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Drought: The Effect on Local Communities

Drought: The Effect on Local Communities

We have had a lot of interest from our customers via Instagram comments and DM's about how the drought is affecting us here in Spring Ridge, which is Country Culture's Headquarters. There is only one continent on this earth which is drier than Australia, and that is Antarctica where drought looks a little different than it does here. Over 80% of Australia receives less than 600mm of rainfall a year, and this year our small country town Spring Ridge has only had 251mm of rain so far.
As usual, community spirit prevails, even more than usual through Fanny Lunsden's Country Hall's tour which saw her in our little hall two weeks ago, as well as the Blackville Markets which run a fantastic markets day raising money for local charity, and of course our annual Spring Ridge School Prawn and Chicken fundraiser coming up in a fortnight. These events are so important for the community as they bring people together and promote a positive outlook for all those living in drought, as well as being able to think about those who aren't as fortunate as us. 
I wanted to share some photos which show the progression over the years to help illustrate what the drought has been like to all of our followers, especially the city dwellers who may find it hard to truly understand what living in drought is like. Both of these photos were taken in the same location at the same time of year 6 years apart. As you can see there's a big difference between the two however like most of our local community, Rusty is still smiling! 
No one can make it rain, but as a community we can support our farmers and their families in this time of hardship. An easy way in which you can do so is to buy locally - we encourage you to pay those few extra dollars to buy milk, bread and fresh produce which is local rather than imported from overseas. By doing so you are showing support and stimulating local country economies.
Thank you all for your ongoing support not only for Country Culture but also for the designers and makers we champion.

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