History of the collective and its foundation

Wholefoods shop front

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 DNC and local volunteers.

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 these founding visions.