An empowering way to grow food in the urban environment.


Project leaders
Melbourne, Victoria
Type (land use)
Community Environment Park
5 ha
Project duration
35 years 


Permaculture nursery to encourage backyard food production.



A park for everyone in the center of Melbourne...



Healthy and environmentally friendly food at the market and organic shop.



CERES is a not for profit educational organisation located on 4 hectares of rehabilitated landfill in East Brunswick, Melbourne.


At CERES you can wander the grounds; stop by our nursery, market, and cafe; take a guided tour; attend a workshop and more.

Permaculture design

for a Community Park

CERES enrionmental park is also a thriving community, an urban farm, Australia’s largest deliverer of environmental education, an event and conference venue and a place rich with social and cultural diversity. CERES is recognised as an international leader in community and environmental practice.


Built on a decommissioned rubbish tip that was once a bluestone quarry, today CERES is a vibrant eco-oasis. 350,000 people visit CERES each year. Many more engage with us through our Sustainable Schools program which takes sustainable education into schools across the state.


CERES’ green technology displays, buildings, education and training programs and social enterprises (CERES’ Organic Market, Café, Permaculture Nursery and Fair Food organics delivery) demonstrate food security, sustainable agriculture, energy efficiencies, renewables and water conservation in action.


These activities are directed to fulfilling our mission to:

  • Address the causes of climate change, 

  • Promote social wellbeing and connectedness, 

  • Build local and global equity, and

  • Embrace and facilitate rapid change.


Community groups such as the Bike Shed, Community Gardens and Chook Group that call CERES home are also part of CERES’ culture. CERES is working towards making the site carbon neutral.


CERES is a model for a future with sustainability, innovation and connectedness at its heart.









"Permaculture gardens work with nature to provide us with a healthy, home grown harvest. It begins with good design, healthy soil and an understanding of the local environment and what suits it. A permaculture garden will use less water and no man-made chemicals. 


Permaculture Systems Permaculture is an integrated design philosophy which includes gardening, architecture, horticulture, ecology and community design. Permaculture gardens create sustainable productive systems that aim to integrate the land with its inhabitants. A permaculture system will observe and learn from nature - all parts of the system are important.


Building healthy soil is critical. Instead of neat rows, a permaculture garden will have a mix of companion plants for pest control. It will use mulch to conserve water and regenerate the soil. Plants will be allowed to self-seed or seeds will be collected for the next season. What many gardeners regard as `waste' is reused in a permaculture garden to enrich the soil. Chemicals are not used and animals such as chooks, worms, bees and birds make an important contribution to the productive cycle. 


An edible garden increases the variety of food you eat each week and can cut out the need to buy some of the more costly or hard to find items - such as herbs, salad greens and heirloom varieties". 



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