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 [...]

3 12, 2018

No time not to use the regular plates

By | 2018-12-03T09:26:26+00:00 December 3rd, 2018|CERES Education, Farm and Food|0 Comments

On Friday I went with my sons and several thousand other Victorian children to the steps of the Treasury Museum for the Students Strike For Climate Change.  From a respectful (non-embarrassing) distance it was thrilling to watch the crowd of young faces welcoming waves of student comrades sweeping across Spring Street to join them [...]

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 [...]

9 04, 2018

CERES in April – All life begins as seed

By | 2018-12-03T10:34:18+00:00 April 9th, 2018|Farm and Food, Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

You may have seen the news last week about changes proposed for imported vegetable seeds in Australia. Regardless of whether you think the proposal is a sensible move that rightly protects agriculture in Australia, or you view it as a significant erosion of the sovereignty of the seed, one can’t deny the enormous significance of the [...]

9 03, 2018

March Update – A Food Community

By | 2018-12-03T10:37:39+00:00 March 9th, 2018|Around Site, Community, Events, Farm and Food, Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

We are not atomised producers and consumers. We are part of an Earth family, part of a food community. Food connects us. Everything is food.  - Vandana Shiva CERES is named after the Roman Goddess of Agriculture, so the celebration of Earth and her bountiful harvest is not only the main event on the CERES calendar, [...]

8 12, 2017

CERES in December – The gift economy

By | 2018-12-03T10:34:25+00:00 December 8th, 2017|Around Site, Farm and Food, Monthly Member Update, Spiritual Ecology|0 Comments

In his 1983 book The Gift, Lewis Hyde identified that a gift must be passed on or it will stagnate and eventually become a curse. “You may keep your Christmas present,” Hyde writes, “but it ceases to be a gift in the true sense unless you have given something else away.” I'm pretty sure Farmer Steve [...]

24 07, 2017

CERES Food Forest

By | 2017-07-24T16:31:11+00:00 July 24th, 2017|Around Site, Farm and Food|0 Comments

Over 10 years ago, our Food Forest area was a series of paddocks that had been home at different times to chooks, goats, bees, pigs, cows and sheep. During this time we ran an active animal management program and provided an opportunity for visiting school children to engage with the animals and learn more [...]

24 08, 2016

B Corp Development Day

By | 2016-11-10T10:30:19+00:00 August 24th, 2016|Events, The Merri, Venue Hire|0 Comments

The Van Raay meeting rooms at CERES were recently home to the first ever B Lab Australia & New Zealand Leadership Development Day. B Corps are for-profit companies certified by the nonprofit B Lab, to meet rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability, and transparency. There is a growing community of more than 1,600 Certified B [...]