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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Our new Patron – Brendon Gale, CEO Richmond FC

 

 

Richmond Chief joins Produce to the People

Produce to the People is delighted to announce its new patron, former north-west Coaster and CEO of the Richmond Football Club, Brendon Gale.

Produce to the People (PttP) , which operates a food relief hub, social enterprise and four-season farm on The Farm at Burnie High School welcomed Gale as its patron in May.

Gale has remained deeply connected to the Coast, long after leaving to join the Tigers as a young player in 1990.

Gale, who returns to Tassie regularly, took the opportunity to tour The Farm with PttP’s founder and general manager Penelope Dodd and Board President Catherine Gale-Stanton (Gale’s sister), in October 2017.

Brendon and Cat Gale

“They do a lot with very little,” Gale said. “Thousands of the region’s most vulnerable visit the farm to access the fresh food that PttP provides, and that number is growing. But, like many volunteer-run charities, the funding doesn’t grow alongside that increased need.”

“I’m humbled and happy to help where I can,” Gale said.

PttP’s founder Penelope Dodd was excited to welcome Gale, alongside celebrity TV chef Ben Milbourne, who is PttP’s first patron.

“We are thrilled Brendon is joining us as patron,” PttP founder and GM Penelope Dodd said.

“His connection to the Coast is so strong, and it’s clear he wants to see the best for the place where he grew up. We are immensely grateful to our donors, but we run on the smell of an oily rag; to continue to grow, gather and give we also need help from the community.

“We have recently been given Deductible Gift Recipient status, which makes donations tax deductible. We rely heavily on donations, fortunately DGR status makes donating to a charity an even more rewarding decision.”

In May this year 2146 people accessed fresh food from the Produce to the People food hub, a 26% increase on 2017.

“We provide an essential service for a growing number of people in our community who are in need,” Ms Dodd said.

“We are looking forward to our new patron’s role in helping PttP continue its role in the community.”

To find out how you can assist PttP click on this link.

 

Produce to the People

Penelope Dodd                   0409 484 152

Catherine Gale-Stanton    0419 257 626