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 Or via Facebook: Hepburn Relocalisation Network

Entry by gold coin donation.

Hope to see you there!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Flu shot ferments

Let's build community immunity! Stay well this winter by strengthening your immune system with an array of easy to make wild fermented foods + drinks. Come and learn how at our next monthly free Culture Club event:

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Our annual Winter Solstice community dinner will be held on Friday June 22 at 7pm at the Daylesford Masonic Hall. More details to come.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Sourdough workshop wrap up

Wowsers! What a wonderfully wonderful sourdough workshop we had on the weekend!
Again, a big thank you goes to our presenters Alison + Katy, Chris + Loïque, and to the people who brought in loaves and toppings to share.

The talented illustrator Brenna Quinlan took these notes, which you can click to enlarge. Thank you Brenna!! You can follow Brenna's adventures via @brenna_quinlan

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

The Song Keepers

Doesn't this film sound wonderful?

If you would like to attend the screening, we encourage you to join our car pool. Whether you are offering or seeking a lift, please meet at 5.30pm on Friday at the Albert St community garden (beside the library). We will leave at 5.45pm to arrive in Kyneton at 6.15pm in time to park, get our tickets and settle into our seats. Hope you can join us!

Friday, May 25, 2018

Scrumptious sourdough: gluten free + CSB

How do I make a sourdough starter?
How do I keep it alive?
Is it OK to put my starter in the fridge?
How much starter do I need to use?
Can I make GF sourdough bread?

Come along to our June Culture Club to find out the answers to all these questions, plus more.

This exciting workshop will be in three parts:

First up, the talented Katy + Alison from Daylesford's Two Fold Bakehouse will be talking all things bread, grain, milling and baking, and why they decided to run their business as a CSB - Community Supported Baking - and what that means in real terms for them and their customers.

Second up we are thrilled to have special guests all the way from Hepburn, Chris + Loïque, who are avid home bakers who specialise in the art of gluten free sourdough baking. Yes, it can be done! Come and learn how.

Calling all bakers: how do you make your sourdough? What water to flour ratio works for you? Please bring in some of your home baked sourdough bread to share + discuss. And perhaps any baking books you have found useful.

Hope you have an invigorating week. See you all on June 2!

Sunday, May 13, 2018

In partnership with...

HRN is excited to announce that we have teamed up with several organisations we feel are doing hugely important work. 

The first partnership is with the Central Vic Climate Action, Hepburn Wind, SHARE and Localising Leanganook to present a screening of Stop Adani followed by a Q&A with recently returned blockaders from central Victoria.

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The second partnership is with Z-NET Hepburn Shire who is currently seeking 1,000 households to complete their Zero Net Emissions Survey, which you can take here.

Would you like to be part of Hepburn Shire's journey to zero-net emissions? Z-NET would like to hear how we, the residents of Hepburn Shire, currently use energy in our homes. How can the community as a whole manage the transition to renewable sources and zero-net emissions?

To help create a meaningful community profile the first step is to take the household survey.

So far over 400 households having already completed the survey. However, they would like to reach 1000 households to create a more meaningful and representative profile of our community. If you haven’t already done so, please let Z-NET know about energy consumption in your household by filling in the Z-NET.

You can take the survey here.