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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- Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum: A Professional Development Workshop for Educators – 31 October 2020
- Planning a Productive Summer Veggie Garden with Dick Copeman – 7 November 2020
- The Permaculture Potager: A Garden for Food and Pleasure with Michael Wardle – 14 November 2020
- Mushroom Cultivation – 14 November 2020
- Weeds – Friend or Foe? with Dick Copeman – 14 November 2020
- Connecting Your Children to Nature: A Webinar for Parents – 24 November 2020
- Introduction to Permaculture with Michael Wardle – 28 November 2020
- Worm Farming and Composting at Home with Brian Donaldson – 5 December 2020
- Permaculture Practicals Grow Your Own Food – 9, 16, 23, 30 January 2021
- Teaching Permaculture Teachers – 05 – 10 April 2021
31 October 2020, 9am – 4 pm
Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum: A Professional Development Workshop for Educators
This practical workshop will demonstrate how the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority area of Sustainability can be addressed while taking learning outdoors. Outdoor learning using experience-based strategies supports children’s emotional well-being and physical health, increases engagement with learning, fosters ecological stewardship and positively impacts on environmental behaviors.
Workshop participants will:
- Learn how outdoor experiential activities can be linked to the curriculum, and be applied to Learning Areas including Science, English, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Arts.
- Experience approaches that support students to increase critical and creative thinking, and have the knowledge, understanding and skills to engage in creating a more sustainable world.
- Take home a resources list, activity descriptions with links to the Australian curriculum, and a certificate for 6 hours of professional development.
For more information see our Workshops for Teachers page.
7 November 2020, 9am – 12pm
Planning a Productive Summer Veggie Garden with Dick Copeman
Many people say that they can’t grow veggies through the heat and wet of our summer. Usually, this is because they try to keep growing the traditional varieties that only grow well in the cooler, drier part of the year.
However, there are many delicious food plants that are well adapted to the warmer and wetter part of the year in SEQ.
This workshop will help you select them and provide tips on propagating, planting, caring for and harvesting them. It will also provide you with a recipe sheet for preparing and cooking some of the less usual vegies.
Cost: $60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
14 November 2020, 9am – 4pm
The Permaculture Potager: A Garden For Food and Pleasure with Michael Wardle
Come spend the day in the Lockyer Valley while we join Michael Wardle, our Adult Education Coordinator, in his own gardens as we look at and explore the Permaculture Potager.
A vegetable garden in France is named a potager which comes from potage, which is vegetable soup. The vegetable patch has often been a part of the garden separated from the rest and treated like a small farm field— ploughed (or rototilled), planted for the season in rows, and then left fallow. The potager is, first of all, a permanent garden— decorative, cultivated by hand methods, integrating shrubs, trees, paths, and herbs, vegetables, and flowers.
These types gardens, though they are often considered a new development, have in fact been the typical type of garden in France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, North Africa, Persia, and many other places for a very long time—the Middle Ages in Europe, and as much as four thousand years in Persia and North Africa.
In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the potager garden. Plants were grown for many purposes—flowers, vegetables, herbs, privacy, etc. We’ll discuss the intensive soil preparation for close planting and continuous cropping, and the growth and care of fruits and vegetables, decorative design—some call it edible landscaping and production for much or all of the year.
Cost: $100/$85 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
14 November 2020, 9am – 4pm
Join us for an educational day of mushroom cultivation for use on your property. Whether a small yard, or large acreage, you can successfully cultivate useful mushrooms for nutrition, soil health, medicine, and even art.
In this workshop, we will be exploring the use of several types of gourmet mushrooms and how they can be applied in different ways. We will cover the life- cycle of mushrooms, basic hygiene, how to employ mushrooms in your systems, and methods to expand the fungi for larger scale use.
We will also talk about the various uses of other types of fungi, through experimentation.
As part of this hands-on workshop, we will make ‘expansion spawn’ (cloning) where we will learn how to expand the amount you have at a later date, as well as creating a ‘fruiting’ container so you can harvest the ‘fruits’ of your labour a few weeks later!
We look forward to seeing you at this workshop.
Cost: $100 /$85 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
14 November 2020, 9am – 12pm
Weeds – Friend or Foe? with Dick Copeman
You will learn how to identify common weeds and how they can help you identify problems with the soil and water in your garden and play a role in improving your soil.
You will learn how to prevent them taking over, how to use them, how to manage them safely without using poisons and how to live with them.
Cost: $60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
24 November 2020, 10am – 12pm
Connecting Your Children to Nature: A Webinar for Parents
This webinar provides ideas, activities and approaches that help connect you and your children to nature, and foster a sense of care for the Earth and place. The webinar introduces participants to:
- The ‘core routines of nature connection’, including sit spots, mapping, exploring field guides, and tips for bringing these routines into your children’s lives.
- Bird language and how much we can learn about the non-human world by learning and paying attention to the voices of the birds.
- Nature journaling as a practice that builds connection and awareness of nature.
- Some simple games and activities that can be done with one or more children.
Participants will be provided with a video link of the recording and also a list of links and resources that can support parents in connecting their children to nature.
The webinar is being presented by Emma Brindal, with guest presenter Bethan Burton.
Emma is the Northey Street City Farm Youth Education Coordinator. She developed and runs the NSCF Earth Kids school holiday and homeschool programs, which were inspired largely by the nature connection work of the 8 Shields Institute. She is also the founder of WiseEarth Education.
Bethan is an artist and environmental educator who is passionate about creating connection through nature journaling. See her work here: https://www.journalingwithnature.com/
Cost: $40/$30 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
28 & 29th November 2020, 9am – 4pm
Introduction to Permaculture with Michael Wardle
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
Cost: $250/$200 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
5 December 2020, 9am – 12 noon
Worm Farming and Composting at Home with Brian Donaldson
Worm Farming & Composting reduces household waste and helps gardens to thrive. This course will be of interest to keen gardeners, who want to recycle their waste into a beneficial soil conditioner containing plant available nutrients and several naturally occurring plant rooting & growth hormones.
Join commercial worm farmer Brian Donaldson in this half day workshop, as he shares his practical knowledge, tips and tricks for setting up your own safe and efficient worm farm and compost heap at home, and shows you how to avoid some of the common mistakes people make.
This workshop includes:
- All students receive a printed Student’s Handbook including over 40 pages of information.
- A tour of the composting & worm farming facilities at Northey Street.
- Brian teaches how to make several worm farm types with materials you may already have at home, or be able to gain for free from the waste stream and how to avoid common mistakes
- We will also briefly study making aerated castings tea and easier liquid applications such as non-aerated castings tea, castings water extracts and weed teas (anaerobic teas.).
$60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
9,16, 23 & 30 January 2021, 9am – 12 noon
Permaculture Practicals Grow Your Own Food
Take out some insurance: learn how to grow some herbs and veggies in the ground or in pots on your unit balcony. In these workshops, Adrian Holbeck (who lives in a unit) shows how.
You will take home different plants each week.
By the end of Week 4 you will be able to …
- Enrich soil or potting mix with foods & tonics
- Plan a compact, productive garden, full of nutritious seasonal greens & perennials you like
- Grow herbs and vegies to boast about and eat
How? Your 3 hour sessions includes …
Week 1: Composts, plant needs, your garden site, inground or balcony planting planning
Week 2: Soil life, no-dig methods, plant ID, seed propagation, seasonal planting
Week 3: Soil features, nutrients, water, pH, tools
Week 4: Good & bad bugs & cures, soil foods
$250/$200 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
05 – 10 Apr 2021, 8.30 – 6pm each day
Teaching Permaculture Teachers
*Please note, there is no camping onsite and no food provided for this course.
This six-day course is offered as a pre-event to the Australasian Permaculture Convergence (APC) in Brisbane .
Permaculture as a curriculum has been a significant success in education on a global scale. Few curricula can claim such broad adoption of the essential elements and features of it as an educational proposal as permaculture does.
The success of permaculture as a course of study can be attributed to the teachers who have taught the students moving exponentially. Teaching permaculture and learning and translating it into effective practice.
This course is offered to share a particular approach with the next generations of teachers. The course was developed from my conviction that teachers could demonstrate the best in adult learning, teaching, understanding and methodology. And produce excellent teachers who will create excellent permaculturists. Teachers would need to develop the capacity within their students to think within the discipline. There are layers of knowledge and behaviour.
I have explored a diversity of strategies always focused on the learner and Care of People to offer a considered choice of methods effective in giving students confidence and competence to be excellent teachers of future permaculturists.
YOU WILL LEARN HOW TO…
- Design a course, either short or long
- Develop clear course outcomes
- Adopt appropriate body behaviour
- Design practical learning resources and use teaching aids effectively
- Work with a broad range of people from different cultures and backgrounds
- Draw on strategies that promote thinking and integrate practical experience
- Deliver clear explanations and concepts
- Explain the structure and function of the Permaculture Design Course
All participants are required to hold a recognised PDC. They are also required to attend 100% of the course. The certificate is recognised globally, and this course curriculum has been taught in eight European countries as well as Kashmir, India, and others.
VENUE & CLASS SCHEDULE
This course is being held at Northey Street City Farm. Please note, there is no onsite accommodation or food provided
This course runs from 8:30 – 6pm each day.
Rosemary Morrow is a well-known, respected permaculture teacher and practitioner who is also very down to earth. For almost 40 years she has worked extensively with farmers and villagers in Africa, Central and South East Asia and Eastern Europe. Rosemary has a special commitment to the people of war-torn nations such as Vietnam, Cambodia, Bosnia and Afghanistan.
In between her overseas work Rosemary has developed several of her own properties in the Blue Mountains. Using permaculture principles the properties have become models for sustainable living.
Rosemary is the author of ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Permaculture’ and ‘The Earth User’s Guide to Teaching Permaculture’ (supplied to all students) and is also a co-founder with Lis Bastian of The Blue Mountains Permaculture Institute.
Brenna Quinlan is a permaculture educator and illustrator. She regularly teaches PDCs with Melliodora (with David Holmgren) and Milkwood and is a regular guest teacher on Retrosuburbia Train the Trainers course and in the past, a series of Rucache permaculture courses in Argentina and Brazil. In 2018 Brenna co-taught the Permaculture Teacher Training course and a CERES Train the Trainers course with Rosemary Morrow, and is currently working with permaculture band Formidable Vegetable Sound System and Resource Smart Schools Victoria in bringing permaculture education to schools. As an illustrator, Brenna’s work can be seen in David Holmgren’s 2018 book Retrosuburbia, as well as the Milkwood Book, Farming Democracy, and Delvin Solkinson’s permaculture educational resources.
Michael Wardle is the adult education coordinator at Northey Street City Farm. He is a father of 4, has worked in schools and the community and is a permaculture educator, designer and consultant for Savour Soil Permaculture. He moved from larger acreage to a more suburban block 7 years ago and has been applying the permaculture design process to his life and new property and has trained with Rosemary Morrow, David Holmgren, Dave Jacke and Dan Palmer, Nick Ritar and many others .
Cost: $800 plus EventBrite booking fee
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.