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.

It’s our Farmiversary!

PttP was born in the summer of 2009 and we have had quite a few changes in the model of how we do business over the years.  By far our most exciting and loved version is the one we are living right now – on The Farm at Burnie High.

This week we are celebrating three years on The Farm.

This is how we found The Farm.  More animal sanctuary than produce producing.  A blank canvas.  First job – contain and re-home all those free ranging beasties.

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A lot of love…

and then this PttP

and look what you can do when you have funds to pay staff!!

and when you have staff

Of course the community support we get with food donations and corporate volunteering – Lion, Wynyard Seafoods, Golden Grain Bakery, Woolworths, Second Bite, Costas, local farmers, backyard growers, Caterpillar. A special shout out to our Patron, Ben Milbourne who makes sure we appear in every series he produces!  This is #communityfood in action.

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And the Burnie High staff and students.  Big love…

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Our gold star volunteers make The Farm a family.  We’ve included our friends from Multicap and the Burnie School of Special Education here.  BIG LOVE to all past and present.

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You know we are nothing if not determined.  Even though we are down to one part time employee, our volunteer family has grown to 25.  Hopefully we can get The Farm back to primo production this summer.

We know the massive difference we make in our community and we have shown we are here for the long run.  In 2016 we had over 17,000 people access fresh, nutritious food via our service and we grew and gathered over 80,000 kilos of produce.

In the lead up to TEN YEARS of Produce to the People (2019) you will continue to see us grow, gather and give.

If you would like to be a part of our PttP family you can pop in on one of our Volunteer Orientation hours held every second Tuesday of the month at 11am and/or head to give now to make a donation.

BIG LOVE to all from PttP founder, Penelope and the Produce to the People Board

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The PttP Inc Board

 

http board pic 2017 octoberThe PttP Inc Board work tirelessly behind the scenes to make sure we continue our good works in the Tasmanian community. Their latest achievement is to gain PBI status for PttP.  This is no mean feat!  It also means we now have DGR status that means all your lovely donations are tax deductible.

You can read all about our wonderful people here

And here’s who to talk with about specifics:

President Polly McGee is the go to gal to discuss all future projects and how they may fit in with our program.  Contact Polly.

VP Cat Gale-Stanton is in charge of events and corporate sponsorships.  Contact Cat.

Amina Keygan handles all Public Officer duties, she also heads our research team.  If you want to collaborate on a research project she is the gal. Contact Amina.

Michelle is our volunteer manager so if you are an individual or have a group who would like to help out, Michelle is your first point of call.  Contact Michelle.

Jo, our secretary is on maternity leave.  You can follow her adventures as a new mother of twins here.

Corey Walker-Speers is off galavanting around Europe with his family in a van.  Follow his adventures here.

Lee-Ann is our resident dietician and at the moment is also galavanting, well actually cycling around Italy.  She’ll be back in a month or so.

Penelope looks after The Farm, the microgreen social enterprise and the food hub.  Contact Penelope.

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Seeds to the People

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We are very excited to launch our latest project – a NW Tassie SEED BANK – in collaboration with Multicap, with funding from the Mercy Foundation.

Every Thursday The Farm is becoming a hive of activity with our team cutting seed packets from recycled papers, sorting seeds already donated by locals and the wonderful folk at Urban Farming Tasmania then packaging them up ready to be given away.

How can you be a part of it?

Send us your seeds!  Preferably your home grown best so we keep things local and also know we are sharing the best of the best. Our address is PO Box 3097, Burnie 7320 or you can drop in and see us between 9-2 every Tuesday & Thursday.

Ask for seeds! If you are starting a garden or would like to add some local goodness get in contact and hopefully within a few weeks we will have enough in store to send out.

Learn how to save seeds!  We will be sharing seed saving starter tips right here over the coming months.  Sign up to the blog so you don’t miss out.

 

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