Friday, April 15, 2022

Beekeeping Naturally with Adrian Iodice

Hi everyone,

Please join us this coming Tuesday April 19 for our first Apis event of the year. Apis is our local natural beekeeping group, established to encourage backyard beekeeping in the Hepburn Shire.

Please join us for a delicious organic dinner and a talk with Adrian Iodice from Beekeeping Naturally. Adrian believes that beekeeping is primarily about the health of the bees. And that changing the culture of beekeeping is about shifting people's mindsets from honey production towards a more holistic and harmonious approach that works with the bees for the health of the entire ecosystem.

Adrian lives on a farm in the southern NSW Bega valley with his wife and three children, where they are creating a bee sanctuary and education centre as a living model of natural beekeeping. He will be visiting Hepburn for a few days only, and we are so rapt he has agreed to come and give a talk while he's here in Djaara Country:

Tuesday April 19
6pm - 7.30pm
Melliodora, 16 Fourteenth Street Hepburn 
(Please park at the Hepburn Primary School and walk down) 
Entry is $5 for dinner and talk

No need to RSVP, just rock up.

Thursday, August 12, 2021

Futuresteading event: new times

Due to the popularity of this event, Jade has kindly offered to do two sittings so we can accommodate more people, but still not have a crowded room in compliance with covid restrictions. Thanks Jade!

The first sitting is Thursday August 19 from 6pm - 7.30pm.

The second sitting is Thursday August 19 from 7.30pm to 9pm.

Tickets are free. Everyone is welcome. Bookings essential here.

Saturday, August 7, 2021


Jade Miles, best known as co-host of the inspiring Futuresteading podcast, is stopping by Djaara Country to promote her new book “Futuresteading: Live Like Tomorrow Matters”. Her book is full of practical skills, recipes and rituals for a simpler life, with gorgeous photos from her family's property Black Barn farm. 

HRN and Hepburn Wholefoods Collective invite you to join in conversation with Jade, who has been working on community initiatives in her hometown of Beechworth, and beyond, for decades. 

Thursday 19th August
6pm - 7:30pm
Hepburn Wholefoods Collective (Daylesford Lawn Tennis Club), 11 Perrins St, Daylesford
Free event

On the night, we'll be chatting with Jade about local food landscapes, how to build resilience with a community food co-operative and the challenges that tourist-destination regional towns face.
This is Covid-safe event. Numbers are limited. No bookings are being taken so be sure to be on time to secure a seat. See ya there!

Tuesday, April 20, 2021

April Apis: Backyard Beekeeping Group Meet-Up

Hi bee lovers and honey suckles.

Do you have a garden and now you're ready to keep bees to ensure pollination?

Do you love the idea of harvesting your own honey?

Have you heard about colony collapse and want to play your part to ensure the biodiversity and strength of European honey bees?

Please join us for a backyard beekeeping workshop with Ange Enbom and her daughter Millie:

This coming Sunday April 25 (ANZAC day) 
3pm - 5pm
6 Tierneys Lane Daylesford
$5 entry

Angela Enbom and Millie Enbom-Goad keep bees on their sixth-generation family farm. Photos: Edwina Williams

This is a community event and all are welcome to attend.

Saturday, March 27, 2021

April Wild Fennel: Let's Make Syrup

Hi everybody,

Please join us on Saturday April 3 for a herbal syrup making session. 10am - 12pm at 6 Tierneys Lane in Daylesford.

Please bring along: 

  • a jar of your favourite honey 
  • one or more of the following: thyme, horehound, elderberries, mullein (dried), mallow leaves, plantain, violet leaf, rose hips, fresh ginger, peppermint, cinnamon
  • a couple of clean jars or bottles to take your syrups home 
  • if you have, a couple of pieces of muslin/cheese cloth that we can use for straining (which you don't mind if they get stained).

This is a free workshop and everybody is welcome to attend.

This will be our final session with facilitator Rosie Cooper as she is moving out of the Hepburn Shire. We are going to miss you so much, Rosie! Thank you for all the gifts you have shared with our community. Please bring a dish to share for a farewell lunch following the workshop, and a plate and cutlery etc.

Thursday, March 18, 2021

Land Makes Life - this coming Saturday

A huge thank you to everyone who donated to the crowd funding campaign. Because of your generosity, Land Makes Life is going ahead this Saturday night at the Daylesford Town Hall:

This is a free event and everybody is welcome to attend. 

Please bring a plate to share for supper - finger food only and no single-use plastic, please.

Please note: numbers will be restricted and social distancing is required according to covid-19 regulations. 

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Local Food and Farming Networking Evening

Do you want to be a part of the localised farming and food production future in Central Victoria?

Central Victoria is a region brimming with passionate people looking to get started in farming. It's also a region with an abundance of resources available to make that happen: potential land opportunities, keen investors, fantastic existing enterprises, bustling farmers markets, skilled individuals, tradespeople, mentors- all the pieces of the puzzle are right here, we just need to fit them together!

This is an event for anyone in Central Victoria (or interested in moving to the region) who wants to work towards a resilient, localised food future and who holds a piece of the puzzle to get there. Got a farming dream? A few (or a few hundred) acres you'd like to see managed and improved? Some business expertise? A nest egg you've been looking to invest? Come along and see where your piece might fit in the puzzle, or potentially find someone who holds the piece you've been looking for.

Date: Friday, March 26th

Where: The Belvedere at Jonai Farm and Meatsmiths, 129 Morgantis Road Eganstown

Time: 6pm

Cost: Free

RSVP essential.

All attendees will be given the opportunity to share their answers the following questions:

1. What is your local farming or food production interest, idea or dream?

2. What puzzle pieces do you have to offer and potentially share? This might be a business plan, land, capital, labour, skills, connections...anything you can think of.

3. What puzzle pieces are you currently missing to make your idea or dream a reality?

In the first half of the evening we'll share our answers to these questions with the group and build a valuable resource detailing what's on offer in the community. In the second half of the evening we'll share food together and have the opportunity to make connections and plans with others who might hold our missing piece.

Please bring some food or drink to share and your prepared answers to the three questions above.

The purpose of the event is to discover where our ideas might fit together and where we might be able to help each other out along the way. The direction we head from here is up to all of us. Looking forward to connecting!

*Please note this event will be held in an outdoor area. Numbers will be restricted and social distancing will be enforced according to COVID-19 regulations. Please RSVP.

Friday, March 5, 2021

Land Makes Life

Four years ago we hosted an incredible event in our local Town Hall, Indigenous storyteller and historian Bruce Pascoe in conversation with David Holmgren, permaculture co-originator. A few years later we held another special event, a conversation between Dja Dja Wurrung storyteller Bec Phillips, David Holmgren and US food systems critic and scholar Eric Holt Giménez. 

On March 20th we are hosting the third event in the series – a conversation between Tyson Yunkaporta, an academic, cultural critic, and author who belongs to the Apalech Clan in far north Queensland and Anitra Nelson, an interdisciplinary researcher in the social sciences, with specific interests in community-based sustainability, environmental justice, housing studies, and non-monetary futures. 

As with the majority of events we organise, we are inviting people to attend this event free of charge. So we can still pay our speakers and the person performing the Welcome to Country, we are setting up a crowd funding campaign to raise some modest funds. (Please note: the below media may not show up if reading this in your inbox.)

We aim to produce this conversation as a free-to-air video and a podcast. Whether you can get to the talk in person or watch it online later, please consider paying it forward by supporting the campaign. Thank you to everyone who has donated thus far!

We hope to see you on March 20th at 7pm. Please join us for a shared autumn equinox supper following the event. (Finger food only please.)

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Pickling day wrap-up

Wow, what a day!! After a year of not having events, we were all busting at the seams to gather and ferment collectively. Thank you to all those who came along, to Edward from Adsum Farmhouse for growing the most beautiful gherkins around - they really were the stars of the show, to the gherkins themselves, and to the effervescent Mara Ripani for taking these photos for us to share:


Thursday, February 4, 2021

Sowing the seeds of new things

Hi everyone,

Please note the Community Pickling Day has had a venue change from Adsum Farm to the Senior Citizens Hall (behind the Daylesford Town Hall). Please enter via Vincent Street.

Due to restrictions, places are limited so please make sure you book by emailing

Please notes that masks have to be worn by all adults attending.

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Hepburn Seed Savers

The Hepburn Seed Savers are meeting every third Sunday afternoon from 2pm at the Glenlyon Hall starting from Sunday February 21. Come along and help pack and swap seeds, and meet fellow like-minded seed lovers.

Hope to see you there!

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Forest and Free

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Ballarat Tool Library

Congratulations to Ballarat for recently launching their tool library!

From their website:
The Ballarat Tool Library is a volunteer-led initiative that provides access to the tools needed to repair and care for your home and belongings while saving you money from having to buy new tools you may only use once or twice.

We provide a local library of tools - both used and new - garden tools, construction tools, kitchen tools, woodworking tools and artist tools. If it’s a tool we’ll try and stock it as we grow and expand!

We believe that bringing the community together to share resources helps us work towards a sustainable future.

Plus everyone deserves the right to build and repair the things they own - not just those who can afford the tools.

We hope to follow in your footsteps, Ballarat, and one day have a tool library in Hepburn Shire.