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.
While much of the country is experiencing drought, we on the NW Coast of Tasmania are experiencing ALL the rain. Muddy boots, muddy eggs, muddy chooks, muddy roads, muddy container toilet instillation!
Our fresh food hub/emergency food relief/fresh food lifeline/call it what you like is open two days each week. Produce was accessed from us 1627 times in July. That’s 400+ tummies with fresh, locally grown produce each week. We are incredibly proud of the service we provide and are privileged to assist our community. A huge shout out to our volunteers who grow, gather and give to help make this happen.
Micro green central aka our hothouse has ramped up production as we prepare for the opening of our Patron Ben Milbourne’s much anticipated restaurant Charlotte Jack and we are proud to supply local eateries Verona, Palate, Delish + Illume as well. Remember to support your local because that way you are supporting local producers as well! If you would like to purchase our micros get in touch and we will bring you some samples.You won’t be disappointed as our feedback to date is 100% satisfaction! The income we earn from our micro green social enterprise goes towards the running of our farm and our elder produce box home delivery service.
We have also started to sow our spring crops in the hothouse – it is a warm and cosy hive of activity at the moment!
Teaser: Watch this space for a couple of announcements. A grand opening and an event you won’t want to miss…
Seasons come and seasons go – so do volunteers! We are on a mission to find more people to join Tasmania’s Community Group of the Year on The Farm @ Produce to the People, growing, gathering and giving.
We are not for just anyone though. You will have to have a valid Working with Vulnerable People Card . You will have to have a kind disposition with a smile as default and be someone who, whilst your experience and opinion will be heard, must be able to follow directions. We are a centrelink approved organisation so if you have to do a certain number of hours we can sign your paperwork!
We have opportunities for people available to do the afternoon shift in the food hub (12-3pm), delivery drivers – dropping off produce boxes to elders in our community, produce gatherers – bread and other assorted goodies and gardeners – for our new edible flower garden, micro greens and veggie patches.
Our next volunteer orientation hour is on Tuesday 14th August at 11:30am but if you can’t wait until then pop into The Farm on any Tuesday or Thursday between midday and 2pm and ask for Michelle.