Workshops on Permaculture and Sustainable Living

In addition to our Permaculture Design Course, we offer an exciting range of smaller sustainable living workshops, often on Saturdays.

Get passionate about establishing your own nutritious food garden, using sustainable building products, saving money, developing new skills and discovering old ones. New workshops are frequently being added, so keep an eye on our offering by ‘Liking’ us on Facebook or signing up to our monthly eNews.

Apart from our regular workshop offering, we also offer the Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Series of workshops. These workshops are stand-alone modules offered from the currently running Permaculture Design Certificate. If you don’t have the time (or money) to complete a full PDC, these workshops provide a wonderful opportunity to learn the skills of a permaculture designer at your own pace. You will be buddied up with a PDC student and become a part of our learning community.

Spaces fill up fast for these popular, informative and fun workshops. Please book early to avoid disappointment.

 

Current Workshop Program

30th August

9am – 12pm: Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the Subtropics - with Bunya Halasz

Tune into Spring time and further develop your gardening skills with a detailed exploration of vegetable crops for planting in our Hot and Humid months. We will also help you to build the productivity of your soil and learn how to best manage this precious resource. We will also help you to protect your crops from pests and disease through crop rotation, companion planting and more…..

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) or $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) when booked together with Establishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens

Enquiries, Bookings and Payment

 

30th August

1pm – 4pm: Establishing and Maintaining a Vegetable Garden – with Bunya Halasz

Hands on workshop to teach you the skills to turn garden waste and organic materials into your own no-dig vegetable garden. Learn the art of planting, growing and maintaining your own home vegetable patch.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) or $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) when booked together with Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the subtropics

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5th September

9am – 4:30pm: Trees in Permaculture - with Dick Copeman - PDC Series

This workshop is all about understanding and integrating trees into your permaculture system / garden. We will explore the characteristics of trees, their functions within permaculture, design applications (i.e. windbreaks, shelter belts, ameliorating catastrophes such as fires and large storms), as well as how to identify and care for trees.

Join Dick to learn about an element of our natural world that we engage with frequently but don’t understand well. This workshop is the perfect opportunity for understanding and using trees.

Cost: $85 / $65  (Healthcare Card holder)

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12th September

9am – 4:30pm: Understanding & Improving Your Soil  - with Adrian Holbeck - PDC Series

The key to healthy productive plants is healthy soil. Join this soils workshop to delve into this often overlooked field and expand your knowledge of all things soil. We will cover soil structure & type, the nitrogen cycle, how to measure the pH of your soil and other tests to check soil quality.

The afternoon will be spent on how to improve your soil using compost, worms and natural fertilisers.

Cost: $85 / $65  (Healthcare Card holder)

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13th September

9am – 4pm: Pith Cane Baskets – with Weva Deva

This full day workshop will explore the natural fibre Pith Cane. Come along and join this Weaving Circle and learn traditional and contemporary weaving techniques to create your very own basket that is full of strength, flexibility and flair!

Warning these workshops are seriously addictive!

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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13th September

9am – 4pm: Natural Dyeing with Plants – with Linda Parmenter

Learn the basics of dyeing with plants to create beautiful textile pieces while minimizing the impact on the environment.  Natural dyes have been extracted from flowers, leaves, bark and seeds throughout the centuries, and this workshop will cover some of the common techniques for unlocking the myriad of hues that are contained within these materials.

The workshop will introduce participants to some of the familiar garden plants and Australian natives that can be used, and to the use of mordants to fix the dye to silk, wool or cotton fibres.  Using basic shibori (resist) techniques and ‘eco-printing’  to create beautiful marks on the fabric, participants will patch these pieces together to create a beautiful piece of textile art that can used as a wall hanging, framed picture, or used as a component for dressmaking or other textile/fibre art projects.

Fabric and plant materials will be supplied.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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26th September

9am – 4:30pm: Water in Permaculture – with Tim Davies - PDC Series

This sessions is a detailed day of how to understand and make use of water in the landscape. We will cover water use in plants and foods, flows of water through plants and the landscape and outline the keypoint and keyline concepts.

You will learn how to design for rainwater harvesting, swales, retention basins and water tank systems. Strategies for efficient use of water in the garden will be covered including watering and irrigation systems, re-using grey water and water recycling, design for water re-use.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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27th September

9am – 12pm: Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the Subtropics - with Bunya Halasz

Tune into Spring time and further develop your gardening skills with a detailed exploration of vegetable crops for planting in our Hot and Humid months. We will also help you to build the productivity of your soil and learn how to best manage this precious resource. We will also help you to protect your crops from pests and disease through crop rotation, companion planting and more…..

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) or $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) when booked together with Establishing & Maintaining Vegetable Gardens

Enquiries, Bookings and Payment

 

27th September

1pm – 4pm: Establishing and Maintaining a Vegetable Garden – with Bunya Halasz

Hands on workshop to teach you the skills to turn garden waste and organic materials into your own no-dig vegetable garden. Learn the art of planting, growing and maintaining your own home vegetable patch.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) or $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) when booked together with Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the subtropics

Enquiries, Bookings and Payment

 

18th October

9am – 12pm:  Twisted String with Lesa Hepburn

How to make string using your own hands from suitable plants that grow in our local environment.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder)

Note: materials fee of $20 / $15 concession – payable on the day of the workshop

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25th October

 Eco-Baskets using Recycled Material- with Weva Deva

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15th November

9am – 4pm: Coil Stitch- with Weva Deva

Come and join this weaving circle and learn the vintage art of Coil Stitch Basketry. Using a colourful palette of naturally dyed fibres you will learn to weave your very own basket that you can take home.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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13th December

9am – 4pm: Native Bee Keeping- with Tim Heard

This workshop alternates between slide presentations and a practical session to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting biology, bee foraging biology, 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.

In the practical session, we will open hive and observe the amazing structures within. We will divide the hive into two halves showing the process of colony propagation. We will also extract honey from a hive.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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20th December

9am – 12pm:  Palm Sheath Basket with Weva Deva

Using the base of the giant Bangalow palm leaf (sheath) we will stitch and weave a rich earth colored basket together in a circle, sharing this ancient, creative craft with others. Come and learn how to prepare and harvest your materials as it can be addictive and you will need supplies.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) or $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Early 2015

9am – 4pm: Introduction to Bush Permaculture - with Bunya Halasz & Em Maltby

Immerse yourself into Permaculture with this unique offering – great for those who love the garden and the bush.

Spread over 2 consecutive weekends, this 4-day workshop will explore the shared goals of permaculture and bush regeneration: land repair based on natural succession. We will spend the first weekend at Northey St City Farm learning the key principles and concepts of permaculture design, with practical activities including building a no-dig garden, composting, and practice designs.

The next weekend we’ll drive to Paradise One near Coorabell, Northern NSW and return to Brisbane on Sunday afternoon. Paradise One is an Eco-Resort and former banana plantation which is now being restored (including large scale, non-chemical removal of camphor laurel) into a system that provides organic food and a place to gather and celebrate for people; habitat for native flora and fauna; and an array of ecosystem services that support the local water catchment and surrounding farms. Here we will learn more about succession and land restoration through bush regeneration activities; food forest management and permaculture design on a larger scale. The workshop will conclude on Sunday afternoon at Paradise One at approximately 4.30pm.

 No previous experience is required for this workshop and it is a great way to familiarise yourself with permaculture and bush regeneration practices. After the workshop you may decide to go further with your permaculture studies by doing the Permaculture Design Course . Discounts apply for those who continue with a PDC at Northey Street.

First Weekend – On-site at Northey St City Farm. Accommodation & Food not included.

Second Weekend – Paradise One, Coorabell, via Mullumbimby. Accommodation – camping (dorm or private room extra) & food included.

This new program will go ahead with a minimum of 8 participants, let us know you are interested by emailing education@nscf.org.au

Cost: $460 / $370 Concession,  $410 Early Bird

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Every Tuesday, Friday & Sunday

Earth Arts Activities - with Bob Mud

More on these activities…

Also check out Bob’s Earth Arts workshops for school groups with Hands on Art

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Bookings and Payment

Workshop Cost: 

Half-day workshops: $50 / $35 for Healthcare Card holders
Full-day workshops: $85 / $65 for Healthcare Card holders

Other workshops: varies, please refer to specific workshop page.

Pay Online: 

Places are limited in most courses and workshops, so get in quick!   We strongly recommend phoning the farm on (07) 3857 8775 to ensure there is still space in your desired workshop.  If a session is full prior to payment, you will be quickly and happily refunded.

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  • pay by Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) through the below details, e-mail us the completed booking form and a copy of payment receipt:

Phone: (07) 3857 8775 (10am-4pm, Tue-Fri)

Fax: (07) 3857 8108

Email: info@nscf.org.au

Post: 16 Victoria St, Windsor QLD 4030

EFT: BSB 313-140; Account # 120 459 54; Name: Northey Street City Farm

Bookings for PDC require payment of a deposit of $300 ($240 conc.) There is a discount for payment in full by one month prior to course commencement.

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