We’re back with a plan and a share if you care

Midwinter breaks are good for many reasons – for sleep-ins, you get to work on your own garden, you don’t have to respond to emails or read/watch the news, and you get a break from what can sometimes be a whole lot of overwhelm.

Luckily for us just before we took our break a lot of really interesting things happened.  We got to chat with the Deputy Premier, Jeremy Rockliff about how politically we could position ourselves for more government attention, we spent time with our Patron, NW Tassie champion and all round good guy  and go getter Ben Milbourne who not only filmed an episode of his show Food Lab by Ben Milbourne on site but, we also got some incredibly positive feedback on a couple of products we will be producing for his soon to be open restaurant in Providore Place that is part of the Devonport Living City development. We also spoke in house – the board and volunteers and founder/GM Penelope (me) – about what PttP will look like over the next six months or so.

First exciting cab off the rank is the reintroduction of our home delivery of veggie boxes to elders in our community.

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You may remember we received some funding a while back (now long expended) that saw us deliver 50 + veggie boxes to people in our community who were not only doing it tough, but also had no way of getting to us on The Farm where our food hub is open during the week.  We were over subscribed at the get go and fed a lot of people but it did get a little out of hand in terms of the people we were delivering to.  Its always going to be a bit of a challenge for us and our “ask no questions” policy but this time we are doing things a little differently.

There will be guidelines as to who we can deliver to, and as this is a self/community funded project we are starting with elders only who have no transport who live in the Burnie+Somerset+Wynyard areas.

But there is a but………

This time we are asking you to help us by donating $25 each month for a minimum 12 months.  This money will go towards vehicle costs mostly but also pantry staples to add depth to our boxes.  We think this a great way your office or family or service group, or footy club could make a big difference in the life of some of our most vulnerable elders.

You can head over to our give now page where we have set up a “Produce to the Elders” cause page so you can easily contribute.

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We know our Produce to the People community is generous to a fault – the more people you share this opportunity with the more elders will receive a box of fresh produce each week.

Click a few buttons and lets make this happen!

 

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2016 in review

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It’s been a pretty amazing 2016.

We’ve very much settled into our new home on The Farm at Burnie High – in fact we celebrated our two year anniversary there this year – that’s seven years PttP has been around, two of those on The Farm – we hope we will be able to stay for years to come as our model of growing, educating and giving really does work so well.

Growing:

We have expanded our growing space – then contracted it due to weather – all that rain! – and the loss of staff members. We need to give such huge thanks to Kim who was our Farm Manager for the first part of this journey. Unfortunately due to lack of funding we had to set her free and that has meant we have been without a key person to manage the maintenance, planning and general everyday everything grounds of this size really need. Let’s just say it’s been a challenge but we are muddling through quite well.

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Gathering:

We have been absolutely thrilled to receive produce this year from LION and COSTA. All that cheese and all those strawberries!! We continue to send BIG love to GOLDEN GRAIN BAKERY, WOOLWORTHS and SECOND BITE who have generously donated wonderful produce to help us out in the food hub, and to the FARMERS and BACKYARD GROWERS who have also brought in unexpected treasures (like salmon at XMAS time!) In fact we gathered and grew just over 41,000 kilos of produce in 2016.

We’ve also been gathering an awesome team of volunteers. We know we are doing well based on the gold star quality people we attract!

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Giving:

We have had huge numbers through our Burnie gate this year and it has been our greatest pleasure to feed our community. 9342 have accessed our fresh food in 2016 – a 79% increase on last year – remember our food hub is only open two days each week.

Plus approx. another 8000 via our remote food access no-judgementservice that extends from Smithton through to Launceston. These numbers have increased partly due to our home delivery service to elders and others and theassistance we give to local schools.

 

Other news:

Produce to the People became an Incorporated Association in 2016 so behind the scenes there is an amazing bunch of people assisting with all manner of things – please head over to our governance page to find out more about them. We thank the Department of Premier and Cabinet for funding us, and WD Booth Trust for enabling us to get our veggie box home delivery project operational – the project that grew so huge we had to put a lid on it. Also a shout out to all the marvelous people who have made individual contributions to our program, every $ helps feed the most vulnerable in our community.

 

So, what does 2017 hold?

We have plans in place for 2017 and beyond, two versions in fact – one if we get funding for staff and one if we don’t.

Obviously we want to focus on the “WE WILL GET FUNDING TO IMPLEMENT OUR SOCIAL ENTERPRISE / JOB CREATION” model and we are furiously working behind the scene to make this happen.  As always watch this space.img_0003

 

We hope you all enjoy a wonderful summer and remember to grow, gather, give and love the one you’re with xx

 

Penelope Dodd | Founder and Program Leader

Relationships. Community. Life.

Pttp week that was august 2015 week 4

Some of the stories shared with us on The Farm this week have been so heartbreaking. Tears welling up, hugs required, head shaking, heart pounding……and we are merely hearing the stories – not living them.

I’m not sure if many of us stop to think about how others in our community might be travelling. I know I can get caught up in my own randomly tumbling self absorbed thoughts at times but this week….This week has been a little overwhelming.

Domestic violence and the ways our courts are seemingly doing very little to protect women and children. The implications this has for extended family. A man, so ill he could barely catch his breath coming in to access fresh food – he had spent weeks in hospital after “surviving” on food that was clearly past its fit for consumption status. An increase in the numbers of elderly people coming into the hub to access fresh food. Women so distressed – they never thought they would have to visit a space like ours for food. I do not want to think about how many others are out there too ashamed to seek assistance.

This is not the kind of community I want to live in.

I attended a forum during the week, you can catch it here on ABC i view for a little while. Lots of talk about future prospects in the NW, some shaming of people from a place of priviledge, but not much discussion about how we make sure the most vulnerable in the community are being cared for. Given there was only 30 minutes allocated for the discussion we can forgive this omission, but I believe this has to be a part of every discussion we have about the present and future of our region.

Remember, if you would like to support Produce to the People you can do so for a teeny tiny $25 investment.  Hit that button once, or twice or more times if you wish! All money goes towards establishing a social enterprise so we can continue to grow, gather and give.

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