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.

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

 

Saturday 27th June  – IS BEING RESCHEDULED TO ANOTHER DAY

9am – 4pm: Dyeing with plants with Linda Parmenter

Learn the basics of dyeing with plants to create a beautiful wool scarf for winter 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 familar 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’ participants will experiment on sample silk panels before creating a beautiful wool scarf. Fabric and plant materials will be supplied. An additional materials fee of $30 applies that is payable on the day.

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

For Bookings and Payment: Please wait until we have rescheduled this workshop

 

Saturday 18th July

9am – 12noon: Native Seed Collecting and Propagating Workshop – with Jake Hazzardimage

After a brief introductory discussion, we will go for a wander around the bushland/parkland adjacent to Northey Street City Farm, identify the native plants, collect some native seed and talk about bush tucker plants.  Then we’ll return to the space where we’ll clean and prepare the native seed and sow it in propagation trays. The propagation trays and unsown seed will be donated to a local landcare nursery/community garden.

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

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Saturday 1st August – 22nd August (4 Consecutive Saturdays)

9am – 1pm: Organic Gardening Series  with Adrian Holbeck and Carmel Harris

In this practical course, experienced teachers Carmel Harris & Adrian Holbeck will help you understand & enrich your soil with compost, worms & tonics. Grow no-dig herbs & vegies for healthy, year-round harvests.

The spring/summer series highlights perennials & subtropical plants.

Week 1: Soil life, hot compost, plant families, legumes as soil food, seed propagation

Week 2: Soil structure, testing, pH & nutrients, make a no-dig garden

Week 3: Fertilisers & tonics, seasonal planting, cuttings propagation, crop rotation

Week 4: Plant ailments & cures, good bugs, bad bugs, seed saving, annuals & perennials

Cost: $200 / $170 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Saturday 15th August

9am – 4pm: Rustic “bread” Baskets Weaving Circle  – with Weva Deva

This beautiful rustic bread basket will bring back that “country” warmth to any home and heart. In this workshop you will learn how to weave an assortment of VINES and GRASSES into a large woven basket useful for holding bread, fruits, veg etc . We will explore the characteristics, how to grow, harvest and prepare the fibre plants available to us in our local area that are useful for basket weaving.

Using the prepared fibres that will be supplied, come and enjoy the art of weaving in a creative and supportive setting and just imagine your handmade basket overflowing with homemade bread.YUM..

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) plus additional materials cost payable on the day: $10pp

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Saturday 29th August

9am – 12noon: Wicking Beds – with Dick Copeman and Trevor Bryce

Learn how to build a wicking bed – a raised garden with its own water reservoir – out of recycled materials. Understand how they work and see examples of wicking beds producing abundant crops of vegies.

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

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Saturday 29th August

10am – 4pm: Nature Awareness and Earth Living Skills – with Claire Dunn

Indigenous survival skills and nature awareness are a powerful doorway into awakening the wild within, cultivating deep nature connection and personal transformation.

Join Claire Dunn, author of My Year Without Matches, for an introduction into the foundations of the Sacred Order of Survival, including nature awareness techniques and earth philosophy.

Expect a rich hands-on experience including fire-by-friction, string making with natural fibres, natural movement and sensory awareness, bird language, sit spots, deep listening and more. Expect to leave with your senses awake and alive to the animate world both inside and out.

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

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Saturday 26th September

9am – 4pm: Bee Keeping: Harvesting Honey and Dividing a Hive with Richard Nielsen

This workshop is about the traditional Langstroth honey bee hive, and how to manage one.  We will harvest honey from a hive, remove the frames, extract the honey from them, and bottle the honey.  We will look into the brood box in a hive and see how to create a new hive, and look at how to go about setting up a hive.

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

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Saturday and Sunday 10-11th October

9am – 4pm: Insects, Ailments and Cures: Pests and Diseases in Your Garden with Adrian Holbeck

Spots on your pawpaws? Grubs in your tomatoes? Beetles eating your potatoes? Fungus on your pumpkin vine? Stink bugs sapping your citrus?
Don’t know what to do about them?

In this practical workshop over one weekend, you can learn:
• how to diagnose what ails your plants
• 10 common ailments (the ‘baddies’) in Brisbane veggie gardens
• how to identify good guys (‘beneficials’) in your garden
• how to decide what to do about the baddies
• the pros and cons of commercial chemicals and GM treatments
• integrated pest management (IPM) treatments and when to use them
• how to build a balanced ecology in your garden

Cost: $170 / $130 (Healthcare Card holder)

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Friday 30th October

9am – 4pm: Native Bee Keepingwith 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.

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

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Saturday 7th November

9am – 12noon: Growing Bush Foods  – with Dick Copeman

Learn how to identify, propagate and grow the foods of the indigenous Australians and early white settlers. Receive assistance in selecting and designing bushfood plantings for your own garden.

Please wear closed shoes and a hat.

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

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Saturday 7th November

9am – 4pm: Know your Soil – with Adrian Holbeck

Do you want answers to any of these questions about your soil?
Can you grow fruit and veggies in it? Which fruit and veggies?
How do you tell a good soil from a bad soil?
What soil tests can you do yourself?
What if you have contaminated soil? How can you find out?

Learn the basic science of soil and why it works: structure, texture, profiling, nutrients and pH, soil life and simple tests you can do with your own soil.

This practical, hands-on one-day workshop is the first of two designed to give you knowledge and tools about soils (7th November) and techniques to improve your soil (14th November). Enrol in both to get the maximum benefit.

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

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Saturday 21st November

9am – 4pm: Work that Reconnects – with Emma Brindal

The Work that Reconnects was developed by Deep Ecologist and Eco-Philosopher Joanna Macy as an important contribution to ‘The Great Turning’ (a term referring to the shift from our current model of consumption to a Life Sustaining Society). The workshop will introduce participants to this work by taking them through a series of experiential processes which aim to:

– Deepen our appreciation for the gifts of life and our connection to the natural world;
– Provide a space for recognising the feelings we have about the environmental and social issues that concern us;
– Enable us to see from new perspectives;
– Empower and inspire us to take new action or be able to sustain the work that we do to contribute to a Life Sustaining Society.

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

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Saturday 14th November

9am – 4pm: Low Cost Ways to Improve Your Soil – with Adrian Holbeck

Want answers to any of these common questions about your soil?
Why should you feed your soil, not your plants? What about ‘foliar feeding?
What to do about soil contaminated with heavy metals, herbicides, fungicides, pesticides or other chemicals?
How can you build in protection from soil pathogens for your garden plants?
In this workshop you will delve into many of the invisible secrets of soil improvers and learn many practical how-to’s. Topics include:
• Composts
• Tonics
• Changing pH
• Mulches
• Microlife, macrolife and soil beneficials
• Organic Materials
• Improving structure and texture
• Nutrient rich materials
• Worm farming
• Sources of commercial products and information

This practical, hands-on, one-day workshop is the second of two designed to give you knowledge and tools about soils (7th November) and techniques to improve your soil (14th November). Enrol in both to get the maximum benefit.

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

For Bookings and Payment Click Here

 

Saturday 5th December

9am – 12pm: Harvesting and Cooking Bushfoods  – with Dick Copeman

Harvest fresh seasonal bushfoods at Northey Street City Farm. Prepare delicious and unusual drinks and preserves and finish by cooking and eating a light meal.

Please wear closed shoes and a hat.

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

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Payment Methods

Payment for workshops must be made prior to workshop date

Workshop Costs:

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

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!

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Please make your direct debit payment to:
Name: Northey Street City Farm  BSB: 313-140 Account Number: 120 459 54
After you have paid by direct debit, please email us to let us know the date of payment

Email: info@nscf.org.au
Phone: (07) 3857 8775 (10am-4pm, Tue-Fri)

Cash or Eftpos:

You can visit Northey Street Farm and pay with cash or eftpos through the nursery which is open9am-3pm Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and between 6.30am-12pm every Sunday at the Northey Street Organic Markets.

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