I’m sure you’ve heard about the bush fires ravaging throughout New South Wales. We are so grateful for the work of the RFS and all the brave volunteers involved in protecting people and property in the area. Unfortunately, we are one of those who need their assistance. Our source is only 2km from the fires and a simple change in wind direction could mean disaster for us and our team members who live close by (see above). Everyone in the area has been evacuated and there has been no bottling for over a week. It is still unclear when we will be able to resume work. As a result, our stock supply is severely limited now but also when we return from our break. Although we do not know when bottling will recommence, we have decided to push our reopening date to Monday 6th January 2020.This will allow more time to prepare stock. If the source is safe to access during the holidays, our dedicated team will be hard at work to minimise disruption to supply.
If you experience delays in receiving your order over the next few weeks we seek your understanding during these challenging times.
Thank you again for supporting ãlkalife and we look forward to hearing from you in 2020.
Sincerely, Thomas Cho. Alkalife’s General Manager.
Dear Valued Customer, As residents of this sunburnt country, we would be well aware of the conditions we may contend with. Dorothea Mackellar summed it up best in her poem “My Country” when she wrote, “Her beauty and terror – The wide brown land for me!”. The most recent of Australia’s concerns is the bushfire that is currently sweeping through millions of hectares of land, and that’s just the East Coast. This is while similarly large swathes of land are also in drought. Whereby the country faced 11 tropical cyclones last season, and we almost forgot the flood events at the beginning of the year when we saw most of Queensland’s North receive thousands of millimetres of rain in 7 days, however, this event did fill our famous Lake Eyre in Central Australia to its fullest in 45 years. We write this not to give you some news or insight about what is currently happening, but more importantly, to illustrate the plight of our farmers. As we moil through our cities, the farmers toil their land. As it stands today, at least one of our farmers has lost their farm and many more face current fire fronts. Approximately 20% of our growers are in a drought and facing water shortages that will most likely force less or no plantings for the next season. Similarly to the rain event earlier in the year, which brought on road closures, supply decreases and price increases, we should expect more of the same over the coming weeks and months. We are all facing our own difficulties, however, we can take a little time to remember what it takes for us to be able to have a relatively consistent supply of foods on our plates. And please, let’s not dwell on what we don’t have, but moreover, cherish what we do have. To our farmers, we will support you however we can.
David Como & Eco-Farms Team National Produce Manager
If we are to maintain sustainable food systems for future generations and tackle the many challenges facing our planet, including the climate crisis, governments would be wise to embrace organic farming practices. This is the main message a recently published report sends to world leaders currently gathering for the SDG Summit in New York.
We would like to inform you that our head office in Sydney is moving today to a new location at: 55 Kirby Street, Rydalmere NSW 2116.
Orders and deliveries will continue to be packed and processed at our Homebush site initially. In the future we will move all our grocery inventory to Rydalmere and keep Homebush as our Fresh Produce warehouse only.