Learn practical skills and how to live sustainably by attending these half-day or full-day workshops, usually on Saturdays. Workshop topics range from bee-keeping to making cheese to basket weaving to growing vegetables seasonally.
Spaces fill up fast for these popular, informative and fun workshops. Please book early to avoid disappointment.
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Saturday, 11 May 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)
Rocket Stoves with Tim Barker
Come join Tim Barker as we explore the mysteries of rocket stoves. The emphasis of this workshop will be on the the construction of large rocket stoves for practical applications using where possible recycled materials
Subjects we will cover are:
· Understanding combustion
· Rocket stove history, theory and design
· Materials selection
· Hand tool use
· Stove construction for practical purposes
Typically the first half of the day one is fairly theory heavy with a few breaks to have some fun and from there we get into the actual stove building. As discussed earlier we would have some pre fabbed parts to help keep on track.
· Students leave with an understanding of rocket stoves theory.
· Are able to make informed design decisions
· Are able to build any number of different rocket stoves from a variety of materials.
· Are able to work with some simple hand tools safely and effectively to construct objects out of sheet metal.
· Have lots of fun.
Tim is a perennially ash and grease stained appropriate technology tinkerer with a professional mechanical background. A long time Permaculture practitioner in the past he has worker at PRI Australia as farm manager and teacher, with the the Koanga Institute in NZ, Paul Wheatons rocket mass innovators events in the US and with long-time friends The crew at Very Edible Gardens (VEG) in Melbourne where he teaches two or three times a year. He has a Permaculture diploma in Appropriate technology with a specialty in efficient wood combustion.
Cost: $100/$85 Concession (Healthcare Card Holder) + eventbrite fee
Saturday, 25 May 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)
Compassionate communication with Lorraine Moyes
Based on the work of Marshall Rosenberg’s “Nonviolent Communication”, this 3 hour workshop is an experiential introduction to his concepts and the tools of NVC: providing a snapshot of how workshop participants might adopt and explore new ways of communicating in a way that can lead to positive outcomes for all involved.
Needs Based, Compassionate communication as a concept Is based on an idea that all human beings have the capacity for compassion, and only resort to defensive or angry behavior that harms themselves and others when they do not have effective strategies for meeting needs (theirs and others). Habits of thinking and speaking that lead to the use of violence (social, psychological and physical) are learned through culture.
This model of communication holds that most conflicts between individuals or within groups arise from miscommunication about their own needs, due to coercive or manipulative language that induces fear, guilt, shame etc. These “violent” modes of communication, when used during conflict, divert the attention of the participants away from clarifying their needs, feelings perceptions and requests. This of course can, and usually does, escalate the conflict.
Anticipated Workshop Outcomes
Workshop participants will be able to:
* Identify and discriminate between thoughts, feelings and needs
* Identify and express our own needs
* Value Diversity
Cost: $60/$45 health care card
Saturday, 25 May 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)
Backyard Poultry with Jenny Kato
This informative morning workshop will cover:
Chicken and duck needs
Health and behaviour
Food and nutrition
Protection from predators
Choosing the right chicken/duck for you
To breed or not to breed?
This workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to have chickens or ducks and enjoy them for many years.
Cost: $60/$45 Concession ( Health Care Card Holder)
Saturday, 15 June 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)
Compost for Soil Regeneration
Whether you’re a backyard gardener or homesteader, this three-hour course will give you the hands-on experience and the knowledge you need to make your own Compost, Vermicompost and Actively Aerated Compost Tea. With this knowledge, we can start to rebuild our soils increasing its water-holding capacity, nutrient density and ability to build life.
You will take away the knowledge, basic skills and handouts to help you kick start your own compost
Cost: $60/$45 Concession ( Health Care Card Holder)
Saturday, 29 June 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)
Intensive Urban Farming with Hendricka Kwan
Growing food can be done in all sorts of environmental conditions. Do not let poor soil, limited space and the lack of strong sunshine discourage you from growing the best flavours for your meals. In this workshop, Culinary Horticulturist Hendricka Kwan will teach you how to match the environmental factors of your gardening space to the edible plants you wish to consume. Each person will go home with a guide on how to execute this dream using simple and cost-effective methods.
Saturday, 20 July 2019 from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm (AEST)
Recycling at Home with Oyster Mushrooms
Oyster mushrooms are incredible consumers and recyclers of plant-based wastes. Materials such as straw, cane mulch, paper, cardboard, coffee grounds, grains, and even clothing can be broken down by Oyster Mushrooms into useable garden compost/inoculants, with the added bonus of growing your own gourmet mushrooms!
This hands-on experience in preparing your own grow kits and mushroom spawn containers is easy to understand, inviting, and enjoyable.
We will learn the lifecycle of ‘wood loving’ fungi, basic hygiene, methods of growing, and the potential uses at home.
The aim of this workshop is to have you leave with the confidence to start using Oyster Mushrooms as an extension to your home garden and recycling. Each attendee will go home with their own containers of mushroom spawn to expand at home, and a ‘fruiting container’ that will grow clusters of beautiful gourmet mushrooms. Detailed instructions and the information delivered on the day is provided digitally to each workshop attendee after the event.
Please bring with you some small recyclable plastic containers (1-2L yoghurt containers or similar are ideal) for us to use in our workshop. And don’t forget hat, sunscreen, and water!!
Be prepared for a wonderful half-day of learning and creativity with mushrooms!
Cost: $60/$45 Health Care Card Holder + Eventbrite Fee
Saturday, 27 July 2019 at 9:00 am – Sunday, 28 July 2019 at 4:00 pm (AEST)
Introduction to Permaculture
Come to explore an overview of permaculture through the eyes of the ethics and design principles. This course tackles how to grow food, build houses and create communities, and minimize environmental impact at the same time. Its principles are being constantly developed and refined by people throughout the world.
Join us for two days to learn the basics of permaculture design. The course aims to inspire and empower you to use permaculture design in your everyday life.
You will learn the history, various definitions, design process, ethics, principles, other design tools and case studies from a range of applications.
This course will cover:
℘ What is Permaculture?
℘ Permaculture Ethics and Design Principles
℘ Soil Basics
℘ Composting for beginners
℘ Food Production (forest gardens and garden farming)
℘ Basic Design Framework
℘ Integrated Animal Systems
℘ Social Permaculture
Limited numbers to maximize the outcomes of this dynamic 2-day course.
What you get…
℘ Access to awesome online resources to match the on-ground learning.
℘ Practical examples of permaculture in action
℘ Design and gardening strategies to apply in both your inner & physical landscape.
Tea and coffee, will be provided.
Cost: $250/$200 Health Care Card Holder + Eventbrite Fee
August 2019 Permaculture Design Course
at Northey Street City Farm
Saturdays, 3rd of August to the 16th of November
Saturday, 10th August 2019 at 9:00 am – Sunday, 11th August 2019 at 5:30 pm (AEST)
Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning with Robin Clayfield
Two Full Days – Saturday: 9am – 7.15pm & Sunday 9am – 5.30pm.
This creative group leadership, teacher training and facilitation workshop is an interactive and fun opportunity to glean and explore many processes, tools and ideas for leading, teaching or facilitating groups. Robin offers her ‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ Methodology, based on 27 years of training Permaculture and other teachers, as a basis for healthy, successful and empowering groups. The weekend will give participants an embodied experience of these methods in action while building confidence, skills and a huge toolbox of diverse and useful processes.
Robin Clayfield is a Permaculture Pioneer who’s lived at Crystal Waters Permaculture EcoVillage in SE Queensland, Australia since its inception. Over 35 years of living and evolving Permaculture has seen her become an international educator, group facilitator and author specialising in creative, interactive facilitation, group leadership, Permaculture, Deep Ecology, Social Permaculture and social change. Her legendary book ‘You Can Have Your Permaculture and Eat It Too’ has sold over 5000 copies and ‘The Manual for Teaching Permaculture Creatively’ that she co-authored is used in over 75 countries and supports Permaculture teachers to make learning fun, empowering and memorable. Robin has developed her own learning methodology which embeds Permaculture at its foundation and has created many educational card games, community governance and decision making resource kits, learning resources and facilitation support tools to equip educators and group leaders globally.
Cost: $250/ $200 Concession Health Care Card Holder + Booking Fee
Saturday, 17 August 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)
Wild Child Gardens: Design for Backyard Nature Play with Tamsin Scott
Using nature’s gifts of plants, sand, mud, rock and wood, design a playful wonderland on your own doorstep. Nature Play – it’s the best alternative to screen-time!
This hands on, practical and lively workshop provides expert guidance on how to transform your garden for natural play that will keep the kids happy for hours on end – and for relatively little cost. The morning session will set the scene – learn about nature play principles, the design process, explore what types of spaces and materials ignite creative play, reflect on your own childhood and tune in to your children’s play needs. The afternoon session will bring all we have learnt into a design hub to develop our beautiful new wild child garden visions! These may be written descriptions, sketches, ‘mudmaps’ or a garden plan ready to bring to fruition.
This workshop is suitable for anyone interested in turning their garden (or part of it) into a wonderful natural play space for children – no prior design skills are needed. Please bring plans of your garden if you have them and/or photographs (either printed or on your device). Older children who are interested in participating are welcome if accompanied by an adult.
Cost: $100/$85 Health Care Concession Card Holder
Saturday, 21 September 2019 from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm (AEST)
Inviting Nature to Dinner. A workshop on how to grow food and support wildlife.
Something drastic is happening to nature. Insect and bird numbers are decreasing dramatically world wide and frogs, mammals and plants are going extinct before our eyes. To grow our food we have cleared native habitat, brought in exotic plants and animals, spread chemical fertilisers and toxic pesticides across the land and changed the climate by burning fossil fuels. Nature’s creatures, big and small, are dying as a result of our actions.
Let’s choose a new track. Let’s get practical and local and make our gardens and small scale agriculture places that support wildlife, including insects, in mutual benefit, while growing our food. To do this we need to know which local native plants support which wildlife and how they do so.
This one-day workshop will explore the fascinating field of garden ecology and discuss options and strategies for growing food in ways that include local native plants and support wildlife.
For food growing to be truly sustainable, it has to allow room for nature, wild plants and wild creatures and all their interactions, to co-exist with our gardens and small farms. This workshop will help participants grow food in a way that achieves this.
Cost: $100/$85 Healthcare card
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 7 days notice for cancellations. We do not provide refunds for any cancellations that are made within 7 days of a workshop. If participants cancel participation in a workshop and are entitled to a refund, they can choose to:
- Receive a refund
- 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 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.