What ever have we been doing?

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Hi folks,

What a marvellous few months we have had on The Farm.  Here’s a little of what we have been up to:

In the first five months of 2018 there have been 7481 fresh food access touchpoints.  This is a combination of people who visit us face to face, those who access food via one of our support agencies (eg: mission, rural health, TAC) and those that receive a home delivery.

Some of the PttP volunteer team

Our team of up to 30 volunteers have contributed approximately 200 hours per week of time – we truly could not do what we do without them. This includes our farm and food hub vols, produce gatherers and board members.  If we use the Volunteering Tasmania value of volunteering calculator that adds up to a whopping $200,000 worth of value to our community over five months! If you would like to become a PttP Volunteer family member you should come along to one of our volunteer orientation hours held on the second Tuesday of each month at 11am.

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If you attend the Burnie Farmers Market you may have seen us there.  As part of our drive to become financially sustainable, and also spread the word about what we do, we load up the van each fortnight with produce grown in our market garden and sell, sell sell!!  We also have a range of microgreens under production in our hothouse – these delicious greens not only add vibrancy to your plate but pack a punch in nutritional value and heightened taste. If you think your local restaurant or café might like our produce please let them know to come visit us! Remember supporting local businesses and eating locally grown produce is great for your health, and the health of your community.

 Pea tendrils - part of the PttP micro green range

This year Burnie High School are offering Agriculture as a curriculum elective so we are seeing a whole new team of potential farmers on The Farm each week.  They are doing some weird and wonderful things with compost, chook and alpaca poo and learning how to prep and maintain their very own veggie beds as well as a lot of classroom based investigations.

IMG_1467We also continue to welcome our friends from the School of Special Education, Burnie who are now also holding their very own farmers market with produce they help to grow on our farm! When possible their market is held for staff and parents at their school.

Tasmanian Liberals + PttP Board Members

We were very grateful to the Tasmanian Liberals committing to increase our funding for the next term of government. This gives us a little bit of breathing space ie: means we don’t have to close our gates! And can concentrate a little more on the day to day operations of the organisation.. With a by-election coming up and a Federal election due in the next few months we would love to see the same financial commitment from the Federal/Australian Government as we currently receive NO support from them. What do you think?  Do you think organisations such as ours should receive sustained support from the Australian Government??  You might like to mention it to the candidates as they pound the pavements looking for support.

Speaking of money……did you know your donation to us is tax deductible?  You can make a one off or ongoing contribution by heading to our Give Now page.

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We will be increasing our hours of operation in July and have a couple of events coming up soon so watch this space. Also,  a very exciting announcement about a new PttP Patron.  Gosh its terribly difficult to not spill the beans right now…..but we are going to make you wait.

Happy winter!

With love,

Penelope + the PttP Team

 

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Fancy joining our volunteer Board?

 

Hot on the heels of becoming Tasmania’s Community Group of the Year, Produce to the People is looking for some new faces on our Board. 

We have vacancies for a volunteer board member in the role of Treasurer plus two general board positions. The role of the PttP Board is to manage and govern the organisation in accordance with our constitution and strategic plan as well as to comply with its legal and financial responsibilities. The board meets monthly in person &/or via Skype which means the applicants can be based anywhere in Tasmania or Australia for that matter.

Skills and/or experience in one or more of the below:

  • Finances. Previous Treasurer experience for the win. We use Xero and and have a bookkeeper in place.
  • Strong interest in community development, with particular focus on food, education, permaculture
  • Strategic planning experience
  • Knowledge of funding opportunities and the ability to smash out grant applications
  • Knowledge of Federal and/or State Government policies
  • Event management
  • Not-for-profit sector knowledge

We are incredibly privileged to attract gold star people to our organization and would love to hear from you if you think you share our ethos.

How to apply:

Please email your one page expression of interest – we want to know who you are and how you think you could add value to our organization – plus your CV to producetothepeople@ymail.com by 13th December, 2017.

Any questions? Please contact Penelope on 0409 484 152

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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…

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

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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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