Penelope Dodd

South Burnie, Tasmania

Community gardener

Penelope believes that all people should have access to fresh food, no matter what their circumstances. She is passionate about eliminating food waste and acts as a bridge between farmers and local food producers with excess fruit and vegetables and families who are doing it tough. Her food hub, Produce To The People, is based in Burnie High School and allows the community to access free fresh food that would otherwise go to waste. The grant has helped Penelope to transform the school’s mechanics workshop into a food hub. It has been lined and insulated, with shelving installed. Some 160 metres of vegetables have been planted in the school’s farm, which had not been used for four years, as well as demonstration vegie gardens. Produce to the People also gathers in kind produce from local supermarkets, bakeries, a farmers market, backyard growers, farmers and food gatherers SecondBite and Foodbank. Volunteers, students and unemployed youth help gather and distribute food from the hub, which opens three days a week to the community.