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!!

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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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February on The Farm

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Garlic harvest | Chook Dome grand opening | Gorgeous new volunteers | First Garlic sales to local cafe Palate | We were on the first episode of Andy and Ben Eat Australia! | Jam made | Kinglsey finished with us – end of projects suck big time | BHS students kicking goals on The Farm | A new corporate volunteering relationship with Caterpillar | AND we fed 871 people, an increase of 55% on last February and grew and gathered 3.2 tonne of produce!

If you would like to support our farm and food hub you might like to volunteer, grow for us or make an ongoing donation.  Every little bit helps us help our community in ways you will be amazed. 

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Garlic to the People | Winter is coming

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Winter is coming so it’s definitely time to get your hands on our knobs.  We have Tas Purple and hard neck knobs available.  All grown on The Produce to the People Farm at Burnie High with love and no chemicals.

$10 for three knobs

Pick up from The Farm any Tuesday or Thursday between 9-2 OR free delivery in Burnie/Wynyard/Penguin/Ulverstone/Devonport areas for cafe/restaurant/food store bulk buyers only. Cash payment required on pick up or delivery.

Contact us NOW so you don’t miss out!

Go on, you know you want to!

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