September on The Farm

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Another glorious month at Produce to the People with almost 1750 people accessing produce via our food hub, home delivery and service provider extravaganza! That’s a 91% increase on people accessing the service from September last year.  Big numbers that are ever increasing.  Luckily we have an amazing group of volunteers (and a couple of very part time staff) who work tirelessly each week to grow some of the produce we offer and also put together fresh produce boxes and do customer service in our food hub.

Unfortunately the Australian Government has again chosen to offer emergency food relief funding to Australia wide organisations only which means we can not even apply for funds.  Last time this happened there was no breakdown of where the money went in terms of state distribution so no one knows if any Federal $’s even came into Tasmania.  Crazy and frustrating.  Unfortunately no one from the Libs want to talk about it. No reply to emails or phone calls. We’ve had a reply from the Labor party – our local MP Justine Keay replied within minutes of receiving our email and Senator Urquhart is also on the case but there is nothing they can do except lobby for change.

Thankfully the Tasmanian Government support us and recognise the contribution we make and the need in Burnie area. They also know that supporting our social enterprise – micro green production and sales – helps bring in $’s that assist us in funding our work.

BUT the support we receive from the Tasmanian Government funds approximately one quarter of what we need to fulfil our potential which is why we are holding our GALA DINNER on October 27.

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Every ticket purchased puts you in the draw to win a one on one mentoring session with Richmond Football Club CEO, Brendon Gale (worth thousands) as well as enjoying an amazing degustation created for us by Joseph Bugg using local produce.  Click on the links to purchase your ticket and join us for what promises to be an amazing night.

This month we were also very excited to find our that we are finalists in the Good Food Awards – Food for Good Award – aren’t we fancy!! We will find out later this month if we are the winners but gosh how lovely to be in the company of some amazing organisations Australia wide.

Planning and planting is well under way in our tunnel house and market garden and the hot house is bursting at the seams with micro greens for our fabulous customers. Throw in a few sunny days and it will be perfection!

Have an amazing October, hopefully we will see you at our GALA!

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August on The Farm

PttP August 2018

This time last year our food hub was only open one day a week and 826 people accessed food.  This year we are back to being two days open plus delivering to elders in the community and providing boxes of produce for service providers working with clients in the community as well as an increasing number of school students.

In August 2018 the number of people accessing our service grew 227% to 2698 and we gathered and grew 6644 kilos of produce a massive increase in anyone’s reckoning.

No wonder we were all feeling a little hyper at the end of the month!!

So besides our regular growing, gathering and giving what else did we get up to?  Calves returned, this year six of them! They are part of Dairy Tas “Cows Create Careers” program and this bunch are delightful and delicious as always.  A big difference this year is that Burnie High School students who have chosen agriculture as an elective subject are looking after them and we can see the difference in the attention given.

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We also welcomed a new member to our already outstanding Board.  Simon Gates graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2005 with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, graduated with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 2001, and was President of the Law Student’s Association at the University of Tasmania in 2004.

In 2007, after living and working as a volunteer in East Timor in 2005 and 2006, he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia. Between 2007 and 2011 Simon was Crown Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor General for the State of Tasmania, during which time he acted as Junior Counsel for the State in a number of High Court Constitutional Law cases.

Simon was appointed Legal Advisor (2011) and then Senior Legal Advisor (2012-13) to the State Attorney-General before entering private practice.

In July 2017, Simon became a partner at McLean McKenzie & Topfer in Burnie.

Only the best for PttP!

We also had a visit from Dawn + Janine from the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.  During the school holidays they help an activity were participants got to decorate calico bags for us to use in our food hub.  Story to follow!!

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What will September bring?  Well the sowing of seeds in the hot house has already begun, the addition of all sorts of glorious matter to our veggie beds to make them super growing sources, the recruitment of new volunteers, the scale up of our micro green social enterprise, an apple crate garden instillation with our friends from the School of Special Education, Burnie as well as a couple of very exciting announcements. We also can expect an increase in numbers through the hub as people start to receive their winter heating bills.

We are all systems go!

If you would like to contribute to our good works you might like to apply to volunteer, donate produce or if you are time poor but $ rich you might like to make a one off or ongoing tax deductible donation.  Donations go towards delivery costs for our elder produce box service, mulch, seeds, tools etc for The Farm.

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Busy busy in the heart of Winter

July 2018 on The Farm

While much of the country is experiencing drought, we on the NW Coast of Tasmania are experiencing ALL the rain.  Muddy boots, muddy eggs, muddy chooks, muddy roads, muddy container toilet instillation!

Our fresh food hub/emergency food relief/fresh food lifeline/call it what you like is open two days each week. Produce was accessed from us 1627 times in July.  That’s 400+ tummies with fresh, locally grown produce each week. We are incredibly proud of the service we provide and are privileged to assist our community. A huge shout out to our volunteers who grow, gather and give to help make this happen.

Micro green central aka our hothouse has ramped up production as we prepare for the opening of our Patron Ben Milbourne’s much anticipated restaurant Charlotte Jack and we are proud to supply local eateries Verona, Palate, Delish + Illume as well.  Remember to support your local because that way you are supporting local producers as well!  If you would like to purchase our micros get in touch and we will bring you some samples. You won’t be disappointed as our feedback to date is 100% satisfaction! The income we earn from our micro green social enterprise goes towards the running of our farm and our elder produce box home delivery service.

We have also started to sow our spring crops in the hothouse – it is a warm and cosy hive of activity at the moment!

Teaser: Watch this space for a couple of announcements. A grand opening and an event you won’t want to miss…

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