February on The Farm

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Garlic harvest | Chook Dome grand opening | Gorgeous new volunteers | First Garlic sales to local cafe Palate | We were on the first episode of Andy and Ben Eat Australia! | Jam made | Kinglsey finished with us – end of projects suck big time | BHS students kicking goals on The Farm | A new corporate volunteering relationship with Caterpillar | AND we fed 871 people, an increase of 55% on last February and grew and gathered 3.2 tonne of produce!

If you would like to support our farm and food hub you might like to volunteer, grow for us or make an ongoing donation.  Every little bit helps us help our community in ways you will be amazed. 

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Volunteers – WE NEED YOU!

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We are on the look out for more lovely volunteers because our farm and food hub won’t survive unless we get some more bodies on board, stat!

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES

We are looking for FOOD HUB HELPERS on Thursday’s.  You will rock up at around 9:30 and help unload the van of bread and produce, help sort it, make the food hub look bountiful, then assist with filling shelves and generally being a ray of light in the hub.  A little bit of sweeping and bob’s your uncle!

WEEDERS,  MULCHERS + WATERERS also needed on Tuesday’s and Thursday’s.

You will need a working with vulnerable people check to volunteer with us as we are on school grounds.

Head over to our VOLUNTEER page to find out more and to complete the preliminary paperwork. 

 

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Eat Australia!

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He’s been a MasterChef, and soon a restaurateur, but Tasmanian-born chef Ben Milbourne’s hometown is still firmly front of mind.

Along with good mate and MasterChef 2012 winner, Andy Allen, Milbourne paid a special visit to the Burnie farm of Produce to the People to film an episode of the pair’s new food series Andy and Ben Eat Australia.

“I was extremely proud to show Andy Produce to the People during the Eat Australia series,” Milbourne said.

“The series focuses on what makes Australian food culture the best in the world and a huge component of that is organisations such as PttP who use food to bring people together.”

Milbourne has been the patron of the social enterprise emergency food relief and produce gathering and giving organisation sine May, 2015.

“I have always been extremely supportive of the concept of PttP. I take any chance I can get to showcase the best of not only our state but our humanity, to a wider audience, Milbourne said.

“Hopefully people seeing an organisation like PttP will have them think about how they can use food to support their community.”

PttP began in 2009 when social entrepreneur and founder Penelope Dodd found herself with surplus tomatoes. Since then it has grown to provide fresh produce to those in need. PttP became incorporated in 2015, and operates a two-acre farm within the grounds of Burnie High School.

“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,” Ms Dodd said.

Produce to the People Tasmania has grown from a seed of an idea to now include Coast-wide collection of excess backyard grown fruit and veg, gathered then given to those in the community who might benefit from some home grown with love produce.

“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.”

Andy and Ben Eat Australia premiers on Wednesday February 15 at 9.30pm on SBS Food Network and Produce to the People features in episode 1.

To support Produce to the People you can set up a one off or ongoing donation here

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