Learn practical skills and how to live sustainably by attending these half-day or full-day workshops, usually on Saturdays. Workshop topics range from bee-keeping to making cheese to basket weaving to growing vegetables seasonally.
Spaces fill up fast for these popular, informative and fun workshops. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
For workshop summary and bookings Click Here.
Saturday 29th April 2017
9am – 4pm: Native Stingless Bees – with Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard’s workshop
This workshop alternates between slide presentations and practical sessions to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting, bee foraging, diversity of wild bees, importance of bees in natural systems, traditional stingless beekeeping around the world, modern stingless beekeeping in Australia, using stingless bees for pollination of gardens and farms, sugarbag honey and its properties, rescuing bees threatened in the wild, and more. Practical demonstrations cover hive design, splitting hives to propagate new ones, extracting honey. If available, we also transfer a colony from a natural location into a hive. Please let us know if you think you have a suitable colony to use for this demonstration. It will be transferred by an experienced bee keeper and you get to take home the hive at the end.
Cost: $85/$65 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here
Saturday 6th of May
9am-12pm: Brie and Sourdough Making Workshop with Elisabeth Fekona
Learn how to make your own delicious brie cheese from cow’s milk as well as easy to make delicious sourdough bread. Both of these fermented foods are made on the spot with samples for taste testing for all attendees.
Hands on participation from the class volunteers will show how to make brie cheese, and sourdough bread from scratch.
E- handouts and recipes included.
Cost: $70/$55 Healthcare Card Holder + Booking Fee
To attend both Brie and Sourdough Workshop 9-12pm and Lactic Fermentation of Fruit and Veg 1-4pm
Cost: $130/$90 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. For Bookings Click Here
Saturday 6th of May
1pm-4pm Feta and Fermented Dairy with Elisabeth Fekona
Join Elisabeth Fekona to learn how to put the life back into pasteurized milk and cream to make living probiotic dairy products. Learn to make Feta cheese, Cultured Butter, Ghee, Yoghurt, Kefir, and Sour cream.
E-handouts and recipes included.
1pm to 4pm
Cost: $70/$55 Healthcare Card Holder + Booking Fee
To attend both Brie and Sourdough Workshop 9am-12pm and Lactic Fermentation of Fruit and Veg 1pm-4pm
General $130/ $90 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee
For bookings CLICK HERE.
Saturday 27th of May
9am-12pm: Seeing Plants Through a Nutritional Medicine Lens with Sasha Ong
Join Sasha to learn why are certain veggies advertised as being better for you than another? What is a super food? People are consuming veggies without truly understanding what their bodies get out of each one. At the end of this 3 hour workshop, you will be able to identify and select the most nutrient dense plants to consume and you will have a clearer understanding of the impact of various nutrients on the human body.
Sasha is passionate about nutrition and medicinal herbs. She completed her Permaculture Design Certificate in 2015 and has been studying in the field of nutritional and western herbal medicine at a tertiary level. Sasha has a keen interest in sharing her knowledge, empowering others to grow nutrient dense foods at home.
Cost: $50/$35 Healthcare Card Holder + Booking Fee. To book CLICK HERE.
Saturday 3rd of June
9am-4pm: Mushroom Abundance with James Gibson
This 6 hour workshop will cover:
-Biology and life cycles
-Methods of home cultivation
-Identification and cloning of wild species
-Incorporating mushrooms into permaculture design
-Basics of the mushroom Laboratory equipment and techniques
-Spores and spawn
-Grow room parameters
-Mycofiltration and remediationThere are so many paths to take in your journey through this relatively ‘unexplored mega-science’. Join James to learn the fundamental skills needed to get you started.
Saturday 10th of June
9am-4pm: Backyard Beekeeping with Richard Nielson and Danika Nesbitt
Join Richard Neilson and Danika Nesbitt on a journey, with a mix of theory and hands on experience, as they explore the honey bees, their lifecycle, how to set them up and how to look after them to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience.
We’ll be looking at the three different hives that we have – the Langstroth, the Flowhive, and the Top Bar, the advantages of each, and we’ll harvest some honey as part of the workshop.
Cost: $85/$65 Healthcare Card Holder + Booking Fee. To book CLICK HERE.
Saturday 10th of June
9am-12pm: Worm Farming Description with Hedrick Kwan
Join Hedrick Kwan for this wonderful practical workshop on worm farming. Worms are easy to keep and produce the best fertilizer for your plants. Learn about what makes worm castings and leachate such a great soil improver to any garden. In this workshop you will learn how to overcome common problems faced in keeping a worm farm, worm multiplication techniques and harvest methods. Each participant will bring home some worms to start their own farm.
Cost: $55/$40 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee
To book CLICK HERE
Saturday 24th and Sunday the 25th of June
9am-4pm: Holistic Decisions – Managing the Complexity with Helen Lewis
Today there is lots of talk about knowing your ‘Why’ and we have so many options about ‘what next’. This workshop establishes your ‘ why’ and provides a process to sift all the options, prioritize, and create an action plan.
Learn to manage complexity and provide clarity for being the best you can be – personally, financially or environmentally.
Holistic Decisions give you the confidence and freedom to make the right decision for right now, while considering your future needs.
You will take home-
– Your holistic context for yourself or business – your values and the future you require
-A decision-making tool to determine the next most valuable action.
-An action plan
-Pre-Course work book and post course mentoring available.
-Holistic Decision making inspires individuals, couples, families, businesses, work teams, community groups, boards and policy.
Helen Lewis is an Internationally Accredited Holistic Management Educator through the Savory Institute – Boulder-Colorado USA, who has been educating individuals, families, organisations, urban and rural businesses on the value of holistic decision making since 2003.
Helen is passionate about people creating the life they truly want, by making decisions and taking actions that reflect your values, every day.
Cost: Cost: $200 / $170 Healthcare Card holder + Booking Fee. To Book CLICK HERE.
Saturday 8th of July
9am-12pm: Metal Recycling for the Planet and Profit with Benjamin (Ben) Kelly
Metals are so ubiquitous in our modern world that we seldom pause to consider where they came from and the processing steps that were necessary to produce them.
In this workshop we will learn how some common metals are manufactured and the environmental impacts associated with these manufacturing processes. We will then go on to learn how to identify and recover common metals and how they can be recovered and recycled for profit.
Scrap recovered from used white goods, old car batteries and old cooking pots and pans, some outdoor furniture and other common household items can all be sold for scrap. Scrapping is a great way to help the environment and earn some extra cash.
The workshop will discuss the relative values of different metals, where they are commonly found and where they can be sold. Concepts such as embodied energy and embodied carbon will be introduced and explained to workshop participants.The workshop will also include a demonstration on how to scrap used whitegoods to recover the metals that are saleable for scrap.
Participants are encouraged to bring any non-working white goods (except refrigerators) to be used in practical demonstrations as well as small hand tools (such as screwdrivers / allen keys / plyers and shifting spanners).
Ben graduated with an honours degree in Chemical Engineering and subsequently completed a Masters Degree in Business and Technology management that included Energy Management and Environmental Management studies. He has worked as an energy auditor as part the NSW Sustainability Advantage Program and is a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland (RPEQ).
Ben is also a passionate environmentalist and is an avid dumpster diver and recycler.
Ben grew up in Sydney before moving to Brisbane with his family about 8 years ago. In his spare time Ben enjoys playing piano and guitar and spending time with his kids.
Cost: $60/$45 Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee. To Book CLICK HERE.
Saturday 15th of July
9am-12pm: Botany for Absolute Beginners with Leah Hattendorff
Botany is the science of all things plants! The plant kingdom is a vast and beautiful group of organisms, responsible for so many essential functions here on planet Earth. Although they don’t speak up much, amazing plants are everywhere, feeding us, providing our air, cleaning our water – just waiting to be discovered and appreciated.
There are over 23,000 plant species in Australia, so knowing where to begin is half the journey. This class will be focused on introducing participants to the art of identifying common flora that we interact with everyday, through noticing patterns and appreciating form. This class will cover some basic scientific concepts, but is aimed at those with no prior botanical knowledge.
What we will cover
– What exactly is the plant kingdom and how did it all come about?
-The basic bones of photosynthesis – how plants turn sunshine into oxygen
– Understand how plant types are grouped and named
– Get to know your plants – learn the parts and pieces that make up a plant and a flower
– Learn where to begin when identifying a plant species, take-away techniques for recognising common plant families through pattern understanding
– Learn to use practical tools like dichotomous keys to identify plant species
– Recognise some common plant groups in Brisbane, learn their scientific names to wow your friends or impress your date!
Leah Hattendorff is an Ecologist, Permaculture designer, writer and creative. Leah is skilled in flora survey and identification of many Brisbane plants and is passionate about growing and knowing edible plants too. With a focus on fun and wonder, Leah has a passion for connecting Green-hearted souls to our Planet, our Plates and Ourselves.
Saturday 15th of July
9am-4pm: Sensory Garden Design: Re-design your garden with Tamsin Scott
This is a design workshop with a difference! It goes beyond the backyard blitz approach and other people’s garden ideas, or gardens merely as fashion. It is a hands on, practical and lively workshop that will get you in touch with your own needs and desires to create satisfying designs for a garden that stimulates all the senses. We offer accessible, professional guidance throughout the workshop that makes garden design easy and accessible to everyone.
We will be exploring the five senses, the four elements, garden design principles and a guided visualisation to inform our creative session, when we manifest and draw up our beautiful new garden visions. You will be amazed at the results of this process and will go home with either a completed sketch and/or a clear idea of how to make your garden sing!
Sensory Garden Design is suitable for anyone interested in turning their garden into a wonderful sensory place – no prior design skills are needed. Please bring plans of your garden if you have them and/or photographs (either printed or on your device).
Presented by Tamsin Scott, Creative Partner of Green Edge Catalysts (www greenedgecatalysts.com.au). Tamsin is a landscape architect with 25 years experience who has a special passion for bringing ‘heart’ into designing meaningful outdoor spaces. Her insightful approach draws on her personal experience as an artist, garden designer, mindfulness meditation practitioner and group facilitator. Tamsin’s workshops aim to demystify the basic principles of garden making and help inspire a personal and emotional connection with nature – and backyards!
Cost: $100/$80 Healthcare Card Holder + Booking Fee. To book CLICK HERE.
Half-day workshops: $50 / $35 for Healthcare Card holders
Full-day workshops: $85 / $65 for Healthcare Card holders
Some workshops have an extra cost to cover the cost of materials.
If a session is full prior to payment, you will be quickly and happily refunded.
Places are limited in most courses and workshops, so payment must be made to secure a place!
Payment for workshops must be made prior to workshop date.
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We understand that sometimes circumstances change and participants may not be able to attend a course or workshop that has been paid for.
For workshops (half day, full day and weekend), we require a minimum of 3 days notice for cancellations. We do not provide refunds for any cancellations that are made within 3 days of a workshop. If participants cancel participation in a workshop and are entitled to a refund, they can choose to:
- Receive a refund, less a processing fee of $10 per person.
- Opt for a credit for another workshop, to be used within 12 months of the initial workshop.
Cancellations of workshops by Northey Street City Farm
- Northey Street City Farm may cancel or change a class at any time, for reasons including but not limited to, lack of participation, inclement weather or facilitator availability.
- Registrants can opt for a full refund, or can use the credit for a future workshop, to be used within 12 months of the date of the initial workshop or course.
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