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

GET ON BOARD

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

HEAR ABOUT THE LATEST  BUSHFIRE BEHAVIOUR RESEARCH & WAYS WE CAN HELP OURSELVES & OUR COMMUNITIES

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

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








































































Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Sunday's soap

Well, Angela did take us on an interesting little journey in the world of soap and now our soaps are unmoulded, cut up and maturing. Thanks Angela for a great workshop!



Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Soap and laundry liquid making on Sunday morning

Don't miss this great opportunity to make all the soap things you need - it is not difficult but just requires know how and time. Angela will take us through the necessary steps then away we go. No looking back to a continuing happy soap making. Book your spot now.

Last night's miso making workshop
15 enthusiastic fermenters attended the Miso workshop on Tuesday.
Here are some snaps ...draining the cooked soy beans, Su adding beans to the food processor, weighing out the koji and salt mix and Rick adding the koji to the mashed up soy beans, with Su mixing thoroughly by hand.
         



Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Bushfire prep - just a part of life

Now that the weather is so absolutely gorgeous with the blossoms emerging one by one, outside in the garden or on a piece of public land nearby is the place to be and do some planting of good species for fire retarding and continue to do your clean up around your buildings of flammable things such cardboard boxes, old furniture etc.

In the garden, de-twig your shrubs and and trees, lop off the dead branches and rake/remove the litter from close to the house. Clear old blackberries and dry gorse and compost them.







 Don't forget the HRN slash hooks, fire rakes and loppers are available for you to borrow.







Do a working bee with friends; it is fun and you can be sure the kids will like it too.
You could join us this weekend down Spring Creek at our big working bee with the Melbourne contingent blackberry clearing, track making and other fun things and kids are super invited.


And coming soon     BUSHFIRE FORUM