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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Did you miss Tasmania on Eat Australia last night?

In case you missed it (AND US!) here is a link to Episode 1 of Eat Australia.  A HUGE shout out must go to Andy Allen and Ben Milbourne for helping to showcase the amazingness of Tasmania.  Those of us lucky enough to live here wake up to the beauty everyday #winning

After watching, f you are inspired to help Produce to the People continue our good works you can DONATE or VOLUNTEER.  

You will have to sign in to watch the episode at SBS On Demand:

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Eat Australia!

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He’s been a MasterChef, and soon a restaurateur, but Tasmanian-born chef Ben Milbourne’s hometown is still firmly front of mind.

Along with good mate and MasterChef 2012 winner, Andy Allen, Milbourne paid a special visit to the Burnie farm of Produce to the People to film an episode of the pair’s new food series Andy and Ben Eat Australia.

“I was extremely proud to show Andy Produce to the People during the Eat Australia series,” Milbourne said.

“The series focuses on what makes Australian food culture the best in the world and a huge component of that is organisations such as PttP who use food to bring people together.”

Milbourne has been the patron of the social enterprise emergency food relief and produce gathering and giving organisation sine May, 2015.

“I have always been extremely supportive of the concept of PttP. I take any chance I can get to showcase the best of not only our state but our humanity, to a wider audience, Milbourne said.

“Hopefully people seeing an organisation like PttP will have them think about how they can use food to support their community.”

PttP began in 2009 when social entrepreneur and founder Penelope Dodd found herself with surplus tomatoes. Since then it has grown to provide fresh produce to those in need. PttP became incorporated in 2015, and operates a two-acre farm within the grounds of Burnie High School.

“We are all excited to get our hands dirty – literally and metaphorically with our plans for creating revenue streams to support and grow the food hub and farm,” Ms Dodd said.

Produce to the People Tasmania has grown from a seed of an idea to now include Coast-wide collection of excess backyard grown fruit and veg, gathered then given to those in the community who might benefit from some home grown with love produce.

“Our dream is to be able to not only develop fresh and value added products here at the farm, but to train and employ local people.”

Andy and Ben Eat Australia premiers on Wednesday February 15 at 9.30pm on SBS Food Network and Produce to the People features in episode 1.

To support Produce to the People you can set up a one off or ongoing donation here

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