In this edition you can read about the recent structural changes at the Farm, including many familiar faces moving into new roles.
The date has been selected for this years' Winter Solstice Festival and we're letting you know early so you can mark it in your diary.
There's a vacancy for a Promotions and Admin Coordinator and applications are open for another couple of weeks.
We have a full and interesting schedule in both Youth and Adult Education including 3 workshops being presented by interstate permaculturists.
If you need a bit of cuteness, be sure to read to the end!
Thank you for supporting and being a part of Northey Street City Farm. We hope you enjoy the read.
New Farm Structure
As many farm supporters and members know, the farm has undergone an extensive review of our staffing structure and how we best adapt to the challenges we face from climate change and the challenging economic environment where the impact on the Farm has seen a decline in volunteers and in farming activities.
The farm has moved to a two-manager structure. The Enterprise and Support Manager is responsible for overseeing and coordinating the development of the Farm’s enterprises and events and providing support services to the whole Farm. The MC wishes to congratulate Simon Calcinai as the successful applicant for this role. Simon has a long history with the Farm and has made significant contributions in several areas including as the Farm’s Market Coordinator.
The Education and Farming Manager’s role is to oversee and coordinate all education programs provided by NSCF and manages all gardens, orchards, bush revegetation, animal systems, buildings, grounds, and infrastructure on the farm site. The MC wishes to congratulate Emma Brindal as the successful applicant for this role. Emma also has a long history with the farm and has made significant contributions in several areas including as the farm’s Youth Education Coordinator.
A big thank you to the other excellent applicants for these positions and we hope that some of you will find other pathways to be involved at Northey Street City Farm.
Belinda Kau has been doing a great job as our temporary Nursery coordinator. It looked like turning into a permanent job for her, but she has indicated that now is the time to step back and get a permanent Nursery Coordinator. The farm is very grateful for her dedication and hard work in this role. Belinda has been around the farm for a very long time, and she will still be active in a number of other roles around the Farm.
We wish to thank Neale McAlpine for his work as the acting Farm Manager and he seems pleased that he will now be able to focus on his role as the Site Coordinator in which he has been a tireless contributor getting the farm back on its feet after the damaging floods and impacts of Covid.
Our longest-term staff member has finally decided to step into retirement. Ronni Martin has been an anchor of support and continuity at the Farm for just over 10 years. She will be officially resigning her position as the Education and Support Manager this week. We will all miss her greatly, but she assures us that after some well earnt time to herself, she will continue to take an interest in future farm activities.
Another big persona in the contributions made to the Farm is moving into an early retirement. A big thank you and best wishes to Karen Lavin who will be leaving us in late March.
Albert (MC Acting Secretary)
Welcome Kai and Mia!
This month, we welcome two superstars to the Enterprise and Support Group.
Kai Kamada-Laws has re-joined our staff in the role of Events Coordinator and will be responsible for coordinating the 2023 Winter Solstice Festival. Kai has a long history of contributing to NSCF and comes with a wealth of events experience and performing arts connections in Brisbane and beyond. We look forward to seeing what Kai does with this year's Festival.
Former Nursery Assistant, Mia Weir, has stepped-up to become our new Nursery Coordinator. Mia's outstanding permaculture knowledge, interpersonal skills, and experience will be invaluable to the Nursery. We're excited for Mia to take on this challenging and rewarding role and couldn't have hoped for a better person to help the Nursery thrive.
The 2023 Winter Solstice Festival is happening on Saturday 24 June. Expect everything you love and a few new surprises. Stay tuned for more info and ticketing/volunteering options in the coming months. If you'd like to be involved in any capacity, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest.
Next time you visit City Farm Nursery, take a look at the lovely natural art work created by Bob Mud and the young people at Earth Arts.
Earth Arts happens 3 times a week. Find out here when you can bring your young ones down to the village green at Northey Street to participate in the fun and learning and laughter.
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In these often deeply challenging times it has almost become radical to live life centered around principles and practices of care; cares for health of self, community and planet. The range of harms being done to, and experienced by, people, communities, more-than-human species and ecosystems grows and grows. It can be overwhelming and paralysing. Where to start? How do we respond to all this? How can we make life – and all our relationships that make life – healthier?
This interactive and participatory workshop identifies ways that we can take action building participants’ own self-care and land-care practices as we explore the vitally important work of co-healing people and the planet. Workshop activities include a deep exploration of core needs, an outline of collective trauma and mapping ‘zones of care’. Our ‘15 ways to co-heal people and planet’ booklet offers inspiration and a set of activities for healing and facing into harms and collective trauma.
For more information and bookings, please click here.
The AutumnEarth Kids School Holiday Program is running from Monday 3 to Wednesday 5 April. The summer program sold out, so get in early to avoid disappointment! Tickets are available here..
Parent volunteer places are available, with discounted tickets for their children. 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.
This workshop will introduce the practicalities of establishing and maintaining a school garden using permaculture practices and principles. It will also cover ways in which the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority area of Sustainability can be addressed, and be applied to Learning Areas including Science, English, Humanities and Social Sciences and the Arts.
are taking bookings for tours and school visits for 2023. 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 : 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.
We will soon have lots more chickens back at the Farm. These precious little ones are being lovingly raised by dedicated volunteers at their home, so you won't find them at Northey Street until they are old enough for open spaces.
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 to our Environment Fund 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.