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!!

BRAG bags

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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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.

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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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