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.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Pink Lake salt collecting

We have decided to cancel the salt collecting adventure and will reschedule later in the year.

Pickles? Olives? Kimchi? Kraut? Sourdough? Table salt?

Whatever you use your salt for, you are invited to join the Daylesford Culture Club community fermenters on our salt collecting adventure on Saturday May 5.

Here's the plan

  • 8.00am board bus at the Daylesford Bridport St bus stop.
  • Drive to the Pink Lake, Dimboola Vic, stopping along the way for a toilet break.
  • Arrive approx. 11.30am
  • Collect salt and enjoy shared picnic lunch at the lake or at the Dimboola Nature Conservation Reserve.
  • 2.00pm board bus and drive from Pink Lake to Daylesford, stopping for a toilet break on the way back.
  • Arrive back in Daylesford approx. 5.30pm


Tickets are $30 and are limited to 57.
Book your seat on the bus here.

What to bring?

  • Your own containers to collect salt, with lids that seal shut. Please label all containers.
  • A shovel or trowel.
  • Sun hats + sunnies as the lake is bright and harsh on a hot day.
  • A dish to share for lunch.
  • A picnic blanket, plate, cutlery and filled water bottle.

HRN acknowledge the Barengi Gadjin Land Council as the traditional custodians of the country we will be gathering salt on. HRN promises to treat the sacred land with our deepest respect.

Monday, March 26, 2018

Rhythm of the Beet

The beet goes on!

Please join us for a pink stained April Culture Club as we praise, honour and delight in the delicious vegetable that is beetroot.

Thank you to Captains Creek Organic Farm for supplying us with the beets, which you can purchase in advance and take home with you to chop, grate and experiment with, armed with the new knowledge you will learn during the workshop:

Saturday April 7 
9.30am - 12.30pm
Senior Citizens room (behind the Daylesford Town Hall)
Cost: FREE!

The cost of the beetroots is $3/kg. Please send your orders to by Wednesday April 4 with the number of kilos you'd like to buy. Please bring exact change on the day and a bag for your beets.

The workshop is a hands off workshop. The beets you purchase are to take home and ferment.

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Jordan and Antoinette from Happen Films are coming to Daylesford this Thursday night to screen their latest film, Living the Change

The screening will be followed by a Q+A and a shared supper. 

Entry is $5 + a plate of local fare. 

More details here, and a great interview with the filmmakers here.

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Picture: David Geraghty

For our May Culture Club we are hiring a bus to take us to the Pink Lake in Dimboola for a salt collecting expedition. The date is Saturday May 5. The departure time will be 8am. We are still finalising the details but the cost will be around $30/pp. BYO buckets with well fitting lids. Watch this space for more details!

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Living the Change film screening & Q+A

Exciting news! Jordan and Antoinette from Happen Films will be visiting our shire later this month. During their stay we will be screening their latest film, 'Living the Change', and will have a Q+A with them afterwards, followed by a shared supper. Entry is 5 bucks.

Here are the details:

Here's the trailer: (If you are reading this in your inbox, you can click through to the trailer here.)

No need to book, just come along, but having said that, best get there on time as this event will sell out. We hope you can make it.

Sunday, February 25, 2018

Fermenting seasonal produce

Greetings microbial hosts,

Culture Club is on the move in March. We have been invited to participate in the Macedon Ranges Sustainable Living Festival so we will be running our monthly workshop from there. The festival will be held on the corner of High and Forest Streets in Woodend. The hour long Culture Club workshop will take place in the Workshop Space.

MRSLF is being run in conjunction with the Woodend Community Farmers' Market. Festival goers can stock up on fresh local produce, wander among the many exhibits, join a free workshop, watch presentations on a variety of sustainable living topics, enjoy roving performances, movie screenings and more.

See you there!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Community Pickling Day wrap up

Wow! What a fabulous turn out we had for our annual community pickling day. Thank you to everyone who helped make the event such a huge success. The biggest thank you of all goes to this gentleman, Edward from Adsum Farmhouse in Glenlyon, who grew us 115kg of the most wonderful gherkins.

And thank you Mara Ripani for once again capturing the energy of an HRN event and the beauty of the participants. Not only did Mara come along and demonstrate how to peel garlic but she pickled 8kg of gherkins while also taking these beautiful photos: