Markets Open for Easter Sunday!

Posted on April 16th, 2014

MarketsWhat are you up to this Easter Sunday?

Our Organic Farmers Markets is on every Sunday of the year and this Easter Sunday is no exception.

Come in and grab the juiciest oranges from Phil and family at Squeeze Me Now.

Or crunchy apples, luscious grapes and a variety of veg needs from Sal & Di at Charlwood Organics.

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Sol Breads & Levain can cater to your bakery needs, or if edible weeds is more your thing head to the Happy Farmers stall.

Buchi Kombucha are there to tempt you with their fermented kombucha drinks.

For the freshest greens and herbs at the Markets head to the big shed and pick up some Northey Street grown produce – harvested only minutes before!

Have a safe and happy break everyone!

April eNews

Posted on April 1st, 2014

Welcome to the April 2014 Northey Street City Farm News
This month we turn 20 years old! There will be a dinner honouring our founders on 5 April and a public Open Day in Spring. If you haven’t been to the Farm for years, drop in some time to see how well the trees have grown.

Important Dates
Friday 18 April – Good Friday – Office and Nursery closed
Note: the Organic Farmers Market and Nursery will be open as usual on Easter Sunday

Thursday 24 April – Next Permaculture Design Certificate Course starts.
Saturday 21 June – Winter Solstice Festival

NEWS FROM THE FARM MC
Welcome Linda Parmenter as Enterprise and Events Team Manager. Linda has worked in the community sector for many years in advocacy roles, has owned and run a successful small business, and has qualifications in arts, law and education. Outside of work she enjoys spending time making things (from wood, fibres and natural dyes) and growing things.

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

WINTER SOLSTICE
Winter Solstice Brainstorming workshop
Organisation for the winter solstice is upon us again, and to get the ball rolling this year Linda would like to hold a workshop with the Northey Street community to hear ideas about what this year’s festival should look like. At this workshop we will discuss what the winter solstice festival means for people, what has worked well and not so well in the past, and most importantly, ideas for 2014. This will be an idea-generating forum, not a decision-making forum, and will be an opportunity for everyone to have input. This will be held on Wednesday 9 April between 10.30 and 11.30 am. Everyone is welcome to attend, please rsvp to Linda at wintersolstice(at)nscf.org.au and you will be emailed details of where to meet and informed if there is any change of time.

Can’t attend? Don’t worry, there are other opportunities to participate. Email Linda your ideas at the above address, or perhaps you would like to be on a working group to plan for the event or volunteer on the day? See below for more details.

More Winter Solstice plans
If you would like to be more involved in this year’s Solstice festival, there is plenty of opportunity. We would like to set up a number of working groups to help with the planning of different aspects of the festival including the music, food, activities and ceremony, and site and decorations. We also need lots of volunteers to help out on the day. If you are interested in being part of a working group/and or volunteering on the day, please email Linda at wintersolstice(at)nscf.org.au and let her know how you can assist and what aspect of the festival you are interested in helping out with.

Allotments available
Keen to grow your own veges and be part of our allotments community? We have some allotments available and now is the time to be planting for the autumn season!
Allotments are $52 a year plus Farm membership. If you are interested, please email Donna at allotments(at)nscf.org.au

Plastic Free Julyplastic free July
In line with the permaculture principle of ‘Produce No Waste’, Northey Street City Farm will be supporting and promoting the ‘Plastic Free July’ challenge. Plastic Free July is a challenge that involves people making a pledge to reduce single-use plastic in their lives in the month of July. “Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging… basically anything that’s intended only to be used once and then sent to landfill. Some people pledge for just one day, others a week, and others for the whole month of July. There is also the option to pledge to give up all single-use plastic OR to try the top 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles & coffee cup lids).

To register your pledge, go to https://www.facebook.com/PlasticFreeJuly

If you would like to be involved in promoting and organising for this through the farm, please get in touch with Emma at ejbrindal(at)yahoo.com.au. This will include organising events like film screenings and creek clean-up days, and planning for different ways we can promote PFJ through the NSCF markets.

ENTERPRISE & EVENTS TEAM

Introducing the new Enterprise and Events Team Manager
Hi. I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Linda and I have just started as the new Enterprise and Events Team Manager. I’m really excited to be working in the beautiful environment at Northey Street and to be able to contribute to an organisation that has such a great mission and values. The enterprises at NSCF support this mission, and so it will be great to play a role to nurture and sustain them well into the future. I will be at the farm Tuesday – Thursday and every second Sunday or so, so please say hello as I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone.

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

It’s time to start planting for the autumn season. To help you get going we have lots of organic new season vege seedlings at $3.50 a punnet, and organic new season seeds at $2.50 a packet available now.

It’s also a good time to spray citrus with zinc and manganese – $12 for a 500g bag.beetroot seedlings

In stock now:
Eco Seaweed fertilizer $20. (makes up 200 litres)
Eco Neem oil – $20
Dr. Grow it all liquid fertilizer – $16
Compots – $25 each

ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS   Sundays 6am – 10.30am 
See our website for further information about the markets.

There are a few more warm days left before the sun goes North so make it down to Northey Street Markets and enjoy it while it lasts.

Make the most of the sweet corn and cucumber while it’s in season. Try a nashi (or Asian pear), sweet, juicy and crunchy. The turmeric and ginger is in season and perfect to add to a juice or a brewing tea in the mornings. The pomegranates and apples are also back in season.

Some new stalls have added colour and variety to the markets recently and more are set to arrive. This month will see the inclusion of the farmers from Heavenly Bath Milk (Gympie). Visit Margie’s new bushfoods paleo stall and discover new ways to include native bushfoods into your diet.

The ‘Makers Alley’ has received a facelift and the makers behind the counter are more committed than ever to bring their wares to you. Check out the Makers Alley new look near the office building.

Come for breakfast, for your organics or to meet friends. We’re open every Sunday including Easter. See you there.

Chai Cafe Buskers Welcome
The Chai Cafe would welcome some buskers to add to the atmosphere on Sunday mornings. The Cafe operates from 7am to 10.30am every Sunday. If you’re interested, see the staff at the cafe and they will find you a spot.

 

FARMING TEAM

Enoggera Creek Rehabilitation
Thanks to the ‘Enoggera Creek riparian corridor repair, training and community engagement’ grant from Brisbane City Council in 2010/11 we provided training and 3 community planting days to start the process of rehabilitating the creek corridor adjacent to the Farm. Our bush care volunteers continue the work to maintain the area every Friday morning.

Recently, Brisbane City Council has generously provided us with 25 trees as replacement for those we lost from our bush revegetation areas in last year’s flood. All 25 are now in the ground, thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, Anita and Juta.

Bananas
A new banana circle has been created across the road near the chicken food storage house, from the efforts of the Epic work-for-the-dole crew and intern Donna.

Market stall helpers wanted
We can do with extra helpers on our farm produce and information stall on Sunday mornings. If you are interested, please contact Dick at farming.mgr(at)nscf.org.au or text to 0439 728 992

Allotments available
Keen to grow your own veges and be part of our allotments community? We have some allotments available and now is the time to be planting for the autumn season!
Allotments are $52 a year plus Farm membership. If you are interested, please email Donna at allotments(at)nscf.org.au.

 

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM

We welcome a number of students doing their industry placements with us this semester. We are hosting Anthropology students from UQ, and also Sociology and Masters of Education for Sustainability students from Griffith University. We hope they enjoy working with us and look forward to their input into making the Farm more productive.

Upcoming workshops
5 April:
Seasonal vegetable growing for the sub-tropics (9am -12pm) – Bunya Halasz
Establishing and maintaining a vegetable garden (1pm – 4pm) – Bunya Halasz
Coil stitch weaving – Weva Deva

17 May:
Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the Subtropics
Establishing & Maintaining a Veg Garden

7 June:
Introduction to Herbal Medicine Making – Jane Azzopardi

To secure your place in these fun and popular workshops, visit our workshops page

Permaculture Design CoursePDC design-sml
Develop the knowledge and skills for designing productive gardens and properties, growing your own food, applying appropriate technologies, using resources wisely, designing animal and plant systems to minimise your workload, rebuilding community values, and generally reducing your impact on our precious environment.

Our next course runs on Thursdays, starting 24 April, through to 31 July

Following courses on Fridays, starting 8 August, through to to 21 November

Our intensive course this year is still in development, likely being in the September school holidays. We are discussing a rural focus with a multi-day trip to Northern NSW – please contact our Education Co-ordinator Kristy if you are interested on education(at)nscf.org.au

 School Activities
Did you know we host school visits? We have five different tours to choose from including Farm Life, Earth Arts, Bush Foods, Cob Oven Cooking, & Feeding the World’s People.

We’ve had visits from student classes in geography, social science and home economics/food technology. Maybe you know a student or teacher that would be interested? Let them know about our website or get in contact with Kristy, the Education Co-ordinator, on education(at)nscf.org.au

A description of all the school activities is on our website

Earth Arts
Bob will be away this month, but Jane will be organising the activities on Fridays and some Sundays through April.

Earth Arts Workshops for visiting school groups – by Hands On Art

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

FREE FARM TOUR: 
Every Tuesday @ 9.30am - Everyone welcome… meet on the kiosk deck.
The first Sunday of every month @ 10am - Everyone welcome… meet at the Farm Info Shed
The tour takes about an hour. If you are interested in volunteering at the Farm, please attend the tour (there is a volunteer induction after each Tuesday tour)

March eNews

Posted on March 12th, 2014

Welcome to the March 2014 Northey Street City Farm News

New Event – Farm Tours on Sundays!

Come along on the first Sunday of each month to take the free guided tour of Northey Street City Farm. Hear more about Permaculture, meet one of the farmers from the markets (if they’re not too busy) and explore the Farm.
Meet at the Farm Info Shed at 10am. Ask for Kristy.

Buskers Welcome
The Chai Cafe would welcome some buskers to add to the atmosphere on Sunday mornings. The Cafe operates from 7am to 10.30am every Sunday. If you’re interested, see the staff at the cafe and they will find you a spot.

Thanks to the generosity of our supporters, we now have an over-supply of plastic pots, bags and glass jars. So please no more donations for a while, as we have limited storage space and will need to send them to recycling.

Important Dates
21-23rd March – Food 4 Thought Conference – Australian City Farms & Community Gardens Network, in Hobart. See www.communitygarden.org.au for details

25 March – Last day for early-bird registrations for Thursdays PDC
Thursday 24 April – Next Permaculture Design Certificate Course starts

FARMING TEAM

Garden News

All the beds in the kitchen garden now have drip irrigation installed. Three wicking beds have been set up and planted in the school garden. Despite the hot weather, our basil, kale, silver beet, mint, okra and Sri Lankan spinach have continued to produce prolifically. Propagation of seedlings for winter plantings is well underway.

Garden Times
As summer is finally coming to an end and the sun is rising later, we will be moving our Tuesday early morning gardening start time from 6am to 7am from March 25th. Likewise our Thursday late afternoon gardening session will finish earlier, round 5.30 to 6pm from March 27th.

Bush Re-vegetation
A keen crew of nine volunteers from energy company AGL worked hard in steamy conditions on Friday last to weed and mulch a big section of our bush plantings along the creek. Just as we were all wilting in the heat, a cute mangrove heron floated effortlessly up the creek on a large log swept along by the tide! The farm is a great haven for wildlife.

Accommodation wanted
A 19 year-old agriculture student from France is planning to come to Northey Street City Farm as an intern from 29th June to 21st September this year. She is seeking free accommodation near the farm. If you can help with providing accommodation for her, please contact Dick Copeman at the farm or email farming.mgr(at)nscf.org.au or ring 0439 728 992.

NEWS FROM THE FARM MC

Treasurer
Northey Street City Farm is looking for a volunteer interested in serving on the Management Committee as the Treasurer. This individual should have a passion for NSCF, support our mission and values, have an accounting background and be willing to contribute a minimum of four to six hours monthly and occasionally more.

The key responsibilities of the Treasurer are:

  • Liaise with the Finance Officer for budgets/financial reports from all areas.
  • Give a monthly financial report to the Management Committee.
  • Advise the Management Committee on financial planning.
  • Assist the Finance Officer with preparation of financial statements and reports for the auditor.
  • Attend monthly Management Committee meetings and extra meetings as necessary.
  • Assist with developing KPI’s for monthly reporting.

Our current Treasurer will be leaving this position soon due to other commitments and the appointment will last until the next Annual General Meeting of our members (in Oct/Nov), where the Treasurer position will be open for election.

Constitutional amendments
The following changes to our constitution, passed at the last AGM, have been approved by the Office of Fair Trading.
15. (6) Not less than fourteen days notice shall be given by the secretary to members of the management committee of any special meeting of management committee.
was amended to read:
15. (6) Not less than fourteen days notice shall be given by the secretary to members of the management committee of any special meeting of management committee. This may be shortened if there is unanimous agreement from the members of the committee before the time appointed for the meeting.

2. Clause 11. (4) Permanent employees of Northey Street City Farm are not eligible for election or appointment to the Management Committee.

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

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM

Community Gardens Network
We hosted a very enjoyable Community Gardens network gathering on Sunday 23 February. Start-up and established Community Gardens shared their experiences and ways of doing in areas like recruiting members, making compost, working with local governments and fundraising. This will become an annual event, at a different community garden each year.

Student placements
We will be hosting a number of university students from Anthropology, Social Science and Education this semester. They will be working on research projects and expanding our education program. We believe this will be mutually beneficial – students learn the realities of working in the NGO world, while we receive a better understanding of our position.

Upcoming Workshops
22nd March:  Raised Garden Beds for Beginners with Lukas Ritson

To secure your place in these fun and popular workshops, visit our workshops page

Permaculture Design Courses
Places are filling up for our next PDC. To get the early-bird discount, you need to book and pay by Tuesday 25 March.

Thursdays from 24 April to 31 July
Fridays from 8 August to 21 November
Intensive: September school holidays – exact dates to be confirmed

Experience urban Permaculture with our on-site nursery, market garden, Sunday Farmers Markets, and significant hands-on practical experience with internship opportunities.

Our PDC page has more details

Earth Arts
Come along with your kids and have a fun day out with nature, playing in the earth and learning how to shape it to make art and musical instruments. Earth Arts activities are a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to engage with the natural elements, have fun, and meet other members of the community.  Held every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 9am, and absolutely free! Come along!

Earth Arts Workshops for visiting school groups – by Hands On Art

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

FREE FARM TOUR: 
Every Tuesday @ 9.30am - Everyone welcome… meet on the kiosk deck.
The first Sunday of every month @ 10am - Everyone welcome… meet at the Farm Info Shed
The tour takes about an hour. If you are interested in volunteering at the Farm, please attend the tour (there is a volunteer induction after each Tuesday tour)

ENTERPRISE TEAM

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

***10% off selected citrus trees this month***
It’s time to start preparing your soil for autumn crops:  turn it over, add manure or good compost, gypsum and zeolite. Autumn vegetable seeds and seedlings are available now as well as cool season green manure crops.

Organic pest control
Aphids:  Problem with aphids on citrus trees? Apply white oil or soapy water every 4 days until trees are clear.
Grasshoppers:  They are hatching in large numbers at the moment. Get on top of them by spraying all plants with chilli and garlic. Blend 4 cloves garlic and 2 hot chillies together, add to 1l of water in a spray bottle.
Diatomaceous earth now in – $8.

In stock now:
Dwarf Citrus:  Myer lemons, Eureka lemons, Emperor mandarins, Seedless Valencia oranges, persimmons, Tahitian limes.

Dwarf Fruit:  Anna apple, Golden Dorset apple, Black Genoa fig, Wai Chee lychee, Fuyu persimmon

Fruit trees:
Araca Boi, Coffee arabica, Brown Turkey fig, Jaboticaba, Tahitian lime, Nashi pear, Neem tree, Yellow paw paw, Tropical peach, Tropical pear, Vanilla bean orchid.

ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS   Sundays 6am – 10.30am
See our website for further information about the markets.

Come along to the Farm soon, and enjoy the relaxing oasis, the green heart of the city!

Community Gardens Network Gathering

Posted on February 19th, 2014

Community Gardens Network Gathering

Hi fellow community gardeners!

  We’re holding this event next month and would love folks from lots of different community gardens to come along.

The day will also be helpful for groups or individuals interested in starting up a new community garden or growing an existing one.

At Northey Street we often get people asking us how to start community gardens, so we’ll share our story and we’re inviting other groups to share their successes and challenges as well.

The day will be interactive with a chance to meet others active in the community gardens world.

We’re also interested in other groups running sessions so if you have something unique or successful at your group let us know.

Hoping to meet you on the 23rd!

February eNews

Posted on February 5th, 2014

Welcome to the February 2014 Northey Street City Farm News

This is NSCF’s 20th Anniversary year… yay!   Look out for our celebrations later in the year and an extra special Winter Solstice Festival in June.

Members received their NSCF Annual Magazine by email at the end of December. The magazine is now available for viewing from the ‘About’ section of our website. It has a mixture of thought-provoking and practical articles plus lots of photos to give a picture of what’s on at the Farm.  Thanks to all the contributors and to Misha Connery for editing & design.

While you are browsing our website, have a look at the updated Volunteering page. You can see our regular activities and download the volunteer handbook.  If you are interested in volunteering at the Farm, please attend the free farm tour and the volunteer induction after the tour. The tour is on every Tuesday morning at 9.30am – meet on the kiosk deck. The tour takes about an hour and the induction about 30 minutes.

Important Dates
23 February:  Community Gardens Network gathering

FARMING TEAM

Farm’s Phone System Upgraded
The Farm’s phone system was recently upgraded by the good people at TAA Connect, who generously waived labour costs and also donated the PBX hardware. Thanks to Pat Bazzo, Marc Fawcett, John Bazzo, Jim Hibberd & Jason Doyle for doing such a thorough, professional job. We also appreciate that they took the time to listen, and deal with the farm’s ‘unusual’ site issues.

TAA Connect is based in Bowen Hills (only 1Km from the farm) and is an independent supplier of hardware and communication solutions across Australia & New Zealand.  The new PBX phone system is working well and has greatly increased our overall line capacity & ability to handle calls, plus our on-site phone cabling connections are now effectively flood-proofed!

Many thanks also to Richard Nielsen & Jarda Delasey, who replaced the troublesome phone cable linking the toolshed and the nursery.

Freezer or Fridge Donation needed
Do you have a top-opening chest freezer or a medium sized fridge you are no longer using? We could use one to extend the shelf-life of our harvests. Please contact Faming Manager Dick Copeman, on farming.mgr(at)nscf.org.au if you can help.

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM

Northey Street City Farm goes to Woodford.
Northey Street City Farm attended its ninth consecutive Woodford Folk Festival over the holiday period. A team of 10 staff & volunteers from the Northey St community presented over 4 consecutive mornings in the ‘Greenhouse’. The ‘Greenhouse’ is a presenter’s tent, described as “a hive of activity for the honest and hopeful, respectful and resolute, the critical and concerned, awake and aware”, where an array of green and social issues are presented throughout the Festival.  The Farm has a long standing relationship with the coordinators of the Greenhouse, who appreciate the ability of NSCF’s presenters to share their broad experience and technical knowledge, while also creating an informal, interactive and enjoyable workshop experience for participants.

This time around the Farm’s presentations hinged on the theme of healthy soil – a fitting topic as it’s the starting point for healthy food, bodies, minds and planet. At the end of each session our ‘Share’ cookbook was awarded to the first person to answer a quiz question correctly – how exciting that an 8 year old in the audience was awarded a cookbook when he answered confidently and correctly – ‘What are the 3 ways to improve soil health?’ Hopefully it’s a sign that we’re in good hands as we head into the future.

Attending the Woodford Folk Festival is a great opportunity for NSCF to interact and engage with a wider audience, to build more connections in southeast Queensland, and to promote what the Farm is all about – building and growing the permaculture movement. Even back at camp, while retreating from the midday heat, Festival goers approached the NSCF camp with their permaculture-related questions. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to be part of a collaborative, creative and friendly NSCF team over the course of the week.  (Emma Maltby).

Upcoming Workshops
We’ve got a bounty of workshops coming up, book in before they fill up.
1st Feb:  All Day Melon Basket Weave with Weva Deva
8th Feb:  Seasonal Planting for Beginners with Luke Ritson
15th Feb:  Composting & Worm Farming with Emma Brindal
22nd Feb:  Raised Garden Beds with Luke Ritson
1st March:  Random Weave with Weva Deva
8th March:  Native Stingless Bees with Aaron O’Keefe
8th March:  Chinese Dumplings with Street Food Australia

To secure your place in these fun and popular workshops, visit our workshops page
Education enquiries: education(at)nscf.org.au

Permaculture Design Courses in 2014
Thursdays from 24 April to 31 July
Fridays from 8 August to 21 November
Intensive: September school holidays – exact dates to be confirmed

Experience urban Permaculture with our on-site nursery, market garden, Sunday Farmers Markets, and significant hands-on practical experience with internship opportunities.

Our PDC page has more details

Community Gardens Network Gathering – 23rd Feb
Are you a volunteer or member in a community garden? Or are you interested in starting up a community garden? Northey Street is hosting this gathering to share the ins and outs of starting and running community gardens. The day will be interactive with a chance to meet others active in the community gardens world.
We’re also interested in other groups running sessions so if you have something unique or successful at your garden let us know.

Hoping to meet you on the 23rd!
RSVP by the 14th of February via our online form

Earth Arts
Come along with your kids and have a fun day out with nature, playing in the earth and learning how to shape it to make art and musical instruments. Earth Arts activities are a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to engage with the natural elements, have fun, and meet other members of the community.  Held every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 9am, and absolutely free! Come along! The activities will be continuing throughout the school holidays.

Earth Arts Workshops for visiting school groups – by Hands On Art

FREE FARM TOUR:  Every Tuesday morning 9.30am – everyone welcome… meet on the kiosk deck. If you are interested in volunteering at the Farm, the volunteer induction is after the tour. The tour takes about an hour.

ENTERPRISE TEAM

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

Like us on Facebook to get hot tips and the first chance to get specials

Time to start thinking about preparing your vegetable garden by planting a green manure crop – $5 a bag for sorghum & clover.

In stock now
Lots of red-stem chicory – $5 each. Red stem chicory is good for juicing, in salads, steamed and made into tea. Traditionally used to aid in healing: immune booster, inflammation, bacterial, fluid retention, arthritis and gout. It is also used as a tonic to strengthen bones, muscles and nerves.

Herbs:
Arrowroot, Coco yams, citronella grass, Echinacea, lemon grass, sweet basil, pineapple sage, Lemon verbena,

Fruit:
Dwarf Stock: Emperor and Imperial mandarins, Cara Cara oranges, persimmons, Tahitian limes.
Achacha, Bilimbi, Blueberries (Biloxi, Gulf Coast, Misty, Sharpe Blue), Ginko biloba, Grapefruit (Ruby, Rio Red), Jaboticaba,  Kumquat (Nagami), Lemon Myrtle, Kaffier Lime, Tahitian Lime, Sweet Lime, Black Mulberry, Miracle Fruit,  Neem tree, Pawpaw, Phalsa,  Vanilla bean orchid..

ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS   Sundays 6am – 10.30am
It’s hot and it just happens that juicy sweet lychees and mangos are in season to refresh your days.

This February we welcome two new growers to our markets, one from the Lockyer Valley and the other from Northern NSW. Keep an eye out for these fresh new faces in the coming weeks.

The Waffle Shop will be back from a break, offering their tasty way to start your Sunday.

There will be space for a new prepared-food breakfast stall at the markets soon. Chef-prepared food and a commitment to using certified organic ingredients is considered a prerequisite. Visit www.nscf.org.au/markets to submit your expression of interest.

To help get your new year underway Sunday mornings at Northey Street Markets is your healthy conscience choice. See you there.

See our website for further information about the markets.

Come along to the Farm soon, and enjoy the relaxing oasis, the green heart of the city!

Northey Street City Farm goes to Woodford

Posted on January 28th, 2014

Northey Street City Farm attended its 9th consecutive Woodford Folk Festival over the holiday period. A team of 10 staff & volunteers from the Northey Street community presented over four consecutive mornings in the ‘GreenHouse’. The ‘GreenHouse’ is a presenters tent described as “a hive of activity for the honest and hopeful, respectful and resolute, the critical and concerned, awake and aware” where an array of green and social issues are presented throughout the Festival. Northey Street has a long standing relationships with the coordinators of the Greenhouse, who appreciate the ability of Northey Street presenters to share their broad experience and technical knowledge, while also creating an informal, interactive and enjoyable workshop experience for participants.

photo_soil presentation

This time around Northey Street’s presentations hinged on the theme of healthy soil – a fitting topic as it’s the starting point for healthy food, bodies, minds and planet. At the end of each session a ‘Share’ cookbook was awarded to the first person to answer a quiz question correctly – how exciting that an 8year old in the audience was awarded a cookbook when he answered confidently and correctly – ‘What are 3 ways to improve soil health?’ Hopefully it’s a sign that we’re in good hands as we head into the future.


Attending the Wordford Folk Festival is a great opportunity for Northey Street to interact and engage with a wider audience, to build more connections in southeast Queensland, and to promote what the Farm is all about – building and growing the permaculture movement. Even back at camp, while retreating from the midday heat, Festival goers approached the Northey Street camp to inquire with their permaculture related questions. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to be part of a collaborative, creative and friendly Northey Street team over the course of the week. – Em Maltby, Northey Street Permaculture Educator, Management Committee member and general ace volunteer. 

Happy Summer Solstice

Posted on December 21st, 2013

  Northey Street City Farm is having a break between the 23rd of December and the 6th of January inclusive.

working in GardenOur Sunday Markets will continue to operate each Sunday as usual and the Nursery will reopen on the 7th of January.

 The Office and Education staff will return on the 7th of January.

We will be presenting a few workshops at Woodford Folk Festival in the break, come see us at the GREENhouse if you’re there.

 Enjoy the Festive period and hope to see you around the Farm in 2014.

Happy gardening,

December eNews

Posted on December 11th, 2013

Welcome to the December 2013 Northey Street City Farm News

We wish everyone a relaxed and fun holiday season.

Thanks to all our dedicated and fabulous volunteers for their contributions this year.  The nursery, gardens, chooks, infrastructure maintenance, earth arts, library, and administration, amongst many other aspects of the Farm, would not operate without their contributions. Thanks everyone and have a great break.

If you’re interested in becoming a volunteer at the Farm, contact Ronni Martin on 3857 8775 (Tue-Thurs) or attend the volunteer induction session on Tuesdays from 9.30 to 11am.

It’s the Summer silly season and you can simplify your gift giving by visiting the ethical gifts page on our website. Or drop in to the Edible Landscapes Nursery for green and growing gifts. And visit the makers section of our Sunday Organic Markets to be inspired by wonderful handmade gifts.

Look out for our workshops at the Woodford Folk Festival over the New Year period.

Important Dates
The Farm office and volunteer program will be closed from Friday 20 Dec. 2013 to Monday 6 Jan. 2014
The Chai Cafe will be closed on Sunday 29 Dec and Sunday 5 Jan, then back with delicious breakfasts on Sunday 11 January.

The Organic Farmers Market will be running every Sunday as usual throughout the summer holiday season.

Workshops
14 December:  Australian Native Bees
14 &15 December:  Building with Bamboo
21 December:  Seasonal Vegetable Gardening
21 December:  Establishing a Vegetable Garden
21 December:  Palm Sheath Basket
21 December:  Solstice Gift Basket

For all the info on these and other workshops, and to secure your place in these fun and popular workshops, visit our workshops page

Date Claimer
19 December –
last day to receive an early-bird discount on the February Permaculture Design Certificate which starts on Saturday 1st February 2014 

 

ENTERPRISE TEAM

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
NOTE:  THE NURSERY WILL BE CLOSED FROM 20 DECEMBER TO 6 JANUARY. This will allow our staff and volunteers to take a well-deserved holiday.

We welcome our new Nursery Assistant, Krystelle Ellaby who will be working with Peta Deacon to help you find the best plant for your needs.

Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon. (Closed Mondays and Wednesdays)

Like us on Facebook to get hot tips and the first chance to get specials

In stock now
PublicationsRosella
Get your Moon Calendars for 2014 – $12 each.
Robin Clayfield’s ‘You can have your Permaculture and Eat it too!’ – $38

Herbs
Rue, Mint, Curly Parsley, Italian Parsley, onion Chives, Mini Greek Basil, Sweet Basil, Dark Opal Basil, Sage, Rosella, Catnip, Vietnamese mint, Lemon grass, Turmeric, Taro, Arrowroot, Rosemary, Zaatar, Pepino, Salad mallow, Sorrel, Bay trees.
Also advanced Lavender and Rosemary.

Arriving next week
Fruit Trees
Dwarf Tropical  Apples, Araca Boi, Blackberry, Blueberry, Boysenberry, Figs, Giant Lau Lau, Rare Gingers, Ginko biloba, Lemonade Fruit, Limes, Paw paws, Passionfruit, Vanilla bean orchid..

Lucerne mulch – string & plastic bales (arriving on 17 December) – $15 per bale.
Sugar Cane Mulch – string & plastic bales – $15 per bale

Merry Christmas to all and a happy new year From Edible Landscapes Nursery.

ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS   Sundays 6am – 10.30am

The markets will be open and trading every Sunday over the festive period. Come in to show the relatives where the good food’s at!
See our website for further information about the markets. Parking is a perennial problem, so please use public transport or check the map on our website for where you can park legally. And please be considerate of the local residents by not parking across their driveways.

Pigs: Antibiotics and Organics
By Steve York, Markets Co-ordinator
Can pigs be certified organic? Coming up to Christmas time when people are looking to buy their roast pork or leg of ham I decided research it and clear my conscience. After scratching the surface much of the controversy is about the use of antibiotics.
The US National Pork Producers Council says that pork producers recognize the need to “provide for the well-being of their animals.” Their article also reveals that antibiotics have been used for more than 50 years and are believed to play an essential role in producing pork that is plentiful and safe.  “Antibiotics are used as a preventative for disease and to stimulate faster growth of the pigs,” says the Humane Choice Free Range website.  Without the use of antibiotics infections can spread to the entire herd.  “In intensive livestock farming, illnesses are unavoidable,” Julia Koch found, “Piglets catch diarrhoea and coughs from one another and the older pigs acquire bites and scratches in fights.”

If antibiotics are necessary it raises concerns about the food produced.  The overuse of antibiotics can cause genetic transformations of bacteria.  Sarina Locke says in humans it can lead to an “increased risk of infections which are resistant to antibiotics”.

The Humane Choice Free Range certification means that pigs are not fed antibiotics to increase growth or as a preventative medicine; only as disease treatment. The Australian Certified Organic Standard 2013 requires that if antibiotics are used on an animal it will no longer be certified organic. These circumstances mean more work, lengthy production and reduced yield, making it an expensive, risky business.

As a result certified organic pig farming is rare and treated with cynicism. All indications suggest that pig farming without antibiotics is difficult; but it’s not impossible. The US State and Environmental Resource Centre website says that access to sunshine, fresh air, freedom of movement and shelter are some of the aspects of a healthy natural pig environment which help to reduce any need for antibiotics.

Awareness about the production of pig meat means I have a much greater appreciation of what’s on my plate on Christmas day. The cost of certified organic food, in general, is a reflection of the real cost of real food. If you too choose organics, the Northey Street Organic Markets are open every Sunday right through to the New Year. See you there and have a great festive season.

Resources:

Ecstatic Dance, after the Market
Adrian and Monica invite people of all ages to participate in free ecstatic dance sessions every Sunday, after the market. Meet near the Chai Cafe.

FARMING TEAM

Site Report
The following work is being undertaken by the Site team at the moment:

  • Building a mulch bay at the end of Edmund St to avoid people dumping woodchip on the park equipment. We’ll fence the area, put a steel bar and lock across the entrance and straighten the bollards.
  • Stage1 Electrical upgrades: Safety/electrical audit, fixing lights and power points, test & tag all cables, and timer controls on the external power points.
  • Toilet block sewer drains unblocked again and external inspection point sealed. Please be aware of the amount of toilet paper used. And no foreign matter put down the toilets please.
  • The toilet block will be locked every night.
  • Signs are being placed around the farm advising people to call the Policelink number 13 14 44 if they have any concerns about untoward activities at the Farm.
  • We have harvested bamboo and are drying it for use in building around the farm. The bins in the woodlot being used for this have had kerosene added to manage mosquitoes breeding in them.

Drip Irrigation
The kitchen garden has been re-configured to allow us to install drip irrigation. Gone are the meandering circular pathways, attractively dishevelled though they were, to be replaced by straight beds, to accommodate the drip irrigation lines. The benefit should be increased productivity, especially during warm, dry periods, such as the one we went through recently.

The lines are supplied by gravity fed water from the elevated tanks at the end of the education building. Those tanks are topped up regularly by pumping water from other tanks around the farm, making us less reliant on mains water, at least in the kitchen garden. We hope eventually to extend drip irrigation fed by rain water to all the other gardens on the farm.

Thanks to Bunnings Warehouse who are kindly donating some of the drip irrigation supplies that we need.

Farewell Don Macfarlane
The world of organic farming, healthy food and sustainable land use lost an inspiring and generous pioneer recently with the recent passing of Don Macfarlane.

Don grew organic soybeans, pumpkins and other crops on his family farm near Boonah. He was a founding member of Biological Farmers of Australia, of Greening Australia and of our own farmers’ market here at Northey Street City Farm. He taught and inspired hundreds of organic farmers in Australia and the US, where he took farmers’ tours for many years. A practical activist, he was equally at home showing fellow farmers through his crops on an organic field day, or, dressed up in a shirt and tie, lobbying the health minister not to allow genetically modified crops into Queensland.

Don has left a great legacy and will be missed by many.

NEWS FROM THE FARM MC
To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the farm’s website: Management Committee

 

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM

Sustainable Living Workshops
We’ve got a workshop wonderland coming up to Christmas with workshops every Saturday, there are some special offerings for the Summer Solstice on the 21st of December.   DSC07866

Australian Native Bees –14th December
Building with Bamboo – 14th & 15th December
Seasonal Vegetable Gardening – 21st December
Establishing a Vegetable Garden – 21st December
Palm Sheath Basket – 21st December
Solstice Gift Basket – 21st December

To secure your place in these fun and popular workshops, visit our workshops page

Permaculture Design Courses in 2014
The classic Permaculture qualification with ethics, principles and practice.
Choose from weekly sessions over 14 weeks or a 2-week intensive in September.
Saturdays from 1 February to 10 May (break for Easter)
Thursdays from 24 April to 24 July
Fridays from 8 August to 14 November
Intensive: September school holidays – exact dates to be confirmed

Experience urban Permaculture with our on-site nursery, market garden, Sunday Farmers Markets, and significant hands-on practical experience with internship opportunities.

Visit our PDC page

Earth Arts
Come along with your kids and have a fun day out with nature, playing in the earth and learning how to shape it to make art and musical instruments. Earth Arts activities are a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to engage with the natural elements, have fun, and meet other members of the community.  Held every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 9am, and absolutely free! Come along! The activities will be continuing throughout the school holidays.

Earth Arts Workshops for visiting school groups – by Hands On Art

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

FREE FARM TOUR:  Every Tuesday morning 9.30am – everyone welcome… meet on the kiosk deck. If you are interested in volunteering at the Farm, the volunteer induction is after the tour. The tour takes about an hour.

Come along to the Farm soon, and enjoy the relaxing oasis, the green heart of the city!

 

 

 

Organic Guy Video at Northey Street

Posted on November 19th, 2013

Check out this great video filmed at Northey Street Markets and in our gardens.

Hilarious version of the song “Sexy and I know it” with great footage of our markets, allotments and other parts of Northey Street City Farm.

November eNews

Posted on November 14th, 2013

Welcome to the November 2013 Northey Street City Farm News

As the year draws to a close we are already looking forward to next year – our big-picture planning session will be on 7 December after the volunteers’ brunch, followed up by detailed planning on 17 December. The dates for next year’s Permaculture Design Courses have been announced (see below) and we are discussing ideas to celebrate our 20th anniversary(!) next year.

Important Dates
Sat. 30 November – Community Gardens Network Gathering Community Gardens Network Gathering
Are you involved in a community garden? Maybe you want to start one…
Join us at Northey Street for a day of sharing, connecting and learning about Community Gardens.
There will be a bulk-composting demonstration, a trouble-shooting session on starting community gardens and you’ll make connections with others involved in community gardens.
For details on how to register, go to:  www.nscf.org.au/community-gardens-network-gathering/

Sat 7 December 10.30 to 12 at the Farm:  Volunteers’ Brunch
All NSCF volunteers are invited to celebrate at our annual Volunteers’ Brunch. Delicious food will be supplied by Entice Me Catering, who also run the Chai Cafe on Sunday mornings. Come along and meet the others that you work with to make the farm such a vibrant and productive place.

Workshops
Workshops galore!
9 November:  Small space gardening & container growing
16 November:  Seed saving & propagation
23 November:  Aquatic plants & water gardens
23 November:  Chinese Dumplings with Street Food Australia
30 November:  Random Weave
30 November:  Lomandra Open Weave
14 December:  Australian Native Bees
14 &15 December:  Building with Bamboo (tbc)
21 December:  Seasonal Vegetable Gardening
21 December:  Establishing a Vegetable Garden
21 December:  Palm Sheath Basket
21 December:  Solstice Gift Basket

For all the info on these and other workshops, and to secure your place in these fun and popular workshops, visit our workshops page

Date Claimer
The Organic Farmers Market will be running every Sunday as usual throughout the summer holiday season.
The Farm office and volunteer program will be closed from Saturday 21 Dec. 2013 to Monday 6 Jan. 2014.

NEWS FROM THE FARM MC
Management Committee Elected at AGM
The following people were elected at our Annual General Meeting on 19 October:
Co-ordinator – Ronnie Wright,  Assistant Co-ordinator – Ray Quinn
Treasurer – Greg Evans,  Secretary – Murray Carew
General Members – Chris Anderson, Belinda Kau, Emma Maltby, Kylie Mitchell, Richard Neilsen

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

 

ENTERPRISE TEAM

EDIBLE LANDSCAPES NURSERY
Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon

Like us on Facebook to get hot tips and the first chance to get specials

In stock now
Fruit Trees:
Carambola, Acerola Cherry, Dwarf Apples, Passionfruit, Soursop, Tamarillo, Figs, Grumichama.

Take sugar out of your diet – grow Stevia, plants available for $12.50 each.

Conserve water in this dry period by mulching your garden – Sugarcane mulch for $15 a bale.

Zeolite  $5 a bag
Zeolite is a natural mineral with a high carbon exchange capacity which provides storage for essential nutrients such as ammonium, nitrogen and potassium.  Zeolite enhances fertilizer use in the soil by helping to trap & store these important nutrients. Zeolite improves soil health, increases nutrient & water storage in soils & composts, improving plant growth and health

Volunteers welcome
Do you have a few hours to spare during the week, and some experience with growing plants?  We are looking for volunteers to help with propagation in the Nursery. The propagation group works with Peta Deacon to supply vege seedlings and other plants for the Farm, as well as for sale in the Nursery.  If you’re interested, contact Ronni Martin on 3857 8775 (Tue-Thurs) or attend the volunteer induction session on Tuesdays at 9.30am.

ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS   Sundays 6am – 10.30am
Here comes November and our local farmers have fresh in-season produce for you.  Look up your recipes for beans, capsicums, corn and zucchini. Cucumber, garlic and onion are on their way in, so get in to the markets early to get the pick. Keep an eye out for the local fresh fruit too. It’s time for peaches, apricots and lychees to hit the shelves this month. The Hampton Blue stall is hoping to be back at the markets soon with their popular blueberries and jams.

Our new stall is ‘Nimbin Valley Dairy’ who is in the process of becoming certified organic. They bring goats milk and a range of cheeses direct from the farmers themselves.

The Makers Alley stalls are trading every Sunday for Christmas. You can find handmade Beeswax candles, handmade essential oils, handmade Eco stationary (Eco-Christmas cards too), handmade soap and many more gift ideas.

Car parking: Thank you to our valued volunteer, Alex, who has created two signs that inform people that they could be fined if they park on the Council land opposite the markets. It’s saving many customers the pain and cost of a fine. Please check out our market’s webpage for a parking plan of the area.

Dogs at the markets: In the heat of summer our canine family members have been getting a little hot under the collar. Some dogs become anxious and unpredictable in the bustle of the markets, so all we ask is for consideration of others under all circumstances. See our market’s webpage for further information regarding dogs at the markets.

FARMING TEAM

Bushfood Harvest
The bushfood harvest season is here.  Our native tamarind tree (Diploglottis australia) is in full fruit, a bit earlier than normal. The riberries (Syzygium leuhmannii) will follow later this month, then the other tamarind species, Diploglottis campbelli. Early in the New Year, we hope for a good crop of bunya nuts (Araucaria bidwillii) from trees around Brisbane. Our bunyas at the farm are still too young for regular nut production.

Food processing on Fridays
We will be processing the native tamarinds into drinks and fruit leathers next Friday from 11am. As the other fruits are harvested, we will also be processing them into jams, sauces etc. If you wish to be involved, please contact Dick on 0439 728 992 or farming.mgr(at)nscf.org.au

International Permaculture Convergence
Patricia, our Work for the Dole and Planting for Pizzas coordinator, will be attending the International Permaculture Convergence in Cuba later this month. Joe Hall will be doing her jobs while she is away. We look forward to hearing about the latest and greatest in permaculture when she returns.

Market Stall volunteers needed
We are selling $350+ worth of farm produce each Sunday at our market stall but we need more help with harvesting and selling the produce. If you can help out once a month or so on a Sunday, please contact Dick on 0439 728 992 or at farming.mgr(at)nscf.org.au

Internship positions available
Gain practical hands-on experience of all aspects of permaculture and organic gardening by becoming an intern at Northey Street City Farm. For more information, contact Dick on 0439 728 992 or at farming.mgr(at)nscf.org.au

 

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM

NSCF 2013 Art Union
On Monday 28th of October we had our draw for the Northey Street City Farm 2013 Art Union.  Congratulations to everyone who won a prize and thank you to all who bought tickets. All proceeds go towards supporting Northey Street City Farm.  Results of the draw are available on our website

Sustainable Living Workshops
We’ve got a workshop wonderland coming up to Christmas with workshops every Saturday in November. Our Nursery expert rockstar Peta Deacon is facilitating many, book in now to learn many things from her knowledgeable mind. Also, there are some special offerings for the Summer Solstice on the 21st of December.

Small Space Container Gardening – 9 November
Seed Saving and Propagation – 16 November_44410221_jiaozi_getty416
Chinese Dumplings with Street Food Australia – 23 November
Aquatic Plants and Water Gardens – 23 November
Random Weave – 30 November
Lomandra Open Weave – 30 November
Australian Native Bees – 14 December
Building with Bamboo – 14 & 15 December (tbc)
Seasonal Vegetable Gardening – 21 December
Establishing a Vegetable Garden – 21 December
Palm Sheath Basket – 21 December
Solstice Gift Basket – 21 December

To secure your place in these fun and popular workshops, visit our workshops page

Permaculture Design Courses in 2014
The classic Permaculture qualification with ethics, principles and practice.
Choose from weekly sessions over 14 weeks or a 2-week intensive in September.
Saturdays from 1 February to 10 May (break for Easter)
Thursdays from 24 April to 24 July
Fridays from 8 August to 14 November
Intensive: September school holidays – exact dates to be confirmed

Experience urban Permaculture with our on-site nursery, market garden, Sunday Farmers Markets, and significant hands-on practical experience with internship opportunities. Visit our PDC page

Playgroup Christmas Party
The Playgroup is celebrating on Friday 6 December from 10am to noon. Bring along a plate of healthy food to share and a basic handmade, hand-me-down or upcycled gift for your kidlet to give. We hope you can join us. The more the merrier!