A house full of wwoofers & a ute load of kiwis. Cheese, bees & pruning trees.

Monday, July 21st, 2014 at 5:52 pm

Our friend, Ian Cuming, from Beenak Farm dropped a ute load of his kiwi off at the warehouse this week. I first met Ian about 10 years ago when he was teaching a biodynamic farming course at CERES.  With his gentle ways and deep knowledge of BD farming he was a much loved teacher. And […]

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Fair Food and Meat. Joe Sgro, MasterChef and Deep Purple….potatoes.

Sunday, July 6th, 2014 at 10:31 am

We are getting our logistics and website ready at Fair Food to begin selling meat.  Eating meat is a big deal; as a kid I’ll always remember the quiet, slightly regretful mood that came over my dad and uncles when they home-killed a sheep.  The same feeling was cemented in me when I worked as […]

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It’s as much about the trees as the bees. There’s someone you need to meet.

Monday, June 30th, 2014 at 9:15 am

Daniel Saulwick and his boys, Jasper and Charlie (that’s them in the pic) delivered their Central Victorian honey to the warehouse this week.  CERES has been buying Daniel’s honey for years – (we both tried to work out how many but just settled on “years”). Like a lot of producers Daniel’s not a full-time beekeeper, […]

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The Grain Store – July Full Moon Dinner. Wintery Produce Unpredictability

Monday, June 23rd, 2014 at 9:20 am

After the first Full Moon Dinner sold-out in no time flat our friends, Ingo and Melanie at The Grain Store have been getting up their courage to put another one on (see the invite above).  Ingo, originally from Switzerland, is a classically trained chef who has cooked his way around the world in the demanding kitchens of various […]

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Deep Cycle Fruit & Veg

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 5:27 pm

It goes like clockwork: around this time of year I get a phone call from Paul Haar to let me know his feijoas are finished for the season, a week later Ian Cuming calls to say his kiwifruit is ready to go.  Paul and I say our goodbyes till next April and later when I talk to Ian for the […]

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Two of our much-loved men honoured on Queen’s Birthday

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014 at 5:19 pm

Two men who’s vision, dedication and enormous-heartedness guided CERES from a tip site into Australia’s most visited environmental centre have been recognised in today’s Queen’s Birthday Honours List.  Eric, who recently died, and Noel, who recently retired, were both with CERES from the beginning.  With great dedication and very dry humour they gave themselves to […]

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Little things on a big day for CERES, and Farmer Steve Marsh

Monday, June 2nd, 2014 at 10:36 am

On Wednesday the verdict came in on the landmark case of WA organic grower, Steve Marsh, who lost his organic certification after his land was contaminated by GM canola from his neighbour, Michael Baxter’s farm.   Even though it was proved that GM canola plants had come from Marsh’s neighbour, Justice Kenneth Martin determined that Baxter […]

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Pay Joe’s beans forward. My cabbage awakening.

Monday, May 26th, 2014 at 11:12 am

You’ll find something extra in your order this week – a little packet of local vegetable history – namely Joe’s broad beans.  Picked and dried last year at the CERES Merri Creek Market Garden* these beans possess the highly desirable quality of retaining their sweetness even when they’re big and they do get big, some […]

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Nuts & the long game and Tecoma tea cosy cuts through at Fish Creek festival

Monday, May 19th, 2014 at 10:10 am

About eight years ago we planted a chestnut tree on our block of land in South Gippsland.  This afternoon I was mowing the long grass around its base when I stopped and picked up one of the prickly cases to see how the nuts were doing this year.  I wasn’t expecting much, I’d sort of […]

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Autumn almanac entry – Loquats in flower

Monday, May 12th, 2014 at 10:50 am

This loquat tree (see pic above) was a volunteer seedling that popped up in my front yard about five years ago.  And this week, after thinking that it might never fruit, it announced with an abundant coverage of creamy blossoms that it was indeed fecund. Some of you might remember an email from last year […]

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