Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Highlights from the Moreland Local Food Forum and Networking event on 14 November

About 25 people attended the Local Food Forum and Networking event on Thursday 14 November at the Coburg Courthouse. It was great to see many new faces as well as those who attended the last event in April, leading to new connections and updates on exciting ongoing initiatives.

The delicious vegan catering was supplied by Alex Dathe of Boom Foods, who sourced many of the seasonal ingredients (such as beetroot, garlic, celery, lettuce and silverbeet) from Fawkner Food Bowls market garden. It doesn't get any more local than that!

All attendees had the opportunity to introduce themselves and share inspiring examples of their activities, project or interest in local food. Two community groups expanded on their history, purpose and programs (links to presentations provided below):


1. Mahira Sobral shared the story of the Ecological Justice Hub, a practical environmental program delivered by Jesuit Social Services, based around a permaculture garden in Brunswick. The Hub is dedicated to both social and environmental justice, with the overall aim of restoring peoples' connections to nature as well as each other. Programs cover everything from how to reduce food waste and close the loop by turning food waste into a resource (even acquiring a bioreactor which produces biogas and electricity from organic waste!) to education on the power of mushrooms to restore and generate healthy ecosystems.

Mahira Sobral Ecological Justice Hub Presentation

To find out more about the education, courses and volunteering opportunities at the Hub, email

2. Taryn D'Costa, Nerida Thompson and Hilary Hogget related how the Neighbours United for Climate Action (NUCA) was formed by a group of Moreland residents who saw the benefit in acting collectively to help people feel more empowered to respond to the climate emergency. Neighbours have formed teams to progress a whole host of initiatives, including a Community Climate Action education series relating to local food growing, food waste reduction, PURE (Plastic Use Reduction & Elimination), Art Against Ecocide, community and regenerative living.

To get involved with NUCA:

There was also an update on Moreland Council's new Food Organics Recycling Service and the MWRRG's relaunched 'Back to Earth' program, which educates residents on how to use the service correctly and shows how organic waste is being turned into a valuable resource. The program includes compost donations to eligible organisations and the Victorian Garden Competition which opens in February 2020


Wednesday, October 23, 2019

You are invited to the Moreland Local Food Forum and Networking Event!

Connect, share and celebrate the achievements of the Moreland Local Food Community!

Moreland Council invites you to participate in an evening of conversations about local food projects.

This event will include facilitated networking, providing opportunities to connect with others who are passionate about creating a sustainable, just and vibrant food system.

When: Thursday 14 November 2019, 6 - 8pm

Where: Coburg Courthouse, 2 Main Street Coburg 

FREE event but registrations essential (for catering purposes) Book through this link.

Light refreshments provided, including delicious Vegetarian dishes by Boom Foods who will source some ingredients from right here in Moreland!

For those who grow their own food, we are inviting you to bring a simple dish made from homegrown ingredients, to share alongside the main catering. Label with the name and the ingredients you've grown. This will be a great talking point for participants, the idea being to swap gardening and ingredient tips and recipes! 

Children are welcome, accompanied by a carer.

For more information including Auslan interpreting, hearing or other access and dietary requirements, please contact Lee Tozzi on 9240 2388 or email by Thursday 31 October

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Gowanbrae Community Garden launch celebration

A good crowd of local residents turned out on a cool and blustery day in September to launch the new Gowanbrae Community Garden!

Located on Gowanbrae Drive, down the hill from the Gowanbrae Community and Childrens' Centre, the garden is a place where the community can grow productive and ornamental plants as well as meet, share, connect and learn about food and gardening together.

The launch celebrated the completion of the basic garden infrastructure (landscaping, pathways, table and chairs, garden beds). Local residents, Council staff and Councillors pitched in to plant a huge array of culinary plants, vegetable seedlings and food trees during the morning. Mayor Cr Natalie Abboud made the official speech culminating in the ceremonial planting of a lemon myrtle tree.

The design includes additional features and plants which will be implemented as funding and the capacity of the community garden group allows.

We’re calling for anyone interested in being involved in the garden to get in contact with Andre at andre.braakhuis(at)

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Tamil Feasts Market Stall Launch

We have expanded our Tamil Feasts family!  

Tamil Feasts is a social enterprise that provides employment for recently settled asylum seekers.  9 new participants who are all seeking asylum have started a hospitality training program with us at CERES. 

For 8 weeks this Spring, our Tamil Feasts trainees will be holding a food stall at the CERES Saturday Market.  And they would love to share their food with you. 

We will be serving up a variety of yummy street food to send your taste buds on a journey.  Think dosa’s, freshly made chai and sweet treats.

So come finish off your week, support our new trainees and enjoy a plate of life changing goodness.  

Our first market opens

Market Stall Launch
Saturday 7th September 2019
9am – 2pm

Tamil Feasts Market Stall will run from 7th September until 26th October 2019.

For more information please contact CERES on 9389 0100.

Tamil Feasts - More than just a meal 

Thursday, May 23, 2019

Highlights from the Moreland Local Food Networking and Autumn Celebration on 4 April.

About 40 residents got together to network and hear local food groups tell interesting and inspiring stories about their local food projects at the Merlynston Progress Hall, Coburg on April 4, 2019.

Here are the highlights as well as copies of the presentations and contact details to find out more about each initiative:

  • Claudia and Angela from Open Table talked about the nutritious meals they make from surplus food to hold monthly or fortnightly community lunches in Brunswick, Fawkner, Coburg and Glenroy.
If you would like to volunteer to help at any of the community lunches in your area, please email or register at

  • Rani, Emma, Jane and Bec from the Upfield Urban Forest described how they have transformed three different sites in the Upfield bike track from barren wastelands to cool, shady, beautiful spaces that improve the commuter experience immeasurably and at the same time reduce the urban heat island effect, store water and carbon and increase food security for local residents.
If you would like more information and to get involved in this fantastic initiative, click on this link

  • Jen from Fair Share Fare introduced the exciting and innovative new Community Graft project which is all about preserving our food heritage and supporting food security by preventing the loss of existing food and fruit trees and establishing new urban orchards. In the process, the project will foster the intergenerational and intercultural transfer of food growing knowledge and skills. Free grafting workshops have already been held in March and April this year to create a community of ready ‘grafters’.
To find out more and to get involved, contact

Links to the presentations from the event are provided below:

Local Food Network Presentation 4 April 2019

Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Free Composting Workshop!

Brunswick Neighbourhood House Community Garden has upgraded its composting facilities!

To celebrate, Brunswick Neighbourhood House is delivering a FREE composting workshop on Saturday 11th May, as part of our celebrations for Neighbourhood House Week.

This workshop will be delivered by composting enthusiast Anna Sonogan.

In this super exciting workshop you will learn:

  • How composting works, including the difference between hot and cold compost
  • How to balance your compost with the correct ratios of carbon and nitrogen
  • All about the improvements made to the BNH Community Garden composting system
  • Handy tips for composting at home

Where: Brunswick Neighbourhood House Community Garden, Rear of 43A De Carle St Brunswick

When: Saturday 11th May, 9:30am-11am

Cost: Free, but please book.

Contact Brunswick Neighbourhood House on 9386 9418 or email

Many thanks to 3000 Acres for providing funds to upgrade the BNH Community Garden Composting Facilities!

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Melbourne Food Hub Workshops

The Melbourne Food Hub in Alphington invites you to two workshops celebrating making and preserving food

Tomato Passata Workshop:
Join @Melbourne Food Hub on Sunday 24th March for a 4 hour Tomato Passata Making Workshop. The seasons are changing and it’s time to preserve a splash of summer in a bottle for those cold winter months.

Tomato Day has long been a celebration of seasonal eating and bringing our community together. Melbourne Food Hub would like to honour this tradition with you all. Come and learn all there is to know about preserving tomatoes and leave with a skill for life.

In this 4 hour workshop, you will learn how to make a traditional tomato passata - each participant will receive 10kg worth of tomatoes to transform - enjoy a delicious seasonal lunch with local wine and take home your preserved bottles to enjoy over winter. The workshop is the first step in setting up the fully functioning community kitchen. This class is full of all the good things in life: eating, drinking and preserving! The workshop will be facilitated by the vibrant Betty Vassilou who has a presence in the community, teaching for many years at Westgarth primary as well as a being a regular stall holder at weekend Melbourne Farmers Markets.

The workshop will begin during @Alphington Farmers Markets so come early to pick up your local and sustainable groceries direct from our wonderful #Victorian #producers.

Link to Facebook event:
Link to Trybooking event:

Wicking Bed Workshop:
Gardening in a small space? Want to use limited water resources more efficiently? Back by popular demand, join @Melbourne Food Hub and @Very Edible Gardens for a 2 hour workshop learning all there is to know about wicking beds. See productive wicking beds in use on site and learn how to build your own. There will also be a working bee commencing directly afterwards for anyone who would like to stay on.

The workshop is running on Sunday 31st March during the weekly @Alphington Farmers Market so come early or stay late and grab your groceries direct from our #Victorian #producers.

Link to Facebook event:
Link to Trybooking event:

Thursday, March 14, 2019

You are invited to the Moreland Local Food Networking and Autumn Celebration!

Moreland Council invites you to celebrate the achievements of our amazing local food community and the wonderful colours and flavours of Autumn!

When: Thursday 4 April, 6:30 - 8pm
Where: Merlynston Progress hall, 1 Novian Street, Coburg North
Cost: FREE

NOTE: This event follows on from the Moreland Grows exhibition by 3000acres (5:30 - 6:30pm in the same venue), which will bring to life in photos and videos the fantastic diversity of food gardening taking place all around Moreland.

Join us for presentations and discussions about local food projects. We will also officially launch the Moreland Community Food Growing Assessment Guidelines, which provides handy tips and resources and helps make the process for starting a new community garden clearer.

Delicious seasonal food will be provided and there will be time to network with others passionate about creating a sustainable, just and vibrant food system.

Children are welcome, accompanied by a carer.

This is a FREE event, but bookings are essential through this link.

Monday, March 4, 2019

CERES Harvest Festival 2019

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 23rd March 2019.
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. Sat 23rd March from 10am-3pm, Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East.
A little bit of country right here in the city.  Entry is $5* Kids are free. 
For more information contact 9389 0100 or visit
*All proceeds go towards keeping CERES awesome

Thursday, January 10, 2019

3000acres and Open Gardens Victoria invite you to food gardening tours and workshops this summer!

3000acres and Open Gardens Victoria are holding a range of exciting food gardening tours and workshops in Moreland and Darebin this summer! Get inspired to grow your own food and meet like minded food gardening enthusiasts at tours and workshops which cover everything from permaculture, keeping quails, bee hotels, productive rental gardens, fruit tree care and maintenance, gardening with kids, seed saving and preserving your summer produce.

Bookings essential – hurry these will sell out fast!

Moreland events:
Darebin events:

Growing Food micro-Enterprise - with Devita Davison, Food Lab Detroit

Are you a current or aspiring food entrepreneur or micro enterprise? Or a small food business interested in being part of a sustainable local food economy which enhances the health and wellbeing of communities?

You are invited to an interactive workshop, cohosted by Moreland City Council and Sustain: The Australian Food Network, featuring Devita Davison,, Executive Director of FoodLab Detroit, telling the inspiring story of the good food movement in Detroit, and the push to build a vibrant food economy in the wake of the decline of the automobile and other manufacturing industries.

She will share the case studies of diverse groups of local entrepreneurs, the skills and confidence they've developed through the Foodlab Detroit program, and how they have gone on to establish food businesses and grow a more equitable food supply which honours identity and culture.

FoodLab is a membership-based non-profit organisation with a vision to cultivate, connect and catalyze, to use food as an economic engine, to form a supportive community of entrepreneurs and to make good food a reality for all Detroiters.

Event Details:

Thursday 7 February, 6 – 8pm
Glenroy Public Hall
5a Cromwell Street, Glenroy
Free event but registrations essential - book here

Light refreshments will be served

About Foodlab Detroit 

FoodLab is a membership-based non-profit organisation with a vision to cultivate, connect and catalyze, to use food as an economic engine, to form a supportive community of entrepreneurs and to make good food a reality for all Detroiters.

Devita's TED interview outlines her approach and experience supporting local food business incubation and entrepreneurs
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