Stories

The way we think about, grow and access our food is changing.  The trends are that people want to know where their food is coming from and preferably buy it local and organic.  This project supports local regenerative farming and distribution.  Conventional practices use extensive food miles and infrastructure, generate substantial waste and huge CO2e emissions.  These stories illustrate the benefits and issues arising around local regenerative farming, production and distribution; and expand on the food mapping project happening across Hepburn Shire.  Together they form a broader vision that demonstrates the value of relocalising food growing, storage and distribution.

When we have a clear picture of our local status we can inform and promote structural, policy, practical and mindset change around food that supports community food sovereignty.

Village Dreaming

The beginning Mara and Ralf, with daughters Ahlia and Artemisia, moved to 15 acres of fertile land at Balmpied in 2015. Over the past 4 years Mara and family have built a new home with multiple kitchens, a large vegetable kitchen garden, various orchards, a beautiful wetland to welcome native birds and provide habitat for […]

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Hepburn Relocalisation Network

The beginning Su Dennett established HRN with Maureen Corbett in 2008 as a means to support local farmers and food artisans; to encourage regenerative, permaculture, organic and biodynamic food growing practices; to reduce food miles; and to link residents with fresh, nutritional, ethically and locally grown food. The local Veggie Box scheme came about in […]

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Spade to Blade

This is no ordinary catering business.  Sure Spade to Blade do weddings, events, conferences, parties but not in the way you would expect.  Every week owner Gary Thomas finds out what the local farmers are producing and tailors his upcoming catering contracts to fit what is available locally.  He’s been doing it for 25 years.  […]

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Mt Franklin Organics

After purchasing 30 acres of land about 17 years ago on the Eastern slopes of Mt Franklin, Florian established his small scale Certified Organic farm 11 years ago and farms about 3 acres of it.  When you walk down the driveway of Mt Franklin Organics it is easy to be struck by the beauty, order […]

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Danny’s Farm

Danny’s Farm is a working smallholding producing sustainably-grown food using organic and permaculture techniques. Danny value-adds to his produce, selling baked goods and icecream at markets

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