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Growing and Cooking with Bushfoods



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Delve into the intriguing and delicious world of Australian Bush Foods with CERES trainer and horticulturist Belinda Kennedy. Tour the CERES bush food gardens, learn how to identify, grow and maintain a variety of local bush foods, Gain knowledge of bush foods from further afar - tropical delights from the north, peppery spices form the south. During theworkshop you will learn how to incorporate bush foods into simple, tasty and nutritious meals, desserts and snacks, the group will make a bush food inspired lunch. All food prepared on the day will be vegetarian and vegan friendly.

Trainer Bio:

Belinda Kennedy has been working within the horticulture industry for over 10 years, specialising in sustainable and organic garden design and management utilisiing permaculture principles. She has worked in numerous fields within the industry alongside several key landscape designers throughout Melbourne; co-designing, implementing and maintaining home landscapes on various scales; teaching training courses and workshops in Certified Horticulture and Landscape Design along with revegetation work along Melbourne's waterways and parklands. 

Belinda has completed an Advanced Diploma in Horticulture at Melbourne University, a Permaculture Design Course and is currently employed as the Site Horticulturalist and Volunteer Coordinator at CERES Environment Park and runs a sustainable garden design and maintenance company. Along with her hands on experience she is currently working on several literary productions based on permaculture and sustainable gardening along with producing a plant data base for the inner Melbourne region. 

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What you will learn
  • How to identify and harvest bush foods
  • How to grow and maintain bush foods in the home garden
  • How to incorporate bush foods into everyday recipes
What you will get
  • Handouts and recipes
  • Lunch and afternoon tea

What to bring
  • Notepad and writing materials
  • Note pad and pencil
What to wear

Comfortable, weather-appropriate clothing and sturdy shoes/boots

Appropriate for

Those wanting to learn about growing and cooking with bushfoods.



Vendor since 2013

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 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.

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

Come, be welcome, you never know what you will find on our rambling paths.

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02 July 2019 • Growing and Cooking with Bushfoods

The growing and cooking with bushfoods workshop was great. We got a good introduction on how and when to grow a wide variety of south East Australian natives, made a couple of relatively easy to make but very tasty dishes and went for a walk on site. Highly recommended!


01 May 2018 • Growing and Cooking with Bushfoods

Thoroughly enjoyable and informative session. I would highly recommend this course if it is run again. Belinda was our instructor.