August on The Farm

PttP August 2018

This time last year our food hub was only open one day a week and 826 people accessed food.  This year we are back to being two days open plus delivering to elders in the community and providing boxes of produce for service providers working with clients in the community as well as an increasing number of school students.

In August 2018 the number of people accessing our service grew 227% to 2698 and we gathered and grew 6644 kilos of produce a massive increase in anyone’s reckoning.

No wonder we were all feeling a little hyper at the end of the month!!

So besides our regular growing, gathering and giving what else did we get up to?  Calves returned, this year six of them! They are part of Dairy Tas “Cows Create Careers” program and this bunch are delightful and delicious as always.  A big difference this year is that Burnie High School students who have chosen agriculture as an elective subject are looking after them and we can see the difference in the attention given.

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We also welcomed a new member to our already outstanding Board.  Simon Gates graduated from the University of Tasmania in 2005 with a Bachelor of Laws with Honours, graduated with a Bachelor of Science with First Class Honours in 2001, and was President of the Law Student’s Association at the University of Tasmania in 2004.

In 2007, after living and working as a volunteer in East Timor in 2005 and 2006, he was admitted as a Barrister and Solicitor of the Supreme Court of Tasmania and the High Court of Australia. Between 2007 and 2011 Simon was Crown Counsel in the Office of the Solicitor General for the State of Tasmania, during which time he acted as Junior Counsel for the State in a number of High Court Constitutional Law cases.

Simon was appointed Legal Advisor (2011) and then Senior Legal Advisor (2012-13) to the State Attorney-General before entering private practice.

In July 2017, Simon became a partner at McLean McKenzie & Topfer in Burnie.

Only the best for PttP!

We also had a visit from Dawn + Janine from the Burnie Regional Art Gallery.  During the school holidays they help an activity were participants got to decorate calico bags for us to use in our food hub.  Story to follow!!

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What will September bring?  Well the sowing of seeds in the hot house has already begun, the addition of all sorts of glorious matter to our veggie beds to make them super growing sources, the recruitment of new volunteers, the scale up of our micro green social enterprise, an apple crate garden instillation with our friends from the School of Special Education, Burnie as well as a couple of very exciting announcements. We also can expect an increase in numbers through the hub as people start to receive their winter heating bills.

We are all systems go!

If you would like to contribute to our good works you might like to apply to volunteer, donate produce or if you are time poor but $ rich you might like to make a one off or ongoing tax deductible donation.  Donations go towards delivery costs for our elder produce box service, mulch, seeds, tools etc for The Farm.

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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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