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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Veggie bake made with love by BHS students!

BHS PttP veggie bake

Look at this lovely veggie bake made with love by Miss Smith and the Burnie High FOOD options class!  Most of the ingredients via our food rescue including the potatoes, asparagus, celeriac and onions.  Winning!

Available in our Food Hub this week.

Here is the recipe!

Ingredients:

4 potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced

3 – 4 asparagus spears, thinly sliced

½ C celeriac, cut into small cubes

½ C diced bacon

1 onion, diced

½ C cream or milk

½ C cup grated cheese.

Pepper to taste

Method:

Preheat oven to 180°C.

Spread half of the potatoes in a layer in the base of a greased ovenproof dish. Add half the celeriac, asparagus, onion, bacon, cream and cheese.

Repeat with a layer of potatoes, then the remaining celeriac, asparagus, onion, bacon, cream and cheese.

Finish the last top layer with cheese.

Bake in the oven until potatoes are tender and top is browned. About 20 – 25 minutes.

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You may say “rip off”, we say “walk a mile in my shoes”…

Invest in produce to the people

We get asked at least once a month if we think some of the people are coming to our food hub to “rip us off”. My response is the same each time – “I am guessing you have never been in a position where you have not had the money to buy food for yourself or your family?”

It does frustrate me and I think perhaps says more about the person asking the question.

Each day we see people admittedly ashamed that they have to come to see us and I think that is a shame. I think as a community we can stand by those that might be doing it tough for a couple of weeks, or a couple of months, or a couple of years for you never know when it might be you.

I’ve only walked in my own shoes but I would like to think that my community would look after me if I were ever in need.

There is a way you can help us continue to be there. You can invest $25 in Produce to the People and we will invest that money in one of our social enterprise ideas that will see us not only become financially self sufficient which means we can continue to run our food hub, but hopefully create local employment outcomes and more opportunities for the students at Burnie High and the wider community to participate on The Farm.

If you click on the “invest” link you are a couple of clicks away from being a part and PLEASE share the link far and wide so we get only closer to our target.

What kind of community do you want to be a part of?

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

NB: Here are links to the stats you see in the main image: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-10-08/food-waste-value-australia/4993930  and  http://www.heartfoundation.org.au/driving-change/current-campaigns/local-campaigns/Pages/Healthy-Food-Access-project.aspx

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