The Alcock Family
This story begins in 1961 on a small two acre banana farm on the hills of the Tweed Valley (Murwillumbah), where a young school kid named Kerry Alcock rode his bike six miles after school each day to tend to the banana farm he purchased from his elderly grandfather for the price of 200 pounds. This was a lot of money for a thirteen-year-old, which he had to pay back from the profits he made.
He amazingly paid this sum off in the first few months of purchase which spurred him to gain more land in the area and become one of northern NSW respected growers before his eighteenth birthday. The steep terrain of the area made the growing conditions unfavourable to most, but Kerry thrived and within a few years owned a couple of properties.
He then heard of a place where the land was flat, vast and the climate was prime for growing bananas, Innisfail in Far North Queensland. By this time he was married to his wife Margaret and had three children, and he decided to uproot his family from their lovely home overlooking the amazing Currumbin Valley to risk it all in Far North Queensland. They made the move in March 1979 with his youngest child only three months old to this place of high humidity, cyclones and a never ending summer called Innisfail. He quickly established his first farm on 80 acres of land in Upper Darragee, on the outskirts of Innisfail, and quickly gained the respect of the locals by becoming one of the few banana growers in the region. With the kind help of some Tully banana growers, Kerry gained some top quality banana stock which is still in use to this day and is quite sought after, and with the acquisition of a few smaller properties in the region, he began to gain momentum towards achieving his goal of owning a property large enough to share with his sons Danny and Tony Alcock.
Danny left high school in 1992 to join the family business, which bolstered the productivity of the farm as they were able to begin growing the more sought after Lady Finger banana with their Cavendish crop. However, the Lady Finger proved difficult to manage in large acres due to being a lot more time consuming and occupying a niche market. With the inclusion of his youngest son Tony Alcock in to the business in 1996, the family decided to head back along the path of the well-known Cavendish banana and soon purchased land on the fertile river flats that run alongside the North Johnstone river near Innisfail, which is still farmed today. The farm is approximately 250 acres and employs about 20 people, from the seasonal backpacker to the experienced hard skinned local, and keeps on turning over the sweet, creamy and delicious bananas that you all enjoy, and we hope that you continue to enjoy for many decades to come.