Recently Theo and I visited CERES Community Environment Park.
I thought the name of the park was just a reference to the ancient Roman goddess of agriculture (which works too and I’m sure it’s no accident), but it turns out that CERES stands for Centre for Education and Research in Environmental Strategies. CERES is a not for profit educational organisation located on 4 hectares (nearly 10 acres) of rehabilitated landfill. The landfill part doesn’t sound so great, but it actually is a really cool place with a nursery, market, and cafe. There are also meeting rooms and workshops focused on sustainable living such as home brewing, making bread and cheese, gardening, backyard beekeeping, and permaculture.
We had a nice lunch at the CERES cafe, which uses around 80% organic ingredients, much of which come from the organic market garden. Then we strolled through the park.
One thing you should know is that this is not the place to go if you want a quiet stroll through a pretty park. While it is pretty, it is not quiet. It’s full of school children on educational field trips as well as mums with their screaming babies and running toddlers.
CERES is located in East Brunswick. Business hours vary depending on the day. For more information, visit their website here.