Welcome to the (whoops, later than usual) August eNews
Sustainable Living Workshops:
Spring Special for Members - All Northey Street City Farm Assoc. members get 30% off workshops marked with: ***. See the full list at the end of this eNews
***Saturday 25th August (10am – 2pm) GREEN ROOF PLANTING WORKSHOP
Curious about the new craze greening Europe’s cities? Come and get your hands into NSCF‘s own pioneering ‘green’ or living ‘meadow style’ roof in the making. Learn the difference between extensive and intensive ‘green’ roofs and how to design, build and plant out one yourself. Join in this hands-on workshop and be part of history in the making.
Cost: $50 full price, $35 concession. Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org, Bookings: email@example.com
We are also looking for volunteers to help with preparation of the roof on Thursday 23, or Friday 24 AugustContact Simon on firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to help
Saturday 22 September, 11am to 4pm SPRING EQUINOX PICNIC
Come and celebrate Spring at the Farm. Join us for a family-friendly day of fun at the Farm. For more details contact Kylie Mitchell on email@example.com
IN THE MEDIA
Northey Street chooks on ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ TV
Thanks to Patricia and Kristy who hosted the ‘Better Homes and Gardens’ television crew, and Dr Harry. Dr Harry treated our chooks for scaly foot disease, and said complimentary things about the farm.
You can watch the show, including Dr Harry’s spot with our chickens, here (it was originally shown on 10 August)
Sunday Farmers Market customers on Channel 7
Channel 7′s ‘Sunday Night’ show covered a story on bath milk. The segment included footage of our Organic Farmers’ Market. There weren’t any mentions of our Market, but some of our regular customers were interviewed.
You can find out more, and watch the segment, here
Market customers were also interviewed by ABC’s 7.30 Report, and they showed some footage of our Market
We were also voted as one of the Top Ten markets in Brisbane, by the Courier-Mail
The new kiosk pantry is almost complete and the Green Roof is being prepared for planting (see above for workshop details). Watch out for the next stages: security lighting, a shade sail near the kiosk, and an improved storage shed near the Nursery
We’d like to improve the atmosphere at the Café with a little light music. If you or a friend are buskers, and are interested in busking at the Café from 7am to 10.30am on Sunday mornings, please contact Kylie Mitchell firstname.lastname@example.org
NEWS FROM THE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE (MC)
The Management Committee is currently working towards holding a Special General Meeting on 1st September to make a decision regarding paid staff on MC. All current Farm members will be invited to participate in this meeting. Please come along if you want to participate in this decision. Also, check that your membership is current, you can easily renew it from our website using Paypal
This month we welcome Kylie Mitchell as Site and Events Manager, Steve York as Organic Farmers Market Coordinator, and Murray Carew as Education Coordinator
We now have a Paypal donation facility on the website. You can make a cash donation to the farm at any time. All donations over $2 are tax-deductible and go into our registered Environment Fund.
If you think you have something that may be useful for the Farm please call 07 3857 8775, or email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org to find out if it’s something we might need.
We are looking for donations of Daylilies – do you have a congested clump in your yard? Now’s a good time to divide the clump and bring the extras to the farm! We want to increase the variety of edible flowers we produce and add a bit of colour to the Farm at the same time
ONGOING ACTIVITIES AT THE FARM
ORGANIC MARKETS: Our Sundays are still going strong, come along and check us out 6am – 10.30am. We still haven’t missed a weekly market in 6 years!
CHAI CAFE: Meet your friends inside the Farm every Sunday 6-11am amongst our lush Permaculture gardens. Please support Northey Street City Farm, when choosing your Sunday breakfast. Try our special hot chilli chocolate.
VILLAGE LIFE: Our Village Life Market focuses on supporting eco-friendly local businesses and fair trade organisations. We are very keen to hear from new applicants and especially fair trade sellers. Please contact Steve at email@example.com for details.
OFFICE OPENING: Business as usual – Tuesday till Thursday 10am – 4pm
PLANTING for PIZZAS: Supported Gardening program, Wednesdays 10am -1pm
FREE FARM TOUR: Every Tuesday morning 9.30am – everyone welcome… meet on the cafe deck. If you are interested in volunteering at the Farm, this is a great introduction. The tour takes about an hour.
Murray Carew has been appointed as the new Education Co-ordinator. He has been organising a very full program of School Tours. The program of Permaculture courses, Sustainability Workshops, school tours and other group tours continues. See details of upcoming courses below.
EARTH ARTS: Mud Arts activities for children, or the young at heart, are held at the Farm every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday mornings with Bob McMahon, aka Bob Mud. Bob, an experienced teacher, encourages children to explore their creativity through mud paints, paper crafts, music and instant ceramics. No-cost pottery is made from found clay without a kiln. Moulds are made from latex, or clay is sculpted and then fired. These simple arts activities encourage children to touch the earth and take something home. As Bob says, ”participation is the loving partner of learning, even if it’s no more than painting a mud picture on a leaf.” Sunday mornings are very busy, so if you’d like to help with these activities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
The allotment gardens are thriving, all plots have been allocated and a waiting list has been started.
In recent months allotment holders have become self-sufficient by making their own compost, running a worm farm and starting a weed tea system. A new aquaponic garden in a donated bath-tub was put in this month.
The allotment holders meet on the first Sunday of every month for a cuppa, a chat and a working bee from 10am to midday – all farm friends are welcome to join us.
Around half the allotment holders have netted their gardens which has reduced turkey damage and theft.
To apply for a plot (the waiting list is quite short) email email@example.com
NURSERY: Trading Tuesday – Saturday, 9am – 4pm and 6am – 12pm on Sundays.
At Edible Landscapes we can assist you by pH testing your soil for you. Just bring in a sample or two, and we’ll test it to see how your soil can be improved.
PROGRAMS: Our Community Service, Work-For-The-Dole and other programs continue to run on Tuesdays and Thursdays. For anyone on Centrelink benefits, there may be a program or opportunity here at Northey Street City Farm that would be of benefit to yourself and the Farm; contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
EDUCATION COURSES IN 2012
PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE
We have 1 exciting Permaculture Design Certificate course left for the year. Booking forms available here.
PDC #4 (2-week Intensive, school holidays) 10th – 22nd September
Bob Mud’s Earth Arts Activities Every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday
SUSTAINABLE LIVING EDUCATION WORKSHOPS IN 2012
This workshop program is part of our PDC so places are limited. Book now to ensure a place
Our full Sustainable Living Workshops program is available at workshops 2012 for your information some details are below:
|Spring Special for Members:
All Northey Street City Farm Association members get 30% off workshops marked with: ***
|Friday 17 Aug. (9am – 12pm)||Understanding Your Soil|
|***Friday 17 Aug. (1:30 – 4:30pm)||Improving Your Soil|
|***Friday 24 Aug. (9am – 12pm)||Trees in Permaculture 1 Characteristics, functions & design applications|
|***Friday 24 Aug. (1:30 – 4:30pm)||Trees in Permaculture 2 Tree identification, care & design exercise|
|***Saturday 25 Aug. (10am – 2pm)||Green Roof Planting|
|Saturday 25 Aug. (10am – 4pm)||Growing a Subtropical Food Forest|
|***Friday 31 Aug. (9am – 12pm)||Growing Healthy Vegies|
|***Friday 31 Aug. (1:30 – 4:30pm)||Establishing and Maintaining a Vegetable Garden|
|Saturday 1 Sept. (9am – 12pm)||Intro to Dynamic Governance|
|***Friday 7 Sept. (9am – 12pm)||Animals in Permaculture: including bees, cows, goats, sheep & wildlife|
|***Friday 7 Sept. (1:30 – 4:30pm)||Keeping Poultry|
|Saturday 8 Sept. (9am – 12pm)||Nonviolent Communication|
|***Wed. 12 Sept. (9am – 12pm)||Understanding Your Soil|
|***Wed. 12 Sept. (1:30 – 4:30pm)||Improving Your Soil|
|CHECK THE WEBSITE FOR DETAILS of other courses run during the PDC Intensive in September|
|Saturdays Oct. 6 & 13 (over 2 days)||Bamboo and Bike Wheel Chook House|
|Saturday 10 Nov. (9am – 12pm)||Growing Healthy Vegies|
|Saturday 10 Nov. (12pm – 4pm)||Establishing and Maintaining a Vegetable Garden|
|Enquiries: email@example.com||Bookings: firstname.lastname@example.org|
We hope you’ve enjoyed the read… and we look forward to seeing you around the farm sometime soon for one or many of the above. Cheers, and happy days to you all!
Information Team, Northey Street City Farm