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 Webinar for Educators – 05 June, 10 am to 12pm
- Retrosuburbia Unleashed – 27 June 2020
- Mushroom Cultivation – 27 June 2020
- Successful School Gardening: A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers and School Community Members – 1 August 2020
- The Edible Courtyard: A sense of place in your small growing space – 29 August 2020
- Worm Farming & Composting at Home with Brian Donaldson – 29 August 2020
- Permaculture Practicals : Grow Your Own Food – Saturdays 5 to 26 September 2020
- Nine Steps to Sustainable Housing – 12 September 2020
- Urban Forage with Dick Copeman – 10 October 2020
- Integrated Pest Management in your garden – 17 Oct 2020
- Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum: A Professional Development Workshop for Educators – 31 October 2020
- Weeds – Friend or Foe? with Dick Copeman – 14 November 2020
- Introduction to Forest Gardening with Michael Wardle – 28 & 29 November 2020
- Walkabout Permaculture Course – 28 & 29 November
- Teaching Permaculture Teachers – 05 – 10 April 2021
Friday 05 June, 10 am to 12 pm
Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum: A Webinar for Educators
This professional development webinar 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.
Webinar 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.
• Be introduced to 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.
• Receive a recording of the webinar, a resources list, activity descriptions with links to the Australian curriculum, and a certificate for 2 hours of professional development.
While the webinar is focused on primary school teachers, the learnings can also apply to other teachers and educators. The content relates particularly to sections 2.1, 2.2, 2.3, 3.2, and 3.3 of the Australian professional standards for teachers.
About the presenter:
Emma Brindal is the Youth Education Coordinator at Northey Street City Farm, where she runs permaculture and sustainability activities and programs for children and adults. She is also the founder of WiseEarth Education and has been teaching and facilitating experiential learning and placed-based environmental education programs for over a decade. Emma has a degree in Environmental Science and is currently studying a Master of Education (Social Ecology).
Enquiries: firstname.lastname@example.org | PH: 3857 8775
If your school or organisation is paying for your attendance, we can invoice you – email email@example.com to arrange this.
Cost: $40 school-funded/full | $30 student/unwaged plus Eventbrite fees
27 June 2020, 9am – 4pm
Come join Michael Wardle and Gavin Hardy as we explore practical strategies and real world examples in wanting to grow more food, reduce your energy use and have a more satisfying, fulfilling life.
These and other themes from David Holmgren’s new book RetroSuburbia: the downshifters guide to a resilient future will be explored in this full day workshop.
Northey Street City farm for the last 25 years have been teaching and showing examples of how these strategies can be applied in an urban environment.
Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and discuss various aspects of the book and undertake activities and exercises to help them assess their current situation and plan for the future.
Learn practical and positive solutions for retrofitting our homes, gardens and households and to build resilient, regenerative and abundant homes and communities.
Cost: $100/$85 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
27 June 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 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
1 August 2020, 9am – 4pm
Successful School Gardening: A Professional Development Workshop for Teachers and School Community Members
This workshop will introduce the practicalities of establishing and maintaining a school garden using permaculture practices and principles. It will also cover ways in which the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority area of Sustainability can be addressed, and be applied to be applied to Learning Areas including Science, English, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Arts. It is for teachers and school community members who are wanting to establish new gardens, or who already have gardens that you are wanting to rejuvenate. These strategies can be applied for any budget that the school has for a garden.
We will cover:
- An introduction to permaculture practice and design
- Designing your school garden
- The resources you need and how to get them
- Understanding and improving your soil, including composting and worm farming,
- Growing for the subtropics – appropriate plants for the SEQ climate
- Linking garden activities to the curriculum
- Making it work for your school community – Involving your students; how to get different members of the community involved; how to manage your gardens over school holidays, and more!
For more information see our Workshops for Teachers page.
29 August 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
29 August 2020, 9am – 12pm
Worm Farming & 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.
- Included is 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 with them.
- 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.).
Cost: $60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
Saturdays from 5 September – 26 September 2020, 9am – 12pm
Permaculture Practicals – Grow Your Own Food
Climate change? Food security? 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 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
Cost: $250/$200 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
12 September 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, and previously ran her own land development company Josh Develop for 10 years, was involved on the Residential Committee for Property Council of Australia and was former 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
10 October 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
17 October 2020, 9am – 12 noon
Integrated Pest Management in your Garden
Are you tired of growing beautiful pesticide-free vegetables only to find the grasshoppers and possums get to them before you do? Are you spending too much time dealing with weeds?
Come along to this workshop to learn some strategies to keep insect pests under control, reduce weeds, avoid disease and manage birds and possums all without the use of harmful chemicals and pesticides.
In this workshop you will learn:
- how to garden in harmony with our wildlife
- how weeds can help you in the garden and which ones you can eat
- natural insect control and when to intervene
- how to make natural remedies to deter pests
- strategies to create a thriving healthy garden with a balanced ecology reducing pest infestations, weed growth and disease.
Jenny is a permaculture practitioner, designer and educator and has been developing a productive garden for nine years. Jenny loves all things permaculture and enjoys sharing her knowledge. Bring along a notebook and pen, camera, water bottle, hat and comfy shoes.
$60/$45 Healthcare Card Holder plus EventBrite booking fee
31 October 2020, 9am – 12 noon
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.
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
28-29 November 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
28 & 29th November 2020, 9am – 4pm
Walkabout Permaculture Course with Dr Charlie Brennan & Bridget O’Brien
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
Charlie Brennan PhD. With 30 years applied experience, Dr Charlie Brennan is passionate about ‘bringing the land alive’. From hands-on working, project design & coordination and community education in farming, landscape design and garden making, Permaculture/edible streetscapes design, rainforest regeneration, to supporting Aboriginal Cultural Caring for Country, this passion and fascination have deepened. He is a Social Ecologist, eco-psychologist, and researcher and has lectured in ethics & sense of place & worked as a facilitator for a range of conservation and sustainability alliances. He travels offering design, consultation & a range of workshops & is the Director of Sacred Places PL; details of projects can be found at http://www.charliebrennan.info
Bridget O’Brien. As a caring steward of life Bridget strives to explore resilience through many pathways. Her studies and work focus on self-care, social, and land-use design. While utilizing her diverse skills, experiences, and trainings in horticulture, floristry, fermentation, Permaculture, Yoga, nutrition, education & marketing to provide a holistic approach to culture repair. Bridget shares her passion for impactful loving service through her work as an educator and designer with Resilient Spirals LLC & Sacred Places PL. She travels offering design, consultation & a range of workshops & is the creative inspiration of ‘Adapt’ – A Design Game, in collaboration with PermaculturePrinciples.com. PlayAdapt.com http://resilientspirals.com
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.