Our new Patron – Brendon Gale, CEO Richmond FC

 

 

Richmond Chief joins Produce to the People

Produce to the People is delighted to announce its new patron, former north-west Coaster and CEO of the Richmond Football Club, Brendon Gale.

Produce to the People (PttP) , which operates a food relief hub, social enterprise and four-season farm on The Farm at Burnie High School welcomed Gale as its patron in May.

Gale has remained deeply connected to the Coast, long after leaving to join the Tigers as a young player in 1990.

Gale, who returns to Tassie regularly, took the opportunity to tour The Farm with PttP’s founder and general manager Penelope Dodd and Board President Catherine Gale-Stanton (Gale’s sister), in October 2017.

Brendon and Cat Gale

“They do a lot with very little,” Gale said. “Thousands of the region’s most vulnerable visit the farm to access the fresh food that PttP provides, and that number is growing. But, like many volunteer-run charities, the funding doesn’t grow alongside that increased need.”

“I’m humbled and happy to help where I can,” Gale said.

PttP’s founder Penelope Dodd was excited to welcome Gale, alongside celebrity TV chef Ben Milbourne, who is PttP’s first patron.

“We are thrilled Brendon is joining us as patron,” PttP founder and GM Penelope Dodd said.

“His connection to the Coast is so strong, and it’s clear he wants to see the best for the place where he grew up. We are immensely grateful to our donors, but we run on the smell of an oily rag; to continue to grow, gather and give we also need help from the community.

“We have recently been given Deductible Gift Recipient status, which makes donations tax deductible. We rely heavily on donations, fortunately DGR status makes donating to a charity an even more rewarding decision.”

In May this year 2146 people accessed fresh food from the Produce to the People food hub, a 26% increase on 2017.

“We provide an essential service for a growing number of people in our community who are in need,” Ms Dodd said.

“We are looking forward to our new patron’s role in helping PttP continue its role in the community.”

To find out how you can assist PttP click on this link.

 

Produce to the People

Penelope Dodd                   0409 484 152

Catherine Gale-Stanton    0419 257 626

 

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What ever have we been doing?

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Hi folks,

What a marvellous few months we have had on The Farm.  Here’s a little of what we have been up to:

In the first five months of 2018 there have been 7481 fresh food access touchpoints.  This is a combination of people who visit us face to face, those who access food via one of our support agencies (eg: mission, rural health, TAC) and those that receive a home delivery.

Some of the PttP volunteer team

Our team of up to 30 volunteers have contributed approximately 200 hours per week of time – we truly could not do what we do without them. This includes our farm and food hub vols, produce gatherers and board members.  If we use the Volunteering Tasmania value of volunteering calculator that adds up to a whopping $200,000 worth of value to our community over five months! If you would like to become a PttP Volunteer family member you should come along to one of our volunteer orientation hours held on the second Tuesday of each month at 11am.

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If you attend the Burnie Farmers Market you may have seen us there.  As part of our drive to become financially sustainable, and also spread the word about what we do, we load up the van each fortnight with produce grown in our market garden and sell, sell sell!!  We also have a range of microgreens under production in our hothouse – these delicious greens not only add vibrancy to your plate but pack a punch in nutritional value and heightened taste. If you think your local restaurant or café might like our produce please let them know to come visit us! Remember supporting local businesses and eating locally grown produce is great for your health, and the health of your community.

 Pea tendrils - part of the PttP micro green range

This year Burnie High School are offering Agriculture as a curriculum elective so we are seeing a whole new team of potential farmers on The Farm each week.  They are doing some weird and wonderful things with compost, chook and alpaca poo and learning how to prep and maintain their very own veggie beds as well as a lot of classroom based investigations.

IMG_1467We also continue to welcome our friends from the School of Special Education, Burnie who are now also holding their very own farmers market with produce they help to grow on our farm! When possible their market is held for staff and parents at their school.

Tasmanian Liberals + PttP Board Members

We were very grateful to the Tasmanian Liberals committing to increase our funding for the next term of government. This gives us a little bit of breathing space ie: means we don’t have to close our gates! And can concentrate a little more on the day to day operations of the organisation.. With a by-election coming up and a Federal election due in the next few months we would love to see the same financial commitment from the Federal/Australian Government as we currently receive NO support from them. What do you think?  Do you think organisations such as ours should receive sustained support from the Australian Government??  You might like to mention it to the candidates as they pound the pavements looking for support.

Speaking of money……did you know your donation to us is tax deductible?  You can make a one off or ongoing contribution by heading to our Give Now page.

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We will be increasing our hours of operation in July and have a couple of events coming up soon so watch this space. Also,  a very exciting announcement about a new PttP Patron.  Gosh its terribly difficult to not spill the beans right now…..but we are going to make you wait.

Happy winter!

With love,

Penelope + the PttP Team

 

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We’re back with a plan and a share if you care

Midwinter breaks are good for many reasons – for sleep-ins, you get to work on your own garden, you don’t have to respond to emails or read/watch the news, and you get a break from what can sometimes be a whole lot of overwhelm.

Luckily for us just before we took our break a lot of really interesting things happened.  We got to chat with the Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockliff about how politically we could position ourselves for more government attention, we spent time with our Patron, NW Tassie champion and all round good guy  and go getter Ben Milbourne who not only filmed an episode of his show Food Lab by Ben Milbourne on site but, we also got some incredibly positive feedback on a couple of products we will be producing for his soon to be open restaurant in Providore Place that is part of the Devonport Living City development. We also spoke in house – the board and volunteers and founder/GM Penelope (me) – about what PttP will look like over the next six months or so.

First exciting cab off the rank is the reintroduction of our home delivery of veggie boxes to elders in our community.

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You may remember we received some funding a while back (now long expended) that saw us deliver 50 + veggie boxes to people in our community who were not only doing it tough, but also had no way of getting to us on The Farm where our food hub is open during the week.  We were over subscribed at the get go and fed a lot of people but it did get a little out of hand in terms of the people we were delivering to.  Its always going to be a bit of a challenge for us and our “ask no questions” policy but this time we are doing things a little differently.

There will be guidelines as to who we can deliver to, and as this is a self/community funded project we are starting with elders only who have no transport who live in the Burnie+Somerset+Wynyard areas.

But there is a but………

This time we are asking you to help us by donating $25 each month for a minimum 12 months.  This money will go towards vehicle costs mostly but also pantry staples to add depth to our boxes.  We think this a great way your office or family or service group, or footy club could make a big difference in the life of some of our most vulnerable elders.

You can head over to our give now page where we have set up a “Produce to the Elders” cause page so you can easily contribute.

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We know our Produce to the People community is generous to a fault – the more people you share this opportunity with the more elders will receive a box of fresh produce each week.

Click a few buttons and lets make this happen!

 

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