Fond farewell


It’s a shortened and sad newsletter this week, as we say a fond and respectful farewell to Alan Williams of Last Thyme Farm, who passed away last night. Beloved husband of Eve, Alan was loved and respected by those who knew him, young and old.

Alan, with his wife Eve, was a pioneer in the organic world, farming Last Thyme Farm organically before many of us knew much about organics. In the words of Eve, ‘He poured his heart and soul into our organic herb farm. He truly believed in the organic and sustainable development concepts.’

Last Thyme Farm proudly gained their certified organic status last year. In a welcome step beyond other herb farms, Alan farmed indigenous herbs and not only the traditional ‘European’ herbs. As far as we know, he was the only organic farmer doing this to produce essential oils and other cosmetic products.

Some of you who made the trip out to the Stellenbosch Slow Food market would have met Alan, who was often there manning the Last Thyme stall. You will know what a warm, open man he was, so willing to share his considerable knowledge, and give of his time.

Our condolences and supportive thoughts go out to all who were close to him, especially Eve, in their bereavement. Alan had been bravely fighting cancer for some time before his death. He will be much missed by all.

Hout Bay and Scarborough Collection Points

We have a new collection point in Hout Bay, Green PEAS. See the directions and details on the site, and remember you can update your default collection point, and any other details that need changing, by choosing “Update your Details” when you log in.

For this week only, the Scarborough collection point has shifted to another house on the same road. It’s 376 Rooibok Street, about half way down Rooibok on the left hand side, and the neighbouring house just before has a prominent green shade cloth.

Looking for Collection Points

We have some new collection points lined up, but are still looking for more, particularly in Observatory, Rondebosch and Sea Point. If you see your house as a community hub, and are interested in offering it as a collection point, read more details here .

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Have a great week,
the Co-op team

Comment ( 1 )

  1. Dee Vorster

    Hi dear Co-op Team Re: Last Thyme Farm - Alan & Eve I personally met Alan Williams and his wife Eve at the Stellenbosch Market and bought their wonderful products - as you say Alan was a fountain of knowledge and both he and his wife, such warm people. Eve mentioned that I should contact her personally as we were to meet when they visited the Southern Suburbs, and she gave me her (which I have searched for unsuccessfully) - then cam Alan's untimely passing. I would like to contact her after, I am sure, a much needed period of grace for the family to come to terms with Alan's passing. Co-op member Dee Vorster