Fenced Out but Fighting On

Posted on July 11th, 2014

Fenced Out but Fighting On:

Help us DECORATE the FENCE along Northey Streetfences

 FRIDAY 18th JULY   9:30am to 11:00am

 Preparation workshops

Wed 16th 9.30am at the Farm

Sundays at the Market

 

Despite being partially shut down by Brisbane City Council to investigate possible soil contamination, we are rallying artists and volunteers to decorate the exclusion fencing around the City Farm.

 The artworks and fence decorations will be assembled on the fence along Northey Street on Friday 18th July from 9.30 to 11 am.

 Playgroup children and their parents, participants in the ‘Plant, Grow Cook’ supported gardening program, Work for the Dole participants and volunteers are all contributing to the decorations and art works, which are being co-ordinated by Northey Street’s renowned Earth Artists.

 The decorations aim to soften the harshness of the metal fencing, to celebrate the spirit of Northey Street and break down the sense of exclusion that we are all feeling at the moment.

 We want to let Brisbane know that we are still here, that our markets and nursery are still operating, and that our community is supporting us. Our gardens, allotments and orchards are being watered and we aim to be back and running as soon as possible.

Northey Street City Farm is cooperating with the council in the investigation and management of the possible contamination. The decorations will be removed when the fence is removed and the Farm’s gardens and orchards re-open.

You can donate to help support keep Northey Street going – http://www.nscf.org.au/donate-to-northey-street-city-farm/

Show Your Support for Northey Street City Farm

Posted on July 4th, 2014

SHOW YOUR SUPPORT for Northey Street City Farm

Help us DECORATE the FENCE along Northey Street

 FRIDAY 18th JULY   9.30 – 11am

 Preparation workshops

Wed 9.30, Tues & Fri 2pm at the Farm

Sundays at the Market

 

You can also donate to help support keep Northey Street going – http://www.nscf.org.au/donate-to-northey-street-city-farm/

 

  • The Northey Street Organic Markets are open each Sunday from 6 to 10.30 am as usual. The Chai cafe is operating in the market, not in the farm kitchen, but the farm’s own produce stall is not operating

  • Edible Landscapes Nursery is open as usual from 9 to 3 on Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday and from 6am to noon on Sundays

  • The gardens and orchards are not able to be maintained or harvested but we are able to water them. The chickens, bees and worm farms are being fed and cared for.

  • The farm’s volunteer and work-for-the-dole programs are operatingon a restricted basis but the intern and community service programs are suspended

  • Allotment holders cannot access their plots, but the plots are being watered.

  • The ‘Plant, Grow, Cook’ supported gardening program is continuing.

  • Some workshops have been relocated. School and other group visits are suspended till term 4.

  • The Earth Arts program and kid’s activities are continuing at the Sunday market and at a nearby playground on Tuesdays and Fridays

Workshops continuing

Posted on July 1st, 2014

Our Sustainable Living Workshops are going ahead!

Some of the practical hands-in-the-garden workshops will be at another location, however our education space (under the office on stilts) is open and accessible to the public.

Please book in as usual and you will be emailed if an alternative venue is organised for the workshop.

Our workshops are detailed http://www.nscf.org.au/sustainable-living-workshops-brisbane/

FARM SITE CLOSURE UPDATE

Posted on June 24th, 2014

Most of Northey Street City Farm’s site has been closed to public access by Brisbane City Council until late July

 Council contractors are conducting soil tests to investigate possible contamination from demolition waste on site. Northey Street City Farm is cooperating with the council in the investigation and management of the demolition waste.

 Farm staff are able to access the office, kitchen and toolshed and to feed the chickens, but the gardens, orchards and bush areas are not accessible.

However, the good news is that:

The Northey Street Organic Markets will continue each Sunday

Edible Landscapes Nursery will re-open for business from Saturday 28th June

 

The following activities have been suspended until further notice: -

  • The Play groups, Earth Arts and children’s activities on Tuesdays, Fridays and Sundays

  • Access for the Allotment holders to their gardens

  • The Plant Grow Cook supported gardening program on Wednesday morning

  • Community Service supervised work program

Work for the Dole and volunteer programs will continue on a restricted basis.

We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause. We aim to be back to running as normal as soon as possible.

 

FARM SITE CLOSURE

Posted on June 20th, 2014

Notice to Our Friends & Supporters

Much of Northey Street City Farm’s site has been closed off by Brisbane City Council for up to one month in order to investigate possible contamination from demolition waste on site.

Without prior notice, council officers arrived on site on early Friday 20th June and put up temporary fencing around the site. All public access to the site is restricted, with only staff allowed access to key facilities.

Northey Street City Farm as an organisation is still operating and we are cooperating with the council in the investigation and management of the demolition waste, which council has said will be done with as little disturbance to the site as possible.

Despite this sudden closure, we are determined to keep operating normally, to the fullest extent possible

A few important announcements:

  • The Northey Street Organic Markets on Sundays will continue to be held each Sunday, without the Farm’s produce stall.

  • Edible Landscapes Nursery will have a plant stall in the Sunday Market but the Nursery itself will be closed until further notice

  • The Farm’s volunteer, intern, work-for-the-dole and community service will continue on a restricted basis

  • The Chickens will be fed and cared for in their current locations

  • Allotment holders cannot access their plots and the ‘Plant, Grow, Cook’ supported gardening program is suspended. 

 

PLEASE SHOW YOUR SUPPORT FOR Northey Street City Farm by contacting the Lord Mayor, Graham Quirk

Tell him that you value and support the work that Northey Street City Farm does and urge him to ensure that the Farm is able to get back up and running as soon as possible.

The Lord Mayor’s contacts are:

Email – Lordmayor@brisbane.qld.gov.au

Please cc to: support@nscf.org.au

Phone: 3403 4400  or Fax: 3403 9930

 

Some background information:

The site of Northey Street City Farm was previously occupied by small businesses and houses until the big flood of 1974, after which the site was cleared of buildings and grassed. Council leased the site to NSCF in 1994 for the purpose of running a city farm, which we have been doing successfully ever since.

 In the early years of the farm, the soil was tested and no contamination with hazardous materials or chemical residues was found. More recently, the staff and allotment holders at Northey Street City Farm have been aware of small amounts of demolition waste on the site, including some small fragments of fibro (asbestos cement) sheeting.

 In consultation with Queensland Health, an Asbestos Management Plan was drawn up in 2012 and it has guided our practice since then. When fragments of asbestos cement are found, they are removed, bagged and disposed of in accordance with our plan.

 Our site coordinator is trained and experienced in the management of bonded asbestos and is educating our staff and volunteers to ensure that it is managed appropriately, in accordance with our management plan and health and safety regulations.

Ill effects from asbestos occur only when its fibres are breathed in. Research has shown that there are no breathable fibres in soil that is contaminated by asbestos cement sheeting*.

 Northey Street City Farm is treating this issue very seriously. We do not want to cause any risk to our members, volunteers and supporters nor to members of the public. We will work with council and it consultants to investigate the contamination, and we are also seeking our own independent scientific advice on how to best manage this problem.

We are also concerned that the risks from this contamination are not exaggerated or blown out of proportion. We are confident that the contamination will be able to be successfully managed so that the farm can resume normal operations as soon as possible.

 

 We apologise for the inconvenience that this will cause. We aim to be back to running as normal as soon as possible.

For queries, contact Dick Copeman, Farming Team Manager on 3857 8775

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*Laboratory analysis of thousands of soil samples from AC (asbestos cement) contaminated sites, often in the vicinity of AC itself, shows the absence of respirable asbestos fibres”. Tillman, Cherilyn (2007) In association with Aust Institute of Occupational Hygienist,”Principles of Occupational Health and Safety”; pp158-159; Asbestos in soils”., quoted in Removal of bonded asbestos containing material debris from soil or fill. QUT Standard Operating Procedure

 

 

David Holmgren & Nicole Foss in Brisbane

Posted on June 4th, 2014

Join us on the 4th of July for a talk from the co-founder of Permaculture – David Holmgren, and system thinker & international finance expert, Nicole Foss.jpg_small_survive_and_thrive

 Strategies for a changing economy and sustainable future.

How communities can survive and thrive.

Two of the world’s leading authorities on sustainability, both passionate and provoking speakers, explore the opportunity for communities to take control and create an alternative future to the one that is currently emerging.

System thinker Nicole Foss will explain the links between the converging pressures facing us – economic contraction, environmental crisis and geopolitical stress – and how this will impact on our everyday lives.

Drawing on 30 years of permaculture teaching, designing and demonstrating rural and urban agricultural food production, David Holmgren will focus on how communities can not only survive but thrive by getting out of debt, downsizing and rebooting our dormant household and community non-monetary economies.

Friday 4th July

QUT, Gardens Point Campus

D Block, Room 101

6pm Doors open – information tables to browse and refreshments available

6:30pm Program begins
Tickets $20, Concessions & Students $15

To purchase more than one ticket edit the quantity on your order summary (left column) after you click the buy now button.

Waged- $20




Concession- $15




May eNews

Posted on May 2nd, 2014

Welcome to the May 2014 Northey Street City Farm News

Important Dates
Upcoming Workshops (Saturdays)
17th May:  Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the Subtropics
17th May:  Establishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens
17th May:  Twist Weave with Weva Deva
31st May:  Native Bee Keeping

Saturday 21st June:   Winter Solstice Festival

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@nscf.org.au.

NEWS FROM THE FARM MC
We welcome Tiffany Gallacher as our Treasurer and Paul Perovic as a general member of the MC.

We’re pleased to announce that we have received a grant from the Gaming Machine Community Benefit Fund. This will allow us to do a major refit of the nursery, including a new shade house, irrigation system, electrical rewiring and a fence. The grant will also fund improvements to our water harvesting system and the tables in the kiosk area.

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 & EVENTS TEAM

WINTER SOLSTICE
We’re getting into the swing of organising for this year’s Winter Solstice Festival at the Farm on Saturday 21st of June. To help us pull it off we’re calling on volunteers for all kinds of jobs. It’s a great chance to become involved with one of Brisbane’s most exciting nights, join the vibrant community of Northey Street City Farm and to contribute to a worthwhile cause – all profits go towards teaching people how to live sustainably in the city.

If you can volunteer please head to this little form to let us know what you can help with and a few other details – www.tiny.cc/solsticevols

We’re also calling out for stallholders, performers and musicians to help create a great atmosphere. Head to our website to express your interest:  http://www.nscf.org.au/winter-solstice-festival-2014/ 

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

In stock now:
Lots of dwarf fruit trees – $40 each.
Get your seasonal veg seedlings only $3.50 a punnet or would you prefer to start your own vegetables from seed? Only $2.50 a packet.

Does your garden bed need to be rejuvenated? Cool weather green manure now available $5.00 for 5 square meters mixed packs also available.

Strawberry runners now available Redland Bay variety $6.50 each

Pest repellent plant of the month CATMINT:

Nepetalactone is one of the active chemicals found in Catmint (Nepeta cataria) and some other plants in this family. It repels some insects and also mimics one of the pheromones given off by aphids, which attracts parasitic braconid wasps. Scientists in the USA and UK are using pheromone-like chemicals extracted from Catmint to attract wasps and lacewings, and build up their populations so that they are ready to start parasitising aphids and mites as soon as they become active. When planted around onion patches Catmint will repel onion maggots. The spray can be used as a general insect repellent if other stronger sprays are not needed or available.

Catmint for home and pets – Research in the UK has shown that nepetalactone is ten times more effective than DEET (DIETHYL-META-TOLUAMIDE) at repelling mosquitoes. Other research has shown that it also repels blood-sucking flies that attack cattle and horses and even that Catmint will repel cockroaches. Catmint oil has been used to kill headlice and plants grown around the veg garden will repel rats and mice. Catmint sprinkled along ant trails will repel them.

Other uses – Catmint is very attractive to cats, as cats are quite capable of destroying young plants it is best to protect them till established. If you don’t want cats in your yard don’t grow catmint. Catmint is also used medicinally.

Catmint spray recipe – Pour 1L of boiling water over 2 firmly packed cups of catmint leaves allow to steep till cool strain and use. Mixture only stores for 1 week.

Edible Landscapes Nursery is looking for ice-cream containers and large yoghurt tubs – any donations will be greatly appreciated.

The annual Herb Awareness Show is coming up on May 25th at Albion Peace Hall from 9am till 4pm. Come down, visit us and say hi!

ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS   Sundays 6am – 10.30am 
See our website for further information about the markets.
The recent rain has bought some relief to our farmers heading into May.

On Sundays the cooler darker mornings have started to make it more difficult getting out of bed to get your pick of fresh organics. Both organisers and stall holders admire the many customers who are so committed to their Sunday regime.

Council have now allowed market customers to park on some of the vacant land across the road. These areas close at noon and are restricted to dry weather only. Hopefully this brings some relief to our parking issues. Council are also finalising the resurfacing of the market area which has improved the presentation of our space.

The ‘merry month of May’ means the end of the local grape season, but the start of the local orange season. Try some of the star fruit, persimmons and pomegranates which are going strong at the moment. For your greens you’ve got bok choy, pak choy, peas and beans. Come see us Sunday morning and find out what else we offer.

Catch you Sunday.

Plastic 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.

 

FARMING TEAM

Market stall
The first of our cooler season crops, coriander, bok choy, mustard greens and radishes, are now available at our stall on Sundays, while we still have the last of the warmer season vegies, including Sri Lankan spinach, luffa and chillies.

Chickens
We are looking to obtain some pure breed chickens, preferably smaller and quieter varieties such as Rhode Island Red. If you have any to give us, please contact the farm.

 

EDUCATION AND SUPPORT TEAM

Sustainable Living Workshops
We’ve got a smorgasbord of workshops coming up with two types of bees workshops – native and honey bees. Also for those more technologically minded Tim Auld is teaching how to use software when designing for Permaculture.

Our ever popular vegie gardening workshops are on in May and again in July (all on Saturdays)
17th May:  Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the Subtropics
17th May:  Establishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens
17th May:  Twist Weave with Weva Deva
31st May:  Native Bee Keeping

7th June:  Introduction to Herbal Medicine
7th June:  Woven Sculpture with Weva Deva
14th June:  Using Software for Permaculture

5th July:  Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the Subtropics
5th July:  Establishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens
12th July:  Natural European Beekeeping

School Activities
We’re working with some Education for Sustainability Masters students at Griffith Uni to develop new programs for later in the year so stay tuned.

Our current school activities include Cob Oven Cooking, Farm Life, Feeding the World’s People, Bush Foods & Earth Arts. A description of all the school activities is on our website

Permaculture Design Course
Our second PDC of 2014 started last week with a bunch of students eager to learn the ways of Permaculture. The next course will be running on Fridays starting 8th August.

There has been a request to run a course on Mondays – please contact me if this would interest you on education(at)nscf.org.au

Rural Permaculture
We’re currently planning our intensive PDC in the September school holidays. We’re in conversations with a few properties in Northern NSW to hold a 3-4 day field trip focusing on Permaculture in a rural context. There will be limited numbers, contact me to express your interest in this course – education(at)nscf.org.au

 

Library

Come and borrow our new books and browse the older ones…
We have a new magazine subscription:  RENEW: Technology for a sustainable future.

New books
Ethical eating: how to make food choices that won’t cost the earth by Angela Crocombe (178 CRO)
125 delectable vegan recipes for kale, collards, Arugula, Bok Choy & other leafy vegetables everyone loves by Nava Atlas (641.654 ATL)
The Great vegan bean book: more than 100 delicious plant-based dishes packed with the kindest protein in town! (641.6565 HES)
Smart permaculture design by Jenny Allen (642.58 ALL). Many colour plates illustrating backyard gardening – includes a water management plan, projects, pest management and unusual edible plants
Cooking with quinoa the supergrain by Rena Patten (641.631 PAT). This colour illustrated book has veg. and non veg. recipes – breads, curries, bakes, soups salads…and more!
Chemical free kids:raising healthy children in a toxic world (615.9 LAN)

NEW DVDS
ONE MAN ONE COW ONE PLANET DVD (631.584 PRO)
‘One man, One cow, One planet exposes globalization and the mantra of infinite growth in a finite world for what it really is: an environmental and human disaster. But across India marginal farmers are fighting back. By reviving biodynamics an arcane form of agriculture, they are saving their poisoned lands and exposing the bio-colonialism of multinational corporations. One man, One cow, One planet tells their story through the teachings of an elderly New Zealander many are calling the new Gandhi’.

FAT SICK & NEARLY DEAD: HOW FRUITS & VEGETABLES CHANGED MY LIFE DVD (616.398 CRO)
‘Overweight, loaded up on steroids, and suffering from a debilitating autoimmune disease, Joe was at the end of his rope and the end of his hope. With doctors and conventional medicine unable to help, Joe traded in junk food and hit the road with a juicer and generator in tow, vowing only to drink fresh fruit and vegetable juice for 60 days. Across 3,000 miles, Joe had one goal in mind: to get off his pills and achieve a balanced lifestyle’.

FORKS OVER KNIVES. ‘This film connects the relationship between mass food consumption and the escalating rates of declining health – the evidence will stun you’ (613.26 FOR)

Earth Arts
Thanks to Jane and Cuk who kept the program going while Bob was away.  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. Usually 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)

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 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)