News

news december 2018

Hi all, with Christmas and a New Year just around the corner we thought we would give you the latest on what’s happening at Produce to the People.

Last night we held our Annual General Meeting as well as a General Meeting of our Board and there are a few changes at the helm.

We are so grateful to our outgoing President Catherine Gale-Stanton for the wonderful work she has done for Produce to the People over the past year – that gala would never have happened without her! Catherine has been a great asset to PTTP and her work, along with that of the Board, staff and volunteers has left us in a great position moving forward.

We are ever so pleased to introduce the new PttP Board: Dr Amina Keygan steps up from her VP role to become our new President and Corey Speers is our new VP.  Claire Smith remains as Treasurer and Simon Gates as Public Officer.  Our Secretary role remains a shared one.  General Board Members remaining are Penelope Dodd, Michelle Williamson, Lee-Anne Mundy and we are pleased to welcome new general Board members Steph Prendergast and Harry Cuthbertson.

We are thrilled that as of next year Burnie High will be getting a two day a week Farm teacher and happy to have that teacher, Steph Predergast join the PttP Board. More kids on The Farm more often…….brilliant!

Our other big news is that our founder and hands on everything person, Penelope Dodd is leaving her hands on role after a rollercoaster nine years as GM.  Fortunately she will continue to have an influence on the future of PTTP by remaining on the Board. The Board takes this opportunity to thank Penelope for her outstanding contribution, which has played a significant role in us continuing to grow, gather and give well into the future. And while it with sadness that we see her go, we look forward to an exciting year ahead of us with these changes on both the Board and on The Farm.

There will be more news to come as we firm up Penelope’s replacements and we’ll ensure to keep you posted.

The Produce to the People Board.

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September on The Farm

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Another glorious month at Produce to the People with almost 1750 people accessing produce via our food hub, home delivery and service provider extravaganza! That’s a 91% increase on people accessing the service from September last year.  Big numbers that are ever increasing.  Luckily we have an amazing group of volunteers (and a couple of very part time staff) who work tirelessly each week to grow some of the produce we offer and also put together fresh produce boxes and do customer service in our food hub.

Unfortunately the Australian Government has again chosen to offer emergency food relief funding to Australia wide organisations only which means we can not even apply for funds.  Last time this happened there was no breakdown of where the money went in terms of state distribution so no one knows if any Federal $’s even came into Tasmania.  Crazy and frustrating.  Unfortunately no one from the Libs want to talk about it. No reply to emails or phone calls. We’ve had a reply from the Labor party – our local MP Justine Keay replied within minutes of receiving our email and Senator Urquhart is also on the case but there is nothing they can do except lobby for change.

Thankfully the Tasmanian Government support us and recognise the contribution we make and the need in Burnie area. They also know that supporting our social enterprise – micro green production and sales – helps bring in $’s that assist us in funding our work.

BUT the support we receive from the Tasmanian Government funds approximately one quarter of what we need to fulfil our potential which is why we are holding our GALA DINNER on October 27.

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Every ticket purchased puts you in the draw to win a one on one mentoring session with Richmond Football Club CEO, Brendon Gale (worth thousands) as well as enjoying an amazing degustation created for us by Joseph Bugg using local produce.  Click on the links to purchase your ticket and join us for what promises to be an amazing night.

This month we were also very excited to find our that we are finalists in the Good Food Awards – Food for Good Award – aren’t we fancy!! We will find out later this month if we are the winners but gosh how lovely to be in the company of some amazing organisations Australia wide.

Planning and planting is well under way in our tunnel house and market garden and the hot house is bursting at the seams with micro greens for our fabulous customers. Throw in a few sunny days and it will be perfection!

Have an amazing October, hopefully we will see you at our GALA!

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Food donations – how you are covered

Happy Wednesday!

There seems to be confusion still about food donations and whether it is ok as a business to give organisations like Produce to the People food. IT IS OK and you are covered by the Good Samaritan Act. Watch the video above for a brief explanation.

If you would like to talk more you can pop in and talk with Penelope or Michelle on The Farm at Burnie High any Tuesday and Thursday or fill in our contact form.

Here’s the link to the Good Samaritan Act for Tasmania

 

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