If you live in Melbourne (or even further afield) you might have read an article about soil contamination at our local community environmental farm CERES recently. The article ‘Contaminated Produce Grown On Environmental Farm‘ implied/alleged/reported that the CERES farm have been selling contaminated produce to the community, possibly for years. An out-of-context quote (an answer to a misinformed, hypothetical question) from CERES chair Robert Larocca seemed to confirm this. But the thing is, the report is not true.
Four private garden plots on the CERES site tested at above the allowed levels for toxicity. These plots are not accessible to the public and no produce grown there is sold to the public. Read more here about that. Those plots are being decontaminated as we speak to make them safe for PRIVATE (non commercial!) use.
The CERES Fair Food program (which delivers locally grown, organic produce to people all over Melbourne) has been hit hard by the false reporting. This from CERES themselves :
Geesh. And all because of incorrect reporting.
This piece was published a week after the first, stating that actually things were safe at CERES after all. But the damage has been done and people have been cancelling their Fair Food orders as a result.
Maybe we can help CERES repair some of that damage?
If you are in a position to sign up for CERES Fair Food, please do so today. They really need our support to get back on track and keep their packers and drivers employed, as well as supporting local farmers and processors.
This is an amazing program which I’d been considering signing up for. I’m going to do it RIGHT NOW. You can too. Fruit and vegetable boxes start at $35 and you can get all kinds of other goods stuff via the Fair Food program too. They deliver to central pick up points all over Melbourne, and then you can grab you box from there.
Sign Up For CERES Fair Food Today! YOU can help to keep this amazing program running. Don’t let sensationalist journalism destroy this important community resource. Let’s go! Save CERES Fair Food!
PS : Thanks to Vanessa Dwyer for updating me on this. xxx