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 6th May                  9-4.30pm  The Cultivated Ecology (Veggie gardening)
with Dick Copeman  Cost: $85 /$65

Saturday 7th May              9:00am – 12:00pm   Sustainable Housing
with Steph Zannakis Cost: $50/35

Saturday 7th May              1:30 – 4:30pm     Appropriate Technology 
with Luke Reade Cost: $50/35

Friday 13th May                 1.30pm-4.30pm  Seed Saving and Propagation
with Krystelle Ellaby Cost $50/35

Friday 20th May                 9:00am – 4.30pm Trees in Permaculture
with Dick Copeman Cost: $85/65

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 7th May 2016

9am – 4pm: Incredible Edibles – with Morag Gamble

How to grow, harvest, use and propagate a fabulous array of perennial permaculture plants for our gardens that are particularly suited to our subtropical climate. Participants will have the chance to taste a selection of incredible edible plant recipes, create their own take-home culinary oils and perennial herb blends using quality organic ingredients, pot up a selection of incredible edible plants to take home, and make colourful origami seed packets for a collection of take-home incredible edible seeds.

Cost: $100 / $80 (Healthcare Card holder) + Eventbrite booking fee. Fee includes $15 materials fee.

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Saturday 7th May 2016

8am – 4pm: ‘Thinking of a Tree Change’ Lockyer Valley Tour – with Dick Copeman

The Lockyer Valley west of Brisbane has much to offer those wishing to move to the country. This tour will start by visiting a rural property with a permaculture orchard and gardens, as well as sheep and a free range chicken micro business. We will then proceed to an inspiring permaculture garden on the edge of Laidley, plus visits to an established school garden and to a food forest in the early stages of development. A checklist of things to consider when purchasing a rural property will be provided and examples of how to generate income from rural properties will be discussed. Travel will be by car-pooling.

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

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Saturday 14th May 2016

9am – 12pm: Table Farming in your Kitchen – with Hedrick Kwan

Growing food in an urban environment is not impossible, and the simplest form is sprouts. All you need to do is just add WATER! No one is a black thumb in this. This one simple process covers many aspects in life. These are live foods that are packed with phyto-nutrients that have been proven to prevent chronic illness, and they make bland dishes come alive. It can be done in any environment so long as its well lit and ventilated. Regardless of the season, the joy of harvesting your own food is priceless. Come and taste different type of sprouts and have hands on experience in making your own ‘table farm’ anywhere. You will get to take home 2 packs of seeds, media, and a sprouting container.

Cost: $55 / $40 (Healthcare Card holder)+ Eventbrite booking fee. Fee includes $5 materials fee.

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Monday 16th May 2016

9am – 3:30pm: Building Ecological Literacy: A Professional Development Workshop for teachers – with Emma Brindal

This workshop will introduce you to: ways in which the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority area of sustainability and simple themes of ecology can be embedded in teaching across the Learning Areas; approaches that you can use with your students to increase their ecological literacy and stewardship; and how these approaches can support students to have the knowledge, understandings and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world. The workshop is focused on primary school teachers, but the material can also apply to secondary teachers.

Cost: $110 (full) / $70 (student or unwaged).

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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 28th May 2016

9am – 12pm: Garden to Fork – with Hedrick Kwan

Learn about edible plants and weeds, harvest them and bring them back to the kitchen to prepare a dish with other basic staples. Let the freshness of the plants bring out the best in your dish. Appreciate how plants are the basis to food. Learn how they grow and the flavours different plant types bring to the table.

Cost: $50 / $35 (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 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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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
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Phone: (07) 3857 8775 (10am-4pm, Tue-Fri)

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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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