Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Share in a Solar Offer

Our local Hepburn Sustainability Group, SHARE, is partnering with Castlemaine Environment Shop, to bring an offer to the people of Hepburn Shire that will increase the level of solar in our community. 

Share has helped HRN in many ways over the years, particularly with insurance at events and auspicing us when we have applied for funding. We support what they do and want to spread the word about this new solar offer. If you are at all interested get yourself along to the Solar Information Sessions at the Senior Citizen’s Room at Daylesford Town Hall on Tuesday April 28, 7-8.30pm and/or Saturday May 16, 2-3.30pm (email castlemaine@enviroshop.com.au to book a place).

As of April 2015, updated figures from the Australian Photovoltaic Institute show that 15.2% of homes in the Hepburn Shire, have solar. SHARE would like to see this increase to 20% of the Shire’s homes running on solar power by the end of 2015. To support this goal, Castlemaine Environment Shop is offering 200 discounted solar systems, with a range of options and products to suit different needs.

Click here to find out more or register for a FREE, no obligation, site inspection or call Castlemaine Environment Shop on 5472 4160.

Registrations for the discounted solar systems close on May 29 so get thinking now.

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Not long till the Bio regional medicine workshop April 4th is fast approaching

 - don't miss this one off by Jayne Azzopardi from Community Apothecary will be leading this workshop.

In the workshop Jayne will cover 5 local plant allies, with each of these allies we will look at.. 

- Harvesting and drying techniques 
- Spirit of the plant 
- Energetic considerations 
- Mechanism of action and key constituents 
- clinical efficacy and therapeutic uses 
- Creating culinary or Medicinal preparations 
- Safe application of these preparations 
Bookings close on Thursday. Don't miss out!

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Remembering Fukushima

Thank you to the 60 or so people who came along to our recent event, Don't Forget Fukushima: A farming perspective. It was a hugely successful night where stories were heard, insights shared, food eaten and music appreciated. Thanks to Yae, Hiro and Rick for providing the insight.

Yae Fujimoto, Rick Tanaka, Hiro Fujimoto in Daylesford, January 2015

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Don't Miss This- The Fukushima Aftermath

A Farmer's Perspective-ONE NIGHT ONLY

Get an update on the state of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the state of contamination in general. Nearly four years on, is it safe to be there? What about imported food from Japan? What can we Australians, do? Do we need to know?

When: January 22nd 2015
What time: 7pm  
Where: Daylesford Town Hall
Cost: Dinner + event: $15 Bookings essential 
Presentations and music 8pm $10 at the door

Read Rick Tanaka's article written 3 months after the earthquake and tsunami on this link:

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Don't Forget Fukushima - a farmers' perspective ONE NIGHT ONLY

Nearly four years have passed since that the fateful day in March 2011 when northern Japan was hit by massive earthquakes and tsunami. It was the beginning of the worst nuclear accident the humans have experienced. Though some of the scars from the natural disaster have been healed, the disaster continues at the troubled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. 
Though proclaimed "under control" by the prime minister Abe to win the Olympic games for 2020 in Tokyo, nothing is far from the truth. If you trust  words like this, and believe everything is back to normal, look harder. But who do we ask to find out what is going on in Japan? Our own Rick Tanaka will fill us in. Before settling in Hepburn, Rick spent nearly two years with the Fujimotos, before and after 3/11. Ironically,( for he was an original nuclear refugee from way back)  he was in Japan when Fukushima happened. He left Japan when there were only 22 reactors.  Mostly in radio, he made a number of programs on nuclear power, ended up an accidental nuclear traveller, having visited the "Europe's worst environmental disaster", a nuclear dumps near Siilamae in Estonia, numerous reactor sites in Japan, and the Ranger uranium mine in Kakadu. 

Nukes and Quakes (Rolling Stone Aust, 1996)
Japan one year after the earthquake and tsunami (The Science show, ABC, Mar 10, 2012)

He will give an update on the state of the crippled Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant, and the state of contamination in general. Nearly four years on, is it safe to be there? What about imported food from Japan? What can we Australians, do? Do we need to know?

HRN is extremely pleased to host the evening of community dinner (Japanese theme)with a visiting young farmer family from Japan in January. The Fujimotos are not from an ordinary background. They run the Kamogawa Shizen Okoku farm, one of the best known alternative farms in the country. The pioneering organic farm on the Boso peninsula, about 100kms east of Tokyo, was  established in early 1980s by a former radical student movement leader, Toshio Fujimoto. Toshio was the vanguard in the back to land movement as well re-connecting farmers and urban consumers. The farm is credited to be one of the first in the country (therefore in the world) to introduce a subscription farming and Community supported agriculture (CSA). 

Yae and Hiro grow rice in small paddies, totalling 1.5 ha, grow veg and run workshops and lectures on the farm. Both are highly regarded among the ecological conscious population. 

Yae, mother of three young children, not only farms but also has a successful singing career. Her mother, a household name in the country, Tokiko Kato also takes part in rice planting and harvesting at the farm.

Happy Birthday 311 (song commissioned by UNICEF Japan)

When? January 22nd 2015
What time?:7pm  
Where?: Daylesford Town Hall
Cost?: Dinner + event: $15 Bookings essential 
Presentations and music 8pm $10 at the door

Friday, November 21, 2014

Gardening with Soul - film night # 53

Don't miss this film for all the family Subtitled Love, Faith and compost. Come and follow Sister Loyola through four seasons and her ninetieth birthday

                          At the Savoia, 7.30pm Thursday November 27th

Tuesday, October 28, 2014


and Support Your Community Bus Service

Consider a trip to Glenlyon Store for high tea, Bullarto for a wonder (and wander) in the bush or Trentham's Redbeard Bakery for lunch.

 A day trip where you can be collected and dropped off anywhere all for just a gold coin donation-bargain!

Catch a bus today to keep this wonderful service viable.

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Ebola - a Threat to the World

The Ebola virus is rapidly developing into a serious problem and we have very little time to contain the spread before it gets really difficult to contain it. We are a very mobile population and this can occur much more easily than at the time of the Black Death. Now is the time to direct help through Brett Adamson, one of our community gardeners, at present back in Australia from working in Liberia with Medecins Sans Frontier in a field camp treating Ebola victims. Please dr cr whatever you can to the HRN bank account and it will go directly to help them in Liberia and other effected areas.  Brett says he believes MSF spends the money well and we can direct it to Ebola affected areas. Alternatively make the donation directly to MSF
This video is from some time back and the situation has worsened since then.
Read more

Photographer: John Moore/Getty Images
Family members peer into a bedroom as the body of a man awaits the arrival of an Ebola burial team to take him for cremation in Monrovia, Liberia, on Oct. 17, 2014. Close

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

THIS FRIDAY 7pm 2014 Bushfire Forum


HRN is running a BUSHFIRE FORUM this Friday 17 October 7-10pm

The following speakers are featured:

    Kevin Tolhurst Firestorm Physics
    Joan Webster OAM Household Fire Planning
    Daryl Taylor Personal Resilience

Venue: Daylesford Town Hall

$15 at the door/ Prebook $10/ Supper and discussion afterwards
Bookings:hrn@internode.on.net / 5348 3636

Join us at the Absolutely Fabulous Fresh Food Festival, also at Daylesford Town Hall on Thursday 16th Oct (noon-5)