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20 10, 2016

Your friendly neighbourhood tomato growing guide: Step 2. Seed sowing and transplanting seedlings

By | October 20th, 2016|Nursery, Nursery Advice|0 Comments

We’ve had a bit of a cool start to spring so it’s not too late to start your tomatoes from seed if you haven’t already, and this is definitely the way to get more bang for your buck! When choosing which seeds to buy try to stick to ‘heirloom’ or ‘open-pollinated’ varieties rather than [...]

5 04, 2016

Bike Shed x Melbourne University Architecture

By | April 5th, 2016|Around Site|0 Comments

Recently the Bike Shed Site Group was approached by a group of architectural students from Melbourne University, who were looking for a location and funding support for a third year design studio project.  The Bike Shed agreed to fund the project, and support the students in their design endeavours.   The project brief was to [...]

5 03, 2015

Art in Gardens project

By | March 5th, 2015|Uncategorized|0 Comments

"Gardens are not made by singing 'oh how beautiful!' and sitting in the shade." - Rudyard Kipling CERES has always been receptive to new artwork and the latest is a depiction of a Sacred Kingfisher and a Butterfly.  An outline has been carved in the hard basalt boulders at the back of the old cafe [...]

3 02, 2015

Water systems completed and other projects

By | February 3rd, 2015|Around Site|0 Comments

Recent site works highlights As we mentioned in the blog in December, a new pump system for the old café toilets has been installed and the increased pressure has allowed CERES to install the latest design, most water efficient toilets in Australia. The new pump is connected to the 50,000L underground tank in front of [...]

27 01, 2015

Cafe Redevelopment Update

By | January 27th, 2015|Around Site|0 Comments

We know you are all waiting with bated breath for the new Café to arrive – as are we! Following a late discovery of a sewer easement, which required some re-jigging of the Café design and placement, we are pleased to present the most up-to-date plan for your perusal. For the first part of this [...]

22 12, 2014

Permaculture: ‘Australia’s most significant intellectual export’

By | December 22nd, 2014|CERES Education|0 Comments

Permaculture has been referred to as "Australia's most significant intellectual export" and considering how far across the globe it has spread, this claim may have some basis. Permaculture is a process for designing sustainable communities and is derived from permanent agriculture and permanent culture. Permaculture is a combination of traditional wisdom, modern science and [...]

1 12, 2014

What interesting toilets

By | December 1st, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Two years ago we installed a cutting-edge, very low-flush (2 litre/3 litre) toilet system in the toilet block next to the café... Rainwater collected from the buildings on Lee Street and near the café is stored in an underground tank and is used to flush these toilets. When the tank is empty we need to [...]

5 11, 2014

A busy month on site

By | November 5th, 2014|Around Site|0 Comments

November report by Site Manager Nick Curmi It has been a big month around site... Some of the many projects our team have completed include: Main entrance carpark upgrade including the asphalt surfacing, railway sleeper wheel stops and line marking including traffic control at the entry. The installation of the Nursery concrete loading bay in [...]

20 10, 2014

The man who honey coated Melbourne

By | October 20th, 2014|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Lyndon Fenlon from the Urban Honey Co wrote an email the other day and it just blew me away (that's Lyndon in the middle delivering hives to the Rialto on his beekeeper's bike) . He announced that he was closing the Urban Honey Co he'd founded and was heading out to start anew in East [...]

16 10, 2014

The story of the new car park

By | October 16th, 2014|Around Site|0 Comments

The sealing of the carpark was the completion of a project planned with the building of Van Raay 2 (staff offices, meeting rooms and Merri) and with an earlier water grant. The idea is that rainwater - called stormwater once it hits the ground - be collected, filtered by biofiltration, stored and used for irrigation [...]