No one likes to admit it, but we are getting a little desperate.
Desperate for volunteers to work in our gardens.
This Tuesday we are holding our monthly volunteer orientation hour at 11 am and invite individuals, service organisations, schools and businesses to come along to see how you might be able to help us feed your community.
Join Burnie High School students, Caterpillar, Multicap and a host of individuals who already help out at various times. You might be able to assist once or twice a week, maybe once a month??
Whilst you are here, we have been throwing around some other ideas….Can you let us know if any of these options interest you?
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……
When one of your farmer buddies sends you a message on a Saturday arvo “Hey there Penelope. We have sgitloads of broccoli. Like 2000 heads that we can’t sell. Do you want it?” You, of course immediately go into action! Facebook post call out for volunteers. Txt to the TAPP teacher to ask for student assistance. BOOM. Within hours we had a team ready to head to the farm Monday morning.
One of the wettest weekends preluded the visit so we were thrilled to see bright sunshine on Monday. Trailer hooked up the convoy left our HQ at Burnie High for the 40 minute drive to Preston.
Why was there a field of broc available for us?
The weather. This field wasn’t due to be ready for harvest for another two weeks but mother nature had other ideas and our peeps were the winners.
An hour later we had harvested and we headed back to our farm to sort ready for the food hub opening on Tuesday morning.
What can you do with all that broccoli? Here are some links to totally delicious recipes. ENJOY!