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news december 2018

Hi all, with Christmas and a New Year just around the corner we thought we would give you the latest on what’s happening at Produce to the People.

Last night we held our Annual General Meeting as well as a General Meeting of our Board and there are a few changes at the helm.

We are so grateful to our outgoing President Catherine Gale-Stanton for the wonderful work she has done for Produce to the People over the past year – that gala would never have happened without her! Catherine has been a great asset to PTTP and her work, along with that of the Board, staff and volunteers has left us in a great position moving forward.

We are ever so pleased to introduce the new PttP Board: Dr Amina Keygan steps up from her VP role to become our new President and Corey Speers is our new VP.  Claire Smith remains as Treasurer and Simon Gates as Public Officer.  Our Secretary role remains a shared one.  General Board Members remaining are Penelope Dodd, Michelle Williamson, Lee-Anne Mundy and we are pleased to welcome new general Board members Steph Prendergast and Harry Cuthbertson.

We are thrilled that as of next year Burnie High will be getting a two day a week Farm teacher and happy to have that teacher, Steph Predergast join the PttP Board. More kids on The Farm more often…….brilliant!

Our other big news is that our founder and hands on everything person, Penelope Dodd is leaving her hands on role after a rollercoaster nine years as GM.  Fortunately she will continue to have an influence on the future of PTTP by remaining on the Board. The Board takes this opportunity to thank Penelope for her outstanding contribution, which has played a significant role in us continuing to grow, gather and give well into the future. And while it with sadness that we see her go, we look forward to an exciting year ahead of us with these changes on both the Board and on The Farm.

There will be more news to come as we firm up Penelope’s replacements and we’ll ensure to keep you posted.

The Produce to the People Board.

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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.

cows create careers 2018

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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Busy busy in the heart of Winter

July 2018 on The Farm

While much of the country is experiencing drought, we on the NW Coast of Tasmania are experiencing ALL the rain.  Muddy boots, muddy eggs, muddy chooks, muddy roads, muddy container toilet instillation!

Our fresh food hub/emergency food relief/fresh food lifeline/call it what you like is open two days each week. Produce was accessed from us 1627 times in July.  That’s 400+ tummies with fresh, locally grown produce each week. We are incredibly proud of the service we provide and are privileged to assist our community. A huge shout out to our volunteers who grow, gather and give to help make this happen.

Micro green central aka our hothouse has ramped up production as we prepare for the opening of our Patron Ben Milbourne’s much anticipated restaurant Charlotte Jack and we are proud to supply local eateries Verona, Palate, Delish + Illume as well.  Remember to support your local because that way you are supporting local producers as well!  If you would like to purchase our micros get in touch and we will bring you some samples. You won’t be disappointed as our feedback to date is 100% satisfaction! The income we earn from our micro green social enterprise goes towards the running of our farm and our elder produce box home delivery service.

We have also started to sow our spring crops in the hothouse – it is a warm and cosy hive of activity at the moment!

Teaser: Watch this space for a couple of announcements. A grand opening and an event you won’t want to miss…

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