December eNews

Posted on November 26th, 2015
Northey St City Farm News – DECEMBER 2015


Welcome to the December 2015 News from Northey Street City Farm. We invite you to join us in launching our community arts project, proudly supported by a BCC Community Development Grant, on Tuesday 8th December from 10am. Please RSVP to the Artwork Launch HERE.

We wish all our supporters a happy and safe holiday season. Don’t forget you can purchase gifts at the City Farm Nursery, or from the stalls in our Sunday Organic Farmer’s Market. The Market will be open every Sunday throughout the season.  Note: the Farm office and volunteer program will be closed from 18 December to 5 January.

Upcoming Events

8 December: Launch of Mosaic Wall in the City Farm Nursery

17 December: NSCF Volunteers Thank You lunch.

Upcoming Sustainable Living Workshops
Saturday 5th December, Harvesting and Cooking Bushfoods
Sunday 10th January, Native Stingless Bees
Saturday 30th January, Prints from Plants
Friday 5th February, All About Herbs
Saturday 6th February, Incredible Edibles
Saturday 13th February, Feta and an Intro to Fermented Food
Saturday 13th February, Haloumi and Fermented Food
Saturday 20th February, Lantern Making
Saturday 27th February, Botanical Fibre Paper-Making
Saturday 5th March, Miso,Tempeh and Soy Sauce making workshop
Saturday 5th March, Lactic Fermentation Workshop
Saturday 12th March, Bush Regen K.I.T.: Knowledge, Inspiration, Tools ‘n’ technique
Saturday 19th March, 9am-4pm: Bee-Keeping
Saturday 26th March, Superfoods in your garden

To register for workshops click HERE

Free workshop Series:
29th November: 10-11am Philosophy and Permaculture

Next Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course:
Saturday Feb 6th to Saturday May 21st (break for Easter long weekend)

Other courses:
Summer School Permaculture Basics Organic Herbs and Vegies with Carmel Harris and Adrian Holbeck: Saturday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th January 2016, 8-12pm.

Introduction to Permaculture: May 21st & 22nd, 9am-4pm.

We’ve had a very busy but quite a wonderful year.  The fences were removed, the budget is looking up, and we have a wonderful team of people doing great and exciting work, which means being on the Management Committee is easy and fun.  A great big thank you to all, and the best of all solstice seasons.
From the Management Committee – Ray, Danika, Lauren, Rowena, Paul, Greg, Rose, Richard – with special thanks to Belinda for inducting all of us.


ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKET   Sundays 6am to 11am
Sunday mornings are Northey Street Markets. See you there.

At NSCF we are very proud of the organic market that runs every Sunday.  This is the time when the Farm comes alive and the community get to purchase wholesome organic produce and simply relax in the beautiful space with family and friends. All of this is made possible by lots of staff and volunteer activity in the week and on the weekends.  In particular, Steve York has been an important part of the markets for 3 years. Many of you might not know that Steve is a keen runner and writer and he felt that he wanted to devote more time to these and other pursuits. To this end we have been looking for a market coordinator to replace Steve who has left this month.  We thank Steve for his devotion and service to NSCF and the market. We welcome Susie Riggall as our new market coordinator. Susie is passionate about food and has a keen interest in organic farmers’ markets, her focus will be on marketing and growing our market to its full potential.

Opening hours: Thursday to Saturday 9am to 3pm
Sunday 6am to 12pm

With the change of season came some changes to the nursery staff as well. Firstly, we bid Peta farewell, thanking her for many years of service to NSCF and welcomed in Belinda and Georgina, who will be focused on the retail part of the nursery. They will ensure that you always have seasonal edibles to plant and good advice on soil, growing conditions and many more things that relate to our vision of sharing the ideas and principles of Permaculture. Our propagation area is now headed up by Krystelle and you should see some really interesting plants in the retail area that have been propagated on the farm by her. Welcome in your new roles, Belinda, Georgina and Krystelle, they all passionately share the same desire to become a world class permaculture nursery.

We are all busy in the Nursery preparing for the Mosiac Wall launch on Dec 8th. The Nursery is currently a work in progress with the new paths being laid, so please bear with us when you visit over the next few weeks. Parking at the Nursery is easy if you enter from Edgar St and park on the paving between the Nursery fence and the Wampi Shed, in front of the entry archway.

To celebrate the coming of a sensational summer we have a Sweet TemptationStrawberry Special. Buy two 100mm pots and get one FREE. That’s 3 plants for $9. Offer ends Sun 6th Dec.

Thyme is our featured plant this month. This lovely fragrant groundcover has a piney, minty taste and makes a great accompaniment to meat dishes. It is a must-have pizza topping and baked with sea salt on roast potatoes makes them delicious.  Our bees are loving the delicate flowers.  Thyme means fumigate and it has been used since ancient times as an incense. It was used during WWI as an antiseptic. Its thymol content gives it antibacterial properties and thyme tea makes an effective gargle to relieve sore throats and mouth ulcers. Thyme is a perennial plant and is best grown in full sun with well drained soil.  Pick off sprigs and use it often to encourage it to grow bushy. $4.50 and $6.50 pots available.

Also in stock now: Oregano $6.50 and native Lemon Myrtle $12 – another great antibacterial plant. Combined with our raw organic honey, now available while stocks last, it makes a delicious, health promoting and refreshing iced tea for these hot summer months.

Xmas Gift ideas: Give a gift with a difference this Xmas and spread the Permaculture Cheer:
Permaculture 2016 Calendar – $16
Formidable Vegetable Sound System Permaculture: A Rhymers Manual CD – $25
Our very own Share Cookbook full of tried and true Farm recipes using subtropical fruits and veggies – was $20 now $15
City Farm organic cotton T shirts  – $35
City Farm organic cotton canvas carry bags – $15
Gift Vouchers now available
And of course a wide range of fruit trees and herbs, ideal gifts for your gardening friends and family.


Few of us could have ignored the increase in temperature this week even with the controlled atmosphere of office air conditioning.

The recent temperatures that followed heavy but very welcome rain has flagged the start of what is a very difficult season in food production in our region but there are a few tips for getting some good tucker for the table as demonstrated last Thursday by Dick Copeman at our Northey St staff and volunteer education session.

Dick spoke about our sub – tropical climate and that at this time of year it is time to give away most of the European crops and adopt native crops of Asia, Pacific, Africa and of course Australia, that love these hot days that otherwise would melt an Englishman. A great example of this is in early October, when the farm team was still trying to have one last go at planting crops more suited to winter/spring, we found they were taken over by winter-dormant sweet potato and our very own local spinach warrigal greens. These beds are now plantings of warrigal green and sweet potato!

If you would like to learn more about suitable plants for summer planting and water saving mulches visit our nursery open on Thursday to Sundays.


Emma Brindal

Bookings are open for our 2016 Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Courses. Here’s what one student said about our course this year:
I gained a thorough grounding in a wide range of topics relating to permaculture and garden design from this course. The classes were varied and interesting, taught by a range of specialist teachers. I feel that I gained an excellent grounding in permaculture and its principles. It was a fun, enriching and demanding experience.” – Disa Martin, Student
There is an early bird discount for full payment one month before the course starts. Book in now!

Permaculture Design Certificate Course dates for 2016:

  • Saturdays: February 6th to May 21st (break for Easter long weekend)
  • Fridays: April 1st to July 8th  
  • Intensive: September School Holidays – 17th Sept – 2nd Oct
  • Saturdays: August 6th – Nov 19th (break for October long weekend)

Summer School Permaculture Basics: Organic Herbs and Vegies with Carmel Harris and Adrian Holbeck, Saturday 9th, 16th, 23rd and 30th January 2016, 8-12pm:
Learn how to understand and enrich your soil, and grow no-dig herbs and vegies in this 4 part series.  Cost: $200/ $170

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture: October May 21&22, 9am-4pm
Introduction to Permaculture is a wonderful weekend immersion in permaculture. Explore the basics of permaculture principles, design and action. Learn simple and useful skills that will really help you to create an abundant permaculture garden at home, in your street, at school or in your community.  Come and get your hands in the earth and learn by doing.
Facilitated by Morag Gamble. Cost: $200/ 170
For more information and to book, please visit:

To book in to our workshops, go to:
For any enquiries, please email

Our final 2015 workshop is:
Saturday 5th December, 9am-12pm: Harvesting and Cooking Bushfoods with Dick Copeman
Harvest fresh seasonal bushfoods at Northey Street City Farm. Prepare delicious and unusual drinks and preserves and finish by cooking and eating a light meal.
Cost: $50 / $35

Sunday 10th January, 9-4pm: Native Stingless Bees with Tim Heard  A practical and theoretical course about stingless bees, their nests, hives, harvesting and more.
Saturday 27th January, 9-4pm: Social Permaculture: Creating and maintaining effective groups with Emma Brindal Learn techniques for decision-making, planning
and communication to create groups that are working for a Life Sustaining Society.
Saturday 30th January, 9am-4pm: Prints from Plants with Nancy Brown Learn to create stunning prints from plants on a range of natural or upcycled materials.
Friday 5th February: 9-12 All about Herbs part 1 & 2 with Morag Gamble
Part 1: Growing herbs, propagating herbs and making medicinal herbal infusions and teas
Part 2: Exploring both common and unusual herbs for creating delicious culinary herb oils for salads, cooking and gifts
Saturday 6th February: Incredible Edibles with Morag Gamble
How to grow, harvest, use and propagate a fabulous array of perennial permaculture plants.
Saturday 13th February, 9:30am-12:30pm: Feta and an Intro to Fermented Food with Elisabeth Fekonia Learn how to make your own feta cheese at home, and taste other fermented foods!
Saturday 13th February, 1.30-4.30pm: Haloumi and Fermented Food with Elisabeth Fekonia
Learn how to make haloumi cheese, cultured butter, yoghurt, kefir and sour cream
Saturday 20th February, 9am-4pm: Lantern Making with Nancy Brown
Make a lantern for your garden or special event, using Rattan and translucent paper.
Saturday 27th Feb, 10-12pm: Paper-Making with Lesa Hepburn
In this workshop you will create paper to take home using recycled paper, botanical leaves and fibre.
Saturday 5th March, 9:30am-12:30pm: Miso, Tempeh and Soy Sauce making workshopwith Elisabeth Fekonia Learn how to make your own miso, tempeh and soy sauce from organic soy beans!
Saturday 5th March, 1:30pm-4:30pm: Lactic Fermentation Workshop with Elisabeth Fekonia Make a whole range of items from sauerkraut and pickles to kimchi and kombucha tea.
Saturday 12st March, 9am-4pm (Full day or Half day): Bush Regen K.I.T.: Knowledge, Inspiration, Tools ‘n’ technique with Tali Shelley & Jono Shelley
Gain knowledge, concepts and practical tools for enhancing and protecting our local environment.
Saturday 19th March, 9am-4pm: Bee-Keeping with Richard Nielsen Learn about the traditional Langstroth honey bee hive, and how to manage one as well as harvest and bottle honey.
Saturday 26th March, Superfoods in your garden with Morag Gamble
Learn how to grow, harvest and use amazing superfoods that can be grown in your garden.

We are now holding a free workshop on the last Sunday of each month from 10-11am. There is no need to book in – just turn up on the day. The next one is:
29th November: 10-11am Philosophy of Permaculture: A discussion exploring permaculture and what it means to see, to discover understanding, and with that to find ways to sustain, to nurture and to promote the wealth of the diversity and complexity that is life.

Book in now for a 2016 school activity or group tour! Our school activities include: ‘Feeding the World’s People’ for high school students; ‘Cob Oven Cooking’ for grades 4 -12; and ‘Farm Life’, ‘Earth Arts’ and ‘Basic Farm Tour’ for all ages. We can also tailor an activity to your needs.
If you are interested in bringing a group here, please visit:
Our School activities page:
Or the group tours page:

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

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

Have you thought about becoming a member of Northey Street City Farm? NSCF Membership helps the farm to continue to be a place to gather, learn and celebrate “Living Sustainably in the City”. There are loads of membership benefits like discounts at the CIty Farm Nursery and discounts on Permaculture Design Courses. Become a member for as little as $10 a year (concession rate). You can apply and make payment online HERE

I hope you can come along and join in with one of our activities. See you around the Farm!
Ronni Martin. Education & Support Team Manager.

Northey Street City Farm

Corner of Northey & Victoria Streets, Windsor, Qld, Australia
Ph: (07) 3857 8775,  Fax: (07) 3857 8108   Email:

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Northey Street City Farm

16 Victoria St

Windsor, Qld 4030