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


November 2016

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1342 people accessed food from us in November | This is probably an underestimate and an 147% increase on 2015 | We took delivery of SO MUCH CHEESE from our friends at Lion Co | We were finalist in the Community Group of the Year Award…we didn’t win but were inspired just being in the room with so many amazing community organisations | Our Patron Ben Milbourne brought his best mate Andy Allen out to The Farm to film a segment of their new SBS show  Eat Australia….swoon | MP’s Justine Keay and Stephen Jones stopped by to talk about how we do what we do | Our new volunteer Zoe and her awesome support workers have become just like family | We continue to grow, gather and give


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Our week

Week on The Produce to the People Farm November Part 2 2015

Our week began with a visit from our Patron Ben Milbourne hosting a group of  journalists from Hong Kong, here as part of a Tourism Tasmania visiting journalists program.  They were very interested in what we do – offering a community solution to a community problem – and we were very happy to show them what we do. You can find out more about Craig Au Yeung here.

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Our new veggie beds are looking so fine.  Lots of hard work by Kinglsey and his WFD crew – special shout out to Craig who has been digging like a pro whilst Dennis and Rodney have been clearing the fence lines and Tim has been a watering machine. Tomas has been making bed signs and setting up a capillary matting watering system in the greenhouse.  It is all go.

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We had a record number of people through our Emergency Food Relief Food hub on Tuesday – 71 people in one day.  That’s a lot of people we are pleased to be able to assist with fresh produce and pantry staples.  Lots of people with big bills.  Lots of people who, by the time they have paid all their bills, have $40 a fortnight left for food.

Our EFR space has become a place where people come for food but also a chat.  We are very aware that we might be the only people some of our customers interact with from week to week. We become quite attached to our people and this week we were very sad to hear of the passing of one of our regular customers at the food hub who succumbed to his chronic illness. RIP.

As well as growing on The Farm we receive produce from a number of places, one savvy member of the public saw a paddock of broccoli was going to be ploughed back into the ground and hopped in there and saved us a few bags full.  It was MUCH appreciated.  It raises many questions about supply chain and food waste and contracts and the sometimes utter madness of the food system.

Grow, gather, give and love the one you’re with x

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