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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We’re back with a plan and a share if you care

Midwinter breaks are good for many reasons – for sleep-ins, you get to work on your own garden, you don’t have to respond to emails or read/watch the news, and you get a break from what can sometimes be a whole lot of overwhelm.

Luckily for us just before we took our break a lot of really interesting things happened.  We got to chat with the Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockliff about how politically we could position ourselves for more government attention, we spent time with our Patron, NW Tassie champion and all round good guy  and go getter Ben Milbourne who not only filmed an episode of his show Food Lab by Ben Milbourne on site but, we also got some incredibly positive feedback on a couple of products we will be producing for his soon to be open restaurant in Providore Place that is part of the Devonport Living City development. We also spoke in house – the board and volunteers and founder/GM Penelope (me) – about what PttP will look like over the next six months or so.

First exciting cab off the rank is the reintroduction of our home delivery of veggie boxes to elders in our community.

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You may remember we received some funding a while back (now long expended) that saw us deliver 50 + veggie boxes to people in our community who were not only doing it tough, but also had no way of getting to us on The Farm where our food hub is open during the week.  We were over subscribed at the get go and fed a lot of people but it did get a little out of hand in terms of the people we were delivering to.  Its always going to be a bit of a challenge for us and our “ask no questions” policy but this time we are doing things a little differently.

There will be guidelines as to who we can deliver to, and as this is a self/community funded project we are starting with elders only who have no transport who live in the Burnie+Somerset+Wynyard areas.

But there is a but………

This time we are asking you to help us by donating $25 each month for a minimum 12 months.  This money will go towards vehicle costs mostly but also pantry staples to add depth to our boxes.  We think this a great way your office or family or service group, or footy club could make a big difference in the life of some of our most vulnerable elders.

You can head over to our give now page where we have set up a “Produce to the Elders” cause page so you can easily contribute.

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We know our Produce to the People community is generous to a fault – the more people you share this opportunity with the more elders will receive a box of fresh produce each week.

Click a few buttons and lets make this happen!

 

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Broccoli Adventures

When one of your farmer buddies sends you a message on a Saturday arvo “Hey there Penelope.  We have sgitloads of broccoli.  Like 2000 heads that we can’t sell.  Do you want it?” You, of course immediately go into action! Facebook post call out for volunteers.  Txt to the TAPP teacher to ask for student assistance.  BOOM.  Within hours we had a team ready to head to the farm Monday morning.

One of the wettest weekends preluded the visit so we were thrilled to see bright sunshine on Monday.  Trailer hooked up the convoy left our HQ at Burnie High for the 40 minute drive to Preston.

Why was there a field of broc available for us?

The weather.  This field wasn’t due to be ready for harvest for another two weeks but mother nature had other ideas and our peeps were the winners.

An hour later we had harvested and we headed back to our farm to sort ready for the food hub opening on Tuesday morning.

What can you do with all that broccoli?  Here are some links to totally delicious recipes.  ENJOY!

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http://www.greenkitchenstories.com/broccoli-pesto/

http://www.jaroflemons.com/baked-sweet-potatoes-w-chickpeas-broccoli-pesto/

 

https://www.realsimple.com/food-recipes/recipe-collections-favorites/popular-ingredients/broccoli-recipes

http://www.marthastewart.com/1011281/broccoli-recipes#874334

https://www.donnahay.com.au/recipes/tags/broccoli

http://www.jamieoliver.com/search/?s=broccoli

 

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