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Lovely backyard grown lemons gathered and given | a new Work for the Dole project begun | LOTS of hothouse action | farm tours with kinder kiddies | another super busy few weeks in the emergency food relief hub – we are assisting an average of 200 people each day we open  | can you help us fill our pantry by making a monthly donation of $25?  We only need 16 people/month to do this to be able to fully stock with pasta, cereal, eggs – the staples we can’t grow ourselves | BIG HUGS to our community – we love being a part of a place that knows kindness.

 

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2015 in review

Produce to the People | our week on The Farm November week 1 2015

The calculations have been done and we are all blown away by the Produce to the People stats for 2015.

5214 people visited our Emergency Food Relief hub in Burnie + an additional 2622 people had food delivered to them by people visiting the hub and via our outreach to Wynyard.  Our outreach food collection partner programs (based in Smithton, Ulverstone, East Devonport and Launceston) saw an additional 8000 people assisted.  That is a whopping 15,836 people.

Let’s pause to think about the actual EFR hub numbers….Burnie has a population of just under 20,000 people and we have seen 5214 come through our little door in 2015. Yes, we see some people more than once but a majority are unique visits.

In Burnie alone we have gathered 20,000 kilos of fresh produce, 20,769 rolls and 5243 loaves of bread.  This doesn’t include the ambient goods we purchase via Foodbank.

I am so proud of our team (staff, work for the dole participants, Burnie High students and our volunteers) who are all a part of making this happen.  Our Farm is going great guns with so much of the land now under production.  There is going to be so much produce to the people in 2016!

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More produce is a good thing because we imagine the numbers of people through our doors will increase and we will also be growing our produce box outreach program.  We will announce more about this, and a few other exciting projects, in the coming month.

So 2015.  Lots of fresh veggies, lots of people, lots of tv appearances!  A cool room, a new Patron, new relationships with generous farmers and lots of visits from interested community groups and school kiddies.

Lots of community love, which is what we are all about.

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

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Our week

Week on The Produce to the People Farm November Part 2 2015

Our week began with a visit from our Patron Ben Milbourne hosting a group of  journalists from Hong Kong, here as part of a Tourism Tasmania visiting journalists program.  They were very interested in what we do – offering a community solution to a community problem – and we were very happy to show them what we do. You can find out more about Craig Au Yeung here.

Craig Au Yeung and ben Milbourne

Our new veggie beds are looking so fine.  Lots of hard work by Kinglsey and his WFD crew – special shout out to Craig who has been digging like a pro whilst Dennis and Rodney have been clearing the fence lines and Tim has been a watering machine. Tomas has been making bed signs and setting up a capillary matting watering system in the greenhouse.  It is all go.

New beds on The Farm #PttPHQ

We had a record number of people through our Emergency Food Relief Food hub on Tuesday – 71 people in one day.  That’s a lot of people we are pleased to be able to assist with fresh produce and pantry staples.  Lots of people with big bills.  Lots of people who, by the time they have paid all their bills, have $40 a fortnight left for food.

Our EFR space has become a place where people come for food but also a chat.  We are very aware that we might be the only people some of our customers interact with from week to week. We become quite attached to our people and this week we were very sad to hear of the passing of one of our regular customers at the food hub who succumbed to his chronic illness. RIP.

As well as growing on The Farm we receive produce from a number of places, one savvy member of the public saw a paddock of broccoli was going to be ploughed back into the ground and hopped in there and saved us a few bags full.  It was MUCH appreciated.  It raises many questions about supply chain and food waste and contracts and the sometimes utter madness of the food system.

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

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