Fight to secure Alfalfa House future

Alfalfa House Food Co-op supporters are fighting to keep the service open and need to raise $40,000 by May 10.

ONE of Sydney’s longest standing, organic community food co-ops is facing closure due to increasing competition from supermarkets in the Inner West.

Alfalfa House Food Co-op, which started life in a living room in Erskineville almost 40 years ago, and now proudly sits opposite the Enmore Theatre, announced that without strong support from the local community, it would have no option but to close its doors for good.
Members and volunteers quickly gathered together to launch a crowdfunding campaign – GROW Alfalfa House – in a bid to raise $40,000 by May 10, to secure the co-op’s future.
Almost $25,000 has been raised so far, but with just days to go, the not-for-profit is now rallying for support from its wider community.
Store manager Allie Cooke said: “Alfalfa House is part of the Inner West’s DNA. Unlike supermarkets, we put everything back into growing our plastic-free packaging lines to minimise our environmental impact. We pride ourselves on working directly with farmers and suppliers to source the best quality, chemical-free food so we can protect our community and planet.
“Unfortunately, we don’t have the buying power of profit driven local grocers and supermarkets, but we know society is becoming more conscious and concerned about where real food comes from and how it is produced.
“This is why we’ve remained the trusted alternative for customers who travel from all over Sydney to shop with us. It’s more important than ever that we survive, grow and continue to lead the way in teaching our communities about nourishing food and sustainable living for generations to come.”
Every cent raised will go towards saving and growing Alfalfa House. Or you can buy or donate a perk via their crowdfunding page.