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.
For all our upcoming workshops summary and bookings CLICK HERE.
For information about the Permaculture Design Course CLICK HERE.
Sat, 1 February 2020 9:00am – 4:00pm
Holistic Orchards with Michael Wardle
Come along and join us for this workshop where you will immerse yourself in the world of creating and maintaining a holistic orchard.
You will gain invaluable knowledge on the establishment, as well as the ongoing maintenance of a successful orchard ecosystem. We will demystify the necessary art everybody should know about the workings of their holistic orchard, as well as design, soil biology, and health management. Many want to grow fruit on a small scale, and this workshop will quickly have you savouring the prospects.
Growing Fruit trees is something anyone with space and desire can do – given knowledge and a commitment to observe the teachings of the trees. A holistic grower knows that producing fruit is not about manipulating nature but more importantly, fostering nature.
Holistic Orcharding then becomes a fascinating adventure sure to provide your family with all sorts of nutrient-dense abundance.
Cost: $100/$85 concession card plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
Saturdays, 1st, 8th, 15th & 22nd February 2020, 7.30am – 10.30am
Permaculture Practicals Grow Your Own Food – SOLD OUT Please email us if you would like to go on the waiting list
Climate change affects food security now.
So 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 include …
Week 1: Composts, plant needs, your garden site & inground or balcony planting plan,
Week 2: Soil/media life, soil foods, fertilisers & tonics, the no-dig method, seasonal planting
Week 3: Soil/media features, nutrients, pH, tools\
Week 4: Good bugs, bad bugs and cures
Limited to 12 particpants.
Cost: $250 ($200 conc.) plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
15 February 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 lifecycle 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 concession) plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
22 February 2020, 9am – 12 noon
Botany for Absolute Beginners with Leah Hattendorff
Botany is the science of all things plants! The plant kingdom is a vast and beautiful group of organisms, responsible for so many essential functions here on planet Earth. Although they don’t speak up much, amazing plants are everywhere, feeding us, providing our air, cleaning our water – just waiting to be discovered and appreciated.
There are over 23,000 plant species in Australia, so knowing where to begin is half the journey. This class will be focused on introducing participants to the art of identifying common flora that we interact with everyday, through noticing patterns and appreciating form. This class will cover some basic scientific concepts, but is aimed at those with no prior botanical knowledge.
What we will cover
- What exactly is the plant kingdom and how did it all come about?
- The basic bones of photosynthesis – how plants turn sunshine into oxygen
- Understand how plant types are grouped and named
- Get to know your plants – learn the parts and pieces that make up a plant and a flower
- Learn where to begin when identifying a plant species, take-away techniques for recognising common plant families through pattern understanding
- Learn to use practical tools like dichotomous keys to identify plant species
- Recognise some common plant groups in Brisbane, learn their scientific names to wow your friends or impress your date!
Leah Hattendorff is an Ecologist, Permaculture designer, writer and creative. Leah is skilled in flora survey and identification of many Brisbane plants and is passionate about growing and knowing edible plants too. With a focus on fun and wonder, Leah has a passion for connecting Green-hearted souls to our Planet, our Plates and Ourselves.
Cost: $60 ($50 concession) plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
22 February 2020, 9am – 12 noon
Make your own Bees Wax Wraps
Bees Wax Wraps support a plastic free environment. They are a great substitute for cling wrap, perfect for keeping food fresh in your fridge, lunch boxes and picnic baskets. In this workshop you will make at least four sizes of wraps for storing/covering/wrapping fruit, veg, herbs, nuts, sandwiches, bread, crackers and fermented foods for your lunchbox, fridge or pantry.
Materials will be provided, but please feel free to bring your own cotton material to cut into shape for a beeswax wrap.
A perfect present for a loved one! A lovely sustainable gift.
Cost: $60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
29 February 2020, 9am – 4pm
Growing and Cooking Bush Foods with Dick Copeman
Bushfoods are native Australian plants that produce edible fruits, seeds, nuts, leaves or roots and were important foods for the indigenous Australians prior to European colonisation. There are many that grow well in the SE QLD area and that can make a nutritious and tasty addition to our local cuisine. In this workshop, we will harvest and cook bushfoods that are in season, including Bunya nuts, lilli pilli, round lime and native tamarind, to prepare a bushfood lunch to eat together.
We will look at the many bushfood plants growing at Northey Street City Farm and learn how to recognise them and how to grow and care for them. We will also propagate some bushfood plants and learn how how best to place them in our gardens.
Cost: $100 ($85 concession) plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
Saturday and Sunday 21st & 22nd March 2020 – 9am – 4pm each day
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
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 concession) plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
21st March 2020, 9am – 12pm
The Edible Courtyard: A sense of place in your small growing space with Carissa Taramoeroa
Join Nursery Co-ordinator Carissa Taramoeroa as we learn how to not only grow our own food in ALL unique spaces but create a design that works for you and that helps support itself. Whether it be a paved courtyard, a small balcony or a tiny patch of garden this workshop will teach you how to utilise your environment and conditions to nurture and nourish your garden to produce a high and quality yield.
Sharpen your skill set while learning the practical maintenance required to support your garden to encourage the abundance of food from your own home. Courtyard and Balcony Gardens is for everyone, complete beginner gardeners to experienced. A detailed introduction in to the types of herbs, vegetables, and fruit trees that will work in your home as we explore the environment around us and learn to use our natural surroundings to our advantage.
Cost: $60/$45 Health care card plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
21st & 22nd March 2020, 9am – 4pm
Walkabout Permaculture Course
This is a Permaculture course for all the people on the move, commuters, travellers, students, refugees, nomads – for those on pilgrimage, between places, lost, displaced, looking – those on Walkabout. We live in times of rapid almost unknowable change and for many, through choice or circumstance, this means lives of increasing precarity and mobility. How can Permaculture, which is the conscious design and practice of ecological living, be applied to lives not centred around homesteads and settlement?
Walkabout is many things – an approach to life, ancient sacred rite of passage, and the turning away from what can no longer be tolerated towards the unknown. Join us for urgent, exciting, stimulating and confronting explorations into food growing and foraging, self-care, housing, social Permaculture, conservation, ecopsychology, wilding and more. This course is for people who wish to explore Walkabout Permaculture and is appropriate for all people and levels of Permaculture experience.
Hands on: Foraging skills, Yatra, field trip, bush and survival skills
Take home material: Course notes, resource lists and personal action plan
Cost: $250/$200 Health care card plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
28 March 2020, 9am – 12pm
Urban Forage with Dick Copeman
Join Dick Copeman as he explores the many foods available in our city beyond your front gates.
Together you will learn about edible weeds, uncovering the secret fruits of the city, and that sometime the best food isn’t found in the supermarket but all around you.
Cost: $60 ($45 concession) plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
28 March 2020, 9am – 4pm
Nine Steps to Sustainable Housing
Plug into this simple framework that helps you make sense of the sustainability jargon and considers rising cost of ownership as a segway to creating resilient and affordable outcomes. Building and constructing sustainable, profitable projects begins with understanding and uncovering the land characteristics, cost of construction and designing with lifestyle in mind.
The 9 Steps:
- Land Characteristics – Where land can increase costs & considering all the elements to location.
- Designing for Lifestyle – Thinking smart about the function of a home & planning for the future.
- Building Environmental Resilience – Knowledge of how the climate affects the function of the home & how to incorporate free tools to add value.
- Value Add for a Sustainable Home – Understand the methods of costing both a new build and renovation by considering inclusions lists & Energy Ratings.
- Aspects to Sustainable Construction – With six focus areas in mind, practical sustainability initiatives, hints & tips, allow you to start applying this knowledge.
- Builder Due Diligence – Factors influencing what builders you can use including topics on licensing, certifiers and planning laws.
- Financial Wellness – Consider how to maximise your cash flow and reduce out of pocket expenses.
- Contracts & Construction Conditions – Gain exposure to this environment prior to starting and gain the confidence here to know what you are looking for.
- Cost of Not Going Sustainable: Return on Investment – Understand the practical application and returns then begin applying sustainability concepts to your own scenarios.
The creator of this series, Jess Osborne has built 9 nine homes herself with efficiencies in mind and has now written this masterclass to share her learning with the community. She has worked in property since 2007, now runs her own land development company Josh Develop, involved on the Residential Committee for Property Council of Australia and is Treasurer of Australian Green Development Forum.
Joining her is Valerie Bares, who brings her environmental and sustainability passions and experience from Post Grad Environmental Management Degree, National EnviroDevelopment Manager with UDIA (Qld) & now running her own consulting practice ESC Consulting assisting developers prepare submissions for sustainable projects
On the day
Each registrant will receive a pocket guide by email, a 60+ workbook on the day.
What to bring
Any project information you are currently working on, plans layouts address info. Current Water bills. Smart phone (google maps if available).
Cost: $125 plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
4-5 Apr 2020, 9am – 4pm both days
Introduction to Forest Gardening with Michael Wardle
Come along and join us for this workshop where you will immerse yourself in the world of creating and maintaining a Forest Garden. You will gain knowledge on the establishment, as well as the ongoing maintenance of a successful orchard ecosystem. We will demystify the necessary art everybody should know about the workings of their Forest Garden, as well as design, soil biology, and health management.
This is a 2-day introduction to the concept and techniques of forest gardening, involving theory and practice from visioning to harvesting.
The 2-day course will cover:
- Benefits of forest gardening;
- Ecological principles;
- Site selection and design;
- Integration of permaculture principles and design process;
- The Underground Economy;
- Species selection; and
- Site preparation, establishment and maintenance; harvesting.
Edible forest gardening is the art and science of putting plants together in woodland-like patterns that forge mutually beneficial relationships, creating a garden ecosystem that is more than the sum of its parts. You can grow fruits, nuts, vegetables, herbs, mushrooms, other useful plants, and animals in a way that mimics natural ecosystems. You can create a beautiful, diverse, high-yield garden. If designed with care and deep understanding of ecosystem function, you can also design a garden that is largely self-maintaining.
Cost: $250/$200 Health Care Card plus EventBrite booking fee of 10%.
13 – 18 Apr 2020, 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 of 10%.
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.