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.

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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

 

 

 

 

 

Opening Times

Posted on January 14th, 2015

NORTHEY STREET SUNDAY MARKETS Market

Open every Sunday 6am- 10.30am

NORTHEY STREET OFFICE

Open Tuesday – Thursdays 9am – 4pm

NURSERY – EDIBLE LANDSCAPES

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9am-3pm
Sunday 6am – 12.30pm

 

 

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.

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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.

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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

 

We’re hiring – Farming Team Manager

Posted on December 18th, 2014

Are you a skilled and experienced organic farmer with people skills to match? We’re looking for a passionate Permaculturalist to manage (24hrs/week) our diverse gardens and the staff & volunteers who tend them.

About Us

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 6 acres, established kitchen and market gardens as well as orchards and wood lot, plus Brisbane’s only certified Organic 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.

 

About You

The Farming Team Manager should have a proven strong background in practical Permaculture and organic fruit and vegetable farming in the sub tropics, preferably having previously managed a team of people to develop a market garden or orchards. They should have demonstrable experience in both managing day-to-day farm operations as well as driving medium-term strategic and commercial directions.

 

About the Role

● Manage and maintain all gardens, orchards and bush revegetation areas using Permaculture principles and practices

● Manage staff and volunteers within the Farming Team

● Plan, schedule and manage food production at the Farm.

● Contribute technical expertise and support other teams as needed

● Develop the Farm to enhance its reputation as a resilient community asset

● Work 24 hrs/week (which must include Tuesdays) on a minimum of 4 days a week. Periodic weekend work is required. Timing of working hours can be flexible according to season and farm requirements.

 

Responsibilities

● Manage all farm zones according to Permaculture and Organic principles

● Develop, implement and record schedules for seasonal planting, maintaining, harvesting, storing, preserving and selling of food and other Farm crops.

● Manage the integration of food production and provisioning activities to meet the requirements of the kitchen for community lunches.

● Manage staff and volunteers in the Farming Team.

● Coordinate management of the animals and of the green waste and composting systems

● Work with the Site Manager to maintain farming infrastructure, tools and the workshop

● Work with the Nursery to save seed and propagate for planting.

● Work with the Education Coordinator to provide living demonstrations of permaculture principles and practices.

● Coordinate, manage and develop farming enterprises, including the NSCF Market stall and the allotments

● Maintain organic certification of the farm, including maintaining current organic management plan and farm operating procedures

● Organise and facilitate Farming Team meetings

● Participate in fortnightly Team Reps meetings

● Report monthly to the Management Committee

● Prepare and manage budgets and be accountable for any team related cash handling systems

● Contribute to the development, enactment and review of key policy documents to guide activities on the Farm

 

Click below for full details on how to apply

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Applications are due close of business Tuesday 27 January 2015.

 

December eNews

Posted on December 3rd, 2014

Welcome to the December 2014 News from Northey Street City Farm.

As we draw to the close of one of the most eventful and challenging years in the Farm’s 20 year history, we’d like to thank all our volunteers and supporters for the help they’ve given.

Over the festive season, the Farm office will be closed from 20 December to 5 January, but the Markets will be operating every Sunday as usual.

You can support the Farm when doing your gift shopping. As well as stalls at the Market selling gifts, we have some great gifts available on our website – on the ethical gifts page.

You could also give the Farm a gift this festive season by donating through our website. The donations are tax-deductible and will go into our Environment Fund. The kinds of gifts we are dreaming about this year would add something extra to our educational programs. For example:
•    Sundial – $100
•    Professional weather station – $300
•    Chicken coop and run – $600
•    Dwarf fruit tree, tub & potting mix for the revamped Backyard Garden – $120 each
All donations will be gratefully received and every bit helps in building an ever better Farm!

Happy Flame Advent CandlesGumnut Hill Christmas cards

Gumnut Hill Christmas cards                    Happy Flame Advent Candles

Important Dates
THIS Saturday 6 December at 9.30 am to 6pm - Permablitz at the Farm
6 December at 12.30 to 2pm - Volunteers Brunch
5 January - close of Education Co-ordinator applications.
31 January - Scheming and Dreaming workshop.

The office will be closed from Sat. 20 December to Mon. 5 January.

Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
13th December – Native Bee Keeping- with Bee expert Tim Heard
20th December - Palm Sheath Basket with Weva Deva
24th January – Growing Healthy Veggies with Bunya Halasz
24th January – Establishing and Maintaining a Vegetable Garden with Bunya Halasz
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 – Introduction to Herbal Medicine with Jayne Azzopardi

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

Management Committee
At the recent AGM the new management committee was appointed. We have 7 continuing members and 2 new members. Our new members are Rowena Lindquist, who is joining us as the new secretary, and Rose Feely, who is joining us as a general member. We welcome them to the committee. Tiffany Gallacher is continuing in her role as Treasurer, while Belinda Kau has taken up the position of Assistant Coordinator and Emma Brindal as Coordinator. The other continuing members are: Richard Nielsen, Ray Quinn, Emma Maltby and Murray Carew. For bios on all the MC members, go to:http://www.nscf.org.au/meet-our-management-committee/

We would like to extend a thankyou to everyone who attended the AGM to participate in the farm governance process, and to report that at the AGM all the proposed changes to our Rules were unanimously passed.

The new MC is looking forward to contributing to the farm’s governance in the following year, and in particular to supporting the exciting process of developing a strategic plan for the Farm’s direction over the next 5 years in consultation with farm members. We hope to see some of you engaging in this at the ‘Scheming and Dreaming’ Day set for January 31st.

FARMING TEAM
Site Re-opening
Most of the fences should be removed from the northern part of the farm later this week.
Bare soil has been covered, disturbed areas made secure and the first raised gardens built and planted out. A host of volunteers, from both our regular crew and a lot of new volunteers, have worked in often hot and difficult conditions to bring life back to our gardens.

Boy in garden bed

The Reclink Work Skills team have been building beds and the HELP and Epic teams have been working on our grounds. Brisbane City Council has been supporting us with materials for covering our soil and re-building our beds.

Seek out nourishing and quirky gifts from Makers Lane and within the market for that special someone this year with a wide range of products available from nourishing soap packs, quirky leather and felt wear, home cleaning products, crystals from Crystal Evolution (located out in the grassed area with Mud Bob’s stall), baskets and rugs, relishes and preserves, herbal beauty and healing products. And after you’ve gifted your loved ones, why not gift yourself to a personal reading or energy treatment with one of our specialized therapy stalls.
Vollie at lunch

 

 

The re-opening of the Chai Cafe in the kitchen space under the mango trees is anticipated to happen this Sunday the 14th of December. Just in time for festive season Sunday morning catch ups with friends for chai or homemade lemonade!

 

Go organic and support local businesses this Christmas at Northey Street Organic Farmers Markets, every Sunday under the figs in the car park at Northey Street City Farm

Market

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

JUST ARRIVED
Fruit trees- plums, apples, dwarf mulberry black, red tamarillo, Japanese taro, Japanese ginger, Chinese keys, jaboticaba, black sapote, soursop, bay tree, variety of dwarf citrus.
Herbs- French tarragon, sage, summer savory, thyme, oregano, variety of basil, rosemary, onion chives, garlic chives, red and green perrilla, salad burnett, mint, lemon grass.

With this heat now is the time to mulch your garden. Sugarcane $15 a bale, lucerne $15 a bale, tea tree $15 a bale. Get in quick!

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM
ADMINISTRATION CO-ORDINATOR
We welcome Desi Achilleos to the position of Administration Co-ordinator.  Desi will be the voice on the phones on Tuesday and Thursday mornings and answering your queries on the info@ email.  She’ll also be responsible for our social media and lots of other tasks which support us all in our activities at the Farm.

EDUCATION CO-ORDINATOR
Our Education Co-ordinator Kristy has resigned to go travelling and working overseas for the next couple of years. She will be greatly missed but we wish her many great adventures. So we are recruiting for an Education Co-ordinator to start in mid to late January next year. You can view the position descripton and application details on our website.

Sustainable Living Workshops
13th December – Native Bee Keeping- with Bee expert Tim Heard
20th December – Palm Sheath Basket with Weva Deva
24th January – Growing Healthy Veggies with Bunya Halasz
24th January – Establishing and Maintaining a Vegetable Garden with Bunya Halasz
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 – Introduction to Herbal Medicine with Jayne Azzopardi

NEW SHORT COURSE OFFERING!
Introduction to Organic Gardening  -  with Peta Deacon
Saturday mornings 29th November – 20th December

Fancy growing your own food but don’t know where to start? This practical 4 week course covers the basics of starting a garden using organic principles suited to our subtropical climate in south east Queensland.  From building up your soil, making compost to propagating, saving seeds and building raised gardens.

Permaculture Design Course 2015
Are you thinking of completing your PDC next year?  Start planning now and find more details on the Education section of our website.
Saturdays from 7 February to 23 May.
Easter Intensive: From 3 April to 19 April (break for Easter)
Fridays from 17 July to 23 October.

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

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November eNews

We are rebuilding our gardens and hope that most of the fences around the northern part of the Farm will come down this month.

Important Dates
6 December – Volunteers Brunch 12.30-2pm RSVP 3857 8775
- PERMABLITZ 9.30am-6pm Volunteer to help rebuild the farm
Wear closed footwear and a hat. Bring water bottle and gardening gloves.
Vegetarian Lunch, tea and coffee provided

 Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
Introduction to Organic Gardening  -  with Peta Deacon
Saturday mornings 29th November – 20th December

29th November – Natural Dying with Linda Parmenter
13th December – Native Bee Keeping- with Bee expert Tim Heard
20th December – Palm Sheath Basket with Weva Deva

SITE CLOSURE UPDATE

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Bathtub bed with old pots as wicking base

by Dick Copeman, Farming Team Manager
farming.mgr(at)nscf.org.au   ph: 07 3857 8775

Re-building our Gardens is Underway
Council has finally given us the green light to rebuild our gardens in raised beds filled with clean soil.
The first of the new raised beds in the kitchen garden have been completed. Two wicking beds made from old bathtubs have been filled with clean soil and planted with herbs and leafy greens.

          

Pots, agpipe and gravel for water reservoir

Pots, agpipe and gravel for water reservoir

 

 

 

 

 

The bathtubs were mounted on wooden frames by the Reclink Work Skills team under the supervision of Steve Hutchinson and then overflow pipes and water reservoir were installed by Trev and Ian from the Rust Busters volunteer crew. Council delivered clean soil, cow manure and sand in time for volunteers on Thursday afternoon to mix the three ingredients and fill the tubs.

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Bob planting greens in bathtub wicking bed.

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Karen mulching herbs in bathtub bed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Kristy and Michael filling corrugated raised bed.

Two non-wicking raised beds have also been prepared and filled and are just awaiting the connection of drip irrigation before they are planted out.


Below: Barry and Luke emptying the large raised bed

The old soil from two large raised beds was removed by an energetic crew on Saturday and they are almost ready for re-filling with clean soil.

Volunteer Opportunities
There are many more raised and wicking beds to be installed and planted. The sooner we re-build the gardens, the sooner the fences will come down.
Volunteer working bees will be happening each week until mid-December at the following times:

  • Tuesday 7am to 10am
  • Thursday 3pm to 6pm
  • Saturday 7am to 10am

The working bees are being held early morning or late afternoon to avoid the summer heat. On Thursdays, working bees to propagate plants for the gardens are happening from 10.30 to 12.30 and there is a volunteer training session from 1.30 to 2.15pm.

No experience necessary. Please wear closed shoes and a hat. Gloves provided.
All Welcome.   It’s a great learning experience.

Management Committee

Strategic Planning
Members and volunteers as well as staff will meet to discuss the future directions of the Farm over the next 5 years at our annual scheming and dreaming planning day in November.

Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting will be on Sat. 22 November, at the Farm. We are an Incorporated Association, so this meeting is where we elect the Management Committee and hear a summary of what was achieved in the previous year.

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

Fair Food Film Night
The Fair Food Film Night was very interesting and stimulated animated discussion during the break. Thanks to the volunteers who helped on the night we were fed with hot drinks and cob-oven baked pizzas. We are planning to run a film night every quarter, so keep an eye on our website and Facebook for details of the next one.

VOLUNTEER PROGRAM
We will be opening our volunteer program to new people from Tuesday 18 November. In addition, we have working bees to help with rebuilding the garden beds – see details in the site closure report above.

FREE FARM TOUR
A short version of the weekly free Farm Tour will start on Tuesday 18 November at 9.30am. We hope to have access to most of the northern half of the site by then. The tour will be followed by a volunteer induction session.

Sustainable Living Workshops

Those who know Peta Deacon our Edible Landscapes Nursery Co-ordinator know that she has encyclopedic knowledge of all things plants.
We’ve got a treat for you. Peta will be teaching a number of workshops over the coming weeks – book in now to secure a place

1st NovemberSeed Saving with Peta Deacon
8th NovemberWorm Farming with Peta Deacon
15th NovemberCoil Stitch with Weva Deva
15th NovemberMaking Good Compost with Peta Deacon
22nd NovemberGardening in Small Spaces, Pots & Vertical Spaces with Peta Deacon
13th DecemberNative Bee Keeping- with Bee expert Tim Heard
20th DecemberPalm Sheath Basket with Weva Deva

NEW SHORT COURSE OFFERING!
Introduction to Organic Gardening  -  with Peta Deacon
Saturday mornings 29th November – 20th December

Fancy growing your own food but don’t know where to start? This practical 4 week course covers the basics of starting a garden using organic principles suited to our subtropical climate in south east Queensland.  From building up your soil, making compost to propagating, saving seeds and building raised gardens.

Permaculture Design Course 2015
Are you thinking of completing your PDC next year? We offer one day a week options usually on Fridays or Saturdays.

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 Shade and music
The days are really warming up now so it’s a good time for a tropical fruit platter or a light salad for lunch. Start looking for watermelons, pawpaw and nectarines for a refreshing bite, or add cucumber to your salads for that extra crunch or rocket for an extra zing.
Remember, we now have an ATM located near the toilets for customer convenience.
While other markets bake in the sun during Summer, we’re drinking cool juice under the shade of enormous trees. Enjoy some of the best things about of Brisbane at Northey Street Markets every Sunday morning.
 
EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon. (Closed Monday and Wednesday)
 
ON SPECIAL THIS MONTH
Rocky Point Lucerne hay $15 a bag or 5 bags for $70

Herbs – available
Lemon grass, Citronella grass, Green and purple Perilla, Echinacea,
Rosemary – Huntingdon Carpet, Tuscan Blue, Portugal Pink, Blue Lagoon.
Saw-tooth Coriander
German Chamomile
Basil – Sweet, Ruffles, Mini Greek, Purple.
Lovage
Sage
Pigeon Pea
Garden Mint
Pennyroyal
Brahmii
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Chives – Onion, Garlic.
Celery stem Taro

Dwarf Fruit Trees
Avocado – Hass, Wurtz
Meyer Lemon
Kaffir Lime
Orange – Seedless Valencia, Washington Navel.

Fruit Trees
Asparagus
Rhubarb
Miracle Fruit
Black Mulberry
Heritage Raspberry
Youngberry
Eureka Lemon
Kaffir Lime
Peachcots.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR FARM RE-BUILDING

Posted on October 17th, 2014

Following the soil contamination incident of the past four months we are finally in a position to rebuild our gardens. They have to be converted to raised garden beds and filled with clean soil, under the operational plan negotiated with the council. We are now calling for volunteers to help with this big task.

 Raised garden contruction

VOLUNTEER SESSIONS will be held each week at the following times:-

Tuesdays 7-10am – Preparing and installing raised garden beds
Thursdays 10.30am-12.30pm Propagating seedlings and cuttings

Thursdays 1.30-2.30 pm – Free volunteer training session (see program below)
Thursdays 3-6pm – Preparing and Installing raised garden beds
Saturdays 7-10am – Preparing and Installing raised garden beds

The sessions to install the new beds are early on Tuesdays and Saturdays, and late on Thursdays, so that we can work when it is not too hot, as we are now going in to the hotter time of year.

Please wear closed shoes and a hat and bring a water bottle and gardening gloves (if you have them – if not we can supply them).  Tea and coffee will be provided but BYO food.

Gardening experience is not needed, though always welcome. All volunteers will be given a briefing and site safety induction, including how to work safely with the soil on our site, which is contaminated in places with lead and asbestos. As long as we all follow some simple safety procedures, there is no risk from the soil. Please arrive at the beginning of the session so that all volunteers can be inducted and briefed at the one time.

We hope that you will be able to join us as we rebuild the Farm, having fun and learning together as we do it.

 

Northey Street City Farm

Volunteer Training Sessions

Thursdays 1.30-2.15pm

Date

Topic

Presenter

23rd Oct Good soil Dick
30th Oct Vegies for summer Dick
6th Nov Propagating from seeds Peta
13th Nov How to make compost Patricia
20th Nov Propagating from cuttings Peta
27th Nov Catching water for the garden Dick
4rh Dec Worm farming Patricia
11th Dec Using water efficiently Dick

GOOD NEWS! FARM RE-OPENING IN STAGES

Posted on October 3rd, 2014

GOOD NEWS! FARM RE-OPENING IN STAGES

Councillor Bourke from Brisbane City Council has given the green light for the farm to re-open in stages, as we implement our revised soil contamination operational plan.

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Caterpillar waiting to transform in front of the fences – Jemma Darlington

The state Dept of Environment has listed our site on the Environmental Management Register but Council, with support from Queensland Health, has convinced the state Environment Dept that we can continue to operate as long as we follow the plan that we have prepared.

Timeline

We have submitted a revised timeline for our re-building, including the staged removal of the fences, starting hopefully in mid to late October and continuing till the last of the fences across the road are removed by mid-May next year.

Council has also agreed to supply all the materials we requested for re-building our gardens as raised beds, including timber, fasteners, linings cow manure and soil. Delivery is starting today.

A new Work Skills crew has joined us to build raised beds for our gardens and they have completed a number already. These will be installed progressively over the next few months.

A call for volunteers to help with the installation will be going out soon, once we arrange delivery of the materials.

THANK YOU TO ALL OUR FRIENDS FOR YOUR SUPPORT. WE WILL STILL NEED YOU TO HELP US REBUILD

Fair Food Film Night

Posted on September 30th, 2014

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Fair Food Week (10th – 19th October) is a time to shine the light on the ‘new story of fairness’ across the food system, from paddock to plate. It’s a week full of intriguing and attractive events around the country.

Join us for an event here at Northey Street:

Fair Food Film Night 

Thursday 16th of October

from 6:30pm.

We’ll be screening a few short food films for a gold coin donation with drinks and cob oven pizza available for purchase.

About the films to be screened:

Orange Tree Blues is a powerful short film telling the story of Mick Audinno, an orange producer from Leeton, in the Riverina District of NSW.

Sourced delves into the story of food in our own backyard. It reveals the potential of small-scale, local agriculture to strengthen food security and build resilient urban communities. Sourced is a collaborative project by Youth Food Movement Australia and Digital Storytellers.

An Urban Orchard traces the history of food gathering and production on the Adelaide Plains, from Kaurna food traditions to present day backyard gardens. This film is a celebration of growing and sharing good food. A film by Friends of the Earth Adelaide.

FARM RE-OPENING DELAYED AGAIN

Posted on September 17th, 2014

The next chapter in the Farm site story..

The QLD Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP) has now become involved in assessing the Farm’s soil contamination issue, “due to the levels of arsenic, lead and chromium found on site.” This is happening despite the fact that:

  • Arsenic and chromium were found only in ash from a fire, not in any of the 32 soil samples tested
  • The contaminated ash has already been removed by Council and the area turfed.
  • Queensland Health has said that “the level of (lead) exposure is quite low”.

We have prepared a soil contamination management plan, which we were preparing to implement. Council promised to supply materials needed to implement the management plan, but, since the state became involved, our requests to Council for support have been ignored. Council has also said that they won’t remove the fencing until we have implemented our management plan.

 

Northey Street City Farm needs your support (again!)

 Please contact the Premier, Campbell Newman

Tell Premier Newman that you value and support the work that City Farm does and urge him to ensure that the Farm can resume operations as soon as possible. The Premier’s contacts are:

Emailthepremier@premiers.qld.gov.au

Phone: (07) 3719 7000      Fax: (07) 3220 6222

Please cc your email to our local MP, Robert Cavalucci, at Brisbane.Central@parliament.qld.gov.au

and also to the Farm at support@nscf.org.au