We hope the new year has started off well for you all and you have a bright and interesting year ahead.
BIG news in this edition is that the Australasian Permaculture Convergence is on track for April and we have some information about our keynote speakers for you.
The Autumn Equinox Cabaret is scheduled for 19 March and promises to be a wonderful night of entertainment for the whole family.
There is so much more this month and we hope you enjoy this newsletter.
Look out for the special offer from the City Farm Nursery!
The Australasian Permaculture Convergence promises 4 days of rich offerings from a variety of experienced leaders in the world of permaculture.
The program will include talks and workshops covering topics relevant to the three ethics of Permaculture, which are Earth Care, People Care and Fair Share. We feel it is important to explore the bigger picture of what true sustainability entails.
As well as thought-provoking keynote speakers, the daytime workshops will each be 90 minutes long to allow for more participation and hands-on activities.
Starhawk - Earth Activist Training
Starhawk holds a double diploma in design and teaching from the Permaculture Institute of North America. She presently directs Earth Activist Training, teaches internationally, and is a voice for incorporating Social Permaculture into our movement and trainings. She is an experienced permaculture designer and teacher, and is developing a model of permaculture ranching at her Golden Rabbit Ranch.
Stuart Andrews - Natural Sequence Farming
Stuart Andrews is a farmer who has dedicated over 30 years of his life to understanding, practicing and teaching land rehabilitation techniques. Stuart was raised on the 1500 acre property “Tarwyn Park”, Bylong, the celebrated home of Natural Sequence Farming (NSF), pioneered by his father Peter Andrews.
Fair Share in the Anthropocene
Robyn Francis, permaculture pioneer, educator, designer and innovator has been a passionate advocate of Permaculture since 1983. Founder of Permaculture International Ltd (now PA), Permaculture College Australia, editor of the Permaculture International Journal, designer of NSW’s first ecovillage (Jarlanbah), co-initiator of the Accredited Permaculture Training and key influence of the permaculture movement in China, she balances international work with direct action in her local community and bioregion.
David Holmgren - Permaculture and the climate emergency in the Australian context
David Holmgren developed the permaculture concept in the early 1970s with Bill Mollison. He is the author of eight books – most notably ‘Permaculture One’ (1978, with Mollison), ‘Permaculture: principles and pathways beyond sustainability’ (2002/2017) and, most recently, ‘RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future’ (2018) – as well as numerous articles, chapters and presentations. He lives the quintessential permaculture life with his partner Su Dennett on their 1 ha property, Melliodora, in Hepburn, central Victoria.
Great news about David is that he will be at the convergence and not 'beamed in' as previously planned.
To find out more about the keynotes and their presentations click here.
You know how 'they' say: you dont want to miss this.....
Seriously, you DONT want to miss this!
To find out more about the Convergence please follow this LINK.
Expect a few pesky friends. This includes Hawk moth caterpillar which can be simply be picked off treated with Dipel. This little mate is hungry and will devour foliage very quickly. (see photo)
Another one to look out for is citrus leaf minor, which causes ugly distorted leaves with silvery trails in the leaf tissues. You will likely see it on new growth. Eco oil is a non-toxic control, spray when new growth is about 1 cm long, reapply every 2-3 weeks. (See attached photos)
Save Seeds from any annuals that have flowered, store in a cool dry cupboard - be sure there is no chance of moisture ruining the seeds.
Remember deep water if expecting very hot dry days, and keep up the mulch! We have Sugar Cane and Lucerne at the Nursery so pop in an grab soon as soon as you can.
PLANT OF THE MONTH
Native Gardenia, sometimes called a Yellow Mangosteen, is considered to be good bush tucker in the Aboriginal cuisine of its native region.
Similar to a mangosteen in size, shape and flavour, they may be enjoyed raw on their own or used in salads, tarts, cakes and other desserts.
In Spring, the Native Gardenia blossoms with white, beautifully fragrant, star-shaped flowers. These later turn into brown fruit that ripens slowly over Winter, turning yellow when ready for harvest.
An established tree will tolerate both full sun and part shade, but while it is still young, be sure to shelter it from strong winds and the harsh afternoon sun. It prefers warmth and moisture, so mulch well before Summer and keep it watered throughout the dry season. Ensure a soil with good drainage. Leaves are large and glossy in an attractive shade of dark green.
Native Gardenia, when left to grow as a tree, can reach heights of up to 6m, providing some shade. With regular pruning, it may be kept in a pot or at shrub size, making it a fabulous display plant, particularly during flowering season.
Fruits from: Year 3-4
Attracts bees & insects
Suitable for hedging/screening
Suitable for pots
Suitable for part-shade
Suitable for full-sun if you are awesome at watering
*** mention Native Gardenia to get $5 off this featured plant of the month***
Thank you very much folks, see you soon.
We will be hosting the Autumn Equinox on Friday the 19 March. With an incredible line up of live entertainment on the main stage, free permaculture workshops focusing on earth care, people care and fair share, and free children's activities, it promises to be another memorable soul-filled family evening. Children under 18 are free to attend and early bird tickets are only $15 and available until the 19 of February.
After that our full program of incredible performers, artists, speakers and ceremonial leaders will be announced. This event is a fund-raising event for the Farm which operates as a social enterprise and a not-for-profit organisation, so all money raised goes back to the Farm and contributes to providing free education and entertainment.
For those who can not afford a ticket and would like to work on the night as volunteer as an exchange, please contact the Enterprise Manager Desi on firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can find out about the event on the Facebook here
We look forward to celebrating the Autumn Equinox with you.
Flowers for beneficial insects:
Have you ever seen hoverfly larvae? This slug-like creature found on the back of our kale crop is keeping the aphid infestation at bay, along with our trusty old friend, ladybirds.
From around May last year, we started intercropping kale with Sweet Alyssums, in order to attract parasitic wasps and hoverflies. I have seen hoverflies on the sweet alyssum flowers, but this was the first time I observed their larvae.
This is probably the healthiest crop of kale I have been able to grow right through the hottest time of the year at Northey St City Farm. Whilst I think higher rainfall influenced by La Nina, and a somewhat cooler weather may have had something to do with this, I am also convinced that Sweet Alyssum does make great companion plant to brassicas.
Our Autumn holiday program and homeschool program are now open for bookings.
School holiday dates for 2021:
Autumn: 7 – 9 April (Wednesday – Friday)
Winter: 29 June – 1 July (Tuesday – Thursday)
Spring: 28 – 30 September (Tuesday – Thursday)
Summer: 14 to 16 December (Tuesday – Thursday)
To book into our Autumn School Holiday program go HERE.
Earlybird prices available until 14 March 2021.
Earth Kids homeschool program dates:
Friday mornings (9.30am to 12.30pm), 23 April to 28 May
To book into our Autumn homeschool program go HERE.
Learn about approaches to outdoor experiential learning; experience outdoor activities; and learn how they can be linked to the curriculum.
Tours and School Visits
We are taking bookings for tours and school visits. As bookings are not paid for until after each visit, there is no financial commitment to make a tentative booking.
For more information and bookings for school visits, go HERE
For more information and bookings for group tours, go HERE
We run free farm tours on Tuesday mornings for groups of 4 to 8 by arrangement only. This is a great way to learn more about Northey Street City Farm. Please contact Ronni: email@example.com if you would like to arrange a guided tour.
Learn practical skills and how to live sustainably by attending our half day / full day / weekend workshops.
Keeping Chickens for Beginners
Saturday 13 February 2021
Adding chickens to your household can be very rewarding, fun and entertaining. If you would like to have some chickens but not sure where to start come along to our “Keeping Chickens for Beginners” workshop and learn how much fun and easy keeping chickens are.
This informative morning workshop will cover:
Benefits of having chickens
Health and behaviour
Food and Nutrition
Protection from predators
Choosing the right chickens for you
This workshop will give you the knowledge and confidence to have chickens and enjoy them for many years.
Did you know you can get a 10% discount at our Nursery by becoming a member of our Farm? We love to see people supporting the Farm by becoming members. You can become a member on our website, at the Nursery or by contacting the Office on 07 3857 8775 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Farm does not rely on Government Funding for its operations. We operate as a social enterprise running the City Farm Nursery, Sunday Organic Farmers Market, and Permaculture Education. We appreciate the financial support of our community, if you are able please donate by visiting our website.
We also have an Australian First Nations Scholarship Fund and if you wish to donate to this please donate HERE and then contact Adnan, E: email@example.com to confirm this is where you would like your donation to land.
As a not for profit charity, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
You can get involved with our vibrant Farm community by becoming a volunteer. Volunteer areas include farming, nursery, construction and kitchen. We also occasionally need people with professional or trade skills (even off-site help, if you can’t get to the farm): building, electrical, plumbing, welding, accounting, legal, to name a few.
Northey Street City Farm’s Allotment Gardens are the perfect opportunity to get started! Grow your own organic food, learn from others and share in this wonderful inner city community! If you would like to put your name down for an allotment please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Happy Growing everyone.
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