Tuesday, October 16, 2018

These are a few of our favoutite ferments..

Daylesford Culture Club is turning two and a half!

To celebrate, our regular Culture Clubbers will be introducing you to their favourite ferments. Come and learn, share and taste what we have been up to...

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A reminder that this event is happening on Sunday October 21. Tickets are $5 at the door. For all those unable to make it, don't panic! The event will be filmed and shared here.

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Daylesford now officially has its very own Repair Café. Thank you Nikki Marshall and Danny Kinnear for getting it off the ground!

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The Cicada Story Slam is dedicated to the art and craft of storytelling and is modelled on story telling competitions such as The Moth in New York and ABC’s Now Hear This. Hepburn Shire's Cicada Story Slam is unique in aiming to tell the story of our community by asking tellers to share their personal stories about where and how we live right here in our beautiful shire.

The next event is 7pm, Thursday October 11. The theme is Taking the Waters. Head here for more info and to register as a story teller. Entry is free.

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Land for life

HRN, in conjunction with Eva Perroni and Future Feeders, is proud to present LAND FOR LIFE.

Land for Life is the second in a series of talks based on land, economy, indigeneity and social ecology. The first event was Land Cultures: Aboriginal economies and permaculture futures.

About the speakers
Rebecca Phillips is a proud Pangerang and Djaara woman. She believes the preservation and revival of her cultures is important to uphold what her ancestors paved the way for and what we must build on for future generations. Bec was an active and valued member on the Dja Dja Wurrung Negotiation Team, negotiating a Recognition Settlement Agreement with the State of Victoria and her People. She currently sits on the Dhelkunya Dja (Healing land) Land Management Board, setting the direction for the Management of the 6 Parks and reserves to be jointly managed by the State Government and Dja Dja Wurrung Clans Aboriginal Corporation. Bec has been involved in the revival of her traditional language (Dja Dja Wurrung), through Djalli Bunjil (Language Knowledge) and is reviving traditional and modern day, songs and dances.

As the permaculture co-originator, David Holmgren is a leading thinker, writer and teacher on how societies and communities can become more resilient with a lower impact on the planet. Together with his partner Su Dennett, David lives and works at Melliodora, in Hepburn, one of Australia’s best-known permaculture demonstration sites.

David has spent a lifetime developing a sustainable and fulfilling way of living. His latest book, RetroSuburbia, shows how Australian suburbs can be transformed to become productive and resilient in an energy decent future. It focuses on what can be done by an individual at the household level.

Eric Holt-Giménez is an agroecologist, political economist, lecturer and author. As the current Executive Director of Food First, Eric’s work informs and amplifies the voices of social movements fighting for food justice and sovereignty across the globe. Food First’s frontline publishing approach brings researchers, writers, and social movements together in a collective effort to amplify the voices of frontline communities fighting for food systems transformation. Food First generates research and education for action, bringing the perspective of community-based struggles to broader development and policy debates.

In his latest book, A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism, Holt-Giménez asserts that the food system cannot be transformed without addressing the economic system of capitalism. Using the wide-angle lens of political economy, Holt-Giménez delves into the economic and political context of the current corporate food regime, exploring the commoditisation of food and land as well as issues of power, privilege, and exploitation across the food chain.

About the MC


Eva Perroni is an Australian-based researcher and writer reporting on the frontline of food and farming issues. Her expertise lies in telling stories that delve into the hidden fabric of our food system: exploring the ways food is produced, distributed, exchanged and consumed and its impacts on the environment, global health, communities and culture.

Eva is committed to food justice and promoting solutions that pave the way for ecologically sustainable and socially just societies, and is an advocate for life-enhancing farming methods and amplifying the voices of community-based movements and organizations working to effect change in the food system.

The event will include an update from Tammi Jonas, the President of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance (AFSA).

Former vegetarian academic Tammi Jonas is now the meatsmith at Jonai Farms, where she and her family raise pastured rare-breed pigs and cattle, transforming whole carcasses into a range of fresh cuts, smallgoods, charcuterie and salumi in their on-farm butcher’s shop.

Together with AFSA, Tammi is working towards everyone’s right to nutritious and culturally-appropriate food grown and distributed in ethical and ecologically sound ways, and our right to collectively determine our own food and agriculture systems.


Tickets for Land for Life are $5 and available at the door only. Please bring a plate of supper to share.

This exciting event is a fundraiser for Food First.

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

October Culture Club (plus a whole heap more)

Culture Club has another special guest coming to share knowledges. Introducing Monique Miller. Monique will be discussing her ideas on fermentation and presenting a workshop:

Saturday 6th of October, 9.30am - 12.30pm 
Senior Citizen's Room (behind the Daylesford Town Hall).
This is a FREE event open to all community members.

Monique is a generalist. She divides her time between bush land management, teaching edible weed & fermentation workshops and facilitating the permaculture design course at CERES in Brunswick East.

She has been teaching fermentation for more than four years, teaching from Confest to Bairnsdale.
On her days off she enjoys cleaning her house (no, really) and drinking a gratuitous amount of tea while gardening.

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Thank you to everyone who came along to September's Culture Club, especially Nicole Azzopardi, who so very generously shared her story, recipes and ferments with us. If you would like to order Nicole's book, The Alchemy Cookbook, please let us know as we are putting in a bulk order.

Have a look at these beautiful photos taken by the ever-wondrous Mara Ripani at the September Culture Club:

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This is a reminder that you need to book your place out the upcoming Equinox dinner by this coming Thursday!!

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On Sunday October 21, we are organising a special event called Land for Life at the Daylesford Town Hall. A conversation with permaculture co-originator David Holmgren (author of RetroSuburbia) and US food movement scholar-activist Eric Holt-Gimenez (author of A Foodie's Guide to Capitalism) as they offer insights into how to develop a deep engagement and long-term commitment to regenerative and just economies. More details to come...

Friday, September 7, 2018

Annual community spring equinox dinner

Did you know that the word "equinox" is derived from the Latin aequus (equal) and nox (night), because around the equinox, night and day are about equal length?

Come and help celebrate the coming spring equinox with a community dinner as we rejoice the blossom and buds and warmer weather, and are reminded that this is the time of the year when Rod May and Su Dennett would dream up the vegetable season ahead.

Thursday September 20 at 7pm
The Woodshed, 21a Raglan Street, Daylesford

Tickets are $20 (plus booking fee) for a main meal and dessert. Kids under 10 are free.
Food lovingly prepared by Spade to Blade.

Sorry for the late notice but bookings for the dinner close Thursday September 13.

The entertainment for the evening will be provided by the Mosquito Story Slam.

Storyteller Anne E Stewart is looking for contestants: storytellers have 5 minutes to win over the audience with a story. No notes, no props just you and the audience! Annie is looking for contestants with a personal story to tell, connected to the Hepburn Shire…and the theme Marking the Seasons.

If this sounds like you please get in touch with Annie: anne@anneestewart.com.au or mobile: 0408 550 945.

All stories will be recorded for a podcast and inclusion on Hepburn Community radio.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

The alchemy of ferments

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder that Culture Club is on this Saturday at the usual time of 9.30am to 12.30pm at the Senior Citizen's Hall behind the Daylesford Town Hall. As usual, this is a free event.

Our very special guest this month is Nicole Azzopardi, author of the Alchemy Cookbook.

Most recipes in The Alchemy Cookbook are GAPS diet friendly. For those not familiar with it, GAPS  stands for Gut And Psychology Syndrome. The GAPS diet focuses on removing foods that are difficult to digest and damaging to gut flora and replacing them with nutrient-dense food.

Here is a little of Nicole's story:

“Our little girl Stevie Rose was diagnosed anaphylactic to egg, nut and sesame at 11 months old. As time went on we discovered that the hives she kept presenting with were also intolerances to a whole range of foods. Stevie began to display what I can only describe as autistic-like tendencies – banging her head on the ground, terrified of noises, melt downs all day and night - but at the same time she would have these hives everywhere. I knew that it had to be food related for her.”

Stevie Rose began the GAPS Diet without egg, nuts or sesame at age two. Her family were astonished to see Stevie improve steadily as time went on.

“I can’t explain this phenomenon and indeed I think there are a lot of scientists doing their best to get to the bottom of this immune system related disorder,” Nicole says.

“However, as a journalist, research came naturally to me and we tried to educate ourselves as much as possible. I watched numerous lectures and read peer reviewed paper after peer reviewed paper on how our gut microbiome could possibly influence a number of functions within the body. I also learned that 80 per cent of the immune system was found in the gut wall. So I asked myself, if the gut wall was under less stress, could that benefit then flow on to the immune system?”

Fast forward two years and Stevie Rose is a happy, healthy 4.5-year-old. She displays no autistic tendencies, no longer requires epipens, has no known food intolerances and on last check with her paediatric allergist in 2014, had only a 2mm peanut allergy.

“What happened to Stevie was frightening but her gift to us was that we discovered cooking from scratch, the joy of getting into our garden, the creativity of making our own veggie ferment combos and the soothing qualities of a good home made chicken stock,” Nicole says.

“We went back to the age-old tradition of lacto-fermenting our vegetables, we enjoyed the Sunday roast and meat and three veg. Desserts were simplified, fruit-based and delicious.

“I was amazed to see our daughter begin to thrive by eating this way and I could not in good conscious not begin to chronicle the experience for anyone who might need to see it in pictures. I hope this book offers hope and courage and inspires all people to get back into their kitchens and really enjoy making beautiful, home cooked food for their families.”

Nicole will be talking about her experience on Saturday at Culture Club and will also be showing us how to make some of the ferments from her book. She will also have some books for sale.

See you then!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Repair, don't despair!!

Hi everybody, there are two meetings scheduled for Thursday August 16 (sorry for the late notice!) to get the ball rolling on setting up a Daylesford Repair Café. How exciting!

The meeting times are:

  • 1.00pm - 2.30pm at the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre and 
  • 6.30pm - 7.30pm at the Senior Citizens Room
We all have things that need repairing. How wonderful it will be to have an active space to share skills and tools and materials.

Friday, August 3, 2018

Eating the Earth: why the food movement is unstoppable

Industrial food production and farming are key drivers of environmental destruction, from rainforests to reefs, and water supplies to climate change. Charles Massy, Tammi Jonas and Dr Jonathan Latham discuss how regenerative agriculture can turn Australia's economies around and revitalise rural communities. Refreshments included in the ticket price.


Tammi Jonas is resident meatsmith at Jonai Farms, where she and her family of ethicurean farmers raise pastured rare-breed pigs and cattle. Jonai Farms is engaged in the solidarity economy of community supported agriculture-CSA, feeding 80 member households each month. Tammi is president of the Australian Food Sovereignty Alliance, where she advocates for ethical and ecological farming, and everybody's right to determine food systems. She is also chair of the AFSA Legal Defence Fund, which supports farmers dealing with inappropriate regulation and planning. Tammi has been writing about food culture since 2006 at her blog, Tammi Jonas: Food Ethics, and has been widely published in both academic and general texts.

Charles Massy is an author and farmer with a focus on transformative and regenerative agriculture. His latest book, Call of the Reed Warbler, challenges the way we farm and grow food, and puts a lens on the vital connection between soil and our health. Using his personal experience as a touchstone ~ from an unknowing, chemical-driven farmer with dead soils, to a radical ecologist carefully reviving a 2000 hectare property back to biological health ~ Dr Massy tells the real story behind industrial agriculture and the profit-obsessed global corporations driving it. And in a brilliant series of narratives he shows how innovative farmers are finding new and profitable ways, and returning the earth to health.
Dr Jonathan Latham is an international food advocate and crop scientist based in New York. He is executive director of the Bioscience Resource Project, and editor of Independent Science News. The Project’s peer reviewed biosafety papers provide critical analysis of new technologies in the public interest. He is also the director of the Poison Papers, which reveals extraordinary collusion between governments and polluters. Dr Latham is author of scientific papers in diverse fields including virology, ecology, genetics and molecular biology. He is a biologist and biopolitical theorist, and talks frequently at scientific and regulatory conferences. He has written for Truthout, Salon, MIT Technology Review, Resilience and the Guardian.

Tickets here.

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In case you missed the memo, there will be no Culture Club this month (tomorrow), but please join us in September where special guest Nicole Azzopardi will be joining us to discuss her new book, The Alchemy Cookbook.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Ancestral ferments

Hello microbial hosts,

We hope you are keeping well + warm.

Just wanted to let you know that there will be no Culture Club in August but we are ridiculously excited that author and foundational food advocate Nicole Azzopardi will be joining us to host September's Culture Club on Saturday September 1 from 9.30am - 12.30pm at the Senior Citizen's Room behind the Daylesford Town Hall. As usual, this will be a free event. No bookings are necessary.

Here is Nicole with her gorgeous family:

About Nicole.
After searching for the most nutrient dense, healing food she could find to help heal her eldest daughter’s damaged digestive system, journalist, author and foundational food advocate Nicole Azzopardi, found the very best medicine came from rediscovering some of our oldest traditions. Simple, elegant and beautiful, the practice of culturing vegetables, making stocks and hearty soups and stews has provided the restorative qualities she had searched for. Nicole’s parents were born in Egypt. Her mother is Maltese/ French and her father is Maltese/Greek. She draws on the traditions of all of these cultures and more in her book, The Alchemy Cookbook, to create a delicious array of every day foods that nourish and heal. Her family business, Mumma Care, supports families who are keen to reclaim their inheritance of knowing how to cook foods that soothe, support and heal. She teaches ancestral cooking classes and runs retreats on Victoria's Surfcoast, Australia. 

Nicole will be joining us to teach some of her favourite ferments from The Alchemy Cookbook. Nicole will also have copies for sale + signing on the day.

See you then!

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Solstice dinner wrap up

Thank you to the 50 or so people who gathered at the Masonic Hall on Friday night to help celebrate the winter solstice, great company, wonderful music, scrumptious local fare, thought + emotion provoking poetry, and a deep sense of community spirit.

THANK YOU to Mara Ripani for taking these photographs.

Monday, June 18, 2018

Community Winter Solstice Dinner

Hello rugged-up wintry friends,

We are hosting our annual community solstice dinner this coming Friday night and we hope you can make it:

7pm Friday June 22 
Daylesford Masonic Hall 
16 Vincent St

PLEASE NOTE we are not gathering in the Senior Citizen's Hall but in the Masonic Hall.

Please bring a dish of your homegrown produce, or made with as many local ingredients as possible, and a candle, a song to sing or a poem to read. As with all HRN events, this dinner is a single-use plastic free event.

RSVP by Wednesday June 20
Email bookings hrn@internode.on.net Or via Facebook: Hepburn Relocalisation Network

Entry by gold coin donation.

Hope to see you there!