2016 in review

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It’s been a pretty amazing 2016.

We’ve very much settled into our new home on The Farm at Burnie High – in fact we celebrated our two year anniversary there this year – that’s seven years PttP has been around, two of those on The Farm – we hope we will be able to stay for years to come as our model of growing, educating and giving really does work so well.

Growing:

We have expanded our growing space – then contracted it due to weather – all that rain! – and the loss of staff members. We need to give such huge thanks to Kim who was our Farm Manager for the first part of this journey. Unfortunately due to lack of funding we had to set her free and that has meant we have been without a key person to manage the maintenance, planning and general everyday everything grounds of this size really need. Let’s just say it’s been a challenge but we are muddling through quite well.

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Gathering:

We have been absolutely thrilled to receive produce this year from LION and COSTA. All that cheese and all those strawberries!! We continue to send BIG love to GOLDEN GRAIN BAKERY, WOOLWORTHS and SECOND BITE who have generously donated wonderful produce to help us out in the food hub, and to the FARMERS and BACKYARD GROWERS who have also brought in unexpected treasures (like salmon at XMAS time!) In fact we gathered and grew just over 41,000 kilos of produce in 2016.

We’ve also been gathering an awesome team of volunteers. We know we are doing well based on the gold star quality people we attract!

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Giving:

We have had huge numbers through our Burnie gate this year and it has been our greatest pleasure to feed our community. 9342 have accessed our fresh food in 2016 – a 79% increase on last year – remember our food hub is only open two days each week.

Plus approx. another 8000 via our remote food access no-judgementservice that extends from Smithton through to Launceston. These numbers have increased partly due to our home delivery service to elders and others and theassistance we give to local schools.

 

Other news:

Produce to the People became an Incorporated Association in 2016 so behind the scenes there is an amazing bunch of people assisting with all manner of things – please head over to our governance page to find out more about them. We thank the Department of Premier and Cabinet for funding us, and WD Booth Trust for enabling us to get our veggie box home delivery project operational – the project that grew so huge we had to put a lid on it. Also a shout out to all the marvelous people who have made individual contributions to our program, every $ helps feed the most vulnerable in our community.

 

So, what does 2017 hold?

We have plans in place for 2017 and beyond, two versions in fact – one if we get funding for staff and one if we don’t.

Obviously we want to focus on the “WE WILL GET FUNDING TO IMPLEMENT OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE / JOB CREATION” model and we are furiously working behind the scene to make this happen.  As always watch this space.img_0003

 

We hope you all enjoy a wonderful summer and remember to grow, gather, give and love the one you’re with xx

 

Penelope Dodd | Founder and Program Leader

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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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It’s been a week!

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When we had our busiest day ever last week, with 89 people accessing emergency food relief that overwhelming Tuesday, we realised we had to make some decisions.

Numbers have been steadily increasing and the amount of fresh produce available for our Emergency Food Relief Hub at this time of year declining. Here’s a comparison snapshot of the numbers of people we see each month:

  2015 2016 % change
Janaury 286 295 +3.5
February 428 559 +30
March 354 689 +94
April 516 697 +35

Given that it is also the beginning of winter and there is going to be a delay before planted crops are ready for harvest we decided it was better to close one of our three days and provide an abundant amount of produce on two days, rather than try to stretch it out over three.

This caught some people’s interest with calls from three ABC programs, The Advocate and Tasmania Talks on 7AD.

We are always happy to have a chat about what we do and always happy to show people  – we have a long standing open invitation to all elected representatives and others in the community to come have a wander – and we were happy to oblige getting this important community situation out into the wider world.

But its not just about the amount of produce on hand.  It is also about the people who help us out.  We have two work for the dole projects open at the moment and are supposed to have 15 participants across both.  We have averaged 0/15 for the past few weeks and lets just say we aren’t being inundated with referrals.  This makes it really difficult for us to get the amount of farm work completed that we have planned.  It makes it difficult for us to take on individual or groups of volunteers as technically we need to keep enough work available for those 15 WFD people. These contracts have been a bit of a shamoozle from the start what with new Job Active organisations getting contracts and new systems for everyone to get their heads around.  We get that, but it significantly impacts the community groups who have to try and manage the day to days.  There has to be a better way.

 

Pttp fb header Autumn 2016 Some good news!

The Tasmanian Greens announced that Produce to the People will be one of the organisations MP’s will donate their recent 10.5% pay increase to.  We are thrilled to be recognised and will put those funds to very good use.

You may have noticed – there is going to be a Federal election!  Our President is signing letters today to go out to candidates in Braddon about their possible commitment to PttP and we will post our letter and their replies here for you to read.

That’s it for now.

All PttP employees and volunteers are off getting their own stuff done/putting their feet up/ getting ready for next week!!

Grow, gather, give – love the one you’re with xx

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