New Year, New Board, New Vision

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Media Release: 11 January 2017

For Immediate Release

 

New Year, New Board, New Vision

Produce to the People has welcomed some new faces to their board’s executive at their AGM this week, adding considerable experience, skills and energy to the social enterprise. Former Vice President Dr Polly McGee has taken on position of President, she is joined by Ms Cat Gale-Stanton as Vice President, Ms Tanya Trost as Treasurer and Ms Jo Smith taking on the role of Secretary. Ms Amina Keygan remains in her role as Public Officer.

The new board is working closely with Founder and General Manager Ms Penelope Dodd to realise the organisations strategic vision of growing Produce to the People as a vibrant social enterprise with its own revenue stream.

“I’m thrilled to be continuing on my work with Produce to the People as President, and along with the board and General Manager, single pointedly pursuing the organisation transitioning from existing on donations and transient funding to creating our own sustainable revenue,” Said Dr McGee.

“The people of the North West community that we serve are the reason we all contribute the time and energy we do. We need to make Produce to the People a stable fixture that they can rely on.”

Founder Penelope Dodd acknowledged the work of the previous inaugural board members at the AGM, citing their willingness and faith to step up and in when the organisation became incorporated 12 months ago.

“Having a skills based board is critical for a lean organisation like Produce to the People. In the new executive we have significant local and international experience in commercialisation, funding, traditional and digital media, communications strategy, financial management, NGO’s, social enterprise, demography, nutrition and permaculture,” Ms Dodd said.

“We are all excited to get our hands dirty – literally and metaphorically with our plans for creating revenue streams to support and grow the food hub and farm. Our dream is to be able to not only develop fresh and value added products here at the farm, but to train and employ local people.”

Produce to the People is a social enterprise based in Burnie on the Burnie High School Farm. It provides fresh food grown at the farm and donated by individuals and businesses free to local people with food security issues. In 2016 demand for the service grew by 76%. 41 tonnes of food was distributed to 9342 people in the Burnie area alone.

Recurring monthly donations can be made with a simple sign up here https://www.givenow.com.au/producetothepeople

To volunteer your time and expertise in the garden, to work in the food hub, or for corporate donations contact founder Penelope Dodd on 0409 484 152 or producetothepeople@ymail.com

Media enquiries to founder Penelope Dodd on 0409 484 152 producetothepeople@ymail.com or President Polly McGee 0488301143 px@pollymcgee.com

 

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Board Member Profile | Polly McGee VP

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Produce to the People Inc is supported by a fabulous Board, including the amazing Dr Polly McGee.

Please tell us who you are

I’m a jack of all trades, one part author, and many parts assorted thinker, do-er, teacher, self-explorer, yogi, kirtaneer and dog patter. I’ve worked in kitchens, bars and restaurants from frantic to fancy, managed multi-million dollar innovation grants programs, advised hundreds of start-ups on how to refine their business ideas and source funding, taught commercialisation and entrepreneurship for MBA and undergrads, and championed causes from a variety of soapboxes, lecterns and stages. I’m co-founder and Vice President of Startup Tasmania and run a boutique digital strategy consultancy advising Government, Not for Profit and private sector clients. My novel Dogs of India has been out since December 2015 and am currently writing my new book and retreat program called Bhakti Business, due for release in March 2017, devoted to helping people to create heart centred enterprises through combining the ancient principals of yoga with contemporary lean startup practices.

What role do you fill on the PttP board and what strengths do you bring to that position?

I’m the Veep, and it’s one of my favorite board roles. I offer support to the President, step in when she isn’t available, sing the goodness of the organization to the rooftops, support our awesome Founder in her endless quest for funding and security. I bring a fair amount of experience on boards to this role, and understand the issues of governance that we are all responsible for. As PttP is largely funded through small contributions which leads invariably to concerns about ongoing operations, part of my role is to be able to move in an agile way from working in a governance role to an operational mindset. My commercial business background, work with social entrepreneurs and strengths in product development and ideation all come into their own here.

How does being a part of PttP enrich your life?

I choose very carefully the organisations I work on volunteer boards for as time is limited and I want to make sure that the ones I work for I wholly give myself to. I love the PttP ethos and philosophy, as a bhakti yogi the giving of food and love and all that entails in terms of helping people are core to my values, so that enriches my life a lot. In a wealthy State like Tasmania, it is inconceivable that the volume of people in the NW alone are seeking food support, and making any contribution to allying that situation is meaningful work.

What is your favourite vegetable and why?

Oh, the hardest question of all. I feel I want to do this by seasons so I can fit a few in. There is definitely not a single desert island vegetable, but for its diversity alone, I’ll go with cauliflower.

Recipe share – the one thing you cook over and over again?

My absolute go to comfort food is soft polenta. I love it and can (and do) eat it endlessly, for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Particularly in winter. Its quick, simple, rib sticking and so tasty. This will serve 4, or one, depending on how much you love polenta and who is watching how much you can smash into your polenta hole.

1 cup quick cooking polenta

3 cups vegetable stock

big lump of local butter

grated parmesan cheese volume based on how much you love it

1 bag spinach leaves

salt and pepper.

Boil stock, slowly pour in polenta and whisk until it is combined, and begins to bubble like lava. Being careful of lava splashes, stir regularly and turn down and put a lid on it. Chop spinach and stir through, until wilted, throw in a lump of butter, stir though, the consistency should be of a thick soft porridge. Stir through some parmesan, serve in deep bowls with more parmesan, close your eyes and thank your personal deity for having nutritious food so readily available.

If money was no object, what would be your PttP dream?

I would like the organization to have secure ongoing funding. I would like several staff members to grow significant amounts of fresh food, staff to train people in growing food, staff to train in value adding and cooking and preservation. I would have a fully functioning kitchen on site at the farm to train in, and a fully loaded food truck as a mobile training kitchen to go out into remote areas and deliver services. I would have a significant delivery service for elders and those in our community that are unable to make it to the hub, with weekly deliveries of veges, fruit and staples. PttP as a concept is only limited by revenue. With funding security, value added products can quickly bring additional revenue and be invested back into the organization. More locals fed, more locals employed, more dignity, more respect, better heath and everyone wins.

You can find out more about our VP here 

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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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