A colourful and vibrant cultural precinct.
Northey Street City Farm is working closely with twelve small social enterprises through the Village Life project, providing resources, support and training to help these initiatives become sustainable in the long term.
The Village Life project centres around a colourful and vibrant cultural marketplace that provides a space for artisans, crafts-people, healers and other creative folk to sell their wares. Running in conjunction with the Northey Street City Farm weekly organic farmers’ markets, it provides locally made and ecologically sustainable products for our community.
The marketplace is open every Sunday from 8am to 12noon, and with the chai café selling delicious cakes and brekkie options, as well as lots of space for the kids to play and explore, it’s the perfect place to spend a Sunday morning.
Social enterprises are an intrinsic part of a healthy and sustainable local economy and are by definition profit-making ventures that are designed to benefit the local community both through their activities and the investment of their profits.
It’s also hoped that the project will foster the development of a network of social enterprises across the region and provide a framework for the support of social enterprise in other community organisations.
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From our experience starting this social enterprise project, we have developed a guide to share what we’ve learned.
Whether you’re simply curious about the project or genuinely invested in building your own strong local economy, we hope you find this an insightful read!
Interested in being considered as a stallholder at the Village Life Marketplace?
At present there is a waiting list for stallholders. However, if your product is locally made and/or second-hand, or if your services support a stronger local community, please complete the expression of interest form and email it to firstname.lastname@example.org.
For full details of stallholder guidelines, please view our Village Life Stallholder Guide.
If you’d like to find out more about the Village Life project please email the Project Coordinator at email@example.com or phone Northey Street City Farm on 3857 8775.
The Village Life project is being implemented with the support of the Brisbane City Council Social Economy Team.
To find out more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone the City Farm office on (07) 3857 8775.