It’s our Farmiversary!

PttP was born in the summer of 2009 and we have had quite a few changes in the model of how we do business over the years.  By far our most exciting and loved version is the one we are living right now – on The Farm at Burnie High.

This week we are celebrating three years on The Farm.

This is how we found The Farm.  More animal sanctuary than produce producing.  A blank canvas.  First job – contain and re-home all those free ranging beasties.

then PttP farm

A lot of love…

and then this PttP

and look what you can do when you have funds to pay staff!!

and when you have staff

Of course the community support we get with food donations and corporate volunteering – Lion, Wynyard Seafoods, Golden Grain Bakery, Woolworths, Second Bite, Costas, local farmers, backyard growers, Caterpillar. A special shout out to our Patron, Ben Milbourne who makes sure we appear in every series he produces!  This is #communityfood in action.

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And the Burnie High staff and students.  Big love…

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Our gold star volunteers make The Farm a family.  We’ve included our friends from Multicap and the Burnie School of Special Education here.  BIG LOVE to all past and present.

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You know we are nothing if not determined.  Even though we are down to one part time employee, our volunteer family has grown to 25.  Hopefully we can get The Farm back to primo production this summer.

We know the massive difference we make in our community and we have shown we are here for the long run.  In 2016 we had over 17,000 people access fresh, nutritious food via our service and we grew and gathered over 80,000 kilos of produce.

In the lead up to TEN YEARS of Produce to the People (2019) you will continue to see us grow, gather and give.

If you would like to be a part of our PttP family you can pop in on one of our Volunteer Orientation hours held every second Tuesday of the month at 11am and/or head to give now to make a donation.

BIG LOVE to all from PttP founder, Penelope and the Produce to the People Board

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Multicap to the People!

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One of the many wonderful things that has happened at Produce to the People is the magical relationship we have formed with Multicap.  For those who do not know Multicap:

“Multicap Tasmania provides a variety of services to meet the needs of people living with a disability, their families and carers. The services are designed to be flexible and diverse to meet the individual needs of people with a disability who require assistance. By helping people develop skills and by providing support we can assist people to participate fully in their community, to express their independence, choices and opinions.

“We promote a positive image of people with disabilities by providing a means of developing skills and maintaining current abilities, in a manner which is respectful of the individual person’s age and health and considerate of their requests and choices”.

As well as… “Making full use of community opportunities to maximise each person’s potential and enhance their quality of life”.”

Every week we have a team who come out to The Farm and help out in the garden. Esther is the dynamo support worker and she supports Tony and Darren.  She is a powerhouse and her work ethic impacts directly on her offsiders.  We have seen big changes in Tony and Darren over the time they have been with us – they are all a valuable part of our volunteer family.

We are VERY pleased to say we are about to expand our ties thanks to a small grant received via Mercy Foundation.

Watch this space – more to come when we return from our winter break……

 

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March on The Farm

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It’s the end of March, the end of summer.  A crazy, produce filled summer!

We’ve done the calculations and can tell you that in March we saw 689 people through our gate and gathered 424 loaves of bread, 1782 rolls, 2640 kilos of gathered produce and we grew 761 kilos ourselves.

Our veggie box deliveries to elders are being very well received – remember if you know someone who might benefit from a home delivery of fresh produce each week get in touch.  We are LOVING doing the deliveries in Burnie and Wynyard.

Burnie HIPPY group visiting PttP on The FarmWe had the most delightful visit from the Burnie HIPPY group – nothing says joy like 20 or so kiddies with their mums wandering through The Farm smelling herbs, feeding alpacas and chooks, planting seeds and harvesting potatoes and nachis!  If you have a group who might like to visit head over here to make an initial enquiry.

Our awesome new chook house is almost complete and I have heard we might be getting some new silkies to replace the ones that “disappeared”.  Hopefully these will stay with us much longer.

PTTP Inc held its AGM and our wonderful board member’s details can be seen over here.

We also managed to put in one awesome grant application and if we are successful it will mean just SO MUCH GOOD for PttP.  Cross everything for us? We will find out in July if we have been successful.

If you would like to support our work you can head over to Give Now to make a donationWe are ALL about fresh produce, food access with dignity for all.

And now, we would very much like some rain, lots of it – a rain dance might be in order!

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

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