Adventures in Primary Schools in the NW

Produce to the People is a proud Tassievore partner.

We have been working in Primary Schools for a couple of years now in the NW of the State, not only delivering lovely fresh, locally grown veggies each week, but also running veggie garden workshops on a regular basis.

Early next week 20 schools will be receiving parcels of seeds kindly donated by Urban Farming Tasmania.  These seeds will be used in further veggie garden adventures in established gardens, and for those schools that have no veggie patch, well these seeds might just provide the impetus to get started.

A little while back I interviewed some students about veggies and gardening, here are their thoughts:

Havenview Veggie Garden Students

What is your favourite vegetable to eat?

Darren, 9 years old: carrot

Sharlie, 12 years old: that’s hard, um probably potato

Kirby, 12 years old: carrots

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  mashed potato

Connor, 11 years old: carrots

What is your favourite way to eat it?

Darren, 9 years old:  cooked and cut

Sharlie, 12 years old: mashed….baked potato

Kirby, 12 years old: by themselves peeled

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  mashed

Connor, 11 years old:  cooked

Is there a vegetable you would like to taste but haven’t yet?

Darren, 9 years old:  sweet corn

Sharlie, 12 years old:  I don’t know what tomatoes taste like, I don’t know if I’m going to like it, I’m a bit scared.

Kirby, 12 years old: broccoli

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  tomato

Connor, 11 years old:  um, um, don’t think I’ve ever tried radish

When you had dinner last night, where there any vegetables?

Darren, 9 years old:  broccoli

Sharlie, 12 years old: peas, carrots, potato and corn on the cob

Kirby, 12 years old: tomatoes – oh their not vegetables!

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  no.   all fruit for dinner

Connor, 11 years old: no we had a bbq, we had salad.

Do you have a veggie garden at home?

Darren, 9 years old:  yes

Sharlie, 12 years old:  silver beet and some chives and potatoes

Kirby, 12 years old: no

T’Keyah, 7 years old: yes

Connor, 11 years old: no

What’s the coolest thing you’ve seen in the garden at school?

Darren, 9 years old:  learnt about why the worm usually like some food squashed and stuff

Sharlie, 12 years old: I’d probably have to say when Christian comes, he teaches me how to do compost cause I’m the compost person and I need how to do it and he’s taught me a fair bit. I like that the matter of fact that he lets me ask questions and stuff and lets me do signs and that says what I do and the steps in case I’m not here and what can and cant go in the compost.  I like Christian.  I’m the compost lady!

Kirby, 12 years old: use your hands with the worms!  Their really squirmy and everyone else is scared of them.

T’Keyah, 7 years old:  you learn about vegetables

Connor, 11 years old:  um, done a lot of things. Probably when we first started making the garden. Putting it all together.

To read more about Produce to the People and all our veggie growing, gathering and giving adventures, head over to our blog www.producetothepeopletasmania.com.au  you can also visit us each Sunday during March at The Cradle Coast Farmers Market where we will have info on the Tassievore Challenge.

Happy Tassievore adventures for the month of March!

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Congratulations Tassievores!

As we begin thinking about the 2014 Tassievore Eat Local Challenge (TELC), I thought it would be nice to reflect on the initial 6-month Challenge that took place from November 2012 and April 2013.

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The Tassievore Eat Local Challenge (TELC) was a 6-month adventure in eating locally. The Challenge was a state-wide behaviour change campaign promoting Tasmanian food producers, stimulating local business, reducing the carbon footprint of food, improving skills and knowledge, and increasing food security within Tasmania.

A team of volunteers from around the State contributed to the success of this program.  233 people officially registered as Tassievores, with a geographical spread of 65% in the South; 26% in the North and 9% in the North-west.

The TELC was launched at the Totally Tassie Picnic at SLF 2012 in November. Over the following 6 months, we kept a blog running with stories from the Tassievore Team, recipes and tips.  With funding from the Tasmanian Climate Change Office, through an Earn Your Stars Grant, we developed a Local Food Directory and ran a series of reskilling workshops and farm tours in each region.

Of the 233 people that participated in the Pre-Challenge Survey the majority of people joining the challenge were motivated to do so to support Tasmanian producer and businesses, reduce their carbon footprint, reconnect with our food supply and live more simply (Fig 1).

Figure 1: Motivation for joining challenge (%)

Why join

  • 97% of Tassievore members surveyed said that they had increased their knowledge about what Tasmanian products are available, and where to get them.
  • 100% of Tassievores said that they planned to continue choosing more local food in the future as a result of doing the Tassievore challenge. One member stated: ”I’m at a point now where I will always look for the local product first as opposed to the way I shopped before the challenge, which was mostly looking for the cheapest product.” 
  • 65% of Tassievores reported an increased connection with farmers and growers after taking the Challenge.

The TELC mark 1 was such a great community initiative and a wonderful reminder of what a privilege it is to be able to live on this beautiful island and indulge in it’s foods! As one Tassievore put it, “Eating Tasmanian is not a challenge – it is an absolute privilege to be able to live and work in this bountiful and beautiful part of the world. Tasmanian producers care about their environment and shopping at farmers markets is a treat.”

We are looking to run a shorter Challenge during March 2014.  Please let us know if you are keen to help out! Call or email Lissa @ Sustainable Living Tasmania – (03) 62819362.

A few more comments from participants about the benefits of taking the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge:

Reported Benefits of the Tassievore Eat Local Challenge:

Sustainability  

“We used a LOT less packaging, less food miles, making everything from scratch”.

A sense of supporting the community

“I knew I was supporting local growers and the local economy through my decisions to eat more local food”.

Health

“I was eating healthier than usual”.

Learning new skills

“I perfected my sourdough routine, and learned to make pasta”.

Saving Money

“I spent less on going out for dinner or getting takeaway”.

Overall impacts

“Some personal changes in how I approach life – In learning to put locally grown above cost and quality I feel like some other priorities in life changed where I now consider community outcomes above personal gain.”

“I feel more in-touch with the agriculture and food production industries in Tasmania and the hard work of entrepreneurs in the food industry!”

“I learned more about where our food comes from, and gained greater awareness of seasonal and fresh produce”

Greetings from the North West

Hi all,

the Tassievore Challenge blog posts and social media are coming at you from the North West of the State this week. (Though I am sure the North and South will not keep any juicy news from you!)

What’s going on up here??

We are gloriously spoilt up here sandwiched between Bass Straight and bountiful paddocks full of lush produce. Last week I was privileged to speak at one of the first Food Strategy Networking meetings, attended by 30 + locals all with an interest in growing, selling, living in sustainable Tassie ways.

 

 Guest speakers included Catherine Stark from Seven Sheds Brewery, Tony O’Neil from Cradle Coast Olives, Eliza and Guy from Mt Gnomon Farm and fab Central Coast Council Mayor Jan Bonde -because this group is being led by The Central Coast Council.

There were cafe owners (Thirty Three Cups, Pier 01– who hosted the event), a local feijoa grower, Ashgrove Cheese, Brandsema Tomatoes, local gourmet food tour operators….it was quite a room!

I got to put on my Tassievore Challenge hat (but couldn’t help but talk a little bit of Produce to the People).  Let’s just say there was a lot of love in the room for the whole notion of eating local for the next six months and beyond!

Hopefully we will have a list of NW producers on show very soon.

Cheers for now, and grow, gather, give!

Penelope