About Sieta Beckwith

Sieta is the CERES Communications Manager.
9 07, 2019

CERES in July – The Language of Love

By | 2019-07-09T14:48:52+00:00 July 9th, 2019|Around Site, Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

This month the CERES Board declared a “Climate and Ecological Emergency". This public declaration is important for a well-known community organisation like CERES - it adds our voice to the global cry for urgent change. The declaration also invokes action. It asks: What is the best use of our energy, influence and extended networks at this [...]

9 06, 2019

CERES in June – Community Action for Climate and Ecological Crisis

By | 2019-07-09T14:44:32+00:00 June 9th, 2019|Around Site, Monthly Member Update|0 Comments

When you look at photos of CERES and the Merri Creek 40 years ago, it’s almost impossible to imagine what it would become one short generation later. Covered in construction waste and household rubbish, it was surrounded by asphalt manufacturing plants, abattoirs and deep sewers. Just a few decades later, it is lush with plant [...]

21 04, 2019

CERES in April – Community Sufficiency not Self Sufficiency

By | 2019-05-21T15:02:50+00:00 April 21st, 2019|Farm and Food, Monthly Member Update|0 Comments

“Growing food needs to be less about self-sufficiency and more about community-sufficiency.”  Farmer Caitlin Caitlin works at Honey Lane, the registered Organic Market Garden here at CERES. With these words she succinctly underlines a subtle yet powerful shift in story that can be heard from many different pockets of our community at this time... From [...]

8 04, 2019

VCAT likely to approve scaled-back development beside CERES

By | 2019-04-08T18:04:59+00:00 April 8th, 2019|Around Site, Board Updates|1 Comment

Prepared 7 April 2019 In a decision released late on Friday, VCAT has required the developer proposing a large apartment complex at 269 Stewart Street to make additional changes to the design to further moderate adverse impacts upon CERES and the Merri Creek valley, if it is to be acceptable. However VCAT indicated that [...]

21 03, 2019

CERES in March – Bewilderment and being wild

By | 2019-05-21T14:55:02+00:00 March 21st, 2019|Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

Bewilderment, aka “Be Wild” bewilderment, n. confusion resulting from failure to understand People experience bewilderment when they are so utterly baffled by the situation at hand, they enter into a state of complete mystification. The word is a combination of the words be, "exist," and wilder, "lead astray or lure into the wilds." Being [...]

21 02, 2019

CERES in February: New Branding

By | 2019-05-21T14:51:20+00:00 February 21st, 2019|Monthly Member Update|0 Comments

It's a little difficult to describe in a few words what CERES is. CERES' CEO Cinnamon Evans, when asked by our friends and local good-doers Goodsmiths, says: “Every time I explain what CERES is, I do it differently because there’s no one simple explanation, and it depends who I’m talking to. The elevator pitch has always eluded me. On [...]

8 01, 2019

Mini Case Study: Growing Plants Can Change Your Life

By | 2019-01-08T14:15:07+00:00 January 8th, 2019|CERES Courses, CERES Education, Pathways, Stories|0 Comments

Gregory Lorenzutti Gregory Lorenzutti is a Brazilian-Australian artist based in Melbourne, Australia, working between the spaces of photography, dance and urban farming. Photography, dance... and farming? Strange bedfellows you might think, but Gregory has found a way to connect all three through storytelling, an eye for subtlety, human emotion and passion for [...]

21 12, 2018

CERES in December – Plants as People

By | 2019-05-21T14:47:27+00:00 December 21st, 2018|Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

“Anthropomorphising nonsense,” said my friend as I excitedly purchased Peter Wohlleben’s The Hidden Life of Trees, when it was fresh in at the CERES Nursery bookshop. Part of me agreed with her, and there is an often prevailing attitude from scientific scholars that anthropomorphism hinders our understanding of the world. However there is also an [...]