Community Gardens

There are about 50 community garden plots at CERES which are rented out yearly to those with limited household space for growing.

The community gardens has regular working bees and social BBQs. These are great opportunities for gardeners to mingle, share freshly grown produce, swap seeds and pitch in to help maintain the site. Each gardener is required to adhere to the CERES “No Pesticides On-site” policy and soil fertility is enhanced by the addition of chook manure. If you would like to find out more, or become involved in the group, please email membership convener:

The Community Gardens will be undergoing an exciting redesign, presented by Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design Landscape Architects. This process will unfold over the next year.

Aims of the redesign:

• To carry out soil remediation requirements as proposed by Moreland City Council.

• To use the opportunity to revitalise the whole Community Gardens and Chook Group area according to the CERES Strategic Direction 2016 and connect it with the adjacent CERES activities and areas.

• Address OH&S issues to increase safety and security for all.

Project Background:

In January 2016, CERES engaged Andrew from Laidlaw & Laidlaw Design Landscape Architects to develop concept plans for our community food production and demonstrations areas. The CERES Community Garden Renewal Project design encompasses the land occupied by the Community Gardens and Chook Group.

A steering committee was established – Project Control Group (PCG). Members included Melissa Lawson (CERES Farm and Food Group Manager), Nick Curmi (CERES Site Group Manager), Peter Scott (Community Garden committee member), Viviane Harangozo, (Chook Group member), Geraldine Vaughan (replacing Vivianne as Chook Group member) and Angelo Iezzi (Community Gardens member). Andrew met with key staff and stakeholders from CERES Farm, Site, and Education teams and the Garden and Chook Groups to establish each group’s needs. Throughout this period the PCG met regularly with Andrew to further discuss detailed components of the design.

In November 2016, a draft design was presented to the general community including CERES staff and Board members, Community Garden members and Chook Group members. Feedback on the draft design was collated and used to further shape and finalise the design concept. The CERES Board officially endorsed the final design concept in March 2018.

For more information about the design please contact Melissa Lawson at

CERES Community Garden