Friday, May 18, 2018

CERES Winter Solstice 2018 – Beautiful Darkness

Celebrating the Beautiful Darkness, Winter Solstice at CERES honors the longest night of the year. Come warm your hands by the fire, sip on some mulled wine and feast on locally made, winter warming food.  Enjoy fire performances, live music, lantern making for kids, all culminating in a spectacular fire finale.
Saturday 23rd June 2018
4.30pm - 8.30pm

Tickets available now
Adult - $20.00
Child (3-12) - $5 (under 3s free)
Family (2 adults 2 kids) - $45

To make a booking please visit

Chai, mulled wine, other drinks and food will be available for purchase.

Bring your whole family along to the Winter Solstice celebrations. 

CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Join like-minded local foodies at the 'Eat Your Greens' network event!

You are invited to the Moreland Local Food Network Event 


The Moreland Food System Strategy was launched last September, and we’d like to invite you to the Fawkner Bowling Club to celebrate the achievements of our amazing local food community!

It is also the site of ‘Fawkner Food Bowls’, an exciting new family-friendly gathering place and food growing hub.

Featuring locals blues musician Ian Collard, special guest MC Paul West - host of 'River Cottage Australia' on SBS, delicious food , conversations about local food projects and initiatives happening around Moreland and the launch of the Moreland Food System Monitoring and Evaluation Framework.

Date: Wednesday 30 May

Time: 6-9pm

Place: Fawkner Bowling Club, 1 Creedon Street Fawkner

FREE event but registrations are essential - please register here 

Delicious vegetarian dinner by Sabores De Timor will be provided

Drinks available to purchase from the Bowling Club Bar

Children welcome

Please let us know any access or dietary requirements so you can participate in this event, contact Lee 9384 9206 or

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Fawkner Food Bowls is Launching Sunday May 20!

Come along and celebrate the amazing things that have been achieved so far at the amazing Fawkner Food Bowls food growing site and social gathering place. Enjoy children's activities, get useful gardening advice, play Barefoot Bowls, live Gypsy music by Vardos and local food.

You will also hear about what is being planned for the site in the future and how you can be involved.

Where: 2 Creedon Street, Fawkner

When: Sunday 20 May, 2018 2-5pm

Cost: FREE family friendly event

More info:

Friday, April 27, 2018

Open Gate May 5th

Open Gate  Saturday 5th May  10am-4pm

An Art Exhibition will feature local artists Ann McGinley and Mel Lazarow paintings and printed cushions. Gates open 10am

Viewing will be in the big main house - open all day.

Annual Scarecrow Making Competition 

Bring in your creation prior to Saturday and it will go into the running for some great Nursery Prizes!Judging and viewing from 11.30am

The Walter Boys

Playing live music from 11am - catch their sweet tunes and original melodies

Nature Playgroup at Peppertree Place Coburg

We are keen to start up an all outdoor playgroup for 3-5 year olds on Tuesdays starting mid May. If you are interested in attending then please contact Vicky: or come and meet Vicky and have chat on Saturday 5th May from 12pm

Peppertree Place is a volunteer powered, plant producing social enterprise that provides a platform for community groups, families and schools to connect with nature, fresh food and each other. Discover this magical place for your self and share the Peppertree love.

Opening Hours: Tuesday - Friday 10am-4pm
Saturdays: From 11am
First Saturday Every Month: 10am-4pm

512 Sydney Road, Coburg, Victoria
Contact us:   0431 494 773

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Peppertree Place Upcoming Open Gate Event

Upcoming Events
Well Swung

April 7th - this Saturday! 

Open Gate extends its opening hours from 10am-4pm.  

Well Swung - local Coburg jazz outfit will get you swinging and in the mood from 11.30am.

Tash will conduct a free composting and worm farming workshop for those of you keen to find out more about this garden resource free at your fingertips! So you've got the worms, the farm - but what now?! Get up close and personal with your soils best friends!! 
Workshop is free and starts at 11am.

Gemma is our Fresh Food Fermentation Fairy and is looking to run a series of workshops in April/May here at Peppertree Place. Come and find out why eating fermented food is so good for your second brain the gut and sign up to her workshops - from 1.00pm - 1.30pm

Coming Up in May and June:
The Walter Boys grace us with their musical presence at the May Open Gate

Giant Grass Design will run a workshop on 'Bamboo for the Backyard'. Munir and Mittul are our local bamboo experts who currently run workshops, build nature playgrounds, design and create amazing structures and sculptures with bamboo - not to be missed!
Diana Cotter - local garden design and school garden educator will be sharing her knowledge around the use of berries in the garden and doing the most for them so you get the fresh tasty goods in summer and autumn!

5th May Open Gate - Annual Scarecrow Competition - open to anyone, individuals, school groups, community groups. Entry is free - make your own scarecrow and enter to win prizes from our Plant Nursery!! For more information contact us via email: or drop in and see Mary in the Nursery.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Moreland Council is looking for an Urban Forestry Officer (ad)

Urban Forestry Officer

Closing Date: 23 Mar 2018
Location: VIC - Hadfield
Salary: $83,491.37 to $91,008.02
Work Type: Contract/Temp

  • 2 Year Term 
  • Key Strategic role
  • Full Time / Monthly RDO

Moreland City Council is seeking an experienced professional to take on a key role in the Open Space Maintenance Unit, to grow the Urban Forest in the municipality and delivering on commitments of its Urban Forest Strategy 2017-2027.

This is a fantastic opportunity for an individual who has a good knowledge of trees and vegetation combined with sharp and innovative strategic nous, to deliver longer term and sustainable outcomes. The candidate will relish the opportunity to step into a brand new role, working with a dynamic team and enjoy contact with the community.

You are required to have a Degree or Advanced Diploma in Arboriculture (AQF Level 6) or equivalent. Experience in a similar role in local government and expertise in the management of an urban forest would be advantageous. 

Applicants need to address the key selection criteria from the position description to be successful in this role.

We are an equal opportunity and child safe employer, support inclusiveness and diversity, and are Values based.  Moreland - One Community Proudly Diverse.

Applicants may obtain a position description from our website at

Applicants for Council positions must be entitled to work in Australia.

[on behalf of City of Moreland]

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Robninson Reserve Community Garden is underway!

There is exciting progress to share regarding the upcoming Robinson Reserve Community Garden!

Council has prepared the site and the construction of core infrastructure (i.e. 6 raised garden beds) has begun. This first stage will be carried out every Friday over the next few weeks. The current, staged garden design is included below.

Once this construction stage is complete, the garden will be handed over to the community for planting and nurturing.

You are all invited to attend a meeting to discuss and get involved in the next stage of the garden on Thursday, 15 March, at 7:30pm at the House.

This meeting will be to discuss the roll-out of stage 2 and beyond. RRNH will be available for support and coordination, however a community-led committee will need to be established to ensure the running of the garden.

We would appreciate you forwarding this to anyone in the area who you think may be interested. If you are interested in being involved please email


Wednesday, February 28, 2018

March 3rd Open Gate Peppertree Place

Open Gate Saturday 3rd March 

10am - 2pm @Peppertree Place, Coburg

This month at Peppertree Place Open Gate we have workshops and live music!

Diana Cotter will run a garden workshop on Summer Pruning of your Fruit Trees - summer is an appropriate time to prune and maintain your fruit trees - things like apples, stone fruit and pears. Join Diana in our garden of delights and learn how to prune your trees so you'll maximise fruit production for next season. From 11am in the garden at Peppertree Place. Full $15 Concession $10 *Volunteers half price!

Treat yourself at our Cafe with sweet hand made treats by our volunteer chef Made by Jane or grab an affordable lunch of pastries and salad.

Peppertree Nursery is again back in full plant production so natives, edibles & herbs are ready to get into your garden!

Live Music with the Sanacori Ensemble from midday at Peppertree Place!!

We welcome back to the cafe stage Rosa and Vincenzo together create the Sanacori Ensemble. The duo interprets the repertoire of Southern Italian traditional music with a personal, raw and passionate touch.
Songs and stories of love, betrayal, work and resistance performed with guitar, frame drums, castanets, traditional flutes and the strong desire to share unknown, fascinating aspects of their homeland with the Australian audience.

Friday, February 16, 2018

Grow Your Own Way gardening course at West Brunswick Community Garden

You're invited to join a comprehensive gardening course at West Brunswick Community Garden!

Build confidence around growing your own food in a working community garden with others in your local community.

The course, starting in March, will run over 16 weeks, with 8 sessions of 2 hours. Each session will focus on a different part of creating good gardening practices. Our trainer Elspeth Brock is a well known educator, horticulturalist and permaculture practitioner who has run courses in Moreland at other gardens.

The sessions will cover:
  • soil prep, good planting practices and planning
  • seed raising and propagation
  • companion planting and layering
  • watering, weeding, layering, mulching, staking, liquid feeding and all the little things
  • compost and creating ongoing good soil
  • pest control and management
  • harvesting
  • cooking, rejuvenating beds, ongoing planting, rotation cropping 
Best of all as this is our introductory course we are offering the whole course, 8 sessions, for $80! Places are limited, we only have a few left and we want to fill them up to make the most of this.

Check out the details, dates and sign up here

Please share and spread the word with anyone you feel might be interested.

If you're on Facebook, here's the event which you can also share.

If you have any questions, please contact

Sunday, February 11, 2018

CERES Harvest Festival 2018

Celebrating and giving thanks to the good earth, our farmers and the cycle of the seasons.

Come and celebrate at the CERES Harvest Festival on Saturday 24th March 2018.

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

Bring your whole family along to the Harvest Festival celebrations. 

Saturday 24th March 2018
CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.

A little bit of country right here in the city.  

Entry is $5, Kids are free. All proceeds go towards keeping CERES awesome.

For more information contact 9389 0100 or visit

Paul Hawken: 100 Solutions to reverse global warming

CERES, Moreland City Council and MEFL are proud to present Paul Hawken: 100 Solutions to reverse global warming.

At this event, Paul will talk about his latest book Drawdown, the most comprehensive plan ever proposed to reverse global warming. 

Project Drawdown gathered a qualified and diverse group of researchers from around the world to identify, research, and model the 100 most substantive, existing solutions to address climate change.

Friday 23rd February 2018

6:15pm - 9:30pm

Coburg Town Hall
90 Bell Street, Coburg, VIC 3058

Doors open at 6:15pm. 

Food and drink available from 6:15pm.
The speaking event starts at 7pm.

This is a ticketed event:
$27 - Full Fee
$16 - Concession

For more information and to book a ticket

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Future Farmers Event

Sunday 18th February 2018
6pm - 9pm

@ CERES Environment Park
  An evening at CERES for farmers - present and future - to present the diverse pathways into sustainable farming.

The evening will include a panel discussion talking with urban market gardeners, farming cooperatives and sustainable growers about their experiences of getting started in the industry, the hurdles they’ve faced and what it takes to find your feet. 


Panel chaired by Chris CERES Fair Food with guest speakers:

  • Paul Miragliotta - Farmer Incubator
  • Madelaine Scott -Madelaine's Eggs
  • Yellow Box Growers
  • Em Connors - Joe's Market Garden 

The panel discussion will be followed by plenty of food, music and drinks.

This is a free event and
is part of the Sustainable Living Festival 2018.

Info & RSVP:

CERES Community Environment Park
Cnr Roberts and Stewart St
East Brunswick VIC 3057

Peppertree Place Open Gate - 3rd February 2018

Peppertree Place Re Opens this Saturday!!

512 Sydney Road, Coburg from 10am-2pm

We're back in business for 2018 and have started production in the Volunteer Powered Nursery getting our stock up with a range of organically raised edible seedlings with the likes of cabbage, broccoli, lettuces, herbs, brussel sprouts, cauliflower, sliverbeet are all ready to get into your garden!!

The Pop-up Cafe will be serving the usual array of amazing sweet treats 
Made by Jane (mostly) as well as Frenchy, lunchy savouries made by Philippe and Dale. Get in early so you don't miss out!!

Food swapping will still be a DIY feature of Peppertree's Open Gate monthly events, so bring along your fresh excess garden produce to share. Give what you can - take what you need.

We look forward to welcoming back all our regular patrons and welcome all you newbies to the hood! 

Upcoming Workshops and Live Music...

We will be scheduling gardening and green lifestyle workshops and music in the months to come - watch this space! 

If you'd like to play music or present a workshop please get in touch to discuss!!

Keep up to date at our face book page - click on the 'Next Open Gate' link above

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