Beautiful Darkness / New Food Hosts / Closed Monday

Beautiful Darkness When I’ve watched one too many “What’s Trump done now” stories, listened to another Fortune 500 CEO crying like a baby bird for a tax break or seen that Facebook post about there being more plastic soy sauce fishes in the ocean than actual fish, I can become susceptible to a bit of […]

Feels like it could be a bit of a big year

This week on our Facebook feed you might have seen Lily D’Ambrosio, state minister for energy, environment and climate change, drop by the Fair Food warehouse to announce a Sustainability Victoria hybrid grant/loan for three projects; –    building a vertical microgreens teaching farm –    recycling a cool room destined for landfill from our previous warehouse […]

Porridge & the Promised Land / Pick our projects…please

Commons and Nightingale

Porridge & The Promised Land We’re all children of migrants; over millennia our ancestors have escaped ice ages, droughts, famines, religious persecution, great depressions and world war. There’s always a crisis in the mix and little by little our own crisis is revealing itself.  This time, despite what American tech billionaire preppers might say about the South Island of New Zealand, […]

Fresh pistachios – a rare treat indeed

Pistachios tree Wahrina

  Fresh pistachios – a rare treat indeed Shane O’Dea remembers that when they first started growing pistachios people said Wahring was too far South and the trees wouldn’t bear. But Jenny, Shane’s sister, did her research and discovered during the 1970’s the CSIRO trialled pistachios about 80kms from the O’Dea’s farm, confirming they were viable […]

Feijoas / New Food Hosts up and running

Feijoas Paul Haar

Feijoas I realised my love for feijoas (aka pineapple guavas) was getting out of hand when our friend, Meg, pointed out I had planted 13 feijoa trees around our house. “Thirteen?” I asked, slightly startled. “Thirteen,” Meg confirmed. “Really, that many?” “That many”, Meg reconfirmed firmly. “That’s quite a lot.” “It is.” Feijoa are guavas […]

Retrosuburban Rich List / New Food Host in Oakleigh East

Retrosuburbia book cover

The Retrosuburban Rich List    David Holmgren, aka the co-originator of Permaculture, is coming to CERES in October for a conversation about his new book Retrosuburbia; The Downshifters Guide to a Resilient Future. I’ve been reading this latest chapter in David’s 40 year Permaculture journey and beneath the practical strategies on retrofitting our houses, gardens and neighbourhoods David is […]