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
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.
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.
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.
This week our hugel bed started to take shape. Hugel, swale, hugelkultur bed. The Farm is built on a swamp so we get all sorts of water appearing in all sorts of places and a hugel is one way of dealing with it. For more information on hugels head here.
Kim has the farm on fire with planting and we have ready to harvest kale, broad beans, silver beet, spinach and rocket and coming on salad greens, tomatoes, capsicum, eggplant, bacon, rhubarb, beans, squash, blackberries, young berries, potatoes, cape goosberries and water chestnuts.
We also took delivery of over 300 celeriac! Celeriac to the people for sure. We have recipe links online and are sending people away with simple recipes to try with this interesting veg. One of the good things about this food rescue is that people get to try a veg they would never purchase.
Of course one other pretty amazing thing happened for us this week……