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Scott Kinnear (organic & sustainable food activist / business owner) at Melbourne Sustainability Drinks

Posted in Events by Kate Archdeacon on May 31st, 2012

6 June , 2012
6:00 pmto8:00 pm

Director of the recently established Safe Food Foundation & Institute, Scott Kinnear is passionate about nurturing sustainable change through reducing the impacts of food production on social systems, economies, health and the environment.

Scott was the former and founding Chair of the Organic Federation of Australia, former director of Biological Farmers of Australia, former Chair of the Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies (CERES) and was a founding director of Hepburn Wind.

Scott originally trained in Agricultural Science and for the last twenty years has been heavily active in the organic food movement. Scott founded and runs Organic Wholefoods, which has two stores in Melbourne.

June 6, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Slate Bar & Restaurant
Mezzanine, 9 Goldsbrough Lane
Melbourne VIC 3000

>>Go to the website to RSVP


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.

“Anima Mundi”: Film screening

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on August 19th, 2011

12 September , 2011
8:00 pmto10:00 pm

Will you survive the transition of human industrial civilization happening now due to peak oil and climate change? Can you see the forest for the trees, the earth for the dream, the universe for the seed?

Join us Monday 12 September @ 7.30pm for 8pm screening of “ANIMA MUNDI”,  a new & innovative Aussie documentary about Permaculture, Peak Oil, Climate Change & the Soul of the World. with guest speakers, Filmmaker Peter Charles Downey & Integrative Medicine expert, Dr Mark O’Meadhra

SLOWdown restaurant cafe bar, 56 Acland Street, St Kilda (opp McDonalds)

Tickets $10 online or $11 on the door (subject to availability). Includes locally sourced produce nibblies & glass of wine. Sustainable pre-screening menu  available beforehand.

Proudly presented in partnership with SLOWdown eco-friendly cafe bar & Transition Town Port Phillip, supported by Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network & Veg Out Community Gardens.


2011 ‘Dig Your Dinner’ Schools Competition

Posted in Movements, Seeking by Kate Archdeacon on July 22nd, 2011

Make a stand against the bland! Celebrate good food, as it should be with all its bumps and imperfections. Grow it for real, from budding seed to brimming plate and join in on the quest for taste!

Following the success of last years “Dig Your Dinner” competition, the Organic Expo & Green Show are delighted to announce we are running this fun and inspiring competition again as part of our commitment to encourage future generations to lead a healthier and more sustainable life. Schools across VIC are invited to join in the challenge and “Dig Your Dinner” – A fun and easy competition to show how simple it is to grow your own food, free from artificial nasties.

There are two categories in which to enter:

1. Pre-schools/Primary Schools
2. Secondary Schools/Colleges (dependent on entry numbers these may be split further).

Your school will grow your favourite seasonal vegetables and herbs and nurture them into a bountiful crop in time for the Organic Expo & Green Show. You will then bring the best of your produce to the show creatively displayed in a wheelbarrow (competition to be judged on Saturday 15 October 2011).

• Celebrity TV gardener Vasili Kanidiadis will be there to meet your school and judge the best vegetables
• Vasili will use the winning veggies in a cooking demonstration showing how you can create a delicious, healthy and inexpensive family meal
• The winning schools will become the Dig Your Dinner Champions VIC 2011 and Vasili will present you with a trophy and prizes

Entries Close September 23

http://melbourne.organicexpo.com.au/dyd


“One Man, One Cow, One Planet”: Film Night

Posted in Events by TransitionTownPortPhillip on June 9th, 2011

13 June , 2011
7:30 pmto9:30 pm

A simple recipe to save the world? One old man and a bucket of cow-dung!

Modern agriculture causes topsoil to be eroded at 3 million tons per hour (that’s 26 billion tons a year). Human mass is replacing biomass and other species. The carrying capacity of the earth is almost spent. To maintain our comfort zone lifestyles we will soon need five earths to sustain us in the style to which we have become accustomed. The mantra of free trade has failed the world’s poor. There is a better way. Biodynamic agriculture may be the only answer we have left.

Join us Monday 13 June, 7.30pm for 8pm (sharp) screening of “ONE MAN, ONE COW, ONE PLANET”

SlowDown!@Harley Court, 56 Acland Street, St Kilda (opp McDonalds)

Tickets $11 on the door (subject to availability). Includes locally sourced produce nibblies & glass of wine. Arrive earlier for vegan pre-screening menu from 5-7pm

Proudly presented in partnership with SlowDown@ Harley Court, Transition Town Port Phillip and Port Phillip Urban Fresh Food Network, supported by Veg Out Community Gardens & Slow Food Melbourne.



Aquaponics Class with Dr Wilson Lennard

Posted in Events, Models by Virginia on May 1st, 2009

Dr Wilson Lennard, Australia’s leading aquaponics systems designer and researcher is running a course at CERES which will cover the science and engineering of backyard scale aquaponics systems (fish, biofilters, veggies, propagation, hydraulics, greenhouses, feedstock, water testing etc). The course will run over two days and will provide you
with an in depth understanding of how to design, build and manage a backyard system.

Event: Two Day Aquaponics Workshop with Dr Wilson Lennard

When: May 23rd and 24th, 10am-4pm

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

Melways reference: Map 30 B7

Cost: $180 CERES members, $170 concession

RSVP: CERES reception on 9387 2609 or ceres@ceres.org.au

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