SUSTENANCE FOR CHANGE

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 5:30 pm

On Thursday 4th December 2014, The Grain Store and CERES Fair Food will host a dinner in support of the work of theAsylum Seeker Resource Centre. Like our last two Full Moon dinners at The Grain Store executive chef, Ingo Meissner, will prepare a special meal featuring an abundance of locally grown, fresh produce set […]

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Thanks

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 5:26 pm

351 of you have given $29,030 to rewire the food system – it’s wonderful, it’s heart-lifting to belong to this group of people who believe in something and then back it. On behalf of everybody who benefits from this project – our farmers, Fair Food’s workers, our Food Hosts, our customers present and future and all the students who come to learn […]

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Why we need more platypuses in our lives. Rob Anderson and The Four Nonnas

Thursday, November 20th, 2014 at 5:23 pm

Over the last 5 weeks of our Rewiring the food system campaign I’ve written about our farmers, grocery makers, asylum seekers who work at Fair Food, about Food Hosts and customers and all the pieces that make up Fair Food except for the last piece, CERES Environment Park, our mother-organisation. But first I like to talk platypuses and why we […]

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If you believe…..

Monday, November 10th, 2014 at 9:34 am

It’s crunch time – one week to go before our Rewiring the food system campaign ends. One more week to buy the new software that will give more people access to Fair Food and by doing so will give more farmers fair prices, give more asylum seekers jobs and fund more education programs at CERES. 180 people have given $17,500, so it’s only $7,500 to get to our tipping point of $25,000 to make it happen.  The scary thing is that If we don’t make the tipping point […]

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Happiness is like a sandstone. Free tomatoes for Cup Day. Late midday Monday order deadline.

Wednesday, November 5th, 2014 at 7:58 pm

I was reading something in the paper this morning about happiness, it came from a famous study that had followed a group of Harvard men for 75 years measuring every aspect of their lives.  The conclusion of over three quarters of century’s scientific effort was that happiness is not related to a successful career or high intelligence […]

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Team Ameen. Crowd-funding update. CERES Heirloom Tomatoes for Cup Day Orderers.

Thursday, October 30th, 2014 at 3:50 pm

The other day the Fair Food packing crew organised our first outside of work outing – a picnic at Edinburgh Gardens.  It was wonderfully unremarkable; there was food and talk and kicking footy and our kids eating too many sweet things.  And during a lull in the conversation as we all ate pieces of a very large triple […]

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The supermarket and the supplier. The man who honey-coated Melbourne.

Monday, October 20th, 2014 at 12:06 pm

Recently I was talking to the rep of a grocery maker about her experience selling products to Coles (I won’t name her for obvious reasons).  Anyway she was telling me that if Coles decided they’d stop selling one of her products she’d be charged about $15,000 to delete the line. “You get charged to stop selling an item?” I […]

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A software barn-raising. Consider the loquat.

Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:37 am

When Fair Food first started I thought that all anybody could want was a mixed fruit and veg box and the only question could be whether it was small, medium or large.  I mean I liked shopping this way, why wouldn’t everybody else?  I have been learning ever since and Fair Food has been changing how […]

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Caring for your food host: a guide. Clifroy Community Bank does something truly special.

Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 10:31 am

Fair Food has 67 Food Hosts across Melbourne Food.  It’s really quite a strange concept when you think about it; somebody sharing a space at their homes for others (read complete strangers – at first anyway) to pick up their shopping from.   Food Hosts make our strange but effective food distribution system work, without them […]

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Born a free ranging man. Boring solution, such a lot of joy.

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014 at 4:13 pm

How’s this for an office?  This is a picture of Dan Green’s egg farm in Lower Carrajung, South Gippsland.  You may know Dan through his eggs, which he calls, Dan’s Real Free Range Eggs .  I’m telling Dan’s story because I saw in the news this week a story about a free range egg farm being fined $300,000 for not […]

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