Are you enjoying the weather hinting at Spring. It's a great time to get planting here in SE Qld, not to mention how good it is for us human critters to start thawing out!
The Nursery team have put together some handy info for you to stop the White Cabbage butterflies decimating your food and as always, we have fabulous workshops to help your gardens flourish.
It's time again for First Nations mob to gather at the Farm for another Grow, Share, Yarn session to come together to reconnect, or connect more deeply around food and medicine and of course some great yarns.
There's plenty happening in the area of Youth Education including the weekly sessions of Earth Arts for little ones.
Tickets are now on sale for the Summer Solstice!
If volunteering interests you, we have opportunities to get involved.
All this and more below :)
Thank you for supporting and being a part of Northey Street City Farm.
City Farm Nursery
We're moving into our Temperate Mediterranean weather here in the subtropics which means it's time to revamp your garden!
Have you noticed the White Cabbage butterflies starting to appear in your garden? These guys do a great job of pollinating, but their little green caterpillars, which hide under leaves, are notorious for wreaking sudden brassica massacre in the veggie patch. The eggs hatch within 4 days and can decimate young plants very quickly, so the best way to deal with them is to exclude them from laying their eggs on your leafy greens now.
Netting new seedlings is one option but it can detract from the look of your garden. No worries, we've got you covered. Strong, healthy plants are most resistant to pest attack so ask us how to best nourish your soil. Then try outsmarting them with these integrated pest management methods. The males (with one black spot on each wing) are territorial and short sighted. Aerial acrobatics you'll see demonstrates how they're competing to stake a claim on your patch, where they'll attract females to mate with.
Placing pieces of white plastic bag knotted to resemble butterflies or butterfly shapes cut from white plastic containers spaced 1m apart throughout your tatsoi, bokchoy & kale patch could fool them into thinking this territory is already taken. The second line of defense is to interplant with strong smelling herbs and alliums amongst your plants - this can confuse the females and prevent them from laying their eggs on your precious plants. Landcress is toxic to their caterpillars so planting lots of it in amongst your leafy greens could stop their life cycle if the eggs are laid on these leaves instead.
Our good bug mix seeds are great to scatter around the veggie patch - these flowers will attract beneficial wasps which parasitize and eat the newly hatched caterpillars Nasturtiums make a great decoy trap - planted away from your veggie patch the butterflies will lay their eggs there & you can manually remove the caterpillars to feed to your chooks (if you have the time). Alternatively, you could send the kids out into the garden with butterfly nets..... and always remember, you can eat the holes in your homegrown veg.
Pull out all your leggy old broccoli, cabbages and cauliflowers - they're just a breeding ground for the White Cabbage butterflies now and start sowing chillies, capsicum, eggplant, melons, pumpkins, corn and salad greens.
We have a range of organic, heirloom, open pollinated seeds available - all ready to be planted now.
Mia Weir is our new Nursery Assistant. Mia has a PDC (Permaculture Design Certificate) & is currently completing her Horticulture III Certificate. With a wealth of knowledge about companion planting, edible plants suited to our subtropical climate & her dedication to great customer service we're delighted to have Mia on our team on Sundays.
The next Grow, Share, Yarn is happening on Sunday 11 September from 11 am to 2 pm.
This is a quarterly First Nations food and medicine gathering, for mob by mob. Families welcome
There will be some native grain damper cook-ups, native grass weaving, and cups of tea by the fire. BYO seeds, cuttings, or foods/medicines to share, or just come along and take some plants home. The Northey Street City Farm markets will be happening from 6 am – 11 am, for you to enjoy as well.
Finn is having a fabulous time here with Dad Adam, exploring sand play in the new sandpit.
Earth Arts is self directed learning through creative play in, and with Nature. There is a drop in playgroup every Tuesday and Friday on the Village Green - all morning from 9am. Sundays are a casual community clay art studio during the Market each Sunday and is for kids of all ages.
We are currently looking for volunteers to help out in several ways at the Farm.
In particular, we are after people with trade skills, so if you are a builder, carpenter or have other building experience, please get in touch.
We are also after people with cooking skills who can help out with our Tuesday - Thursday lunches for staff and volunteers. Cooking usually starts at 10:30am with clean up finishing around 1:30pm. Vegetarian cooking skills are highly valued. If you, or someone you know might be interested, please let us know.
The next volunteer induction is on Tuesday 4 October. Please arrive at the kitchen area for a 9:30 am start and ask for Ronni.
A BIG thank you to the Australian Industry Trade College(AITC) who brought a group of students to the Farm to gain experience and skills in areas like site maintenance and composting. They were a tremendous help to us and have been great at getting the compost hub up and running again, and the site looking much better overall. We hope this will be an ongoing relationship and appreciate having more hands on deck!
THE PERMACULTURE POTAGER
with Michael Wardle
Saturday 1 October, 9 am to 4 pm
Come spend the day with Michael Wardle, our Adult Education Coordinator, as we look at and explore the Permaculture Potager.
In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the potager garden. Plants were grown for many purposes—flowers, vegetables, herbs, privacy, etc. We’ll discuss the intensive soil preparation for close planting and continuous cropping, and the growth and care of fruits and vegetables, decorative design—some call it edible landscaping and production for much or all of the year.
By clicking on this link, you can find our more about this fascinating workshop and to book your place.
Parent volunteer places are available, with discounted tickets for their children for both Earth Kids programs. Part-scholarship places are also available for parents holding Health Care Cards. Contact Emma at email@example.com if you are interested in these options.
Tours and School Visits
are taking bookings for tours and school visits for 2022. 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, click HERE
For more information and bookings for group tours, click 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: firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to arrange a guided tour.
We also have a free farm tour for individuals on the first Tuesday of each month. Please arrive by 9:30 am at Chai Cafe to meet your tour guide.
The Native Plant Donation Program invites you to buy a native plant which we will forward onto First Nations communities to re-generate land. This way, you can help heal Country and support communities’ knowledge of and connection to native plant food and medicine.
Northey Street Organic Farmers Market
Where your money goes directly to a local organic farmer or small ethical business
6am to 11am Northey Street City Farm 54 Northey St.,Windsor, Brisbane
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 via our website, at the Nursery, or by contacting the Office on 07 3857 8775 or at email@example.com.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org to confirm this is where you would like your donation to go.
As a not for profit charity, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.
Pay-It-Forward plant program. Donate any amount to this program to add to the collection of native plants we will donate to First Nations groups on your behalf.
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.