Wednesday, February 27, 2013

CERES Harvest Festival

Come celebrate and give thanks to the good earth, our farmers and the cycle of the seasons at the CERES 2013 Harvest Festival on Saturday 23rd March. Everyone is welcome! Entry is free.

Join in the heart-felt celebrations of our supply of wondrous food, learn more about the ‘seed to feed’ cycle and participate in a real country-fair in the city!

CERES Harvest Festival offers a range of entertainment with live music, performance, free workshops, free-range animal displays and kids activities. All this alongside craft and food stalls from our most loved local merchants.

Where else can you put your cooking skills to good use and take part in an annual community cake bake-off! All types of cakes are eligible so you are invited to get creative and bake to impress our judge, Betty Burgess from the Country Women’s Association. Enthusiast bakers will be rewarded!

A Harvest Festival would never be complete without an abundance of delicious food. CERES Café will be serving a variety of festival friendly, easy to eat surprises.
Harvest Happy Hours 4-6pm will see you through to dinner. And then to top it all off, share in a Harvest Twilight Community Dinner for all! Twilight dinner bookings are essential.

The CERES Harvest Festival 2013 will impress your taste buds with an extravaganza of tasty food stalls and wonderful experiences. Book now to be a part of the Harvest Twilight Community Dinner from 7pm by visiting or calling 9389 0100.

Bring your whole family for the Harvest Festival celebrations Sat 23rd March from 10am-4pm, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

For more information visit

Monday, February 25, 2013

A Pop-Up conversation with Cuba’s Urban Agriculture Pioneer - Roberto Perez (Northcote)

Roberto Perez, featured in the acclaimed film, “The Power of Community: How Cuba Survived Peak Oil”, will bring all his passion, flair and expertise to tell the 20 year of story of how hungry Havanans learned to grow over half of their fruit and vegetables in the city after Cuba’s oil and fertilizer supplies were cut by 90%.

Roberto will also talk about the key role Permacutlure played in the Cuban experience and hold a discussion about urban agriculture in Melbourne. Roberto Perez Rivero is the Environmental Education and Biodiversity Conservation Program Director of the Cuban NGO, the Antonio Nunez Jimenez Foundation for Nature and Humanity

Date : Thursday 28th February 7.00pm to 9.00pm
Where : CERES Fair Food Warehouse, 6/198 Beavers Rd, Northcote
Cost : Gold Coin- Tea , Coffee and provided
Enquires : email Peta

Deano from the Good Brew Company will be in attendance with his ice cold sustainably brewed beer & soft drink for purchase.

Presented by CERES Fair Food and Cultivating Community

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Job Opportunity: Garden Support Worker (Brunswick)

Merri Community Health Services is currently seeking a Garden Support Worker to assist in the development of a food garden at Brunswick Lodge.

The role will involve facilitating and participating in gardening activity, as well as extensive engagement and skill development with residents.

If you have exceptional skills to:

  • Work within a community development model 
  • Effectively engage with individuals from marginalized and diverse backgrounds, including those with intellectual disability and mental illness 
  • Work in partnership with a range of community and agency stakeholders and target groups 
  • Effectively manage projects and adapt to circumstances as they arise 
  • Develop and implement a sustainable edible garden 
  • Deliver a training program in permaculture or horticulture appropriate to the skill level of the participants, 

we invite you to apply for this position.

Project support will be provided by a member of the Health Promotion Team at Merri Community Health Services.

We are currently seeking expressions of interest in this position. Please note that the position is part time (0.2eft), for a fixed term of 9 months. Further information is available here.

To register your interest or for more information, please contact:
Maryanne Tadic
Health Promotion Team Leader – Merri Community Health Services
Ph: 9389 2270

Friday, February 15, 2013

The Bee People

The lovely people at Milkwood Permaculture have shared a free eBook on Bees.
Written for kids in 1905. I thought the emerging Moreland bee group would enjoy this :)

Read their post here:

And download the eBook here:

CERES Community Dinner

CERES Community Dinner

CERES Community dinners are informal and social; an opportunity to meet like-minded CERES-loving folk and learn a little more about what we do.

Come and join us on Wednesday 20th February from 6:30pm, we will have a short presentation from CERES Global filling us in on their recent trip to India.

Dinner is $18, with drinks at bar prices. Bookings are essential, book online at trybookings

For more information, contact Jess Smart 9389 0120 or

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Your waste is my opportunity: a story of coffee and mushrooms (video)

I find something virtuous and inspiring in what Nikhil and Alejandro of Back To The Roots have done and the way it's unfolded for them. Watch this video and see if you feel the same.

Put simply, they began taking a waste product from one industry (coffee grounds) and redirecting it from landfill to make a sustainable business growing mushrooms. Once things got rolling for them  more elegant opportunities presented themselves and now they're doing amazingly well.

They speak very passionately about this project of theirs too and I definitely get that "why didn't I think of that!" feeling, it's such a simple and complete idea. When I need a kick to get me moving again, I watch this. I hope you enjoy it.


Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Michael Mobbs 'Sustainable Food'

Michael Mobbs 'Sustainable Food'


Wednesday 20th February 11am – 12.30pm
11:00 am - 12:30 pm
The Merri at CERES Environment Park

Join Michael Mobbs, author of the bestselling ‘Sustainable House’ and now ‘Sustainable Food’ as he discusses:
What are the successes and failures of urban farming?
What are the solutions, costs and ‘must do’s'?
We can cool our cities by cooling our roads

 An organic ‘Turkish Feast” lunch prepared by our our chef and the Seven Stars social enterprise is available for $16 per person and served after the talk.
Bookings are essential for the talk and lunch
To book, contact 9389 0100 or

Michael Mobb’s website:

Urban Beekeeping- Where to Start?

Moreland Bees on sunflowers

I have heard it said that bees are the new chickens and the amount of urban bee keepers in Moreland definitely seems to be growing. There is a wealth of information about bee keeping on the web and in books but like most practical things it is best to experience it first hand. 
There was some recent discussion about stating local bee keeping group but it would have needed experienced bee keepers for support. Barry Cooper local bee keeper of 20 years and member of the Victorian Apiarists Association attended our last meeting. Barry has a wealth of knowledge about local groups that already exist such as the Ceres Bee Group, Collingwood Children's Farm Apiary and Victorian Apiarists’ Association. (Further groups are listed on the pdf. link at the end.)
Honey Bees have it tough in the world at the moment with loss of biodiversity, monoculture crops and the chemicals used in farming. They have been ravaged by disease such as colony collapse disorder and varroa mite. The two main issues in urban areas are swarming and disease.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A local organic dry food co-op: How one group of Morelanders went about setting one up

I am very lucky to live in Newlands (Coburg East above Bell St) where there is an existing organic dry food Co-op of locals: they bulk buy direct from the wholesaler, full bags, boxes or slabs; put an order every 3-4 months; split between themselves the products as per their individual needs. The benefits are high quality organic products at wholesale price, less packaging, fewer supermarket trips and carting, less transport overall… And of course a local network of Co-op members. 

With a limit of 20 members (on practical grounds), I was on the waiting (non-moving) list and now without a car, a local delivery had much appeal. With the help of the first Co-op, we started our own; now is my turn to pass on the idea with information you may want to adapt to your own needs.

From the waiting list, 3 of us decided to make this happen. We did not know each other then but 2-3 friends or acquaintances could start this anywhere. We had the benefit of the first Co-op helping us with their experience and wisdom and sharing with us contacts, weighing equipment, trolley ...

Monday, February 11, 2013

Sustainable Living at the West Brunswick Community Garden (Sun 24th Feb)

The Sustainable Living Festival is underway and the February Garden & Gather event (Sunday February 24th 11am - 3pm) at the West Brunswick Community Garden is one of a bunch of events in Moreland that are part of it! With the additional attention, we'll hopefully have lots of people coming along to say hello, have a look around and see what we're up to, maybe we'll meet some prospective new members.

To celebrate being part of the festival we're planning some extra special activities for everyone to participate in including:
  • tours of the garden and food forest
  • yarn-bombing the garden fence to brighten it up (kids most welcome, we need lots of little hands!)
  • tasting some interesting apples courtesy of the amazing people from the Heritage Fruit Society
  • food swap your surplus stuff
  • hopefully some music to keep us all humming
Tell your friends and family, share our event on Facebook.

This is the same day as our monthly working bee so we'll also be getting on with some work including building or installing some raised garden beds, planting in the communal bed and doing some general maintenance of the garden and food forest.

If you're a regular, your help is keeping our project moving, it's going to be a big day with lots happening but only if we get lots of you down there.

If we haven't seen you for a while (or at all!), come along and see how the projects are going, learn about what’s planned. If your interested you'll see how you can get involved. Make friends, get tips about gardening and growing food. If previous sessions are any indication, everyone will have a good time, we'll get lots done and leave feeling tired and satisfied and knowing more of our neighbours.

Sound appealing? Come along! Your community garden needs you!

Where: Behind Moreland Community Child Care Centre, 49 Everett St, Brunswick West
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