“This is a very special place with a very special atmosphere.” – Kevin Keegan
The special place I am featuring today for Lens Artist Photo Challenge is not somewhere from my travels, or some amazing landscapes, or some vistas in another land.
Pat, my daughter, wanted to take me to this park slash market slash cafe slash organic place slash grocer for the longest time but didn’t quite make it until now. It started with a morning coffee and brunch at the cafe called Merri Cafe.
When we went at the back of the cafe, that was when I fell in love with the place. The vision of Ceres is ”…for people to fall in love with the Earth again”. And that was what exactly happened when I saw the organic plants, fruits and vegetables.
CERES is an environmental education centre, community garden, urban farm and social enterprise hub spread across four locations, linked by the Merri and Darebin Creeks on Wurundjeri Country, Melbourne.
Our vision is for people to fall in love with the Earth again, and to that end our work spans environmental, social, economic, spiritual and cultural dimensions.
We receive around half a million visits per year to our original park in Brunswick East, and reach nearly another million through our other locations, school outreach programs and online services.The CERES School of Nature and Climate is the evolution of our education programs into a focused response to the climate and ecological crisis we are facing.
Our environmental education offerings at Brunswick East, in schools and online, are designed to reconnect people to each other and the Earth, developing the practical skills, knowledge, leadership qualities and community resilience that will be needed in the coming decades.
Some environmentally friendly playground for kids.
While walking on the winding trail I saw a sign with a Kookaburra saying: “The land and the creek near CERES were very polluted. We couldn’t find food to eat or places for our nests so we left. Lots of people worked together cleaning up the mess and planting lots of plants. We came back again. A good reason to celebrate.”
And oh coming from the other side, I nearly missed this Barcelona like entrance.
Doors were in abundance here as well. (though the entry for Dan’s Thursday Doors challenge is already closed).
Some colourful mosaic benches and some wooden seats.
And some public art displays.