Caring for the Mother Tree

CERES Annual Appeal 2021

In times of trouble we seek sanctuary and in weeks like these CERES, more than ever, feels like a Mother Tree.


Welcome to Country lunch

On a crisp autumn morning a few weeks ago Wurundjeri elder, Uncle Ringo Terrick, came to the Fair Food warehouse to conduct a Welcome to Country ceremony.

Wood Savings

Storm damage salvage and CERES Fair Wood

The storm that tore through Victoria a week and a half ago brought down so many mature trees that Hayden Cronin, Fair Wood’s manager, has been inundated by emails asking for help – including one from a landholder in Newbury who had lost more than 100 trees.

Social Enterprising

Prasad and veggies at the Fair Food warehouse

On July 1st, eleven years ago at our old warehouse in Beavers Road Northcote, Fair Food received its very first order.

Growth rings

Rowan Reid Agroforestry workshop

Like Baltic pine there are lots of other native timbers we use every day but don’t talk about – Merbau from South East Asian rain forests, Cumaru from South American jungles, even our own old growth Mountain Ash.

Frank and Dan’s unusual relationship

Frank Hirst, on-farm timber

The idea was if Frank did the harvesting himself bit by bit and Dan bought the logs directly from Frank then most of the tree’s value would stay on Frank’s farm.