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, […]

When fungi calls your name / Joe’s Farm Raiser / Vote 1 CERES

King oyster mushrooms

When fungi calls your name What kind of mushrooms do marine biologists like best?  Oyster mushrooms of course! (Ouch! I’m so sorry) John Ford (that’s him in the pic) holds a PhD in Marine Biology and has spent his career reducing the environmental impact of fishing. Lately however John’s lifelong passion for fungi has been taking him […]

Reconnecting with asparagus / Joe’s Farm-Raiser Party

Cafresco asparagus

Reconnecting with asparagus   This week if you take some time to quiet your mind and find a place where the edges of human & universal consciousness overlap,  you may just be able to feel the subterranean vibration of asparagus crowns awakening in the swamps of Koo Wee Rup. And it’s about this time of year I feel […]

Sweet victory for local honey hero / Bee aware at CERES

Bee and flower

Sweet victory for local honey hero   Three years ago Victorian beekeeper, Simon Mulvany (that’s him above), began blowing the whistle on commercial honey giant Capilano Honey for blending cheap Chinese honey with Australian honey in its budget Allowrie brand. Chinese honey according to Simon contains high levels of antibiotics, chemical residues and diseases like foul brood which can […]

The produce and the people / Urban farming kids


The produce and the people Today I was taking pleasure in a wheelbarrow full of a dark, moist chocolatey compost; a  miracle of microbiological transmogrification. I’m no musician or gifted cook, but I can make a pretty good compost (it’s possibly genetic; my dad is well known for his heaps). Anyway, I was admiring the compost because Alan, our neighbour’s, […]

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 […]