Workshops on Permaculture and Sustainable Living

In addition to our Permaculture Courses, 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.

Our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) has a limited number of places for a few people to join in for one-off sessions. Here are the upcoming sessions:


Friday 3rd June                 9:00am – 4.30pm Social Permaculture
with Emma Brindal Cost: $85/65

Friday 10th June               9:00am – 12:00pm   Sustainable Housing
with Steph Zannakis Cost: $50/35

Friday 10th June               1:30 – 4:30pm     Appropriate Technology
with Luke Reade Cost: $50/35

Friday 17th June               7.00am – 6.00pm   Visit to Crystal Waters Ecovillage
Cost: $95/75

Friday 24th June             9.00-12:00pm Building a Resilient Garden Ecology
Cost: $50/$35

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Saturday 28th May 2016

9am – 4pm: Lantern Making – with Nancy Brown

Make a lantern for your garden or special event, using Rattan to sculpt flexible shapes, then cover it with translucent paper. The morning session will be spent sculpting a frame for the lantern, and the afternoon session will be creating a translucent layer over the frame that will disperse the light of the candle or other light inside.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) + Eventbrite booking fee.

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Saturday 4th, 11th, 18th and 25th June 2016 (Course runs for 4 consecutive Saturdays).

9am – 1pm: Permaculture Basics – with Carmel Harris and Adrian Holbeck

In this practical course, experienced teachers Carmel Harris and Adrian Holbeck will help you understand and enrich your soil with compost, worms and tonics. Choose no-dig herbs & vegies for healthy, year-round harvests. The winter series highlights local annual and perennial plants.

Week 1: Soil life, hot compost, plant families, legumes as soil food, seed propagation
Week 2: Soil structure, pH testing, nutrients, fertilisers & tonics, build a no-dig garden
Week 3: Crop rotation, seed saving, seasonal planting, cuttings propagation
Week 4: Plant ailments & organic cures, good & bad bugs, Integrated Pest Management

Cost: $200 / $170 (Healthcare Card holder) + Eventbrite booking fee.

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Saturday 11th June 2016

10am – 12pm: Botanical Fibre Papermaking – with Lesa Hepburn

Learn papermaking using a mixture of waste paper, local plant fibres and leaves to form sheets of paper suitable for digital print, artist books, cards and gifts. You will learn how food waste such as pineapple skins, beer hops, and onion skins can be used to make beautiful paper! Participants will learn how to prepare pulp and use a mould and deckle to pull sheets of paper to take home on the day. Botanical prepared leaves and fibre will be added to recycled pulp to create textured surfaces for note paper and cards. You can also bring along some items to emboss to leave an impression in your paper.

Please bring something for lunch to share afterwards.

Cost: $60 / $45 (Healthcare Card holder) + Eventbrite booking fee. $10 materials is included.

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Saturday 11th June 2016

9am – 4pm: Melon Basket Weaving Circle – with Weva Deva

Come and learn the warp and weft weave, a very traditional technique that has been used for thousands of years by people of all cultures. Join this weaving circle for an all day workshop and see for yourself the magic of turning natural fibers into your own unique large market basket to take home.

Cost: $105 / $85 (Healthcare Card holder)+ Eventbrite booking fee. Fee includes $20 for materials.

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Saturday 25th June 2016

10am – 4:30pm: Natural Beekeeping with the Kenyan Top Bar Hive – with Adrian Iodice

Come and join Adrian Iodice for a fascinating and informative day learning natural, organic, biodynamic, bee-centric Bee-care using Kenyan Top Bar Hives. What you will Learn: You will learn about the intimate life of a Honey Bee colony, how to catch and relocate a swarm and the fundamentals to start up and manage a colony of your own.We will look at a couple of different hives and discuss the pros and cons of them all. We will look at types of equipment you will need to catch swarms and to manage your hives. You will learn about Bee developmental stages, Queen development. The importance of natural comb, where to position a hive, harvesting natural raw honey and tools needed for harvesting, and swarm management. These subjects are by no means exhaustive!!

Cost: $180 / $145 (Healthcare Card holder) + Eventbrite booking fee.

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Saturday 2nd July 2016

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

Learn the basics of natural dyeing with plants to create colours and patterns on fabric. This workshop will cover some of the common techniques for unlocking the myriad of hues that are contained within natural dyes and 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’ participants will experiment on sample silk or wool panels before creating a beautiful silk scarf to take home. Fabric and plant materials will be supplied.

Cost: $115 / $95 (Healthcare Card holder) includes material cost + Eventbrite booking fee.

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Saturday 16th July 2016

9am – 12pm: Brie and Sourdough Workshop – with Elisabeth Fekonia

Learn how to make your own delicious brie cheese from cow’s milk as well as easy to make delicious sourdough bread. Both of these fermented foods are made on the spot with samples for taste testing for all attendees. Hands on participation from the class volunteers will show how to make brie cheese, and sourdough bread from scratch. Handouts and recipes included.

Also attend the Lactic Fermentation of Fruit and Veg Workshop between 1pm-4pm and get a ticket discount.


General $70 plus Eventbrite fee

Health Care Card Holder $50 plus Eventbrite fee

To attend both Brie and Sourdough Workshop and Lactic Fermentation of Fruit and Veg

General $130  plus Eventbrite fee

Health Care Card Holder $90 plus Eventbrite fee

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Saturday 16th July 2016

9am – 12pm: Lactic Fermentation of Fruit and Veg – with Elisabeth Fekonia

Lactic or wild fermentation is a very natural and wild fermenting method that creates zillions of lactic bacteria that are a wonderful source of pro biotics for your inner health. Learn how make these easy ferments for yourself and see how versatile and varied these can be. Ferments such as sauerkraut, kimchi, fermented tomato sauce, fermented fruit paste, fruit chutney, cucumber pickles, fermented polenta fingers, nuca doca, as well as kombucha tea, beet kvass and ginger beer. Participants will be making most of these ferments by volunteering in front of the class. All foods and beverages will be available for taste testing with handouts including all the recipes.

Also attend the Brie and Sourdough Workshop between 9am-12pm and get a ticket discount.


General $70 plus Eventbrite fee

Health Care Card Holder $50 Materials fee plus Eventbrite fee

To attend both Brie and Sourdough Workshop and Lactic Fermentation of Fruit and Veg

General $130 plus Eventbrite fee

Health Care Card Holder $90 plus Eventbrite fee

For Bookings Click Here


Saturday 27th August 2016

9am-4pm: Native Stingless Bees  – with Dr Tobias Smith presenting Tim Heard‘s workshop

This workshop alternates between slide presentations and practical sessions to build a strong foundation of knowledge and experience. The presentations cover the topics of bee nesting, bee foraging, 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. Practical demonstrations cover hive design, splitting hives to propagate new ones, extracting honey. If available, we also transfer a colony from a natural location into a hive. Please let Tim know if you think you have a suitable colony to use for this demonstration. It will be transferred by an experienced bee keeper and you get to take home the hive at the end.

Cost: $85 / $65 (Healthcare Card holder) + Eventbrite booking fee.

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Saturday 3rd September 2016

9am-12pm: Crochet for Beginners – with Ronni Martin

Learn the basic skills of making useful and beautiful crocheted items using new or recycled yarns. You will learn the three basic stitches used in most crochet patterns and how to read patterns. You will be given a ball of wool and a crochet hook which you can take home to finish the piece you start in this 3 hour workshop. Participants are encouraged to bring along old woolen jumpers to unravel and reuse, or a ball of wool in their favourite colour!.

Ronni has been crocheting since being taught by her grandmother as a child. She has made many toys, rugs , scarves and other items for family and friends. She is an experienced workshop facilitator and designer who can help you to realise your creative ideas.

Cost: $50 / $35 (Healthcare Card holder) + Eventbrite booking fee.

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Saturday 10th September 2016

9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm: Bushtekniq: Relearn, Regenerate, Reconnect – with Tali & Jono Shelley

Learning at Northey Street’s very own river-bend of re-gen, we will encounter a diversity of local plants and their relation to us and other creatures of the earth. The day will involve practical knowledge with tools’n’tekniq in weeding and planting, as well as exercises in deep ecology and connectedness.


Half Day 9am-12pm/ 1pm-4pm

General Price $50/ Concesison $35

Full Day 9am-4pm

General Price $85/ Concesison $65

+ Eventbrite booking fee.

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

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.

Workshop cancellations:

We understand that sometimes circumstances change and participants may not be able to attend a course or workshop that has been paid for.

For workshops (half day, full day and weekend) we require a minimum of 3 days notice for cancellations. We do not provide refunds for any cancellations that are made within 3 days of a workshop.

If participants cancel participation in a workshop and are entitled to a refund, they can choose to:

  • Receive a refund, less a processing fee of $10 per person.
  • Opt for a credit for another workshop, to be used within 12 months of the initial workshop.

Cancellations of workshops by Northey Street City Farm:

  • Northey Street City Farm (NSCF) may cancel or change a class at any time, for reasons including but not limited to, lack of participation, inclement weather or facilitator availability.
  • Registrants can opt for a full refund, or can use the credit for a future workshop, to be used within 12 months of the date of the initial workshop or course.

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