The Joy That Lies Ahead / Fair Food Closed Easter Monday

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 1:49 pm

The joy that lies ahead  I got an email from Jenny Indian up in Stanley this week containing the picture above-  it was a reminder that chestnuts would be arriving in the next couple of weeks. Now ignoring for a moment that it’s apple and pear season (we’ll be catching up with Hazeldean Forest Farm in the next week […]

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Virtuous eggy circle / And then our fingers brushed in the oxalis

Wednesday, April 11th, 2018 at 12:54 pm

Virtuous eggy circle  Each Wednesday when he brings his eggs in from Abundance Farm in Raglan just North West of Ballarat to the Fair Food warehouse in Preston, Alex also collects our green waste to take back to feed his chooks.  All that not-quite-right fruit and veg that didn’t make the grade goes up the Western Freeway to make more eggs […]

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CERES Fair Wood – that’s right “wood” / CERES Harvest Festival

Tuesday, March 20th, 2018 at 10:08 am

CERES Fair Wood – that’s right “wood” Two years ago while dropping off some fruit at the Fair Food warehouse, feijoa grower and award-winning architect Paul Haar cannily planted an idea. He asked if CERES could do something like Fair Food but with small scale agroforesters and timber – i.e. CERES Fair Wood?  My first reaction […]

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Feels like it could be a bit of a big year

Wednesday, March 7th, 2018 at 10:24 am

This week on our Facebook feed you might have seen Lily D’Ambrosio, state minister for energy, environment and climate change, drop by the Fair Food warehouse to announce a Sustainability Victoria hybrid grant/loan for three projects; –    building a vertical microgreens teaching farm –    recycling a cool room destined for landfill from our previous warehouse […]

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Keeping the faith

Monday, February 26th, 2018 at 9:17 am

Later this week at the CERES Fair Food warehouse there’ll be a public announcement about some funding for three new projects in 2018  All of them are exciting and worthy but one, a webshop project to develop some of the features we proposed in our Rewiring the Food System campaign over three years ago, is the most satisfying. The recent history of our webshop development is […]

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Turning up…

Monday, February 12th, 2018 at 10:14 am

There’s a traditional Japanese proverb that goes something along the lines of The footsteps of the farmer are the best fertiliser … or… just turn up regularly and your garden’s going to be okay. It’s a saying which not only holds true for growing tomatoes but with the confluence of cycles over the past couple of weeks I feel […]

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February rich pickings for the thinking farmer

Tuesday, January 30th, 2018 at 4:51 pm

February – rich pickings for the thinking farmer  February is a busy time for most farmers and gardeners but if you can get somebody to cover your zucchini harvest, water your microgreens and bottle your kombucha then this month there is some seriously inspiring fruit to fill your metaphorical apple picking bag! Here’s a taster….. Saturday Feb 3rd  CERES Joe’s Market Garden Tour  […]

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Madeline and the Watts family garlic groove

Monday, January 22nd, 2018 at 1:49 pm

Last week I came into the Fair Food warehouse and saw that boxes and boxes of Madeline Watts’ Blue Sky Organic garlic had been dropped off.  I smelled one of the purple bulbs and smiled.  Madeline Watts (that’s her above), who started farming garlic straight out of high school, began Blue Sky Organics at the same time Fair Food […]

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As above so below, only more so

Monday, January 15th, 2018 at 12:18 pm

As above so below…only more so About a dozen years ago on a two week intensive soils course in Lismore NSW, Dr Elaine Ingham revealed to a roomful of farmers that in the top few inches of a hectare of healthy soil there existed an interdependent web of nutrient-cycling bacteria, fungi, nematodes, flagellates, protozoa, mites […]

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Tito Jackson and the Bacterial Big Band / What’s in the box?

Tuesday, January 9th, 2018 at 9:10 am

In case you missed last Thursday’s newsletter our annual Unglut Your Gut Challenge has been renamed Tito Jackson’s Month of Bacterial Celebration. And if you were wondering how it came to pass that our annual pilgrimage of human microbial restoration has been rebadged under the name of the least heralded member of The Jackson family read on. Okay why Tito Jackson you […]

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