May 2012 – What a month!

Local backyard & farm grown veggies gathered :  2423 kilos

Supermarket gatherings : 964.25 kilos

Total = 3387.25 kilos

The month of May, 2012 began with a speaking gig at the Linking Up conference with Burnie Community House co-ordinator Tracy Edington-Mackay.   We spoke to a packed room about how our trust partnership works.  I’m a bit of an anti bureaucrat and if I can avoid a piece of paper saying we have a relationship and actually have a working relationship I’m there!  The room seemed pretty keen to know how we do it.

To fly the flag of a couple of our partners…. The Burnie Community House won a gong at the inaugural Tasmanian Association of Community Houses (TACH) Neighbourhood House Awards in the category of ” Supporting People and their Families” and guess what? It was for a project they collaborate with Produce To The People on.

A BIG congratulations must also go to our partners in produce at Grove House in Ulverstone.  Community Housing Limited who manages this facility recently had a gardening competition; this competition took in all of Victoria and Tasmania. Grove House took out first prize in the “Best shared/ Community Garden” section.

Our huge tally this month is in part because of all those lovely potatoes grown and given by Farmer John McKenna.  Super generosity on his part to a number of organisations along the Coast.

You might have noticed in the above tally an amount from supermarkets?  Well, we are now collecting from Woolworths Supermarkets along the NW Coast! (and Coles in Burnie via Second Bite).  Each store must be congratulated for putting aside produce for us each week, which in collaboration with our lovely partners in produce goes straight into the local community where the store is located.

Pumpkins, caulis, cabbages, spuds, silver beet have added diversity of our veggie loot this month.  It is always a pleasure to collect your home grown offerings.


You also might have seen us on the tv?  Our project was on ABC’s 7.30 Tassie program. Great pr I say for the awesome generosity of people on the NW Coast. Win TV also got us on tape at the McKenna farm collecting spuds.

We have gone a little retail with our awesome PTTP calico bags available to purchase at Bruces Café in Wynyard and Secret Buddha Café in Burnie.  Projects like ours cost money to run, and this is a small way we can earn some coin to keep us going.  Feel free to purchase your very own baggie!

As always there are a number of plans and projects bubbling away in my head.  Some of them are even getting onto paper!

I’m off to put my feet up and have a cuppa

Keep on, growing and giving!


April 2012

Grown, gathered, given = 2335 kilos of fresh produce

What else have we been up to this month?

Well of course we had the great tomato harvest for starters!  I had a call from Farmer N who had some tomatoes he wasn’t going to be able to sell.  A whole paddock of them.  Not quite sure how I was going to manage that one solo I made a few calls.  Work for the Dole – no can do, private land, grrrrr.  Second call – success!  The local Polytechnic community services classes were super enthusiastic about being involved.  So on the day I reckon we had between 40-50 students who got in the paddock with love in their hearts.  The start of a beautiful relationship? Watch this space.

This is community in action people!

We also had the ABC’s 7.30 program come for a visit.  It will be really interesting to see how it gets put together.  It was a big, long day with guest appearances by……..well you’ll have to watch to see which locals appear!

We are still waiting to hear when we will be “on”, i’ll be sure to let you know!

I also had the pleasure of talking to this years crop of Tasmanian Leaders.  What a gorgeous group of shakers and movers! We had a lovely lunch at the brand new Cradle Coast Trade Training Centre in Burnie, so the students there got to strut their stuff as well as me. The Trade Training Centre and Produce to the People have begun a beautiful partnership and there will be a couple of awesome announcements in the very near future.

Another beautiful Community Veggie Swap with beautiful produce and beautiful people in attendance.

We also started collecting produce from the local Burnie Coles supermarket which we deliver to the Burnie Community House.  A big thanks to Second Bite for sharing this partnership with us.

And finally a lovely Anzac Day visit to Black Ridge Farm with one of our our partners in produce Bruce’s Cafe – I can’t wait to start our couple of little adventures BRF!

I’ve just looked over this month’s work and it has partnership and collaboration written all over it, which is exactly what Produce to the People is all about!

grow, gather, give