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Chris Ennis

Class Year: 2017

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Position: CERES Fair Food

Focus Area

Positive social change

Chris Ennis

Class Year: 2017

Scholarship: Social Change Fellowship

Position: CERES Fair Food

Focus Area

Positive social change

Scholarship Project

To help Fair Food do more good in our food chain - I’m spending a working week learning from 5 of the world’s most successful and inspiring ethical grocery delivery businesses.

First - I hope the lessons I bring home will help Fair Food scale up and support more local farmers and grocery makers, employ more asylum seekers and connect more people through ethically sourced food. 

Second, as a part of CERES community education centre, Fair Food will continue to help educate and support organisations hoping to launch similar social enterprises. 

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Biography

In 2010 Chris launched CERES Fair Food; in the seven years since it's become Melbourne's most popular organic delivery service. Fair Food does good at every part of the food chain; buying from local farmers & grocery makers, employing asylum seekers, building and community through its 74 volunteer Food Hosts. 

Chris writes a popular weekly newsletter and also loves helping the next generation of CERES urban farmers get  their enterprises off the ground.

Skills & Expertise

  • Social enterprises
  • Online retail
  • Urban agriculture
  • Writing
  • Mentoring young social food entrepreneurs

The best advice I’ve been given is by my late market gardening mentor, Joe Garita.  I’d just started farming and I was putting off planting a pumpkin crop, coming up with excuses about how would I manage it and all the things that could go wrong….

Time was getting short and Joe just said to me one day,

“Chris just plant the pumpkins, just plant the pumpkins, they’ll be okay”.….

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