Posts Tagged ‘CERES’

Living Green Workshops at CERES

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on June 5th, 2013

Have a look at this screen grab of some of the workshops coming up at CERES – they just get better and better.
What are you doing on the weekend?

CERES Workshops

>> download the March-June 2013 brochure 

Wanted: CERES Aquaponics Farmer

Posted in Models, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 17th, 2012


Do you have what it takes to run a small hi-tec urban farm as a professional farmer growing high value crops and selling them direct to niche markets and through a veggie box system? We’re looking for a super motivated and entrepreneurial urban farmer to run our Aquaponic Food Hub system as part of our Food Hubs urban farming research project. This is a contract position – we are looking for a farmer who will run our established system (produces 400-700 vegetable units/week), keeping the profit in exchange for pushing the system’s productive potential and helping us document what yields are possible. The position is supported with training and mentorship.

Download the Position Description: Aquaponics Farmer PD July 2012 or go to the job description on the CERES site.

CERES Global: Travel with Purpose

Posted in Events, Seeking, Visions by ceres on May 2nd, 2012

3 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm
24 May , 2012
6:30 pmto8:00 pm

CERES Global is offering the opportunity for students and professionals interested in areas of environment, sustainability, community development, global equity, health and education to travel to Indonesia in July this year and contribute to local village societies by sharing skills in a range of community engagement areas.

To find out more attend and Information Session

Thursday 3rd May 6.30pm
Thursday 24th May 6.30pm

All information sessions are held in the CERES Eco house, Crn Roberts and Stewarts Streets, East Brunswick.

Alternatively, you can read more information below.

Background to CERES
CERES is an environmental community organisation in East Brunswick, Melbourne. It has become an icon of locally based education and action on environmental and social justice issues. CERES aims to create awareness and action on issues of environmental sustainability and social equity – engaging the community in the process and celebrating the diversity of cultures making up our local community and world.

Background to CERES Global
CERES Global is a project within CERES aiming to engage with the issue of global inequities and the well being of all people on the planet and the environments in which they live. CERES Global runs trips India, Indonesia and Arnhem Land with the aim to engage Australian people with the issues of developing countries whilst enjoying the richness of their cultures and the wisdoms they can add to our understanding of sustainable wellbeing. The trips are also valuable in establishing ongoing relationships and links between remote communities and the resources and skills of our part of the world.

Indonesia 1 – 17th July 2012
This cultural volunteer program offers interested people the opportunity to take part in a socio-environmental and cultural journey focused on mutual learning and exchange. The aim of the trip is to harness connections and build cross cultural friendships, share ideas, skills and experiences, and create understanding between people from diverse backgrounds. Travellers will experience daily village life and work alongside community organisations implementing fresh approaches to sustainability and community development.

Most of our time in Indonesia will be spent working alongside the organisation Yayasan Usaha Mulia (YUM)

“Yum’s community based projects aim to provide a better standard of living for those families living in poverty. They work in a number of sectors including water and sanitation, agriculture and microcredit for women. YUM aims to create a foundation for long-term stability and growth by promoting cooperation between members of each community and show communities what can be achieved when they work together.” 

How participants can get involved:

  • English teaching (kindergarten to adult)
  • English teacher training
  • Organic/permaculture farming/training
  • Community Library activities
  • Environmental/outdoor education
  • Art, drama, dance, sport, music classes
  • Waste Education (project development and implementation with staff)
  • Maternal Health
  • Recycling program
  • Possibly – researching the implementation of hydro electricity generation (they already have the site and plans, but no funding or feasibility study)
  • Organise activities and workshops with the local community (mostly children) or with the YUM staff
  • Undertaking maintenance around the grounds

CERES provides a fully supported program including pre-trip information sessions and post-trip debriefs. We organise all internal transport, accommodation, and food and facilitate projects with the groups we visit. We will even help you raise funds to get over there.

Please note that there is a cost to participate in this program of $2000 including all internal food, accommodation and transport. This does not include flights to and from Indonesia.

How to express interest

To get involved and for more information please contact Sophie with your area of interest:


Phone: 03 9389 0183

Or visit our website:

CERES: Fair Food is Safe Food

Posted in Models by Kate Archdeacon on March 6th, 2012

This announcement update released Monday, March 5th, 2012 at 8:00 am. Original released, Sunday, March 4th, 2012

On Sunday morning, an article in The Sunday Age alleged that produce from CERES Organic Farms was contaminated.

CERES Fair Food was established to better connect people with some of Victoria’s best organic producers. Produce sourced by CERES Fair Food comes from certified organic farms, which are subject to strict certification criteria relating to pesticides and other chemicals.

Our members have never been exposed to potential health risks resulting from contaminated produce. A small proportion of our produce is sourced from CERES Harding Street Farm. This site has never even been in question.

The Age article has caused some confusion with the members of CERES Fair Food, regarding the safety of produce grown in the CERES Honey Lane Market Garden and community garden plots.

The facts of the matter are as follows:

In mid-2011 a group of tertiary students conducted some research at CERES Community Environment Park comparing produce irrigated with mains water and with storm water. The students advised CERES they had found some elevated levels of lead in some produce samples collected at CERES.

In response, CERES Community Environment Park withdrew all produce grown at the CERES Honey Lane Market Garden from sale, and commenced laboratory testing of produce as a precautionary measure. The tests revealed normal levels in the CERES Honey Lane Market Garden where produce for sale onsite at CERES is sourced.

The only produce sample that showed results slightly higher than the Australia New Zealand Food Standards Code was grown in one community garden plot. CERES informed the community gardeners and facilitated further produce testing in the community gardens.

CERES Community Environment Park also informed Moreland City Council and, with the EPA, they have commenced their own testing of produce. The results from the final series of tests in the community garden plots have yet to be reported to CERES. However, CERES has been verbally advised that the EPA is not classing CERES as a contaminated site and there is no public health risk. CERES is now waiting to receive this advice in writing.

For a full statement issued by the CERES Chairperson Robert Larocca, please click here.

Green Energy Future Day 2011

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on November 24th, 2011

3 December , 2011
10:30 amto3:30 pm

CERES Aquaponics Workshop: grow your own fish and veg!

Posted in Events by ceres on May 4th, 2011

14 May , 2011
10:00 amto4:00 pm
15 May , 2011
10:00 amto4:00 pm

Learn how to raise native  fish & grow organic vegetables in a small backyard aquaponics system at the CERES Aquaponics Workshop. This introduction to backyard aquaponics, with internationally renowned aquaponics biologist Dr Wilson Lennard and CERES Green Tech Manager Stephen Mushin, will cover both the theory and practice of designing aquaponics systems that you can build in your own backyard.

The workshop covers: building a small working system, fish and plant selection, fish feeding regimes, plant nutrient requirements, water quality testing and includes a tour of other backyard systems in Melbourne. Aquaponics systems use nutrient-rich waste water from fish to grow plants on floating growbeds. Once the plants have used the nutrients in the water, it is filtered and returned to the fish tanks.

Aquaponics is a highly water efficient form of food production and is suitable for intensive urban agriculture.

Date:  Sat 14 & Sun 15  May 2011
Time:  10am – 4pm
Tickets:  $220  or  $180 (Mem/Conc)

Bookings:   T. 9387 2609  or  E.

Venue:  CERES Community Environment Park - Cnr Roberts and Stewart Streets, Brunswick East 3057.
Melways ref: Map 30 B7.

CERES Harvest Fete 2011

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on March 18th, 2011

19 March , 2011
9:00 amto2:00 pm

Celebrate our Autumn Harvest with a Country Style Fete
    Chook Tours
    Cake Competition – more details on the website
    Merri Harvest Dinner (including performance of Home)
    CERES Seedlings for sale direct to public
    Gardening Workshops
    Books, Magazines and Pet Accessories
    Kids Craft
    Harvest Parade
    Low Carbon Technologies
Saturday 19 March 2011, 9am – 2pm at CERES

For more details visit the CERES site.

CERES Global: India 2011

Posted in Events by ceres on August 26th, 2010

CERES Global is a unique cultural exchange program where participants can experience the richness of other cultures while gaining insight into different ways of sustainable living. CERES Global Trips to India, Indonesia and East Arnhemland provide people with the opportunity to experience and share in the impressive environmental and community development work carried out by village communities.  This summer we’re heading to incredible India. For the last six year CERES Global India trips have spent time with Women’s Self Help Groups all over India. From the tropical south to the foothills of the Himalayas CERES Global volunteers have been involved in helping women develop small business enterprises to empowering women through training programs.

Information Sessions for 2011 CERES Global India Travel Program:

CERES Global is currently looking for women with an interest in women’s empowerment and training to join our next trip. If you would like to find out more please come along to our next Information Session to see and hear about the projects we’ve supported over the last six years, meet past travellers, enjoy some Indian food and drink, and find out how you can be involved.

Contact Vanessa at or on 0425 856 666.

CERES Global: A different way to travel!

Posted in Events by ceres on July 26th, 2010

CERES Global trips to India, Indonesia and East Arnemland embed people within village communities doing impressive environmental and community development work.  While absorbing local life and culture, travellers can also share their skills to strengthen the work of the host organisation and make an important contribution to greater global sustainability, equity and goodwill.  CERES Global is running free information sessions for the 2011 India Travel Program. Each session will focus on one of the five key areas of community engagement participants can experience while on a CERES Global trip to India.

Free Information Sessions :

Climate Action ++ Thurs 22 July 2010

Schools (English) ++ Thurs 5 August 2010

Women’s Self Help Groups ++ Thurs 19 August 2010

Health Programs ++ Thurs 26 August 2010

Environmental Education ++ Thurs 2 September 2010

All sessions 6pm – 8pm
CERES Van Raay Centre – Cnr Roberts and Stewart St, East Brunswick, VIC 3057

To RSVP or for more information contact:

For more information about the 2011 India Travel Programs

CERES Fruit Tree Workshop

Posted in Events by ceres on July 23rd, 2010

Discover how easy it is to grow a variety of fruit and nut trees in your backyard at this two day workshop!

Learn about:

•Selecting a bare-rooted tree

•Varieties available including heritage


•Pruning (with demonstration).

•Organic maintenance and pest control

•Problem solving and commonly asked questions

About the teacher: Justin Calverley is a landscape designer with 15 years experience. He has taught regular CERES workshops in organic gardening, fruit tree pruning, indigenous plants and permaculture. Justin is also a regular broadcaster on 3RRR`s “Dirty Deeds” and channel 31`s “The Garden Tap”.

Saturday 7th & Saturday 14th August 2010
10.00am – 3.30pm

CERES Community Environment Park

Cnr. Stewart St & Roberts St, East Brunswick, Vic. 3057

$190 or $180  concession – includes coffee and bushfood mini muffin

To enrol:

Tel: 03 9387 4403



CERES Reception on 9387 2609