CERES – Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies, is an award winning, not-for-profit, sustainability centre located on 4.5 hectares on the Merri Creek in East Brunswick, Melbourne.
It is a not-for-loss community business, which runs extensive environmental education programs, urban agriculture projects, green technology demonstrations and a number of social enterprises including a market, grocery, café, community kitchen, organic online supermarket and a permaculture and bushfood nursery.
It is a place where people come together to share ideas about living well together, and directly participate in meeting their social and material needs in a sustainable way. Through social enterprises, education and training, employment and community engagement, CERES provides the means by which people can build awareness of current local and global issues, and join in the movement for economic, social and environmental sustainability.
CERES`s social enterprises
CERES Fair Food supports Victorian farmers, grocery makers & suppliers and stick with them through the seasons
- It employs people seeking asylum, new arrivals and others who are doing it tough
- It works with over 70 neighbourhood Food Hosts, building human scale connections in our community
- It uses returnable boxes, compostable bags and pack your produce with minimal waste
- All profits help CERES teach kids and adults how to take good care of our planet
CERES Permaculture and Bushfood Nursery provides a unique experience for all who visit. As a Permaculture nursery our aim is to encourage backyard food production. Whether you have room for a food forest or simply a window box for herbs we supply a vast array of plants to grow and enjoy in your garden, as well as providing the knowledge and support to do so. The nursery is a place to relax, and take positive action towards creating a better world. Planting a beautiful, healthy and productive garden filled with food is one of the most creative and peaceful ways to sustain individual and planetary health.
Nestled on a hill, overlooking the Honey lane market garden, with Tonka trucks and olive trees for the kids to climb, they offer a unique and engaging shopping experience in inner suburban Melbourne. Have a cuppa and a treat from one of the 4 local bakeries that supply CERES Grocery with bread and baked goods on a Saturday morning whilst the band belts out some tunes, meet the local craft producers who sell their wares at the weekly Makers and Flea market come rain hail or shine, the urban farmer swap table where backyard producers offer their excess goods for free, grab some eggs still warm from our Isa Brown chooks and not a plastic bag in sight. You can bring in your recycled plastic and glass jars and fill them with organic bulk foods and liquids and environmentally friendly cleaning products. Come and immerse yourself in a community space that keeps it real.
The Merri Table is CERES’ own purpose-built organic cafe, and is one of the most popular attractions in their community. They are open seven days a week for breakfast and lunch, and provide a relaxed, environmentally friendly dining experience. They offer welcoming, casual service, and a contemporary menu that caters for all tastes and dietary requirements, with many vegan and gluten free options.
CERES GLOBAL invite you to travel on unique participatory, cross cultural, educational and skill sharing programs. Each year they visit, learn from and work with their international partner organisations doing exceptional work in sustainability, the environment, community development, social equity and education. The trips are open to people of any age or background wanting to travel with meaning and purpose and willing to open their hearts and minds to another culture and way of life.
Venue Hire creates and maintains clean, vibrant, flexible hire spaces that facilitate your best planning, thinking, discussions, learning and celebrations.
Within their 4 hectare park, Venue Hire houses a collection of indoor and outdoor spaces that are suitable for almost any type of event or meeting you can imagine… From conferences and workshops in the contemporary, architect-designed Van Raay Centre to community gatherings on the Village Green, and from inspired creative and spiritual meetings in the Multicultural Village venues, to beautiful celebrations in the Village Pavilion, the CERES environment can help your event be unique and grounded.
Other aspects of CERES that are conducive to a great event are: fresh air; good coffee; onsite parking; organic catering; picturesque farm & gardens; a range of pricing available, including discounts for other non profit organisations.