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  • Our Community »  CERES


    We are a not-for-profit community organisation located on four-hectare of rehabilitated landfill in East Brunswick, Melbourne. CERES is an urban oasis and thriving community environment park which includes an organic urban farm and market, education programs, a retail nursery, organic cafe and restaurant and a colourful calendar of community events and festivals. CERES is named after the Roman Goddess of Agriculture and was built on the passion and commitment of the local community. We are recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice and have won many awards including the United Nations Australia World Environment Day Award in 2009.

    Problem 1

    Thinking about how to connect everyday city folk with the land and the farmers that grow their food. We are especially interested in reducing food miles and building local food systems that engage and strengthen communities. We want to improve the resilience of our food systems by encouraging urban farming, and restore farmers and their farms to the important role they play at the centre of our lives

    Hope 1

    To see people to actively engage with and support our local food system by heading down to a local farmers market and getting to know who is growing their produce, discovering the joy of eating seasonally, getting their hands dirty growing their own food and getting creative in the kitchen preparing, sharing and celebrating locally grown seasonal food with their families and friends.

    Proud 1

    We have a vibrant and robust community food system where we propagate, plant, grow, harvest, sell, cook, swap and share our fruit and vegetables, our seeds and seedlings, and our knowledge with the local community, all in the heart of Melbourne’s inner suburbs.

    Die Happy 1

    Sitting at a long table surrounded by friends and family for brunch enjoying an omelette made with eggs from the CERES chickens, topped with fresh herbs from the CERES Farm, alongside with freshly baked pumpkin bread, homemade labne, and honey from the CERES beehives.


    People can get involved by signing up as a member, volunteering to work in our market garden, visiting our vibrant organic shop and market, cafe or nursery, signing up for a gardening or cooking workshop or even by hiring our facilities.


    Fair Food: a growing movement

    Taking steps to protect our local food systems can seem less critical in a more globalised world. Here CERES talks about why fair food needs our attention and how consumers are powerful.
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    Food box schemes: it’s fun to eat green

    Local, seasonal, organic. It’s all the rage, but what are the realities of cooking with the seasons?
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    Reasons to choose organic

    CERES are serious about organic. This is why they support a system which is moving from strength to strength.
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