Wednesday, August 21, 2019

So much good stuff!

Hi everyone!

Just a reminder that the Wild Fennel herbal group is having its very first gathering this Friday the 23rd of August.

6.30pm - 8.30pm
6 Tierneys Lane, Daylesford
BYO dish to share for dinner (with as many local ingredients as possible) plus a plate & cutlery.
Please note this is a waste free event so no single use plastic please.

No need to RSVP, just come along!

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Community food is serious business!!

Thank you once again to Serge, Jacques, Brenna, Charlie and everyone else involved in growing, picking, and sharing the amazing Captain's Creek organic veggies with the local community.

L-R: Brenna, Jaques & Charlie (Pic from Brenna's FB page)

The veggies were given away for a gold coin donation which went to HRN. Over $130 was raised. Thank you everyone!

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September Culture Club

The next exciting Culture Club gathering will be an excursion to Herbal Lore Liqueurs.
Please join us on Saturday September 7 from 10am - 12pm at Lot 2 Railway Crescent Daylesford.

Owners Roger & Sue will discuss health, wellness and herbs and of course the fermentation process they employ to make their alcohols. They will also provide an enjoyable tasting of their herbal liqueurs, all of which have been crafted using a combination of carefully selected herbs to fulfil a particular health benefit.

We hope you will join us.

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Planting a bushfoods garden

Community Gardener Patrick Jones with Bruce Pascoe at the Daylesford Library Community Garden, 2016

Inspired by Bruce Pascoe’s critical work, Dark Emu, The Daylesford Community Food Gardeners seek to honour, help repair and reinstate the intellectual & cultural heritage of the Dja Dja Wurrung through the creation and cultivation of a bushfoods garden along the north facing wall of the library at the Albert Street garden. They are currently looking for an enthusiastic gardener to lead this regenerative growing initiative. If you are interested in applying for this voluntary position, please email

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Natural Building Course

Castlemaine Community House is offering a practical introduction to the world of natural building.

Learn resourceful and ecologically-centred construction through fun building projects around the community garden and get some more tools under your belt for resilience and self-sufficiency.

Develop a confidence in building that you can apply to any backyard sustainability project or incorporate into permaculture design systems.

Such projects are many and varied and may include earth pizza ovens and outdoor kitchens, garden seating and landscaping, animal shelters, potting sheds, planters and wicking beds, solar dehydrators, compost bays and cold frames, setting up netting and shade systems, building a composting toilet, beehives or even a garden studio or summer sleep-out!

Natural building techniques and concepts covered:

Understanding the principles of passive solar, thermal mass and insulation, breathability, seasonality, building appropriately for climate, embodied energy and ethical resourcing.

Learn cob construction, bottle walling, light earth, sustainable carpentry, foundations and drainage for small structures, and natural finishing techniques such as clay/lime renders and plasters.

Throughout the 8 week course there will be information on sourcing materials, a survey of traditional and resurgence natural building, theory and demonstrations, Q & A sessions and lots of hands-on practice to really come to grips with the materials and techniques.

Dates: 7th October – 25th November (8 weeks)
When: Mondays 9am – 4pm
Where: Castlemaine Community House, 30 Templeton Street.
Fee: $350 (payment plans available)
Tutor: Perri Campbell

For more information and to enrol:

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Networks for Action

Transition Australia is hosting a convergence in Melbourne next month. Meg Ulman and Nikki Marshall will be attending on behalf of HRN and Localising Leanganook to spruik all the wonderful initiatives our region has going on, and to learn from other communities.
For more info.
For bookings.

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Goathand gathering

Brad, Vasko and Patrick from Goathand co-operative are hosting a community working bee and lunch gathering. People are invited to come and learn what goats and shepherds with loppers can achieve together. A warming forest fire with endless hot drinks will keep our late winter labours well accompanied.

The 16 co-op goats have been on this site for a few months, and we’d like to do a final chop-n-drop session to leave the site looking wonderful. This is a cultural and learning day, so feel free to bring the whole family, an instrument or two and any friends who are interested in learning about community managed forests, goatherding and ecologically sensitive weed and bushfire mitigation in a climate change era.

Saturday August 31 between 10am and 2pm
Please bring a plate of food to share for lunch and any loppers, secateurs or pruning saws you may have.
Please contact goathand co-op for the exact location.

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Annual Yandoit Shindig

Once again the good folk at Yandoit Farm are hosting an annual gathering for Central Victorian permies, gardeners, homesteaders, back-to-the-landers, suburban-retrofitters, farmers, conservationists, natural builders, local food lovers, neighbours, allies, and curious minds.

This is an opportunity to spend an afternoon & evening catching up with old friends and making new ones. Kids are welcome but need to be supervised at all times as this is a working farm with the potential risks that go along with that. Please leave dogs at home (assistance dogs excepted).

You are very welcome to come early for a swim in the dam or come prepared and camp overnight! (If camping, please let Michael know) Please also feel free to invite like-minded friends to come along. This informal event was created a couple of years ago to strengthen links between permaculture communities and individuals around towns like Ballarat, Castlemaine, Daylesford, Bendigo, Ballan and other parts of central Victoria. If you know people who might like to join in, let them know!

Saturday, 16 November from 4pm
Yandoit Farm, Yandoit
BYO food & drinks, musical instruments, comfy chairs and rugs
Facebook event page

Monday, August 5, 2019

The last harvest of the season + Frenemy Fire

Hello vegetable lovers!

The crew at Captain's Creek Organics are just about to harvest the last of the season's veggies: carrots, beets, cabbages, radishes, leeks, onions, silverbeet, and everybody's favourite: weird looking broccoli.

From 1pm to 5pm this coming Wednesday (August 7), at 16 Fourteenth Street Hepburn, you can come and take as many organic veggies as you'd like for a gold coin donation to HRN.

Please note the veggies will be picked on the day, and will be unwashed. Please bring your own boxes/bags.

Many thanks to Serge for growing the veggies, and to Jacques for co-ordinating the picking and sharing.

See you Wednesday arvo!

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Internationally renowned environmental historian Stephen J. Pyne is visiting Castlemaine while on tour in Australia. Professor Pyne will be giving a talk at Phee Broadway Theatre on

Thursday 8th August 
6.30pm - 8.30pm

Entitled 'Frenemy Fire: the best of friends, the worst of enemies,' Stephen's talk will draw on his work on the history of fire in Australia and globally, along with his experience as a fire fighter, to discuss how we can best live with fire as a friend, not just an enemy.

Stephen is one of the first authors to explore fire stick farming (indigenous use of fire for shaping the land). Stephen’s stories weave together fire science, fire history and cultures of fire across the ages and across the globe.

This event will provide practical ways that people living in central Victoria can understand fire management as it relates to them.

Stephen is Emeritus Professor at Arizona State University, and a much sought after speaker on fire. You can catch watch his TED Talk for a preview.

    You can book tickets at:

    Tickets are $12 or $10 (concession and Fryerstown residents).

    Light supper is included.

    Look forward to seeing you there.

Sunday, August 4, 2019

Introducing Wild Fennel: Hepburn Herbal Group

Rosie Cooper is mad about plants. She forages them, she grows them, she drinks them, she eats them, she infuses them and she decocts them.

As of this coming spring, Rosie Cooper, practicing herbalist from Rare Beauty Botanicals in Guildford, will be facilitating a free monthly herbal group where participants will be taught to make their own tinctures, teas, oils, balms, infusions, love potions, herbal first aid kits, flower essences and herbal honey remedies.

Are you as excited about this as we are?! To kick things off Wild Fennel is hosting a potluck dinner where we will decide where and when to meet on a regular basis, and what we'd like to learn from Rosie during the first gathering, come springtime.

The details of the dinner are:
Friday August 23
6.30pm - 8.30pm
6 Tierneys Lane, Daylesford
BYO dish to share for dinner (with as many local ingredients as possible) plus a plate & cutlery.
No need to RSVP, just come along.
Please note this is a waste free event so no single use plastic please.

Hope to see you there!