DEAR ONE & ALL,
2018… Alignment & Sprouting…
So, if 2017 was a year of PATIENCE & 2018 was a year where the fruits of patience were rewarded with a little sprouting, then 2019 is going to be a year of GROWTH.
I can’t help but use farming analogies to capture the essence of these fleeting yet poignant years here. Farming is such a noble vocation, sadly neglected & relegated to poverty in the last 200 years or so, since the ‘industrial revolution’, yet being revived & honoured once again, as we finally wake up to our folly of industrial agriculture, intensive chemical farming, toxic & contaminated food, GMO, GEO & the likes, and bring back the honour once given to noble famers that sustain us & nourish us. Farming teaches us PATIENCE, RESPECT, HUMILITY & WONDER. And so, being an Ecopreneur running an entrepreneurship in this city of ours one can learn a lot from the honourable tradition of farming.
Hence my use of PATIENCE to sum up 2017… & SPROUTING to sum up 2018…which naturally leads on to GROWTH for 2019…
I am excited about 2019. This is a feeling that has been rather dimmed down in the last 3 years or so, but 2019 promises more optimism & an attitude of “yes let’s make it happen“ & at MANA! we are very excited indeed about this coming year. In 2018 we aligned & invested in new & much needed infrastructure with our 3,000sqft new production kitchen in WCH & a move to our new offices, that is happening as I write, as well as an overall alignment of our operations & team members as we ready for 2019… We have a few surprises up our sleeves for this coming year including an amazing happening on 11th of January at MANA! Central to celebrate our 1 Millionth Flat sold!!, a new large MANA! next Summer with indoor seating somewhere very prominent & accessible, as well as the launch of our new aligned MANA! Logo… So keep a little eye here & enjoy the ride with us as we showcase what building a unique BRAND from scratch in HK, for HK & by HK means.
URNA! - You Are Not Alone!
“ There is no culture left in commercial agriculture. “
An apt quote from URNA! that snugs in perfectly with this year’s end message above.
It is high time we brought culture back into our World’s Food Systems for without food we cannot thrive, let alone survive.