER

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We are so pleased to invite you to join Produce to the People’s Patron, Richmond FC CEO Brendon Gale, for champagne on the Breckenborough terrace followed by a Joesph Bugg five course degustation.

Our event, part of Burnie Shines, will be MC’d by Tasmanian legend Dr Polly McGee and will include “conversations with” Produce to the People’s founder Penelope Dodd and Richmond CEO Brendon Gale.

Our event is on Saturday October 27, 6:30PM @ Breckenborough (The Burnie Club)

This is our major fund raiser for the year  @ $150 pp (includes food + wine) and all proceeds will assist Produce to the People community food projects. Each ticket puts you in to the draw for a one on one mentoring session with Brendon Gale.

We hope you will join us for a beautiful evening of fine food, wine and conversation.

*a portion of your ticket price may be claimed as a tax deduction

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August on The Farm

PttP August 2018

This time last year our food hub was only open one day a week and 826 people accessed food.  This year we are back to being two days open plus delivering to elders in the community and providing boxes of produce for service providers working with clients in the community as well as an increasing number of school students.

In August 2018 the number of people accessing our service grew 227% to 2698 and we gathered and grew 6644 kilos of produce a massive increase in anyone’s reckoning.

No wonder we were all feeling a little hyper at the end of the month!!

So besides our regular growing, gathering and giving what else did we get up to?  Calves returned, this year six of them! They are part of Dairy Tas “Cows Create Careers” program and this bunch are delightful and delicious as always.  A big difference this year is that Burnie High School students who have chosen agriculture as an elective subject are looking after them and we can see the difference in the attention given.

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We also welcomed a new member to our already outstanding Board.  Simon Gates graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2005 with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, graduated with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 2001, and was President of the Law Student’s Association at the University of Tasmania in 2004.

In 2007, after living and working as a volunteer in East Timor in 2005 and 2006, he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia. Between 2007 and 2011 Simon was Crown Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor General for the State of Tasmania, during which time he acted as Junior Counsel for the State in a number of High Court Constitutional Law cases.

Simon was appointed Legal Advisor (2011) and then Senior Legal Advisor (2012-13) to the State Attorney-General before entering private practice.

In July 2017, Simon became a partner at McLean McKenzie & Topfer in Burnie.

Only the best for PttP!

We also had a visit from Dawn + Janine from the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.  During the school holidays they help an activity were participants got to decorate calico bags for us to use in our food hub.  Story to follow!!

BRAG bags

What will September bring?  Well the sowing of seeds in the hot house has already begun, the addition of all sorts of glorious matter to our veggie beds to make them super growing sources, the recruitment of new volunteers, the scale up of our micro green social enterprise, an apple crate garden instillation with our friends from the School of Special Education, Burnie as well as a couple of very exciting announcements. We also can expect an increase in numbers through the hub as people start to receive their winter heating bills.

We are all systems go!

If you would like to contribute to our good works you might like to apply to volunteer, donate produce or if you are time poor but $ rich you might like to make a one off or ongoing tax deductible donation.  Donations go towards delivery costs for our elder produce box service, mulch, seeds, tools etc for The Farm.

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