Dragonfly is a social enterprise offering a café and deli in Preston. While we are not open yet, we are working on completing the interior and plan to open later in 2017! We would love for you to become a part of the Dragonfly family. If you want to be a supplier, or have some ideas, send us an email!
We are bringing sustainability to the north side of Melbourne along with delicious, local treats to share with the community. The Dragonfly space is powered by solar energy, with geothermal energy for efficient heating and cooling and lowering our energy use. Our cafe will focus on sustainable and healthy food options. This is the lovechild of northern local Nada Todorovich and is supported by a whole host of like-minded individuals. Nada trained as a naturopath and wants to provide everyday nourishment for the community and contribute towards sustainable living.
Dragonfly Café includes an area designed for younger members of our community. A fish tank will entice the little ones while opening up other areas of the café for quiet contemplation. Children will play while having an opportunity to discover foods they may have pushed aside in the past – free from preservatives and excess sugar. Our food is locally sourced - as often as possible - from producers with a predominantly permacultural method.
Ready-made products in our deli are sourced from likeminded others with a passion for fresh taste! Our food is seasonal and always prepared with love and care, with a focus on nutritional density in line with contemporary nutrition knowledge. Therefore it not only tastes good, but it is good for you.
Parents will be able to relax in an area with specific child safety measures incorporated into the design. There will be a subtle educational component with the addition of a community group space. The separate group space will provide an opportunity for community-run classes, from yoga, to monthly art exhibitions by local artists, to information sessions on natural farming processes or the geothermal technology that powers the site.
Melbourne has fast become a hub for alternative and sustainable living. This way of living is conscious of our impact on the environment around us and the impact on our own bodies. Increasingly, people are demanding local initiatives and products that reflect conscious living. This is becoming a more commonplace concept - an excellent improvement in consumer culture!
As a social enterprise, we recognise that Dragonfly must aim to serve the community in a thoughtful and meaningful way. We must remain transparent in our actions and motives and promote sustainability and inclusion. We want to be accountable to the community we share with you.
Dragonfly strives to offer an environment that is as inclusive to as many people in our community as possible. It hopes to provide a sophisticated space that will exhibit comfort and warmth. Dragonfly strives to incorporate eco-friendly design features such as our geothermal energy and solar power. These qualities fade into the surroundings as we endeavour to create a place that just feels good to be in.
The ideal of a utopian environment influenced the concept of Dragonfly. We wanted to create a comfortable place where one can be surrounded by an appreciation for nature. The space we aim to provide is akin to a sanctuary, a peaceful and welcoming escape that is the embodiment of free thinking, ingenuity, positivity, and a meaningful lifestyle.
Dragonfly is based upon five key themes:
Connection: A connection with ourselves, our community and our planet.
Sophistication: We live in a technologically developed country, yet making things sustainable is still not part of our everyday lives. It may seem counterintuitive, but a certain level of sophistication is needed for a business to represent the natural world in a sustainable and viable manner. Some of the technologies available, like our geothermal energy, have been developed with a high degree of complexity to sustainably take advantage of the incredible natural resources we so often ignore or exploit.
Integrity: Dragonfly aims to maintain integrity in our commitments. Our hearts, minds and bodies need to be in sync to live well.
Wellbeing: The term ‘wellbeing’ is representative of health in our minds and bodies but also our social lives. It is not just being free of illness, but having abundant vitality and feeling strong and resilient. It also encompasses the strength of our community and personal social ties.
Education: We all have something to learn and something to teach. From this understanding, we can all help others to grow to face challenges, while remaining humble and looking for new opportunities.
We are dedicated to sustainability, and our space is powered by geothermal energy. Over the coming years, Melbourne University is conducting research into how this energy is used at Dragonfly. To read more, take a look here and here.