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

 

NEW SHORT COURSE OFFERING!

9:00am – 12:30pm: Introduction to Organic Gardening  with Peta Deacon

Fancy growing your own food but don’t know where to start? This practical 4 week course covers the basics of starting a garden using organic principles suited to our subtropical climate in south east Queensland. 

29th November Week 1: Starting from the most important element of gardening: SOIL. We’ll explore soil life: how to build up your soil microbes and fungi, to attract worms into your soil, and to give your plants the best start. We’ll discuss what to do over summer in your garden.

6th December Week 2:Learn how to make your own compost- the best fertiliser around! Covering various liquid fertilisers, how to make two types and when and where to use them. Come prepared to get your hands dirty making hot and cold compost!

13th December Week 3: Learn how to seed save and store from your own crops. How to propagate from other plants using root division, cuttings. Check liquid fertiliser and turn compost.

20th December Week 4: How to make and maintain raised garden beds. Learn appropriate soil mixes, lasagne layering and best plants for raised gardens. Plant out cuttings from previous week. Check liquid fertiliser and turn compost.

Cost: $200 / $170 (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 – 4pm:  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:  $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder)

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24th January

11am – 2pm: Growing Healthy Veggieswith Bunya Halasz

Tune into Summer 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 a Vegetable Garden

3pm – 6pm: 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

 

24th January

9am – 4pm: All Day Random Weave  - with Weva Deva

Join in this workshop and learn a very contemporary approach to basketry. Using local weeds and green waste you will weave a basket full of strength, flexibility, structure, chaos and creativity.

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

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14th February

9am – 4pm  Natural Dying 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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21st February

9am – 12pm: Creative Papermaking - with Lesa Hepburn

Learn the process of preparing recycled paper for hand papermaking. This 3 hour workshop will cover making pulp, pulling sheets of paper & drying your paper.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) with $20 materials fee

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

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7th March

9am – 4pm:  Bioregional Medicine: A Workshop for the DIY Herbalist with Jayne Azzopardi

Have you noticed medicinal herbs growing in your local environment and wanted to know more about them and how to use them?!

This workshop is an in-depth exploration of five local, sustainable and medicinal ‘plant allies’ growing in your environment.

Alongside the medicinal properties of the plants we will cover the vital subject of wild crafting ethics, protocol and stewardship. You will also learn how to conduct qualitative research on these plants. Guaranteed to leave you inspired and dripping in biophilia (love for life and living systems) and with a wealth of practical skills to boot!

Topics Covered For Each Herb

  • Plant History

  • Harvesting & Drying Techniqueherbal medicine

  • Spirit Of The Plant & Right Relationship

  • Energetic Considerations

  • Mechanism Of Action And Key Constituents

  • Current Research & Therapeutic Uses

  • Creating Culinary Or Medicinal

  • Preparations

  • Safe Application Of These Preparations.

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

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11th March

2pm – 5pm:  Fermented Herbal Sodas and Honey Mead with Jayne Azzopardi

 An Afternoon of Bubbling Brews and Herbal Effervescence.

Would you like to explore fun filled, ways to make the medicine go down? Look no further! In this workshop we will uncover ancient herbal brews and practices to bring into hearth and home. It may even get a little magical!

We will make a variety of Herbal Sodas for all dietary needs & unveil ancient secrets of Honey Mead.

We will discuss the medicinal nature and therapeutic application of each ferment. You will taste tongue tantalizing, beverages and discuss the appropriate application of each for specific health conditions.

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

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14th March

9am – 4pm:  Introduction to Herbal Medicine with Jayne Azzopardi

 This workshop is an amazing opportunity to learn how to make medicine with plants that you can find wild or easily grown in your own garden. You’ll make infusions, tinctures, vinegars, oil infusions and balms. You will take home your own balms, handouts and leave with the skills to make your very own first aid kit.

In this workshop you will learn

·         Different approaches to herbal medicine

·         Safe ways of using and making herbal medicine

·         Traditional ways of detecting medicinal properties in plants

·         Scientific language and terminology within Western Herbal Medicine.

·         The art of extracting by infusions, tinctures, vinegars, and oils

·         The benefits and limitations of a variety of medicinal preparations

Together, we will learn the fundamentals of medicine making in a fun and relaxed environment. You will be given the opportunity to taste and explore the differences in preparations and will gain the benefit of discussing and sharing this journey in a group environment.

Jayne Azzopardi is a qualified herbalist who uses herbal remedies in everyday life and work and is passionate about community based medicine, empowering people to make their own herbal remedies.

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

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14th March

9am – 4pm:  Lantern Making with Nancy Brown

Learn how to make a magical light display during this full day workshop. We will sculpt lanterns using rattan, cane and paper and then explore different techniques to highlight designs on the lanterns. Display your creation in the lantern parade at the Northey Street City Farm Winter Solstice Festival in June, then take home to keep.

Cost: $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

Enquiries, Bookings and Payment

 

2nd May

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)

Enquiries, Bookings and Payment

 

 

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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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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