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    Northey St City Farm News – APRIL 2014

    Welcome to the April 2014 Northey Street City Farm News
    This month we turn 20 years old! There will be a dinner honouring our founders on 5 April and a public Open Day in Spring. If you haven’t been to the Farm for years, drop in some time to see how well the trees have grown.

    Important Dates
    Friday 18 April – Good Friday – Office and Nursery closed
    Note: the Organic Farmers Market and Nursery will be open as usual on Easter Sunday

    Thursday 24 April – Next Permaculture Design Certificate Course starts.
    Saturday 21 June – Winter Solstice Festival

    Welcome Linda Parmenter as Enterprise and Events Team Manager. Linda has worked in the community sector for many years in advocacy roles, has owned and run a successful small business, and has qualifications in arts, law and education. Outside of work she enjoys spending time making things (from wood, fibres and natural dyes) and growing things.

    To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the farm’s website: Management Committee

    Winter Solstice Brainstorming workshop
    Organisation for the winter solstice is upon us again, and to get the ball rolling this year Linda would like to hold a workshop with the Northey Street community to hear ideas about what this year’s festival should look like. At this workshop we will discuss what the winter solstice festival means for people, what has worked well and not so well in the past, and most importantly, ideas for 2014. This will be an idea-generating forum, not a decision-making forum, and will be an opportunity for everyone to have input. This will be held on Wednesday 9 April between 10.30 and 11.30 am. Everyone is welcome to attend, please rsvp to Linda at wintersolstice(at) and you will be emailed details of where to meet and informed if there is any change of time.

    Can’t attend? Don’t worry, there are other opportunities to participate. Email Linda your ideas at the above address, or perhaps you would like to be on a working group to plan for the event or volunteer on the day? See below for more details.

    More Winter Solstice plans
    If you would like to be more involved in this year’s Solstice festival, there is plenty of opportunity. We would like to set up a number of working groups to help with the planning of different aspects of the festival including the music, food, activities and ceremony, and site and decorations. We also need lots of volunteers to help out on the day. If you are interested in being part of a working group/and or volunteering on the day, please email Linda at wintersolstice(at) and let her know how you can assist and what aspect of the festival you are interested in helping out with.

    Allotments available
    Keen to grow your own veges and be part of our allotments community? We have some allotments available and now is the time to be planting for the autumn season!
    Allotments are $52 a year plus Farm membership. If you are interested, please email Donna at allotments(at)

    Plastic Free July
    In line with the permaculture principle of ‘Produce No Waste’, Northey Street City Farm will be supporting and promoting the ‘Plastic Free July’ challenge. Plastic Free July is a challenge that involves people making a pledge to reduce single-use plastic in their lives in the month of July. “Single-use” includes plastic shopping bags, plastic cups, straws, plastic packaging… basically anything that’s intended only to be used once and then sent to landfill. Some people pledge for just one day, others a week, and others for the whole month of July. There is also the option to pledge to give up all single-use plastic OR to try the top 4 challenge (straws, plastic bags, plastic bottles & coffee cup lids).

    To register your pledge, go to

    If you would like to be involved in promoting and organising for this through the farm, please get in touch with Emma at ejbrindal(at) This will include organising events like film screenings and creek clean-up days, and planning for different ways we can promote PFJ through the NSCF markets.

    Introducing the new Enterprise and Events Team Manager
    Hi. I thought I’d take this opportunity to introduce myself. My name is Linda and I have just started as the new Enterprise and Events Team Manager. I’m really excited to be working in the beautiful environment at Northey Street and to be able to contribute to an organisation that has such a great mission and values. The enterprises at NSCF support this mission, and so it will be great to play a role to nurture and sustain them well into the future. I will be at the farm Tuesday – Thursday and every second Sunday or so, so please say hello as I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone.

    Our trading hours are: Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday 9-3, and Sunday 6am – Noon. (Closed Mondays and Wednesdays)

    It’s time to start planting for the autumn season. To help you get going we have lots of organic new season vege seedlings at $3.50 a punnet, and organic new season seeds at $2.50 a packet available now.

    It’s also a good time to spray citrus with zinc and manganese – $12 for a 500g bag.

    In stock now:
    Eco Seaweed fertilizer $20. (makes up 200 litres)
    Eco Neem oil – $20
    Dr. Grow it all liquid fertilizer – $16
    Compots – $25 each

    ORGANIC FARMERS’ MARKETS Sundays 6am – 10.30am
    See our website for further information about the markets.

    There are a few more warm days left before the sun goes North so make it down to Northey Street Markets and enjoy it while it lasts.

    Make the most of the sweet corn and cucumber while it’s in season. Try a nashi (or Asian pear), sweet, juicy and crunchy. The turmeric and ginger is in season and perfect to add to a juice or a brewing tea in the mornings. The pomegranates and apples are also back in season.

    Some new stalls have added colour and variety to the markets recently and more are set to arrive. This month will see the inclusion of the farmers from Heavenly Bath Milk (Gympie). Visit Margie’s new bushfoods paleo stall and discover new ways to include native bushfoods into your diet.

    The ‘Makers Alley’ has received a facelift and the makers behind the counter are more committed than ever to bring their wares to you. Check out the Makers Alley new look near the office building.

    Come for breakfast, for your organics or to meet friends. We’re open every Sunday including Easter. See you there.

    Chai Cafe Buskers Welcome
    The Chai Cafe would welcome some buskers to add to the atmosphere on Sunday mornings. The Cafe operates from 7am to 10.30am every Sunday. If you’re interested, see the staff at the cafe and they will find you a spot.

    Enoggera Creek Rehabilitation
    Thanks to the ‘Enoggera Creek riparian corridor repair, training and community engagement’ grant from Brisbane City Council in 2010/11 we provided training and 3 community planting days to start the process of rehabilitating the creek corridor adjacent to the Farm. Our bush care volunteers continue the work to maintain the area every Friday morning.

    Recently, Brisbane City Council has generously provided us with 25 trees as replacement for those we lost from our bush revegetation areas in last year’s flood. All 25 are now in the ground, thanks to the efforts of our volunteers, Anita and Juta.

    A new banana circle has been created across the road near the chicken food storage house, from the efforts of the Epic work-for-the-dole crew and intern Donna.

    Market stall helpers wanted
    We can do with extra helpers on our farm produce and information stall on Sunday mornings. If you are interested, please contact Dick at farming.mgr(at) or text to 0439 728 992

    Allotments available
    Keen to grow your own veges and be part of our allotments community? We have some allotments available and now is the time to be planting for the autumn season!
    Allotments are $52 a year plus Farm membership. If you are interested, please email Donna at allotments(at)

    We welcome a number of students doing their industry placements with us this semester. We are hosting Anthropology students from UQ, and also Sociology and Masters of Education for Sustainability students from Griffith University. We hope they enjoy working with us and look forward to their input into making the Farm more productive.

    Upcoming workshops
    5 April:
    Seasonal vegetable growing for the sub-tropics (9am -12pm) – Bunya Halasz
    Establishing and maintaining a vegetable garden (1pm – 4pm) – Bunya Halasz
    Coil stitch weaving – Weva Deva

    17 May:
    Seasonal Vegetable Gardening for the Subtropics
    Establishing & Maintaining a Veg Garden

    7 June:
    Introduction to Herbal Medicine Making – Jane Azzopardi

    To secure your place in these fun and popular workshops, visit our workshops page

    Permaculture Design Course
    Develop the knowledge and skills for designing productive gardens and properties, growing your own food, applying appropriate technologies, using resources wisely, designing animal and plant systems to minimise your workload, rebuilding community values, and generally reducing your impact on our precious environment.

    Our next course runs on Thursdays, starting 24 April, through to 31 July

    Following courses on Fridays, starting 8 August, through to to 21 November

    Our intensive course this year is still in development, likely being in the September school holidays. We are discussing a rural focus with a multi-day trip to Northern NSW – please contact our Education Co-ordinator Kristy if you are interested on education(at)

    School Activities
    Did you know we host school visits? We have five different tours to choose from including Farm Life, Earth Arts, Bush Foods, Cob Oven Cooking, & Feeding the World’s People.

    We’ve had visits from student classes in geography, social science and home economics/food technology. Maybe you know a student or teacher that would be interested? Let them know about our website or get in contact with Kristy, the Education Co-ordinator, on education(at)

    A description of all the school activities is on our website

    Earth Arts
    Bob will be away this month, but Jane will be organising the activities on Fridays and some Sundays through April.

    Come along with your kids and have a fun day out with nature, playing in the earth and learning how to shape it to make art and musical instruments. Earth Arts activities are a wonderful opportunity for you and your children to engage with the natural elements, have fun, and meet other members of the community. Usually held every Tuesday, Friday and Sunday from 9am, and absolutely free! Come along!

    Earth Arts Workshops for visiting school groups – by Hands On Art

    For more details as well as booking information, please see our website
    Education enquiries: education(at)
    Education bookings: info(at)

    Every Tuesday @ 9.30am – Everyone welcome… meet on the kiosk deck.
    The first Sunday of every month @ 10am – Everyone welcome… meet at the Farm Info Shed
    The tour takes about an hour. If you are interested in volunteering at the Farm, please attend the tour (there is a volunteer induction after each Tuesday tour)

    Come along to the Farm soon, and enjoy the relaxing oasis, the green heart of the city!
    Northey Street City Farm

    Corner of Northey & Victoria Streets, Windsor, Qld, Australia
    Ph: (07) 3857 8775, Fax: (07) 3857 8108 Email: info(at)

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    Our postal address is:
    Northey Street City Farm
    16 Victoria St
    Windsor, Qld 4030


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