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Please Help A Fellow Farmer – Support Provenance Growers ‘Get Back Up’ Campaign

Hi lovely community

I would like to ask for your help.  In Hobart, Tasmania today Mother Nature has not been very kind to farmers.  We’re having extreme winds and unfortunately the winds have caused some major damage to a fellow farmer and friend of mine Paulette from Provenance Growers. 

Paulette with her partner Matt and daughters have an amazing market garden here in Hobart, Tasmania.  They’re extremely hard working farmers who care so much about providing the local community with fresh, organic, seasonal food.  

Today on Instagram Paulette posted some heart breaking photos of her propagation house.  The wind has absolutely smashed the house down and has caused it to be totally ruined.  This is so heartbreaking;  all of Paulette and her husbands work on the farm has been set back immensely.  They have lost so much work and also their future income.  

Here is the damage: 

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Paulette has lost all of her seeds that she sowed in July and  her spring seedlings are mostly wrecked.   Not only that she has lost this seasons cucumbers, tomatoes and capsicums.  

I know how hard it is to farm food.  Having my own small farm I know the love, dedication and hours that go into farming and the willingness to ensure that as farmers we’re on top of the seasons to supply fresh local produce to the community.  
This is Paulette and Matts livelihood.  They have to re-build everything and start sowing this seasons crops again.  

I feel so devastated for Provenance Growers and when I saw the photos Paulette posted on her Instagram page, I wanted to help them straight away.  I sat with a cup of tea and thought to myself,  how can I help them to re-build their propagation shed and start over again?  

I know from my own personal farming experience how expensive running a farm can be.  It ain’t cheap let me tell you.  Every little bit that you earn from selling vegetables goes back into growing more vegetables for the next season.  It can be extremely stressful.  And I can’t even begin to feel how stressful and heartbreaking this is for Paulette and Matt.  
However what I can do is offer my support and love to a fellow farmer and friend.  Without any hesitation I have created the

‘Get Back Up’ Campaign – And this is where I would love your help.  

I am asking this beautiful community and the wider community to help me raise farm funds for Paulette, her family and her farm, Provenance Growers.   I would love it if you could dig deep and donate what you can to enable Paulette to start re-building her propagation shed and hopefully more so show can start providing the community again with fresh, season, organic food.  

I just want to say that it is becoming extremely hard for people to access organic fresh food.   Sadly we have just had another organic farm close their doors. It is extremely sad and we can’t let another organic farm who grows the most amazing produce close down.   With the stress, time and money of re-building, it may take Provence Growers a while to get back on their feet.  However we can help them, show our support and offer inspiration and hope by donating today.  

If you would like to donate to the Provenance Growers ‘Get Back Up’ Campaign I would love it if you could purchase one of the values listed below.   

Thank you so much for donating funds to this campaign.  I am so grateful for your support.  And I hope that we can help Paulette and Matt get back up and running so they can be back at the markets doing what they do best.  Selling us delicious, organic and healthy fresh produce.  

Please click on the following photos to place your donations.  

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Please click on the photo below to donate $5.00 towards helping Provenance Growers, Paulette and Matt build a new propagation house.  

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Please click on the photo below to donate $10.00 towards helping Provenance Growers, Paulette and Matt build a new propagation house.  

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Please click on the photo below to donate $20.00 towards helping Provenance Growers, Paulette and Matt build a new propagation house.  

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Please click on the photo below to donate $50.00 towards helping Provenance Growers, Paulette and Matt build a new propagation house. 

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Please click on the photo below to donate $100.00 towards the campaign.  Thank you

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THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR YOUR SUPPORT.  I WOULD BE EXTREMELY GRATEFUL IF YOU COULD SHARE THIS POST AMONGST YOUR FELLOW FRIENDS, FAMILY MEMEBRS AND BLOGGERS.  THIS IS WHERE WE COME TOGETHER AS ONE AND HELP OUR FARMERS IN NEED.  NAMASTE.  X

UPDATE:

This campaign has now  closed.  I would like to thank every one of you who shared this blog post and who also donated.  Together we have raised $2813.09.  That is amazing!  I am super grateful.  Such big hearts.  

All money will be donated to Provenance Growers to help them build a new poly tunnel.  

Again, THANK YOU xxx

 All photos shown are of Provenance Growers Farm.  Please see their Instagram page.  

11 Comments
  • Linda Cockburn

    Oct 10, 2016 at 10:53 am Reply

    Beautiful idea – I was going to donate seedlings after the Tomato Seedling sale at the Huon Farmers’ Market on the 30th, Which I’ll still do, But this is a great idea, thanks Jo, and best wishes Paulette and Matt. Feeling devastated for you!

    • Jo Smith

      Oct 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm Reply

      Linda, you’re amazing. Thank you so much for your support. And I will be there to come and buy some of your amazing tomatoes off you. Feeling grateful.

  • Rachel Milligan

    Oct 10, 2016 at 2:30 pm Reply

    we will donate, please rebuild with star pickets and poly pipe. It is far more wind resistant

    • Jo Smith

      Oct 10, 2016 at 10:04 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for your support Rachel and feedback. Much appreciated and very grateful. x

  • Jasna Antunovic

    Oct 10, 2016 at 2:59 pm Reply

    Good luck to you

    • Jo Smith

      Oct 10, 2016 at 10:03 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Jasna

  • Lalita Holmes

    Oct 11, 2016 at 9:39 pm Reply

    You are a very special friend organising this Jo. Good on you and i will do what i can to support Paulette and Matt to get back up.

    • Jo Smith

      Oct 18, 2016 at 3:24 pm Reply

      Thank you so much for donating Lalita. We really appreciate your support.

  • Meg McGowan

    Oct 13, 2016 at 7:56 am Reply

    Done and sharing. Such a great idea and thank you, Jo, for organising it.
    A little constructive advice for anyone else donating; once you’ve put a donation in your cart you need to select ‘view cart’ (there doesn’t seem to be any ‘checkout’ option). Also, if you decide to look at other parts of the site before donating the only way I could find to get back to the cart was to make another donation; I couldn’t find a cart link on other pages. The address form is also a bit clunky (with the apartment/unit number AFTER the street address and the suburb after that) but the site will prompt you for the correct details if you get it wrong. There’s no way to donate anonymously (but I suppose you could enter incorrect information if you wanted to as checkout can be done via Paypal). Hope this helps others to make a donation. I appreciate that it’s all been set up quickly to help these lovely people so please be patient and stick with it. I’m off to promote this on my Facebook page in the hope of raising some more money for them. X

    • Jo Smith

      Oct 18, 2016 at 3:25 pm Reply

      Thank you so much Meg for donating and also for your feedback re the website. I will send your feedback to my web guys and will have them fix it. Thanks again. Really appreciate it.

  • THANK YOU | Primal Living

    Oct 18, 2016 at 4:34 pm Reply

    […] My heart is full right now.  I am extremely grateful to each and everyone of you who dug deep and donated to the Provenance Growers ‘Get Back Up’ Campaign.   Together we have raised $2813.09 to help farmers Paulette and Matt build a new Poly tunnel.  You can read about the campaign here  […]

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