About Sieta Beckwith

Sieta is the CERES Communications Manager.
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 [...]

4 12, 2018

Smart Urban Forests at CERES

By | 2018-12-04T09:17:05+00:00 December 4th, 2018|Around Site, CERES Education|0 Comments

A new Swinburne University-led pilot program introduced at CERES Community Environment Park is using water-sensor technology to better manage urban forests. Swinburne University Water Resources Engineering senior lecturer, Dr Scott Rayburg, and his team have partnered with ICT International and RMIT University to install $31,000 worth of tree water sensors at CERES, located in [...]

7 11, 2018

New Solar Projects More Than Double Our Generating Capacity

By | 2018-11-07T12:21:15+00:00 November 7th, 2018|Around Site, Energy|0 Comments

On Friday 2 November, we completed our third installation of new solar at CERES. With panels on the Merri Table Cafe, the Human Powered Classroom and the Grocery & Chook Shed, this is an additional 45kW of generating potential - more than doubling our previously existing solar infrastructure at Brunswick East! Details Human Powered [...]

3 11, 2018

CERES in November – Solar panels and food

By | 2018-12-03T10:33:19+00:00 November 3rd, 2018|Energy, Farm and Food, Monthly Member Update, Organic Market & Grocery|0 Comments

If you fly a drone camera above CERES today, you will see a sea of sparkling solar panels covering our rooftops. The latest additions to our solar projects are thanks to John Laing Charitable Trust, and CORENA who supported us with an interest free loan, to be repaid from savings on power bills. When you’re drinking your [...]