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.

$25 elders ad

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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NEWS. FLASH!!

PttP and Bens Menu

We are so very pleased to announce Ben Milbourne as our Patron. Ben and his crew have spent the day with us on The Farm at Burnie High filming an upcoming episode of Ben’s Menu with lots of veggies and cooking and student interaction.  It’s been quite the day!

To top that, we are also launching a campaign to try & get 4000 people to invest $25 to help us sustain Produce to the People outside of grants and into fully fledged social entrepreneurship. Head over to producetothepeopletasmania.com.au and be one of the first to give!

Grow, gather, give AND love the one you’re with!

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Thanks for your support!

A quick message of thanks to ALL who have supported Produce to the People Tasmania this year.

We’ve had our ups (moving into The Farm on Burnie High, receiving the only Tasmanian AMP Tomorrow Fund grant, starting to grow our own food) and downs (ALWAYS about missing out on funding – but we do now have a commitment from the State Govt to fund us for the next 3 years which is a bonus) but we can absolutely say that 2015 is going to be AMAZING.  A few changes behind the scenes and lots of things happening that you will all see!

We had our busiest day ever on The Farm yesterday with triple our usual number of people coming through to access #freefood it gives us heart to know we are on the right track as always to support our community and in turn our community supports us.  Nice!

Have the best few days that you can, and we’ll see you in the New Year.

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

The Produce to the People People xx

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