Job Vacancy – Enterprise Team Manager

Posted on July 14th, 2015

Northey Street City Farm
….. a place for learning about living sustainably in the city
POSITION DESCRIPTION
Position: Enterprise Team Manager
Hours: 20 hours per week (including Tuesdays, occasional Sundays)
Pay rate: NSCF Award Agreement Manager Level, $26.82 per hour excluding entitlements
Contract: Permanent part time
Responsible to: Management Committee

Person
The Enterprise Team Manager (ETM) will be an enterprising individual with demonstrated experience in enterprise management, as well as a strong history of managing people (staff and volunteers), projects and events. This is an opportunity to use your skills, networks and experience to help us develop ‘the Farm’ through growing new and existing sources of revenue.

Organisation
Established in 1994, Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) is a non-profit community organisation for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the principles of Permaculture through hands-on experience. Join an enthusiastic, passionate group of people to work on one of Australia’s largest city farms; a certified organic Permaculture site on 4.5Ha, established kitchen and market gardens, Edible Landscapes Nursery as well as orchards and wood-lot, plus Brisbane’s only Organic Sunday Markets. NSCF is also a community hub that facilitates the development of social connections and new skills for volunteers and participants in a variety of programs.

Role
The ETM role is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the management and development of the farm’s enterprises. The Enterprise Team plays a key role in supporting and improving the financial sustainability and viability of the Farm.
• Oversee and coordinate the management of the Farm’s existing enterprises, which include the Edible Landscapes Nursery, Organic Farmer’s Market and Chai Café.
• Manage and oversee the development of new income generating activities for the Farm
• Contribute technical expertise and support to other teams as needed.

Responsibilities
• Manage human and financial resources of the Enterprise Team to ensure the financial sustainability of NSCF.
• Supervise and monitor the performance of the enterprise coordinators, including developing annual work plans and setting performance targets
• Support the enterprise coordinators in their role in leading and supervising other staff and volunteers working within the team.
• Examine, develop and implement opportunities, in consultation with relevant NSCF staff, for the development and expansion of the Farm’s enterprises or other income generation opportunities
• Prepare and manage Enterprise Team budgets, in consultation with the enterprise coordinators and be accountable for the profitability of farm enterprises and events
• Ensure appropriate business systems are in place for recording, monitoring and evaluating the various aspects of the enterprises.
• Develop and implement marketing plans for the enterprises in consultation with the Education and Support Team Manager.
• Coordinate cash security and banking in conjunction with enterprise coordinators and the Finance Officer.
• Manage human and financial resources to deliver a cost neutral program of NSCF events.
• Participate in fortnightly Team Reps meetings
• Provide monthly reports to the Management Committee
• Organise regular meetings of the Enterprise Team

Selection Criteria

Essential
• Demonstrated experience and ability to manage profitable enterprises or other income generating activities.
• Demonstrated experience in leading a team and managing staff.
• Strong interpersonal and communication skills, including the ability to build relationships with stakeholders, resolve conflict, and lead and facilitate meetings.
• Demonstrated budget development and financial management skills.
• Demonstrated commitment to sustainability and social enterprise.
• Willingness to have a criminal background check.

Desirable
• Experience of managing a social enterprise, nursery, farmers’ market and/or a café.
• Knowledge of and experience with Permaculture.
• Marketing or promotions experience.
• Ability to design an innovative events program.
• Experience working in community / volunteer organisations.
• First Aid certificate or willingness to acquire one.
Applications:

• Applications must address each of the selection criteria (maximum 100 words each)
• Please also include a CV with at least two referees
• Applications are due close of business Tuesday 28 July 2015.
• Proposed start date is early August.
• For further info, please contact Linda Parmenter on 3857 8775

Please submit application electronically to: info@nscf.org.au
Hard copies may be sent to: Enterprise Manager Application, Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria St, Windsor, 4030

NSCF Mission Statement
We are a dynamic, creative and diverse city farm based on mutuality, innovation and environmental sustainability.

NSCF Vision
We aim to be a working model of a cooperative, community based, urban Permaculture farm which demonstrates, promotes, educates, celebrates and advocates for environmental and economic sustainability in a healthy, diverse and supportive community.
Phone: (07) 3857 8775 Fax: (07) 3857 8108 Email: info@nscf.org.au
Web: www.nscf.org.au

Job Vacancy WEX Project Coordinator

Posted on July 14th, 2015

WEX Project Coordinator
Join the NSCF team, supervising work experience participants to carry out a variety of small construction, maintenance and permaculture projects. This is your opportunity to be a mentor for people and enhance their work readiness, while being part of an enthusiastic and supportive team

POSITION DESCRIPTION

Position:          Work Experience Project Coordinator

Award:                  Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) Staff Agreement – Category: project part time

Hours:             28 hours per week (4 days) normally Monday to Thursday, 8:30 am to 4:00 pm

Pay rate:          NSCF Award Agreement Level 3, $24.23 per hour, excluding entitlements as defined in the NSCF Award Agreement.

Contract Position: Project Based Part-time – approx. 6 month contract.

Responsible to: Site Team Manager

Person

The WEX Project Coordinator should be an enterprising individual with excellent communication and people management skills, with a sound understanding of small scale construction techniques and permaculture in practice.

Organisation

Established in 1994, Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) is a non-profit community organisation for people of all ages and backgrounds to learn the principles of Permaculture through hands-on experience. Join an enthusiastic, passionate group of people to work on one of Australia’s largest city farms; a certified Organic Permaculture site on 4Ha, established kitchen and market gardens as well as orchards and wood-lot, plus Brisbane’s only Organic Sunday Farmers Markets. NSCF is also a community hub that facilitates the development of social connections and new skills for volunteers and participants in a variety of programs. Use your skills and experience to help us enhance our farming operations.

Role

To supervise work experience program participants to carry out a variety of small construction, maintenance and permaculture projects according to project requirements.

Responsibilities

  • Provide leadership, coordination, training and mentoring to all participants and volunteers as required.
  • Work with the Site Manager to develop work plans and activities that improve both the operations of the farm, and enhance the work readiness of participants.
  • Set up and shut down the work site, including maintaining and protecting tools and equipment and ensuring that work areas are left clean and tidy.
  • Supervise and develop working relationships with participants in the Work for the Dole program to ensure adherence to WH&S standards and active participation in work activities.
  • Work with the Site Manager to manage sign-in registers and reporting requirements of the relevant Job Active Provider and Reclink.
  • Administration duties as required, including preparation of reports.
  • Actively participate in Team meetings and contribute to Team Reps meetings as required.
  • Report fortnightly to the Site Team Manager about progress against work plans.

Working Environment

Northey Street City Farm is a non-profit community project on the banks of Brisbane’s Breakfast Creek in the inner city suburb of Windsor. It has been developed for people to enjoy and participate in using the principles of Permaculture. It is also intended to be a demonstration site where people of all ages can learn through practical, hands on experience.

Selection Criteria

Essential

  1. Relevant trade or equivalent qualifications.
  2. Demonstrated experience in landscape construction and gardening.
  3. Knowledge and ability to train participants in the safe use of basic tools and equipment.
  4. Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.
  5. Demonstrated skill in working supportively with people with diverse abilities.
  6. Project or work team supervision experience, preferably including projects involving unemployed people.
  7. Ability to work as part of a team.

Desirable

  1. Ability to plan, develop, deliver, and evaluate projects.
  2. Bush regeneration, permaculture or tree care experience
  3. Experience of, and commitment to, working or volunteering in community organizations.
  4. Blue Card (Working with Children) or willingness to obtain one.

NSCF Mission Statement

We are a dynamic, creative and diverse city farm based on mutuality, innovation and environmental sustainability.

NSCF Vision

We aim to create a working model of a cooperative, community based, urban Permaculture farm which demonstrates, promotes, educates, celebrates and advocates for environmental and economic sustainability in a healthy, diverse and supportive community.

Applications 

  • Applications must address each of the selection criteria (maximum 100 words each)
  • Please also include a CV with at least two referees
  • Applications are due close of business on Tuesday 28 July 2015.
  • Proposed start date is early August.
  • For further information, please contact Scott Warren, Site Team Manager on sitecoord@nscf.org.au.

Please submit application electronically to: info@nscf.org.au

Hard copies may be sent to: Northey Street City Farm, 16 Victoria St, Windsor, 4030

Phone: (07)3857 8775   Fax: (07)3857 8108

Email: info@nscf.org.au

Web: www.nscf.org.au

 

June E-News

Posted on June 16th, 2015

enews_header.1.jpg
Welcome to the June 2015 News from Northey Street City Farm. We survived another flood at the Farm this month without too much damage or interruption to our activities.
You’re invited to our annual celebration, the Winter Solstice Festival. The Festival will be on SUNDAY 21 June from 4pm to 10pm, after the regular Organic Farmer’s Market. We are looking for volunteers to help with preparations, and on the day, please contact Desi Achilleos on info(at) nscf.org.au if you can help out.

Upcoming Events
• Winter Solstice Festival working bees
o Every Sunday, 9.30am to 11am at the Farm.
• Winter Solstice Festival
o Sunday 21 June 4pm to 10pm.
• Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
o 27th June Dyeing with Plants
o 18th July Native Seed Collecting and Propagating Workshop
o 1st – 22nd August Organic Gardening Series
o 15th August Rustic “Bread” Baskets Weaving Circle
o 29th August Wicking Beds
o 26th September Bee Keeping: Harvesting Honey and Dividing a Hive
o 10-11th October Insects, Ailments and Cures
o 30th October Native Bee Keeping
o 7th November Growing Bush Foods
o 5th December Harvesting and Cooking Bushfoods
• Free workshop Series:
o 28th June: 10-11am Going Plastic Free
• Permaculture Design Course
o Fridays from 17 July to 23 October
• 2 Day ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ Course:
o October 30-31

Winter Solstice 2015Management Committee
To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the website: Management Committee.

FARMING TEAM
Wade Dillon
Glorious winter is about to approach with fresh mornings and beautiful days and while a lot of crops especially perennials and grass crops seem to have stopped growing, it’s a completely different story underground. Winter is when the soil fires up, all of those tiny organisms start digesting all of those fallen leaves of summer crops and store and release energy to the plants for subsequent crops. So get those compost heaps happening!

The flood earlier this month slowed progress at the farm for a bit but thanks to all the staff and volunteers who pitched in and got the place looking even better. Some farm seedlings were lost but what did survive seem to benefit from the excess water.

The new backyard garden lead by the volunteers on Tuesday and Thursday is underway. The garden will demonstrate a range of ideas for smaller yards and balconies including compost and worm farming.

Despite all natural remedies, love, and a visit from our local vet, Speckles the rooster went to that big dust bath in the sky. Speckles was an old boy who will be missed. Thanks to everyone who cared for him over the years.

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
Emma Brindal

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM
We are relaunching our internship program by the end of June. Interns commit to volunteering 2 days a week for up to six months. In return the Farm provides a work diary to record the hands-on training in a wide variety of permaculture and gardening skills we provide to interns. If you are interested in becoming an intern, please contact Ronni Martin on educationandsupport.mgr(at) nscf.org.au for an application form.

FREE WORKSHOP SERIES
We are now holding a free workshop on the last Sunday of each month from 10-11am under the education building near the Chai Café. There is no need to book in – just turn up on the day. For any queries, contact Emma at education[at]nscf.org.au. Here are the upcoming ones:

Sunday June 28th: Going Plastic Free: tips on reducing disposable plastic in your life – to prepare for Plastic Free July. http://www.plasticfreejuly.org/
Sunday July 26th: Introduction to Organic Gardening: an introduction to organic gardening through the lens of permaculture.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING WORKSHOPS
• Saturday 27th June: Dyeing with Plants
o Learn how to use natural plant dyes to create a beautiful winter scarf.
• Saturday 18th July: Native Seed Collecting and Propagating Workshop
o Learn about native bush tucker plants and collect and propagate native seeds.
• Saturday 1st – 22nd August: Organic Gardening Series
o A practical, hands-on, and affordable overview of organic gardening via permaculture.
• Saturday 15th August: Rustic “bread” Baskets Weaving Circle
o Weave an assortment of vines and grasses into a large woven basket.
• Saturday 29th August: Wicking Beds
o Learn how to build a wicking bed out of recycled materials.
• Saturday 26th September: Bee Keeping – Harvesting Honey and Dividing a Hive
o Learn how to manage a traditional Langstroth honey bee hive.
• Saturday and Sunday 10-11th October: Insects, Ailments and Cures
o Learn about Pests and Diseases in your garden, and how to identify ‘good’ and ‘bad’ insects.
• Friday 30th October: Native Bee Keeping
o Learn about the importance and uses of native bees and sugarbag honey.
• Saturday 7th November: Growing Bush Foods
o Identify, propagate and grow the foods of indigenous Australians and early settlers.
• Saturday 5th December: Harvesting and Cooking Bushfoods
o Harvest fresh, seasonal bushfoods at Northey Street City Farm.

PERMACULTURE COURSES
Permaculture Design Course: Fridays from 17 July to 23 October
Our PDC is known for its practicality, diversity of experienced teachers and support with designing your own property. Join us to learn through theory and practice. Early bird discount for full payment one month before the course starts.

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture: October 30-Nov 1, 9am-4pm
Introduction to Permaculture is a wonderful weekend immersion in permaculture. Explore the basics of permaculture principles, design and action. Gather great ideas for designing your permaculture oasis. Learn simple and useful skills that will really help you to create an abundant permaculture garden at home, in your street, at school or in your community. Come and get your hands in the earth and learn by doing. Facilitated by Morag Gamble.
For more information and to book, please visit: http://www.nscf.org.au/permaculture-design-course-brisbane/

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND GROUP TOURS
If you are interested in bringing a group here, please visit:
Our School activities page: http://www.nscf.org.au/school-tours/
Or the group tours page: http://www.nscf.org.au/group-tours/

FREE FARM TOUR
The weekly free Farm Tour is on every Tuesday at 9.30am. Meet at the farm kitchen. The tour is followed by a volunteer induction session.

EARTH ARTS
Earth Arts activities are continuing at the Markets on Sundays and on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Farm.

For more details as well as booking information, please see our website
Education enquiries: <education(at)nscf.org.au>
Education bookings: <info(at)nscf.org.au>

ENTERPRISE & EVENTS TEAM
ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays 6am to 11am
Steve York
New growers this month
Steve Bartolo’s Avocados are undergoing the arduous task of becoming certified organic on their farm south of Gympie. They will be fully certified organic with OFC by this time next year so help us support growers who are committed to the cause.
Byron Beans coffee stall where the farmer, the roaster and the barista are all in one stall; all in the one local family business.

In season
The leafy greens are featuring in the local season crops again. You can pick up your cabbage and kale from Sandy Creek Organic Farm, and Saddleback Mountain returns with their winter crop.

Strawberries are back on the market tables. Visit the strawberry growers to ensure you’re getting the freshest there is. You’ll find the freshest at the Larkins and Coochin Hills stalls.

For your vitamin C hit, look out for mandarins for your shopping basket. Local growers Natures Organic Harvest and Quarterdeck Organic Orchard will be harvesting this month.

Car Parking at Northey Street Markets
We’re pleased to announce the opening of a new car park area. The parking is situated directly across the street from the markets, however access is from Cullen Street only.
Please be sure to check the parking restrictions on the street, especially when it’s busy. These are the times when traffic inspectors are present.

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
Peta Deacon
Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon. (Closed Monday and Wednesday)

Edible LandscapeAcerola Cherry flowers

We have just received a big shipment of fruit trees in time for your autumn plantings, so we now have the following in stock:
Dwarf Fruit Trees
• Fig – Black Genoa, Brown turkey
• Lemon – Meyer
• Lemonade Fruit
• Lime – Tahitian
• Mandarin – Emperor
• Orange – Washington Navel
• Apple – Anna
• Lychee – Wai Chee
• Mulberry – Red Shatoot
• Macadamia
Fruit Trees
• Finger Lime Kaffir Lime
• Lemons – Bush, Eureka, Meyer, Villa Franca
• Mandarin – Clementine, Seedless
• Orange – Blood, Cara Cara, Joppa, Lanes late, Navelina, Seville, Seedless Valencia, Valencia, Washington Navel
• Pumello – Carters red, Flick’s Yellow
• Tangerine – Hansen
• Nectarine – Sunwright
• Peach – Tropic Beauty
• Soursop
• Tropical Apricot
• Grafted Wax Jambu
• Acerola Cherry
• Jackfruit – Crisp
• Miracle Fruit
• Tea
• Araca Boi
• Ylang Ylang
• Coffee – Arabica, Gold
• Ginger – kachai
• Passionfruit – Red Panama, Golden Hawaiian
• Granadilla – marquisa
• Rio Grande Cherry
• Olive – arbequina
• Papayuelo
• Pawpaw – red bisexual
• Plum – iluka blood
• Wild orange.
I hope you can come along and join in with one of our activities. See you around the Farm!
NSCF Fence

May E-News

Posted on May 3rd, 2015

 

enews_header.1.jpg

Welcome to the May 2015 News from Northey Street City Farm.

Finally some cooler weather that encourages gardening! We are still looking for performers and volunteers for the Winter Solstice Festival, so please register your interest on the website if you want to be part of our biggest party of the year.

Upcoming Events
Winter Solstice Festival working bee
Every Sunday, 9.30am to 11am at the Farm.

Winter Solstice Festival
Sunday 21 June 4pm to 10pm.

Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
2nd May Native Bee-keeping (BOOKED OUT)
9th May Elimination Communication
23rd May Introduction to Deep Ecology
18th July Native Seed Collecting and Propagating Workshop
15th August Rustic “Bread” Baskets Weaving Circle

Permaculture Design Courses for 2015
Fridays from 17 July to 23 October

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture Courses:
May 30-31 and October 30-31

pdcscreen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Afternoon shadows during the PDC intensive

Management Committee
To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the website: Management Committee.

ENTERPRISE & EVENTS TEAM
WINTER SOLSTICE 2015
Desi Achilleos:
The Winter Solstice Festival will be held on SUNDAY 21st of June from 4pm-10pm.
Thanks to Councillor Vicki Howard for giving us a Brisbane City Council Lord Mayors Suburban Initiative Grant for equipment to be used for the festival. The Ceremony, Lantern Making, Decorations and Bonfire group have their regular meetings every Sunday from 9.30am-11am, here at the farm
If you are interested in being involved in the group, performing, volunteering or holding a stall, please go to the website http://www.nscf.org.au/winter-solstice-festival-2015/ and fill in the relevant form to express your interest.

Come be a part of the magic!

ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET Sundays 6am to 11am
Steve York:
This May Sandy Creek Organic Farm will be picking a few varieties of tomatoes including Grosse Lisse and Green Zebra. Their seasonal crop this month includes broccoli, kale, sugarloaf cabbage and drumhead cabbage. Get in early to have your choice of the freshest local organic produce available.

The Saddleback Mountain stall will be returning to the markets after a brief off-season. Be sure to check in and see what’s new.

A Tai chi demonstration is scheduled for Sunday 3 May. You can find them on the lawn area by the Chai Cafe at 8:30am. You can watch the pros or give it a go.

Come enjoy the open air markets every Sunday 6-11am.

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
Peta Deacon:
Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon. (Closed Monday and Wednesday)

Now the weather is cooling it’s time to trim back fruit trees (unless they are in fruit) and fertilize with slow release fertilizer and some dolomite to encourage new growth and fruit for Spring.
Dolomite $8 a tub or $30 for 25kg.
Throw and grow pellets: small bags $12 and 30kg bags for $50.
Alroc available $12 a small bag or 25kg for $45

It’s time to start planting garlic. Mound your soil and plant each clove pointy end up around 3 to 4cm deep. I like to plant clover over mine as it helps to fertilize the soil and uses excess water to prevent the garlic bulbs rotting.
Garlic packs for $10 each (includes red clover seeds and growing info)

We have lots of seeds available for $3.50 a packet and seed raising mix, mixed by us, for $10 a bag.
Edible flowers are germinating now and we’ll have punnets available this month from $3.50 each.
Lots of new varieties of rosemary in stock now, only $12 each. We also have grevilleas in flower for $12 each.

DONATIONS NEEDED
Edible Landscapes Nursery is currently seeking donations of plastic pots to assist with the production of plants. We would gratefully accept round coloured pots in good condition, only those 140mm and larger which are most urgently required. Through the support of volunteers and by using recycled pots, the nursery is able to continue to run on organic and permaculture principles.

plasticpots

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FARMING TEAM
Wade Dillon:
The farm re- build and getting the fences down is a “slow but steady” process with lots of wins with volunteers getting stuck into getting that long grass down that gives glimpses of its former self and what’s to come.

We have had a few issues with supplies of materials for the new garden beds which have delayed the opening of the allotments and growing beds but commencement should be soon.

Some of the volunteers created a new wet garden at the back of the education building which is designed capture some storm water runoff and it is finished just in time for our “dry season”! Hopefully we get to test it out before too long.

With all the re-build of physical structures going on at the farm we have realize it is time to re- build the ecology of the farm. We have been planting out lots of flowers and herbs to attract in those good bugs and increase plant diversity. Building diversity isn’t a quick process but it is one of the best things a gardener can do above the ground. Below the ground has its own ecology of all sorts of critters which are provided from compost. Our composting and worm farming areas are building up to full production as well.

Dick has been leading a group of volunteers on Wednesday mornings with tree care in the orchard, which like the rest of the farm during the re-build, has all got a bit wild in places. If you would like to learn more about trees you are welcome to join Dick on Wednesdays from 9-12.yellowbee

SITE TEAM
Scott Warren:
Thanks to the volunteers who wielded mowers and brush cutters to get the festival lawn area cleared. It is looking almost ready for the Winter Solstice.

The nursery rebuild is almost complete, come in and admire the new sales area!

We are doing a big clean-up of the site at the moment as we have very limited storage area. So, please don’t leave donations of building materials or furniture on site. If you do have anything you’d like to donate please contact Scott Warren on sitecoord@nscf.org.au to see if we have a use for it.

More volunteers are always welcome for site maintenance and construction projects, especially on Wednesday mornings.

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
Emma Brindal:
Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
2nd May Native Bee-keeping (BOOKED OUT)
9th May Elimination Communication
23rd May Introduction to Deep Ecology
18th July Native Seed Collecting and Propagating Workshop
August 15th Rustic “Bread” Baskets Weaving Circle

Permaculture Design Courses for 2015
Fridays from 17 July to 23 October

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture Courses:
May 30-31 and October 30-31

FREE WORKSHOP FOR INTERNATIONAL PERMACULTURE DAY
Sunday May 3rd, 10-11am Introduction to Permaculture
Join an informal workshop on the basics of permaculture – and how it offers a holistic approach to living sustainably.
More information: education@nscf.org.au

SUSTAINABLE LIVING WORKSHOPS
Saturday 2nd May Native Bee-keeping – BOOKED OUT
An overview of the theory and practice of native bee-keeping, including a chance to extract honey from a native bee hive.
Saturday 9th May Elimination Communication
Reduce waste going to landfill and bond with your baby using with nature’s approach to toilet training.
Saturday 23rd May Introduction to Deep Ecology
An experiential workshop to introduce you to the ideas and practices of Deep Ecology.
Saturday 18th July Native Seed Collecting and Propagating Workshop
Learn about native bush tucker plants and collect and propagate native seeds.
Saturday 15th August Rustic “bread” Baskets Weaving Circle
Weave an assortment of vines and grasses into a large woven basket.

PERMACULTURE COURSES
Permaculture Design Course: Our PDC is known for its practicality, diversity of experienced teachers and support with designing your own property. Join us to learn through theory and practice. The next PDC runs on Fridays from 17 July to 23 October. Early bird discount for full payment one month before the course starts.

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture: This year Morag Gamble will be teaching two ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ courses at the farm, on May 30-31 and October 30-31.
For more information and to book, please visit: http://www.nscf.org.au/permaculture-design-course-brisbane/

SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND GROUP TOURS
School activities and group tours are back underway. If you are interested in bringing a group here, please visit our School activities page: http://www.nscf.org.au/school-tours/
Or the group tours page: http://www.nscf.org.au/group-tours/

FREE FARM TOUR
A short version of the weekly free Farm Tour is on every Tuesday at 9.30am. The tour is followed by a volunteer induction session.

EARTH ARTS
Earth Arts activities are continuing at the Markets on Sundays and on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Farm.

For more details as well as booking information, please see our website
Education enquiries: education(at)nscf.org.au
Education bookings: info(at)nscf.org.au

CHOOKS
In response to lots of queries about chook care, Richard Nielsen has prepared the following information sheet.

Chickens

 

Happy and Healthy Chooks
How do you tell a healthy chook? What are common chook behaviours? What are common chook diseases?

A healthy Chook:-
Comb and wattle – bright, full and waxy
Eyes – bright, shiny and alert
Nostrils- Clean, no breathing sounds
Head and tail- Held high, alert
Breast- full and plump
Abdomen- firm, not hard
Feathers – smooth and clean
Droppings- Firm, greyish brown, with white cap

Some Chook Behaviours
Scratching – hunting for soil bugs
Dust bathing – connecting skin health with the soil bugs
Maintaining a pecking order
Mating

Health Problems with Chooks
Worms – diahorrea (dirty pants), looks ill, weight loss, poor appetite, thirsty
Remedy – wormwood, comfrey, garlic
Prevention – garlic and oats once a week, and cider vinegar daily

Lice, fleas and ticks – bare skin, scaly skin, visible specks on eggs
Remedy, lime or derris dust everywhere

Mites – white crusty scaly legs

 

April E-news

Posted on April 7th, 2015

  Northey St City Farm News – APRIL 2015

enews_header.1.jpg

 

Welcome to the April 2015 News from Northey Street City Farm.  We are looking forward to our Winter Solstice Festival at the end of June and have started organising now. If you’d like to be involved as a volunteer, stallholder or performer, you can register your interest on our website (see below). We also have some exciting new workshops coming up over the next few months, including a weekend Introduction to Permaculture with Morag Gamble. And there are still a few spots left on the intensive Permaculture Design Course starting on 3 April – you need to register by next Tuesday 30 March.

Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops

  • 4th April Harvest Baskets Weaving Circle
  • 11th April Bamboo Construction
  • 18th April Wholistic Miso Making
  • 2nd May Native Bee-keeping
  • 9th May Elimination Communication
  • 23rd May Introduction to Deep Ecology

Permaculture Design Courses for 2015

  • Easter Intensive: From 3 April to 19 April
  • Fridays from 17 July to 23 October

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture Courses:

  • May 30-31 and October 30-31

Management Committee
We are continuing the next steps in our Strategic planning process with a meeting of each Team to develop strategies to meet our goals. If you are interested in attending these meetings please contact Ronni Martin on info(at)nscf.org.au so she can let you know the dates and venues.
To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the website: Management Committee.

ENTERPRISE & EVENTS TEAM
WINTER SOLSTICE 2015
Jemma Darlington:
This year our annual Winter Solstice celebrations will take place on Sunday 21st June, from 4pm. Festivities will include a Winter Solstice performance and ceremony, lantern parade, yummy food, music, chai, activities, a kids space, markets and the highlight of the event, the bonfire.
Expressions of Interest are now open at http://www.nscf.org.au/winter-solstice-festival-2015/ for:

  • Volunteers: Ceremony/Lantern Parade, Performers, Decorations, Food and Drink Stalls, Site Set-up, Pre-festival Organisation, Stage Management, Waste Management, Donations Collecting, Workshop Helpers and Entrance. Just to name a few.
  • Stallholders: Food vendors, Homewares and Crafts, Handmade, Non-For-Profit Organisations
  • Workshops/Presentations: Kids Activities (i.e. Kids Yoga), Permaculture related topics, Winter Solstice related topics, Potentially a Cob Oven workshop

ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET   Sundays 6am to 11am
Steve York:
What other markets have a healthy garden with watermelon, paw paw and tomatoes thriving in the middle of the market? We’re organic in more ways than one.Melon

Guavas are only in season for a short while longer. You can find them freshly picked at Natures Organic Harvest stall.
Just into their season is the Fuerte Avo. They’re one of a number of avocado varieties grown on Ron Bartley’s farm near Mullumbimbi. They’ll be available for a couple of months yet so get in and try them.

Remember we’re operating on extended trading hours 6-11am. Now you can bring your friends who like to sleep in.
We’re open Easter Sunday so come and load up with fresh healthy food for the long weekend.

 

 

 

Recycle Expo
NSCF will be one of the sponsors of the Recycle Expo to be held just up the road from the Farmers Market on Sunday 26th April, at 86 Green Tce, Windsor from 9am to 4pm. So come down to the market for breakfast and your shopping, then head on to the Recycle Expo. The Recycle Expo is a community event that promotes sustainable living, education, products & services.

square
All exhibits and presentations at the Expo are in alignment with the ethos of the event which is recycling, sustainability and/or eco-friendly.
Entry is to the Expo is free and includes, exhibitor stalls, great food & free sustainable workshops & presentations. Stall sites available.
For further information ph Jonathan Murphy on 0404 0505 01 or visit recycleexpo.com.au

 

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon. (Closed Monday and Wednesday)

kaleAfter all the rain we have had you need to replenish your soil – time to throw around some Throw and Grow pellets – only $12 for a small bag or $50 for a large bag.
As the weather cools, kick start your compost with yarrow or comfrey leaves. Plants available for only $6.50 each. We also have lots of seasonal vegetable seedlings and herbs, ready for your autumn and winter plantings.

Bio Char on special – $17 a bag.
New in stock: Seed raising mix for $10 a bag.

Lots of Fruit Trees now in stock:

  • Finger Limes
  • Kumquats
  • Lemonade Fruit
  • Cara Cara Orange
  • Kiwifruit (male & Female)
  • Dwarf Mulberry
  • Ice Cream Bean
  • Araca boi
  • Managosteen
  • Panama Berry
  • Pepper
  • Tea
  • Ylang Ylang
  • Grumichama
  • Davidson Plum
  • Rio Grande Cherry
  • Mix of Blueberries.

FARMING TEAM
Wade Dillon:
It’s been 4 wks. Since I started the handover week with Dick in the farm manger’s positon. While working with Dick I had been wondering “however will I fill those boots?” Since that time I have come to realise that “over size boots” can be very comforting when you have so many people standing in them with you! I would like to thank my co staff, volunteers and wider NSCF community for this experience.
Fences coming down
BCC inspected the northern side of the Farm and last of the fences on the northern half should be down in the next week or two. The raised gardens in the northeast corner are almost complete and ready for planting.
Donna Smit has been appointed as our permanent part-time allotments co-ordinator. The allotments are being rebuilt and soon a working bee notice will be sent out via our Facebook page to speed up the process of bringing NSCF back to its former self.  So watch this space.

Backyard Garden
The new Backyard Garden work is commencing soon, thanks to the generous grant from Brisbane City Council Lord Mayor’s Sustainability and Environment Grants Program.  NCSF will be creating a new demonstration garden of things that city dwellers can do in their backyard or unit block balcony. The new garden will be located the Sunday market side of the education building alongside the new chickens’ summer chalet. Thanks BCC!

SITE TEAM
Scott Warren:
We were successful in getting a Brisbane City Council Suburban Crime Prevention Grant to improve lighting, signage and other security measures around the site. This will create a clear well lit path through the site for us and local residents.

More volunteers are always welcome for site maintenance and construction projects, especially on Wednesday mornings.

Work continues on the Nursery revamp, with repairs to the floors and security fences almost complete.  This month construction will begin on the Summer chicken run.
We will be building some bamboo seats during our Bamboo construction training workshop on 11 April, register on our website education page.

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
Emma Brindal:
SCHOOL ACTIVITIES AND GROUP TOURS
School activities and group tours are back underway. If you are interested in bringing a group here, please visit our School activities page: http://www.nscf.org.au/school-tours/
Or the group tours page: http://www.nscf.org.au/group-tours/

SUSTAINABLE LIVING WORKSHOPS

  • Saturday 28th March Seasonal Vegetable Gardening
    • Tune into Autumn time and further develop your gardening skills with a detailed exploration of vegetable crops for Autumn planting.
  • Saturday 28th March Establishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens
    • A hands on workshop on the skills to turn garden waste and organic materials into your own no-dig vegetable garden.
  • Saturday 4th April Harvest Baskets Weaving Circle
    • Learn to make a harvest basket full of strength and beauty using only natural dyed and found fibres.
  • Saturday 11th April Bamboo Construction
    • A hands-on workshop where participants will learn some basic bamboo construction techniques and as a team build a bamboo seat.
  • Saturday 18th April Wholistic Miso Making
    • Come and learn the ancient art of fermenting miso!
  • Saturday 2nd May Native Bee-keeping
    • An overview of the theory and practice of native bee-keeping, including a chance to extract honey from a native bee hive.
  • Saturday 9th May Elimination Communication
    • Reduce waste going to landfill and bond with your baby using with nature’s approach to toilet training.
  • Saturday 23rd May Introduction to Deep Ecology
    • An experiential workshop to introduce you to the ideas and practices of Deep Ecology.

 
PERMACULTURE COURSES

Permaculture Design Course: Our PDC is known for its practicality, diversity of experienced teachers and support with designing your own property. Join us to learn through theory and practice. The next PDC is an intensive being run over the Easter school holidays from the 3rd to 19th April. This intensive has a rural focus with a 4-day residential on a property in Northern NSW. Book in by March 30th to reserve your place.

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture: Morag Gamble will be teaching two ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ courses at the farm this year, on May 30-31 and October 30-31.
For more information and to book, please visit: http://www.nscf.org.au/permaculture-design-course-brisbane/

FREE FARM TOUR
A short version of the weekly free Farm Tour is on every Tuesday at 9.30am. The tour is followed by a volunteer induction session.

EARTH ARTS
Earth Arts activities are continuing at the Markets on Sundays and on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Farm.

For more details as well as booking information, please see our website
Education enquiries: education(at)nscf.org.au
Education bookings: info(at)nscf.org.au

Northey Street City Farm

Corner of Northey & Victoria Streets, Windsor, Qld, Australia
Ph: (07) 3857 8775,  Fax: (07) 3857 8108   Email: info(at)nscf.org.au

 

 

 

March E-News

Posted on March 3rd, 2015
  Northey St City Farm News – MARCH 2015

enews_header.1.jpg

Welcome to the March 2015 News from Northey Street City Farm.  We survived the effects of Cyclone Marcia relatively unscathed, but did have to cancel our PDC on the Saturday and the Market on the Sunday because of the threat of flash flooding. At least all the rainwater tanks are full and the gardens well-watered!

Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
7th March: Bioregional Medicine: A Workshop for the DIY Herbalist
11th March: Fermented Herbal Sodas & Honey Mead
14th March: Lantern Making with Nancy Brown
28th March: Seasonal Vegetable Gardening
28th March: Establishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens
4th April: Harvest Baskets Weaving Circle
18th April: Wholistic Miso Making
2nd May: Native Bee-keeping
9th May: Elimination Communication

Permaculture Design Courses for 2015
Easter Intensive: From 3 April to 19 April
Fridays from 17 July to 23 October

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture Courses:
Tentative dates – May 30-31 and October 30-31

Management Committee
We are pleased to welcome Wade Dillon to the position of Farming Team Manager, beginning on Tuesday 24th February. We are confident that Wade will make a valuable contribution to the Farmily based on his previous experience as an Organic Market Farmer, nursery hand and manager of a large team in the Wholesale and Warehouse division at Food Connect. He has had an affinity with NSCF since he first volunteered in the market garden in 2004. His particular interest is in creating outstanding biofertilisers, increasing the Farm’s production of viable crops, bringing a sense of fun to farm activities and building community by sharing delicious and nutritious farm grown lunches.

A great big thankyou to Dick Copeman for all the work he has done for the Farm during his X years in the Farming Team Manager role. Particularly for generously sharing his considerable Permaculture knowledge by developing our intern program and for the guidance and inspiration he has provided recently during the difficult times remediating the site. We are very glad to know that Dick will continue to be involved at the Farm as a volunteer caring for our bushtucker and orchard zones. We also look forward to the contribution he will make by helping the Farm to identify and build future partnerships and projects with likeminded people and organisations within our catchment area.

Emma Brindal has stepped from the MC to take up the position as our Education Coordinator and Ray Quinn has kindly agreed to take on the role as our new MC Coordinator. We are looking for another member for the MC. If you have experience in small business management or with social enterprise and would like to get involved. Please send an email to mc@nscf.org.au outlining your skills and experience and why you want to be part of the Farm MC.

To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the website: Management Committee.

FARMING TEAM

Volunteers
Volunteers are always welcome at Northey St.  Volunteers work in small groups and are provided with supervision and mentoring. Volunteering at Northey St is a great way to ‘learn by doing’ and have fun at the same time.
Here is the current list of volunteer activities and times.

Summer Timetable (Sept 22nd to March 21st)
Activity Times Coordinator
Tuesday Gardening 7-10 am Wade
Nursery – propagation, plant care 9am – 3 pm Krystelle
Harvesting and Lunch Preparation 10.30am -12.30pm Patricia
Wednesday Maintenance and construction 8am -12.30pm Scott
Tree care and harvesting 8am – 12.30pm Dick
Bee care and harvesting 8.30am – 12.30pm Richard
Thursday Gardening 7-10am Patricia
Composting and worm farming 10.30 – 2.30pm Patricia
Nursery – propagation, plant care 9am – 3pm Peta, Wade,
Harvesting and lunch preparation 10.30am -12.30pm Patricia
Volunteer Training session 1.30 – 2.15pm Patricia
Gardening 2.30-5.30pm Wade
Friday Nursery – propagation, plant care 9am – 3pm Peta
Saturday Nursery – seed saving, plant care 9am – 3pm Peta
Sunday Nursery – retail and advice 6am – 12 noon Peta
Information stall at market 7 – 10.30am Ronni

Please wear closed shoes and bring a hat. Gloves and protective equipment are provided if needed. If you are new to the farm, please attend a volunteer induction, which is held every Tuesday at 9.30.

Allotments
The first of the new allotment beds has been installed, with the rest to come over the next few months.  They are being built as wicking beds, with a water reservoir in the base from which water ‘wicks’ up into the soil and the plants.

New Farming Team Manager
Wade Dillon has commenced work as the new Farming Team Manager. Wade brings valuable experience in market gardening and as a coordinator at Food Connect to our city farm. Welcome Wade, and best wishes for your new role.
I am retiring from the Farming Team Manager position but am taking up a part time role with projects and partnerships for NSCF as well as teaching, and volunteering to help look after the trees at the farm.
We have a great team and have achieved a lot, despite the various challenges that have come our way recently. Thanks to all who have made my time as Farming Team Manager very stimulating and enjoyable.

Allotments Co-ordinator
We are recruiting for a 4 – hour a week Allotments Co-ordinator to oversee our allotments, and to get them operating again. The Allotments Co-ordinator ensures the smooth running of the administration of the allotments and fees, as well as integrating allotment holders into the wider Farm community and activities. Closing date for application is Tuesday 3 March 2015.  For a copy of the selection criteria and position description contact Ronni Martin on 38578775 or on: educationandsupport.mgr@nscf.org.au.

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
SUSTAINABLE LIVING WORKSHOPS
You can book and pay for workshops online on our website, or by calling us on 38578775.

Saturday 7th March: Bioregional Medicine: A Workshop for the DIY Herbalist
An in-depth exploration of five local, sustainable and medicinal ‘plant allies’ growing in your environment.
Wednesday 11th March: Fermented Herbal Sodas & Honey Mead
This workshop will uncover ancient herbal brews and practices to bring into hearth and home.
Saturday 14th March: Lantern Making with Nancy Brown
Learn how to sculpt magical lanterns.
Saturday 28th March Seasonal Vegetable Gardening 
Tune into Spring time and further develop your gardening skills with a detailed exploration of vegetable crops for spring planting.
Saturday 28th March Establishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens 
A hands on workshop on the skills to turn garden waste and organic materials into your own no-dig vegetable garden.
Saturday 4th April Harvest Baskets Weaving Circle  
Learn to make a harvest basket full of strength and beauty using only natural dyed and found fibres.
Saturday 18th April Wholistic Miso Making 
Come and learn the ancient art of fermenting miso!
Saturday 2nd May Native Bee-keeping 
An overview of the theory and practice of native bee-keeping, including a chance to extract honey from a native bee hive.
Saturday 9th May Elimination Communication 
Reduce waste going to landfill and bond with your baby using with nature’s approach to toilet training.

PERMACULTURE COURSES
2 Day Introduction to Permaculture: This year Morag Gamble will be teaching two ‘Introduction to Permaculture’ courses at the farm, planned for May 30-31 and October 30-31. More information will be on the website in the coming weeks. Please email Emma on education@nscf.org.au to express interest and she will contact you with details once they are finalised.
Permaculture Design Course: Our PDC is known for its practicality, diversity of experienced teachers and support with designing your own property. Join us to learn through theory and practice. The next PDC is an intensive being run over the Easter school holidays from the 3rd to 19th April. This intensive has a rural focus with a 4-day residential on a property in Northern NSW. Book in now to reserve your place.http://www.nscf.org.au/permaculture-design-course-brisbane/

FREE FARM TOUR
A short version of the weekly free Farm Tour is on every Tuesday at 9.30am. The tour is followed by a volunteer induction session.

EARTH ARTS
Earth Arts activities are continuing at the Markets on Sundays and on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Farm.

For more details as well as booking information, please see our website
Education enquiries: education(at)nscf.org.au
Education bookings: info(at)nscf.org.au

ENTERPRISE & EVENTS TEAM
ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS   Sundays 6am to 11am
Starting in March the markets will extend its hours from 6 to 11am. Even if you wake up late it’s still worthwhile coming down. After having had to cancel one Sunday last month due to a threat of flooding, we’re hoping our stall holders can get back on track in March.
The end of the lychee and watermelon season is upon us. Get to the markets and hoard the last of them. Don’t dwell on it for too long because it’s start of the season for dragon fruit. If you haven’t tried them they’re sweet and crunchy with a taste that’s a cross between a pear and a kiwi fruit. Maybe with the start of Autumn it’s a good time for trying something new.
Keep an eye out for the start of local potato season too. It’s a good time of year to pick up most of your staples fresh and locally grown.
See you Sunday.

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon. (Closed Monday and Wednesday)

This month at Edible Landscapes Nursery, start sowing your Autumn and Winter vegetables now. Heirloom and open pollinated seeds, packets starting from $3.50
Large range of Autumn and Winter seedlings available now, including Lettuces, Kales, and Asian greens.
We have a large range of Grevilleas, $12 each.
Established Rosemary and Lavenders for instant impact, $25 each.
Many permaculture plants available, including nitrogen fixing Pigeon Pea, nutrient mining Comfrey and perennial staples like Cassava and Sweet Potato.
In flower this month, Grevillea ‘Superb’, Rosemary ‘Flavoursticks’ and Society Garlic. Invite the birds and bees into your garden.

February E-news

Posted on February 3rd, 2015

Welcome to the February 2015 News from Northey Street City Farm.  We are enjoying the rain and everything is growing and fruiting and looking lush and green.  We’re still looking for volunteers to join us in making the Farm even more productive. Edible Landscapes Nursery is open again with all your organic gardening needs and is looking for volunteers to help with propagating – beginners welcome.

Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
21 February – Creative Paper making with Lisa Hepburn
28 February – Natural dyeing with plants with Linda Parmenter
7th March – Bioregional Medicine: A Workshop for the DIY Herbalist with Jayne Azzopardi
11th March – Fermented Herbal Sodas and Honey Mead with Jayne Azzopardi
14th March – Lantern Making with Nancy Brown
2nd May – Native bee-keeping with Tim Heard

Permaculture Design Courses for 2015
Saturdays from 7 February to 23 May.
Easter Intensive: From 3 April to 19 April
Fridays from 17 July to 23 October.

Management Committee
Another vacancy has opened up in our management committee. We are particularly interested in members who have business or small enterprise expertise. If you are interested, please send a paragraph about yourself, your experience and why you would like to join the management committee to mc@nscf.org.au.
To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the website: Management Committee.

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
Our volunteer program is open again. Volunteering at The Farm is a great way to meet like-minded people, learn more about permaculture and organic gardening, or to use your skills to help us promote sustainable living in the city. The regular volunteer induction session is on every Tuesday morning at 9.30 am. We do a short tour of the Farm followed by discussion of the volunteer opportunities currently on offer and how to register as a volunteer at the Farm.
For more information contact Ronni Martin (Tue-Thur) on 38578775, or come along to a Tuesday morning session.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING WORKSHOPS
21st February: Creative Papermaking – with Lesa Hepburn
Learn the process of preparing recycled paper for hand papermaking.
28th Feb: Natural Dyeing with Plants with Linda Parmenter
Learn the basics of dyeing with plants to create beautiful textile pieces while minimising the impact on the environment.
7th March: Bioregional Medicine: A Workshop for the DIY Herbalist
An in-depth exploration of five local, sustainable and medicinal ‘plant allies’ growing in your environment.
11th March: Fermented Herbal Sodas & Honey Mead
An afternoon of bubbling brews and herbal effervescence. We will uncover ancient herbal brews and practices to bring into hearth and home.
14th March: Lantern Making with Nancy Brown
Learn how to sculpt magical lanterns
2nd May Native Bee-keeping with Tim Heard
An overview of the theory and practice of native bee-keeping, including a chance to extract honey from a native bee hive.

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
Our PDC is known for its practicality, diversity of experienced teachers and support with designing your own property. Join us to learn through theory and practice. The next PDC will be running Saturdays starting the 7th of February. We have just a few places left so get in contact if you want to sign up.
In April this year our PDC Intensive will run with a rural focus. This course involves a 4-day residential on a property in Northern NSW. Book in now to reserve your place. http://www.nscf.org.au/permaculture-design-course-brisbane/

A permaculture design for your site:
Are you part of a community group, school or pre-school that would like a permaculture design? Our next PDC students need a site to apply their new knowledge to. You will be presented with several designs to choose from. If this interests you, please get in touch with Emma at education[at]nscf.org.au.

FREE FARM TOUR
A short version of the weekly free Farm Tour is on every Tuesday at 9.30am. The tour is followed by a volunteer induction session.

EARTH ARTS
Earth Arts activities are continuing at the Markets on Sundays and on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Farm.

For more details as well as booking information, please see our website
Education enquiries: education(at)nscf.org.au
Education bookings: info(at)nscf.org.au
ENTERPRISE & EVENTS TEAM
ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS   Sundays 6am to 10.30am

Cheeses from Nimbin Valley Dairy - Jan 2015

Above: Cheeses from Nimbin ValleyDairy
Below: Produce from Symara Farm

Basil, apples and garlic from Symara Farm - Jan 2015

Get over the state politics and get into a-politics at Northey Street Markets this Sunday. By voting with your dollar you’re investing in the community, the local economy and your own health. Better still, you get the delicious choice every Sunday.
Vote for mangoes, lychees and other tropical fruits while they’re in peak season this month. They also happen to be the best source of refreshment when it’s too hot to eat anything else. The Salisburys are mango growers, first timers at the markets this February.
Another new grower later this month is also worth looking out for. “Midyim Eco Products” will bring their gourmet variety persimmons and heirloom tomatoes to the markets.

Yoga at the Markets
Grass Roots Yoga Movement is about making Yoga available to everyone, to practice anywhere, anytime.
Come and join us at Northey Street Organic Markets for yoga by donation.
Yoga Classes are run solely by donation. There are no charges for the practice. All expenses are met by donations from those who have participated, experienced the benefits of Yoga, and wish to give others the same opportunity by helping us to continue the program.
Yoga cares for you on all levels: physically, mentally, and emotionally. Yoga enriches your life and all of those around you. It touches the very core of your being, and gives you the ability to share its benefits widely.
Find us at Northey Street City Farm Organic Markets on Sunday mornings 6:30am – 7:30am on the grassy patch near the Chai Café.
http://www.yimi.com.au/grass-roots-yoga-movement/

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon. (Closed Monday and Wednesday)
Although the nursery revamp is not complete, we are now open again at our usual times in our bigger sales area. Come along to see the new stock of fruit trees, including those listed below.  Autumn vegetable seedlings will be available from mid-February.  And a reminder that we are a supplier in the Brisbane City Counci’sl Free Trees Scheme.

JUST ARRIVED
Citrus, including grafted pink Finger Lime, Bush Lemon, Cara Cara Blood Navel Orange.
Dwarf fruit trees such as apples, figs, pawpaw and mulberries. Also some unusual plants including  Acerola Cherry, Miracle Fruit, Ylang Ylang, Pepper, Turmeric, and red or golden passionfruit.

We also recently received a range of Grevilleas to bring colour and birds to your garden.

FARMING TEAM
Garden Re-building
The kitchen garden beds are almost completed, and the beds that were finished first are now producing amazing vegetables.

The trellis that was built on the Permablitz day has been installed. Snake bean plants are growing up the trellis and shading the lettuce below. The remaining fences around the kitchen garden will be able to come down soon.

snakebeantrelliseggplant

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Allotment gardens
Donna, the Allotments Coordinator, has completed a re-arranged plan of the allotments, which involves moving some allotments that were too near to trees into the adjacent part of the market garden and providing slightly wider paths between allotments.  Clearing of the old allotments has begun and the first of the new allotment beds are being built by the Reclink team. It is hoped that the first ten new allotments will be installed in March.

Chooks
A new summer chook pen has been designed for under the white shatoot mulberry tree and the site has been cleared. We are seeking a donation of pavers for the base as our chickens will no longer be allowed to scratch the soil because of the soil contamination. We will be putting a ‘deep litter’ of straw and grass clippings on top of the pavers, as well as a dust bath for the chooks to dust bathe in.
If you can donate pavers for the chook pen, please contact the farm.

Leaving
I am finishing up as Farming Team Manager in February because of ongoing problems with my knee. However, I will continue to be involved at the Farm as a teacher and a volunteer and will be available to support whoever is appointed to take over the position.  Dick Copeman

 

 

 

 

 

January E-News

Posted on January 13th, 2015

Welcome to the January 2015 News from Northey Street City Farm.
We’re back from the summer break with a short version of the newsletter to let you know of some of our upcoming activities.

Important Dates
27 January: Closing for Farm Team Manager job applications.

Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
24th January – Random Weave Baskets with Anaheke
24th January – Growing Healthy Veggies with Bunya Halasz
24th January – Establishing and Maintaining a Vegetable Garden with Bunya Halasz
21 February – Creative Paper making with Lisa Hepburn
28 February – Natural dyeing with plants with Linda Parmenter
7th March – Bioregional Medicine: A Workshop for the DIY Herbalist with Jayne Azzopardi
11th March – Fermented Herbal Sodas and Honey Mead with Jayne Azzopardi
14th March – Lantern Making with Nancy Brown

Permaculture Design Courses for 2015
Saturdays from 7 February to 23 May.
Easter Intensive: From 13 April to 19 April (break for Easter)
Fridays from 17 July to 23 October.

Management Committee
Unfortunately one of our Management Committee members has had to resign for family reasons, so we are looking for another committee member, preferably someone with legal expertise with community organisations. Please contact the Management Committee on mc@nscf.org.au if you can contribute to the Farm in this way.

To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the website: Management Committee

FARMING TEAM
FARMING TEAM MANAGER
Our Farming Team Manager, Dick Copeman, is retiring from the position but he will still be teaching in our Permaculture courses and workshops. So we are looking for someone to fill this key position at the Farm. Closing date for applications is Tuesday 27 January 2015. A position description and application details are available from our website.

garden3

garden 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Site Re-opening
Thanks to everyone who attended the Permablitz on 6 December. We had a really productive day filling and planting raised garden beds and building bamboo trellises.
We harvested the first vegetables from the new beds yesterday, for a delicious lunch featuring okra and eggplant. With the rain and heat this last month, the growth rate in the new beds is amazing. Volunteers continue to fill the rest of the beds in the Kitchen Garden, so we hope the last of the fences around it will be removed soon.
The next stage will be rebuilding the allotments and Donna Smit is hard at work redesigning the area for improved access and to incorporate the soil management plan requirements for raised beds. And with a lot of mulching in the orchards and woodlot most of the southern side of the Farm should be re-opened after Easter.

ENTERPRISE & EVENTS TEAM
ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS Sundays 6am to 10.30am
The markets are open every Sunday, so come down to buy your fruit and vegetables from local growers.

The Chai Café is back in the kiosk under the mango trees. For those new to the markets – go through the archway, past the Edible Landscapes Nursery and the café is right there. There’s plenty of room to enjoy a breakfast, coffee or chai with friends in the peaceful, green surrounds of the Farm.

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
The nursery is closed for renovations until 17 January. They will be operating a stall at the Organic Farmers Market on Sunday 11 January.

We are excited about the improvements: a new sales area, shade house and retail display area. These changes are aimed at making the nursery more convenient for customers and giving us the room to expand the range of products we provide. So do come down in mid -January to get all your organic gardening supplies.

photo 5

photo 4

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Our volunteer program is open again. Volunteering at The Farm is a great way to meet like-minded people, learn more about permaculture and organic gardening, or to use your skills to help us promote sustainable living in the city. The regular volunteer induction session is on every Tuesday morning at 9.30 am. We do a short tour of the Farm followed by discussion of the volunteer opportunities currently on offer and how to register as a volunteer at the Farm.
For more information contact Ronni Martin (Tue-Thur) on 38578775, or come along to a Tuesday morning session.

SUSTAINABLE LIVING WORKSHOPS
24th Jan: Random Weave Baskets – Join in this workshop and learn a very contemporary approach to basketry.
24th Jan: Seasonal Gardening – Develop your gardening skills with a detailed exploration of vegetable crops for planting in our Hot and Humid months.
24th Jan: Establishing & Maintaining Veg Gardens – Hands on workshop to teach you the skills to turn garden waste and organic materials into your own no-dig vegetable garden.
21st Feb: Creative Papermaking -Learn the process of preparing recycled paper for hand papermaking.
28th Feb: Natural Dyeing with Plants – Learn the basics of dyeing with plants to create beautiful textile pieces while minimising the impact on the environment.
7th March: Bioregional Medicine: A Workshop for the DIY Herbalist
An in-depth exploration of five local, sustainable and medicinal ‘plant allies’ growing in your environment.
11th March: Fermented Herbal Sodas & Honey Mead An afternoon of bubbling brews and herbal effervescence. We will uncover ancient herbal brews and practices to bring into hearth and home.
14th March: Lantern Making with Nancy Brown – Learn how to sculpt magical lanterns using rattan, cane and paper and then explore different techniques to highlight designs on the lanterns. Then join in the lantern parade at the Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Festival.

PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
Our PDC is known for its practicality, diversity of experienced teachers and support with designing your own property. Join us to learn through theory and practice. The next PDC will be running Saturdays starting the 7th of February. The course is filling up so get in contact if you want to sign up.

In April this year our PDC Intensive will run with a rural focus. This course involves a 4-day residential on a property in Northern NSW. Book in now to reserve your place.
http://www.nscf.org.au/permaculture-design-course-brisbane/

FREE FARM TOUR
A short version of the weekly free Farm Tour is on every Tuesday at 9.30am. The tour is followed by a volunteer induction session.

EARTH ARTS
Earth Arts activities are continuing at the Markets on Sundays and on Tuesdays and Fridays at the Farm.

For more details as well as booking information, please see our website
Education enquiries: education@nscf.org.au
Education bookings: info@nscf.org.au
Northey Street City Farm

Corner of Northey & Victoria Streets, Windsor, Qld, Australia
Ph: (07) 3857 8775, Fax: (07) 3857 8108 Email: info@nscf.org.au