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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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