You may say “rip off”, we say “walk a mile in my shoes”…

Invest in produce to the people

We get asked at least once a month if we think some of the people are coming to our food hub to “rip us off”. My response is the same each time – “I am guessing you have never been in a position where you have not had the money to buy food for yourself or your family?”

It does frustrate me and I think perhaps says more about the person asking the question.

Each day we see people admittedly ashamed that they have to come to see us and I think that is a shame. I think as a community we can stand by those that might be doing it tough for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, or a couple of years for you never know when it might be you.

I’ve only walked in my own shoes but I would like to think that my community would look after me if I were ever in need.

There is a way you can help us continue to be there. You can invest $25 in Produce to the People and we will invest that money in one of our social enterprise ideas that will see us not only become financially self sufficient which means we can continue to run our food hub, but hopefully create local employment outcomes and more opportunities for the students at Burnie High and the wider community to participate on The Farm.

If you click on the “invest” link you are a couple of clicks away from being a part and PLEASE share the link far and wide so we get only closer to our target.

What kind of community do you want to be a part of?

Grow, gather, give and love the one you’re with.

NB: Here are links to the stats you see in the main image: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/food-waste-value-australia/4993930  and  http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/driving-change/current-campaigns/local-campaigns/Pages/Healthy-Food-Access-project.aspx

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Innovation in the Food Industry @ UTAS Cradle Coast Campus

A bit of lobbying on our part has seen UTAS offer this Unit at the Cradle Coast Campus and we are super excited about it, and it is 100% tuition fee free!

The Australian Innovation Research Centre (AIRC) – a research centre in the Tasmanian School of Business & Economics at the University of Tasmania – is a leader in the field of innovation. The AIRC’s research informs its teaching with the Centre delivering units in the areas of organisational innovation, food innovation, commercialisation, and enterprisevia undergraduate, postgraduate and professional development programs.

Innovation in the Food Industry | Whether you’re producing, processing, packaging, purveying or presenting food, Innovation in the Food Industry will give you the tools and knowledge base to integrate innovation into your business strategy.

Topics covered include an understanding of creativity; application of innovation to the food industry at a business level; effects on commercialisation and entrepreneurship; food security and challenges to the food industry; regionalisation versus globalisation; innovation systems.

Local, national and international case studies will be drawn upon to illustrate this theory, as well as case studies of innovative food businesses and entrepreneurs. Additionally, guest speakers will be invited to provide their unique insight and knowledge into the industry.

DETAILS | This unit is web-dependent with a three day compulsory face to face component.

Dates: Online component commences – 11 August Face to face teaching dates – 23 & 24 August and 12 September

Venue: UTAS Cradle Coast campus – Building D – Room D201 Time: 9am to 5pm

Donwload the flyer for more information and please spread the word!

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