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.

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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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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

A week in August

A week in August 2016

There’s a lot that goes into making Produce to the People tick on a weekly basis.  This week though special LOVE goes out to the gorgeous people that donated to make what we do such a joy:

We had pumpkins, lemons and parsley from backyards.

Coffee grinds and chaff from Infuse Coffee Burnie for our compost.

Bread from Golden Grain Bakery and Woolworths.

Trout and king fish from a fishmonger in Wynyard.

Boxes of goodies from the staff at Caterpillar Burnie

All sorts of produce from Second Bite.

And of course we have been enjoying LOTS OF CHEESE from Lion Co.

Plus produce grown and gathered from our own farm and tended by the wonderful Kim, Kinglsey and the WFD crew.

All this food was shared via 28 home deliveries and ten Primary School produce boxes, and another 120 homes via people visiting us in our food hub.

All in a weeks work.

PS: And a special shout out must go to our awesome vols Michelle, Caitlin and Margaret who gather and give!

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