Are you a current member of the Farm? If so we would love to see you at our AGM in November.
In this edition, as well as the usual fabulous activities we have on offer, you will find news on our Summer Solstice event and our Annual Report is also now available for you. It's very pictorial and worth a look.
We hope you enjoy reading this news and much more from the Farm.
Thank you for supporting Northey Street City Farm
ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
The NSCF Annual General Meeting will be held:
1.30 pm Saturday 6 November 2021
Northey Street City Farm
16 Victoria St. Windsor
As well as receiving reports on our past year’s activities, the AGM elects the Management Committee for the coming year. We are looking for new Management Committee members who can contribute their skills and experience to these important roles. The Committee meets once a month to oversee the Farm’s activities and strategic directions.
If you are interested in nominating yourself or another current Farm member for a position on the Management Committee, now is a good time to do so. All nominations need to be displayed in the office for at least two weeks prior to the AGM (making them due by 5pm 22 October 2021, for the AGM on 6 November).
The nomination form can be downloaded from the NSCF website, along with information about the roles and responsibilities of the MC. Information here.
Last week we farewelled our awesome Ko and we are looking for someone to fill his energetic and innovative steel caps.
This role could be for you if you have a proven strong background in practical Permaculture and organic fruit and vegetable farming in the sub tropics and if you have you previously managed a team of people and day to day farm operations.
Applications close on Tuesday 26 October @ 5 pm. To find out more about the role and how to apply, please follow this link.
Our new crew of the Nursery volunteers have been doing a wonderful job of sprucing us up. If you would like to join us, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with your contact number, availability, and interests.
The City Farm Nursery is fully stocked with seasonal plants and we love helping people with choices for their gardens.
This is a difficult time of year for our gardens as the nights are still cold, the days are hot and the winds are very drying. Your plants will need some extra TLC. When they struggle to thrive they become more susceptible to pest attack. So rather than "treating" the pests, treat the plants .... to a deep watering every day and mulch to avoid the soil drying out & keep in the warmth overnight. Apply compost and rock minerals to make more nutrients available to the plants. Trim off any dead/dried leaves. Once the plants get stronger they will naturally be more resistant to pests. You can help your veggie patch along by companion planting with strongly smelling plants like garlic and onion chives, to confuse the bugs attracted to feeding on your seedlings. Scatter some flowers through your garden. Queen Ann's Lace, Cosmos, Sweet Alyssum, and Coriander all attract predator bugs like hoverflies and ladybirds which feed on the pest bugs.
We have a lot of new fruit trees in stock. Our fruit of the month is the delicious Jaboticaba or Brazilian Grape. This unusual tree grows with a shrubby habit and produces sweet tasting black berries on its trunks twice a year. Eat them straight from the tree or make jam and wine with them. It can be grown in pots and makes a pretty evergreen screening plant 2 - 5m tall.
Thanks to Richard for showing us how to do a native bee hive split in the nursery during the Sunday Organic Farmers Market. It was so informative and tasty.
Look forward to seeing you at City Farm Nursery this month.
Will you vote for us?
The Sunday Northey Street Organic Farmers' Market has been nominated in this years' 2021 Organic Consumer Choice Awards
Although the Australian Organic Awareness Month has passed (September), voting is still open.
Vote for us in the category of ORGANIC RETAIL OUTLET and you’ll be entered into the draw for some great organic prizes! Cast your vote here.
Public voting closes 19 October 2021 (midnight)
Did you know you can book the Farm as a venue for your wedding, birthday or event?
We have had some lovely parties and weddings here recently and guests simply love the open air space.
Northey Street City Farm would like to acknowledge Turrbal and Yugarra Peoples, and pay respects to Elders, past, present and emerging.
SERIOUS BACKYARD ABUNDANCE with Michael Wardle
3 x Fridays - 8, 15 & 22 October, 9 am to 4pm.
In this workshop, we will explore the mysteries of the garden. Plants were grown for many purposes like food, fibre, fertility, insectary, nectary, climate, flowers and privacy.
We’ll discuss intensive soil preparation for close planting and continuous cropping, and the growth and care of fruits and vegetables & orchard ecosystems. You will gain invaluable knowledge on the establishment, as well as the ongoing maintenance of a thriving backyard system.
We will demystify the necessary art everybody should know about the workings of an abundant backyard from soil biology to health management. This is something anyone with space and desire can do - given knowledge and a commitment to observe the teachings from natural systems.
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, 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: email@example.com 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 .
Due to Covid event restrictions we had to cancel the Spring Equinox event and are so very happy that Vulcana Circus and Una Heera, are still able to perform at the Summer Solstice Christmas Market and Circus Cabaret.
It's a great program for the whole family and we look forward to you coming.
Show your support to local artists and stall holders who will have great ethical and sustainable gifts for you to pass on to your loved ones for Christmas. A jar of organic honey, some bees wax wraps, pure organic essential oils, creative home wares or a gorgeous living plant from the City Farm Nursery... there will be loads of great options on the night. Enjoy some of the best organic food on offer in Brisbane with a cold brewed ale from the Jungle Bar.
The kids always love to play with clay and thought-provoking workshops will have you talking until Christmas!
We look forward to celebrating the Summer Solstice with you! Tickets are available here.
If you've met Bob Mud at the Farm then it's likely you have been introduced to one of these stoves.
Earth arts stoves are made from found clay without a kiln, though sometimes fired in a bonfire. Sticks that fall out of trees are the fuel for cooking on the stove or for firing small sculptures inside the fire. Based on an ancient Chinese design, the mouth is pointed at the wind which flows under the fire. The fire is perched inside on a grill. Each cooking strengthens the structure. Best suited for outdoor use and camping.
For more on Earth Arts activities at the Farm, please click here.
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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