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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Launch of our Home Delivery Veggie Boxes for Elders

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The first of our Burnie produce boxes for elders were delivered today! 

We strongly believe as a community we need to look after these important people and after hearing stories from some of our customers about the lack of funds (sometimes a food budget of $20 a week after outgoings) and the lack of mobility or transport for others – we decided to do something about it.

As with our food hub, we ask no questions of people accessing our services.  It’s all about trust.  Dignity and trust.

Head over here to find out all the details…

 

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Our week on The Farm

Produce to the People Tasmania September week 2 2015

This week another two of our WFD volunteers found some paid work and we are so happy for them.  The Farm gardens are bursting with new and old growth and we continue to get giddy when we enter the hothouse and see new shoots popping up through the soil.  We sent one of our young food hub customers home with a box of greens to grow at home – spinach and rocket and lettuce – we can’t wait to hear back how his growing has gone. And we have put the wheels in motion to begin a veggie box delivery service to the elders in our community who deserve access to fresh fruit and veggies grown, gathered and given with love.

b and w carrot line drawing