The Hepburn Wholefood Collective manifested from the dreams of four young Daylesford residents and their vision to provide access to affordable local food that is free from packing to the Hepburn Shire community.
Sebastian Klein, Melissa Pickering, Ivan Carter and Sandy Jones planned HWC over a few years, a few local reds and the help of the Daylesford Neighbourhood Centre (DNC) and local volunteers.
The Collective was launched in 2012 under the auspice of DNC with much enthusiam from the local community. Check out this facebook album for a visual overview of the day! For the first 2 years HWC operated out of a 'cupboard' in the foyer of the DNC courthouse, stocking items such as bulk flour, oats and rice in large barrels.
One of the collective's dreams from early on was to source produce from the farmer, rather than markets in Melbourne, and provide direct access to the consumer in whatever volumes they saw fit. The vision was also to make the collective a community hub where information could be shared and people can be educated on where to access local food. HWC has since been taken to the next level by a new committee with ongoing plans to realise and extend the founding visions.
At the start of 2014 HWC moved to a larger room in the Old Police Residence, up the hill behind the Neighbourhood Centre. The larger space, along with a grant from The Hepburn Wind community fund, allowed us to greatly expand our dry goods range, followed a few years later by the introduction of fresh fruit and vegetables from local farmers. We are now auspiced by SHARE - Sustainable Hepburn Association, a local community organisation run by people dedicated to cultivating sustainable community in the shire.
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