Week 2 challenge – Grow your own! #tassievoregrower

This challenge is all about growing your own.

Whether you’re a seasoned professional or a gardening newbie who needs an extra excuse to get started – this is the challenge for you.

By sharing your photos and stories with us on facebook (#tassievoregrower) or emailing them to us at taslocavore@gmail.com you can go in the draw to win prizes from our friends at Good Life Permaculture and FIMBY so get amongst it (i.e. moist dirt and compost)!

Here’s what else we’ve got for you if you read on:fresh herbs

  • Why growing your own is so good
  • Tasmanian Growers Guide
  • Focus on: The Mulching Munchkins program #tassievorekids
  • Feature producer: 41° South Tasmania – Salmon and Ginseng
  • Feature food: Zucchini – Zucchini pizza base

Why is growing your own so good

If you still aren’t convinced here are some other reasons to get your hands dirty.

Growing your own fruit and vegetables:

  • Gives you more certainty about the food you eat – no hepatitis A scares in your backyard (we hope!).
  • Saves you money – provided you don’t buy too many fancy gardening tools or fashion wellies…
  • Actually counts as physical activity – unless you just have one of those alfalfa sprout trays…they probably aren’t that energy intensive.
  • Gives you a reason to compost and save the world by reducing food waste!

Plus you can take lots of photos of what you grow and use them as payback next time someone makes you sit through a slide show of their renovations.


No space? No worries!oregano caitlin

Herbs are very happy in pots and you can even grow other vegetables like tomatoes or zucchini. Thanks to our resident Tassievore balcony gardener Caitlin for this gorgeous snap of her thriving balcony oregano.

 


What to grow in Tasmania

No newsletter about growing your own food in Tasmania would be complete without a reference to our local patron saint of the veggie patch Peter Cundall. You can check out his growers guide here thanks to ABC local.


Focus on: The Mulching munchkins program #tassievorekids #tassievoregrower

There are some pretty awesome growing things going on in Tasmania’s Dorset region and the big movers and shakers aren’t really all that big.

Mulching Munchkins is a primary school food and agriculture program that teaches children about their food system and the role it plays in the wellbeing of their community.

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Green-thumbs: tomatoes at Bridport Primary

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Rhubarb farmer Jed Nicholls, with his ute full of rhubarb, teacher Deb Reid and some Mulching Munchkins.

The schools involved are Bridport Primary and Ringarooma Primary and the program supports students to become local food and farming experts. They not only learn about ‘paddock to plate’ but also about health, food security and the history of food production in the North East.

Activities in the classroom, school garden and at local farms teach the children about soil types, mulching, composting, planting, farm maintenance, food processing, transport and preparation. It all adds up to give the students a fantastic idea of what it might be like to be part of the next generation of farmers and food producers.

Originally funded by a Food for All Tasmanians grant in 2012 we are happy to report that Mulching Munchkins is still going strong and we can’t wait to see what those budding agriculturalists and food innovators come up with when they start their careers.

For more information contact Gretchen Long (03) 63525549 dorset@dhhs.tas.gov.au

For more information on our schools challenge #tassievorekids see the flyer.


New recipe alert!  Zucchini Pizza BaseZucch pizza base

Zucchini is a fantastic vegetable and very easy to grow but sometimes it’s easy to fall out of love when your zucchini plant over produces. We thought this tasty Zucchini Pizza Base recipe was a worthy addition to the list of regular recipes for using up a zucchini glut. Everyone needs a break from zucchini slice and zucchini cake at this end of the growing season after all.


Feature Producer

41° South Tasmania – Salmon and Ginseng

We think Tasmania is pretty special and unique but the team at 41°South are taking ‘special and unique’ to a whole new level.

41 degrees southNestled in northern Tasmania this beautiful farm raises salmon in a way that is easy on the environment. The salmon are raised in freshwater ponds for their whole lifecycle and the wastewater is filtered through a native wetland before being returned, in pristine condition, to the nearby rivulet.

These salmon are then processed into delicious products such as hot-smoked whole baby salmon and salmon rillettes. You don’t get much more special than that.

Now for unique: the farm also grows ginseng! Ginseng is a perennial plant prized for its fleshy roots that are used in traditional Chinese medicine. There is significant commitment involved in this crop as the roots are harvested only when the plant reaches 7-15 years! It’s worth checking out their Ginseng infused products if you are passing – they have honey, spice and tea.

You can also go in the draw to win a tour by sharing your #tassievoregrower pictures and stories with us via facebook or by emailing taslocavore@gmail.com.

Until next time, grow well.

 

 

Week 1 challenge #tassievorefoodforager

The mini-challenge for the first week #tassievorefoodforager is all about seeking out Tasmanian food and drinks…whether an old apple tree on the side of the road, a bottle of wine you haven’t tried before, or a recipe that has tweaked your interest.  We think it’s a great excuse to try something new or to seek out places that have a treasure trove of Tasmanian goodies on offer.

So get out there foraging and please let us know what you find!

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If you read on we have a few tasty digital treats for you.

Here’s the summary:


  • Your chance to win a Field Guide to Tasmanian produce (facebook competition) and week 1 of the challenge
  • Our fabulous newly updated market and farmers market spreadsheet (feel free to share with all those Excel fanatics in your life – you might convince them to Tassievore too!)
  • Getting kids involved – Schools challenge
  • Focus on Eat Well Tasmania’s Veg It Up campaign and the Veg Pledge – and it even has its own hashtag!! #vegitup

Win a Field Guide to Tasmanian Produce and week 1 #tassievorefoodforager

To celebrate the final few days before Tassievore month we have a facebook competition up and running – like and share our page by March 1st and you could win yourself a copy of the wonderful Field Guide to Tasmanian Produce!!

If you haven’t heard of it, it is basically like a travel guide for committed Tassievores and lists all the little spots that you can go to around the state to become a pro-tassievore food forager. Don’t forget to #tassievore!

The best bit is that the first week of the challenge is all about being a #tassievorefoodforager so we’re really giving the lucky winners a huge leg up. No need to thank us – you’re welcome.

Oh and it’s pretty too – here’s a happy snap:

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Make sure you share your foraging stories with us during the first week of Tassievore month– we have some great prizes to win (e.g. Tour of 41 degrees South Salmon and Ginseng Farm or a voucher from Harvest Feast!). You can share with us on facebook (#tassievorefoodforager) or, if you are a pre or post facebooker, you can send your stories and pictures to taslocavore@gmail.com. You can mail them to us as well, but we’re guessing that if you are reading this on the web then email or facebook are probably more your thing….


Markets and farmers markets of Tasmania #tassievorefoodforager

For those of you who don’t end up smugly toting around a Field Guide to Tasmanian Produce we have a new state-wide market list available as a spreadsheet on our shopping and cooking page – so once again we are easing your journey to local food foraging success.  It also acts as a handy segway to talking Tassievore with all your Excel spreadsheet loving amigos.


Schools challenge #tassievorekids

This year we really wanted to find a way to get more kids involved in eating and enjoying Tasmanian produce and, lucky for us, our friends from the Eat Well Tasmania Kids Coalition were excited to give us a hand.

The result is the supercalifragilisticexpialidocious Schools Challenge.

The idea is that primary school students will get out and about and challenge themselves to learn more about Tasmanian produce and our incredible growers and producers, or even just get busier growing their own.

There are lots of tips for getting involved in our schools flyer which has been sent round to all schools but (just in case) you may want to print a copy and get your darling littluns to indulge in some worthy pester power! “Please Miss/Ms/Mr/Mrs Tasmania-loving-teacher???” Or you can try skipping the middleman/child and pester the teacher yourself!

Primary school classes that share their stories with us via email (taslocavore@gmail.com)or on facebook  (#tassievorekids) can go in the running to win a celebrity visit, a tassievore cooking workshop or, for MoveWellEatWell schools only CDs from the fabulous Vegetable Plot (stars of this years Sydney festival and winner of the Kids Fringe award at the Sydney Fringe 2014). What better way to celebrate Tasmanian vegetables than to serenade them with some vegetably appropriate tunes!


Veg It Up!!!

Just when you thought we couldn’t squeeze another hashtag into the newsletter here we go again: #vegitup

The VegItUp campaign is on now!!

If you haven’t heard about it VegItUp is Eat Well Tasmania’s campaign to get Tasmanians eating more of our delicious vegetables by taking the Veg Pledge (to eat an extra serve of veg a day for eight weeks).

To keep up with the action all you have to do is follow @EatWellTasmania on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and/or You Tube.

The good news is that there are some great prizes to be won and it’s as easy as sharing your favourite vegetable or vegetable dish on one of the social media platforms above and using the hashtag #vegitup

Prizes include cooking classes from Sally Wise, Otis Beanery and the Agrarian kitchen, plus some more Field Guides to Tasmanian Produce (you can have another little gaze at the picture above if you like – sigh – so lovely…)

We should probably also say that the Executive Officer of Eat Well Tasmania is on the Tassievore team but when you are encouraging people to eat and enjoy more vegetables there is really no conflict of interest that we can see.


That’s it for now Tassievoresters!

Thanks again to our team and the organisations and businesses that they represent:

Sustainable Living Tasmania

Produce to the People

Eat Well Tasmania (including the Eat Well Tasmania Kids Coalition: MoveWellEatWell; Family Food Patch and Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania)

The Heart Foundation

The Tasmanian Canteen Association

The University of Tasmania

Urban Harvest Tasmania

Stanton B and B

2015 LIVING LOCAL FEAST – Tickets on sale now

Join us for a 100% Tasmanian 3 course meal to celebrate the finale of the 2015 Tassievore Eat Local Challenge.  We even dehydrate sea water to make the salt!

Saturday, 11 April from 6pm in Hobart. Tickets available online now.

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Join us for a fabulous evening celebration of Tasmanian food!

Sustainable Living Tasmania in a not-for-profit organisation, which has been working throughout Tasmania for over 40 years. Our vision is for Tasmania to become a place the rest of the world looks to for inspiration on living happy, healthy and sustainable lives.  The Tassievore Eat Local Challenge is just one of the projects we are currently running to help create a more sustainable and prosperous Tasmanian community!

On 11 April, we will be cooking up a glorious feast, showcasing the amazing produce that Tassie has to offer and our bar will be stocked with some of Tasmania’s finest beer, wine and non-alcoholic brews.  There will be an auction of gourmet Tassie Treats, with all proceeds going to support our work.

Want to contribute?

We are looking for Tasmanian artists and producers to contribute items for our gourmet auction. If you have something that is homemade, home grown, created by you or showcases our beautiful state, we would love to hear from you!

We need volunteers on the day to help with preparing the food and venue for the feast as well as during the feast itself. If you are able to help between 10 – 5:30 pm or between 5 – 10:30 pm, please email lissa@slt.org.au.

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Countdown to Tassievore 2015 – locally grown all the way down to the hashtags #tassievore

It is less than a month until Tassievore 2015 and we are so excited (just like when you find your first ripe tomatoes)!

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To cut the suspense here is a list of what you will find if you read on:

  • Our weekly challenges for March
  • How you can get involved!
  • Our new and improved Tassievore Team
  • Your invite to our launch picnic in Hobart

Ok so, drum roll……

The 2015 challenges, complete with ultra on-trend hashtags, are:

Week 1 – Become a local food forager – discover a new place to buy Tasmanian produce or find it where you shop already.

  • #tassievorefoodforager

Week 2 – Grow fresh fruit and vegetables for yourself

  • #tassievoregrower

Week 3 – Support a local business that uses Tasmanian produce

  • #tassievorebusiness

Week 4 – Feast with your family and friends on great Tassie produce

  • #tassievorefeast

Our overall hashtag is #tassievore so if you aren’t sure, or if your post ticks all the challenge boxes just share the #tassievore love.

Anyone who shares their stories and pictures with us during the challenges will go in the draw for some great prizes including accommodation, books, growers’ calendar, tickets to the Living Local Feast and some other Tassievore treats.

Now we expect that you are also incredibly excited and just itching to get involved so here are our top ideas for doing just that!:

  • Send us your tips for being a Tassievore – what are your favourite recipes, restaurants, Tassievore friendly businesses, markets, events, farmers or producers. Like us on facebook and share your stories and photos during the challenge. If you don’t use facebook you can email us at taslocavore@gmail.com
  • Tell your friends about the Tassievore challenge – the more the merrier!
  • Check out the shopping and cooking page for recipes and places to buy Tasmanian food and drinks and visit the blog role (i.e scroll down) for inspiring stories from the previous challenges
  • If you are feeling technological why not use our hashtags on facebook or twitter – sadly we’re not 100% sure what they do but it seemed like a good idea at the time.
  • Do you have anything you could offer as a prize to entice other would-be Tassievores? We are totally volunteer run and a bit stretched to purchase fabulous prizes. Fortunately we aren’t too proud to beg.
  • If you need a small project in your life you could download and print the ‘We support Tassievore’ sign on the back of our e-flyer and stick them in your window or take a happy snap and share it on facebook or twitter. It should look something like this: Tassievore support poster
  • If you are a teacher or have kids at primary school why not try the Tassievore schools challenge – brought to you by our Tassievore partners (listed below) and MoveWellEatWell. If you share your stories with us your school can go in the running for a celebrity visit, a Tassievore cooking class and, for MoveWellEatWell schools only, a CD from the fabulous Vegetable plot (rumours are that once you hear these tunes you’ll be singing about vegetables for weeks!).  For all the details about the schools challenge click here. And the hashtag? #tassievorekids of course!
  • Finally we would love to hear from you if you have some time and energy to help us promote the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge within your local community and networks, for example: Taking posters around, recruiting your friends and colleagues and/or encouraging local eateries to highlight Tassie produce or even getting involved in the organising committee.

Our 2015 Challenge has attracted a few new fabulous team members and supporting organisations. We are thrilled to have Leah Galvin from the Heart Foundation, Nenita Orsino from Eat Well Tasmania, Julie Dunbabbin from the Tasmanian School Canteen Association, and Lisa West from Stanton B & B all on board this year! And we are so grateful that Penelope Dodd of Produce to the People, Kym Blechynden of Urban Farming Tasmania, Sandy Murray from the University of Tasmania, Lissa Villeneuve of Sustainable Living Tasmania, Serena King, Pen Clark and Caitlin Saunders are all still committed Tassievores for 2015.

We would also like to say a huge thankyou to our friends from Move Well Eat Well and the rest of the Eat Well Tasmania Kids Coalition (i.e. Family Food Patch and Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania) for partnering with us on the schools challenge. We are so excited to see what stories those budding primary-school Tassievores have to share with us.

Last but not least here is: Your invite to the Tassievore Launch at SLTs Pears and Flares Picnic in Hobart (RSVP by Feb 23rd – see invite for details)

Stay tuned for our next post which will be at the start of the challenge and send lots of happy thoughts and vibes to our gorgeous support organisations:

Sustainable Living Tasmania

Produce to the People

Eat Well Tasmania (EWT)

The Heart Foundation

The Tasmanian School Canteen Association (TSCA)

The University of Tasmania

Urban Harvest Tasmania

Stanton B and B

and supporting the Tassievore schools challenge as part of the Eat Well Tasmania Kids Coaltion (alongside TSCA and EWT):

Move Well Eat Well

Family Food Patch

Breastfeeding Coalition Tasmania

A very Tassie Christmas and 2015!

Wishing everyone a fantastic end to 2014 and start to 2015!tassievore-105

We hope all your gardens are thriving on the cool wet start to summer and that you will have plenty to harvest in March! Why? Because we are going all Tassievore again for the entire month!

There will be four mini-challenges and plenty of Tasmanian treats to win (including a nights accommodation in the beautiful Derwent Valley!!).

If you want to stay in the loop or get involved you can sign up to the e-newsletter, follow us on Twitter (@Tassievore), and follow us or send us a message on facebook.

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So why not try to challenge yourself for the month of March 2015 to eat, grow and buy Tasmanian produce?

 

Here are some of our tips to keep you busy until March:

Individuals

Start growing your own, so in March, you will be eating produce fresh from your backyard. Look at where you can buy Tasmanian produce – maybe from a local grocery store, nearby farm gate, co-op or farmers’ market, or you could join a box scheme to have fresh, local fruit and veggies delivered to your front door!!

 Schools

Have a think about what activities would your school like to run in March to promote Tasmanian produce and businesses. Maybe your class could visit a local farmer, or use produce from the schools’ garden to cook up a feast? We will be sending out some more information and tips when the 2015 school year starts so keep your eyes peeled. Your school could win a visit from a celebrity guest thanks to the Tasmanian School Canteen Association and The Eat Well Tasmania Kids Coalition, and Move Well Eat Well schools will be eligible for other prizes too. Time to get excited!!

 Local Businesses

How are you going to promote Tasmanian produce in your business? Support the local economy by encouraging links with Tasmanian producers, using fresh seasonal produce in restaurants/ cafes and advertising your commitment to “going local”.

All the best for a very Tassie Christmas and 2015!

The Tassievore team xxx

 

Congratulations Tassievores!

Congratulations Tassievores!
Wow, that was fun! March flew by this year….it is just a blur of amazing fresh produce, delicious cheeses and sharing food with friends. It went so quickly, in fact, that I totally missed doing the Week 4 newsletter…sorry! I was too busy hosting my Tassievore party :-)

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Thank you all so much for taking part in the Challenge, we hope that it has been delicious and rewarding! There have been some fabulous stories and innovative ideas shared and we have loved hearing from you!

Some of our favourite local businesses donated prizes for us to give out over the course of the Challenge. We’ve been so busy that we’ve hardly managed to give them out, but here is a quick recap of the winners thus far:

Week 1 – Try Something New – Deb for her Tassie Salt for Cheesemaking. Deb will be recieving a Tassievore hamper including: Pagan Cider, Onya Bags, Kindred Quinoa, and a Tassie cookbook, amongst other treats.

Week 2 – Support Local Businesses – Nick and his team for developing an interactive map of local NW businesses. Nick will be receiving a hamper of yummy Tassie products, generously donated by Hill Street Grocer.

Week 3 – Tas fruit and Veg – Tanya of Suburban Jubilee for sharing the art of preserving with lots of Tassievores in a series of workshops in Launceston. And the wonderful use of Tassie produce in her own local feast.

Week 4 – Host a Tassievore meal – Barb for her glorious feast and photos.

Smolt spot prize – Tracey Hurd

And we still have the 2 free tickets to the Living Local Feast to award, so please share your finale photos and stories of your Tassievore journey with us!

We hope that you’ve had as much fun as we have! A huge thank you to all of the amazing volunteers who have helped to make this possible: Kym, Sandy, Bridgette, Sarah, Pen, Caitlin, Penelope, and Serena…you girls rock!

Until next time…may you continue to relish how lucky we are to live in this amazingly beautiful place with such high-quality food and lovely people!

Week 3 – Eat Tassie Fruit and Vegetables

This is probably the easiest of the Challenges given the spectacular range and quality of produce on our doorstep in Tassie.

This is a great week to think about planting some of your own fruit and veg too.  Sustainable Living Tasmania has a basic guide to gardening in Tasmania, which includes a planting guide to show you what can go in the ground this week.

If you’d prefer instant gratification, there are loads of Veggie Box schemes that you can access to have fresh Tassie produce weekly.

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Check these out:

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  • 1. Channel Living has a veggie box scheme in the Channel (Woodbridge) area.
  • 2. Source Community Wholefoods Cooperative at UTAS Sandy Bay campus has a weekly fruit & veg box scheme. $25 collected or $30 delivered in Hobart area.
  • 3. Backyard Bounty have totally Tasmanian vegie boxes, $30 or $40 options, pick-up or delivery to all suburbs of Hobart, Clarence, Glenorchy and Kingborough.
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And don’t forget that we have a Tassievore Store Directory that you can access via our website to get a more detailed list of places where you can access local fruit and veg.

Finally…it is time to start thinking about next week’s challenge – Host a Tassievore Meal for your friends/family.  We’d love to hear about your menu plans,comments from your guests and see some photos!  One lucky person, who shares their story with us, will get 2 Free tickets to Sustainable Living Tasmania’s 4th Annual Living Local Feast, which will be held in Hobart on Saturday, 12 April.