Remaining 2010 workshops at Northey Street City Farm

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Remaining ‘Sustainable Living’  Workshops for 2010:

Friday 12 November, 9-12, Pests and Diseases – Limited places.
Friday 12 November, 1:30 – 4:30,  Seed Saving – Limited places.
Saturday 13 November, 9 – 12,  Solar Cooking
Saturday 13 November, 9-4, Bamboo Construction.
Friday 19 November, 9-12,  Building a Local Permaculture Community – Limited places.
Friday 19 November, 1.30 – 4.30,  Sustainable City Living Walking Tour – Limited places.
Saturday 20 November, 9 – 12, Blacksmithing – Limited places.
Saturday 20 November, 9 – 12, Introductory cheese-making for everyone – Limited places.
Saturday 20 November, 1:30 – 4:30, Introductory cheese-making for everyone – Limited places.
Friday 26 November, 9 – 12, Sustainable housing & Renewable Energy – Limited places.
Saturday 27 November, 1 – 4, Natural Body Care: Be beautiful naturally.
Friday 3 December, 7.30 – 5, Thinking of a Tree Change?  Bus Tour – Limited places
Saturday 4 December, 9 – 12, Small Space Container Gardening.
Saturday 11 December, 9 – 12, Growing and Cooking with Asian Herbs
Saturday 18 December, 1 – 4, Papermaking with Natural Fibres
Dates to be determined: Cob Oven Building, Designing and building a portable chook house (tractor). Also, we are looking for Expressions of interest for mid week workshops Wednesday mornings 10am – 1pm  “Growing Healthy Vegetables” and “Establishing & Maintaining a Healthy Garden”. Enquiries, Bookings and Payment here.


Thu 11 Nov                         Partnership Dinner
Sat  13 Nov                         NSCF Annual General Meeting,  9:00am
(2) Preceded by annual volunteers’ thank-you breakfast, 11:00am
Fri 17 Dec                            Office closes for 2010 (please note: Organic Markets & Nursery continue)
Tue  21 Dec                         Summer Solstice & Full Moon
Tue  11 Jan                          Office re-opens for 2011

Volunteers’ Annual Thank-you Breakfast – Saturday 13th November, 9:00am

This annual event provides us with the chance to say thank-you to those who provide the backbone for the farm – our volunteers.  Anyone who has helped through  gardening, for events, in the nursery, grant writing – whatever – is invited for this free celebration. All volunteers are invited to enjoy a delicious breakfast, look back on 2010, and share our ideas for the coming year. This is a celebration of all volunteers at the farm and we’d be lost without you.
There’ll be pancakes, fruit salad, sausage sizzle and hot drinks to accompany our gathering and celebrating  together. No need to RSVP – and please spread the word to others who have helped. If you would like to help on the day, or beforehand, please call Gemma on 0422 185 633.

Annual General Meeting – Saturday 13th November

The 2010 AGM will be held on Saturday 13th November from 11am. This is a special time for the farm to acknowledge the work of the previous committee and to elect the new group. Please note: Nominations for positions close this Monday 8th November. The time has passed for new members to apply, but existing members can renew their membership up until the time of the meeting.

Partnership Dinner

We host a partnership dinner shortly here at City Farm. This is to celebrate and develop relationships and partnerships between NSCF and businesses, government agencies and other NFP groups. Even at this late stage, if you have any suggestions for attendance or attention on the evening, please email make your suggestions. And if you’re a business looking to support NSCF with mutual benefits, we’d especially like to hear from you!

Christmas Ideas from the Nursery

Holiday Season is fast approaching, so here are some great ideas:
Permaculture Calendar or Diary for 2011, put out by ‘Permaculture Principles’ $12 and $30 respectively
New 2011 Astrological Moon Planting Calendar Poste, $11
Brisbane Organic Growers (BOGI) Planting Guide – great for novice and experienced gardeners, $10.50
Worm Farms (and Worms!) $75 + extra for worms
Gift Vouchers for all our Nursery stock
Local honey (very local, as in from Northey Street City Farm)
Planter Boxes – great for herb gardening in a limited space
Fruit Trees
Permaculture Cookbook, ‘Share’, $20.

Supporting the Nursery

Want to give us a present? ‘Edible Landscapes Nursery’ needs 100ml pots and open-cell punnets. Also we really need ice-cream containers, so enjoy the warm weather and tuck in. As always, volunteers are welcome, it’s a great way to learn the nursery arts. Come in and meet our awesome new Nursery trainee, Juliette Leleu (as long as you don’t mind a French accent!). Happy Gardening  – Joey, Juliette, Peta and Genevieve.

Screen Printing

This Thursday 11th November, free screen printing workshop with Kathy. Just turn up at 2pm to learn how to screen print and prepare end-of-year gifts. And using Bob’s environment friendly clay paints!

Saturday Volunteering – “Spring Gardening”

Saturday morning gardening has been going well, with numbers slowly increasing. It’s a day of relaxing fun, and the we can’t wait to see those new summer crops come up in the kitchen garden. We’re now starting at 7am, in the kitchen garden area. Tools and safety gear are available, as for our volunteers during the week.

New Education/Office Building

We have now moved into the new upstairs office, with much gratitude to our builders Base Projects, our Architect Steph Zannakis, our own Dick Copeman and Gavin Hardy, and many, many volunteers. The 2nd half of the project – the solar system, green roof, furnishings and landscaping is promised through the Federal Government, and should be happening in the first quarter of 2011.

‘Village Life’ Social Enterprise Project

The craft and healing components of our Sunday Markets will be continuing, in the

main community garden area, under the guidance of Kate Allen. She takes over from Faith Thomas and Anaheke Metua. We thank these two wonderful people for a great job in getting this started, and running so well. We wish Kate all the best in her roles, and she and the new stallholders can be supported by your walking through from the organic food markets on Sunday, pausing only for a drink or breakfast at the Chai Cafe!

‘Dynamic Groups, Dynamic Learning’ Course, Crystal Waters15th – 18th November

Offered specially for Northey Street City Farm and others involved in Permaculture, Transition, Community Gardens, City Farms and all things sustainable. This is a low budget, residential 4 days training designed to up skill people and generate confidence and add more tools to the tool box.  A number of our City Farm staff and committee members will be attending this.

Full Moon Bush Dance

This was a wonderful evening of dancing and socialising – we thank ‘Humpin’ Old Bluey’ for the great music and dancing, and Bunya, Lindsay, Juliette and Crew for the damper. Same again next year was the call!

Permaculture Convergence

Recently there was the Australasian Permaculture Convergence in Cairns. A few people from NSCF went, and many were unaware of this important event. While we will undertake to keep the NSCF friends know of such things, people can stay in touch themselves with things happening in Permaculture Community Gardens nationally through the Website of the Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network (ACFCGN) and joining their news lists, as well as getting details for coming events at Permaculture Convergence. Over to you!

Share – The Permaculture Cookbook – for Christmas

The best Christmas Present ever – the cookbook of Northey Street City Farm. Simply the best, most heartfelt, interesting and useful cookbook you may ever own. Written completely from the heart with sharing in mind! Go to Share – The Permaculture Cookbook for details and a booking form. Only $20 at Edible Landscapes Nursery or through the website.

Organic Gardening Course: Grow Your Own Green Fingers!

The next 10-week round of this practical and accredited training program starts on Saturday 29 January, 2011. These programs are great opportunities to learn all about all things gardening. In this next series, titled “Design The Backyard Blitz” you will learn how to read and reshape your landscape for our subtropical climate and to get the most benefit and enjoyment from your space. Treat yourself, and go to Courses & Workshops for more details.

Ongoing at the Farm

Every Sunday:              Organic Markets & Chai Cafe
6 days a week:              “Edible Landscapes” Nursery
Every Wednesday         “Planting for Pizzas”  11 – 2
Every Tuesday:             9:30 am:  Orientation tour of farm – good for new volunteers

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