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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Introducing you to Kingsley…

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Kinglsey is the newest member of the Produce to the People team, he is one of our work for the dole supervisors and all round nice guy.  (Fun fact: He is applying for the Australian version of Survivor and we think he will be SO AWESOME as a contestant).

I asked him for his bio and this is what he gave me…

Is the way we grow our food worth the damage it causes the environment?  

We humans with our superior intellect and opposable thumbs transform the landscape to our needs and impose our will upon all other life. We cut down forests, dam rivers,  grow animals in pens,  spray poisons on our fruit and vegetables, manipulate genetics, release viruses to control pests,  destroy habitats and kill animals to extinction, we plunder the oceans,  grow plants hydroponically and think it’s good, we deplete the soils of nutrients and replace it with chemicals and then pollute the earth with our by products and waste.

I’ve worked with cattle, goats, sheep and deer. I’ve worked on orchards, cropping farms and in forestry and the one thing they had in common is that they where monocultures, they were all grown in isolation, in a manipulated environment with the use of chemicals and sprays, vaccines and drenches.

I was talking to an old guy the other day, he grew up on a fifty acre farm at the back of Ulverstone and I asked him what they grew and he said everything. They butchered their meat, grew their vegies and milked the cows. Now we have such a disconnection with food and where it comes from. We have kids coming over to the farm that have never picked fruit from a tree or vegetables from the garden, that don’t see the connection between that live chicken and a piece of KFC. That haven’t seen how animals, plants and the soil are all interrelated.

I’ve been interested in permaculture since the early nineties when I first picked up a copy of an introduction to permaculture by Bill Mollison and David Holgram. The ethics of permaculture, care of the earth, care of people and the sharing of surplus. The principles, integrate rather than segregate, use and value diversity, produce no waste, obtain a yield, observe and interact, it just made sense to me.

I’m thankful to be given this opportunity to work with Produce to the People and the Burnie High School. To have this chance to pass on some of my knowledge and to incorporate permaculture design principles into the school farm. To help create a sustainable community garden, where surplus in given away, where kids can pick fruit from a tree, where you can walk through a food forest and see the different foods ripen with the seasons. To see the interaction between plants and how they can benefit each other. Maybe one day one of the kids passing through the farm might lead the way to a more sustainable, holistic, chemical free, farming future.

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