We hope you are staying well during the current lockdown in SE Qld, and where ever you may be in lockdown further afield. All the best from all of us at Northey Street City Farm.
Please bear in mind that aside from the Sunday Organic Farmers Market other items in this E-News may be subject to lock down and other covid restrictions. Please contact us by email if in doubt: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Please remember to check in with the QR code located at most entrances and always on display at the Market Shed. We encourage everyone to wear masks and Qld Health has recommended that if you are exempt from wearing a mask, please stay home. In a time of lock down, where we are trying to contain a highly contagious virus people who do not wear masks can make others feel unsafe.
Please consider only coming to the market with one member from your household during a lock down, again to minimize exposure and help social distancing.
We want everyone to stay safe and well in these difficult times.
Spring has Sprung and we've stocked the Nursery chock full of flowering plants. Here in the subtropics, the Spring weather doesn't follow the calendar months so if you want to get the best show from your flowers now is the best time to plant them, before the hot dry days set in.
We've got flowers you can eat - chrysanthemums, violas, dianthus, nasturtiums, cornflowers, calendula, borage, lavender and marigolds - great to brighten up a salad bowl or mixed through a cream cheese dip. Sweet alyssum will fill your garden with the scent of honey and attract beneficial predator bugs like ladybirds, lacewings, and hoverflies so plant them amongst your veggies to control aphids and other hungry pests. Create an instant riot of beautiful colour and scent in your garden and share the delight with those busy pollinators- the bees.
Coming out of this cold weather they will have used up their honey stores and be foraging for nectar to replenish their supplies. Speaking of honey, we have the last of our raw Farm honey available for sale. It will be a while before the bees are ready for us to harvest more so get in quick, it won't last long.
Would you like to join our Management Committee?
In October we will be holding the Farm's AGM, and the Management Committee is looking for new people to join in.
It's a rewarding and enjoyable experience, with lots of insight into how the farm continues to operate, some key decision making at times, and there a number of roles to fill. We meet once a month, including over the net when necessary, and we warmly welcome nominations from any member willing to give it a go. You can read more about the role here.
The MC currently has 7 members, but 9 is the optimum, and a few people who have been there for many years would happily step down to make room for others.
If you are a member, please consider nominating for a place on the Management Committee a few weeks before the AGM. If you are not currently a member please join here before you nominate.
Ever wanted to have a wedding in a garden setting, your 21st on a green lawn under the stars, or your kid's birthday party at a community garden where they can play with chickens and earth arts or simply want to run a life drawing class?
Well, the Farm is now open to site hires so we can share our beautiful space with you. Simply email the Enterprise and Events Manager for costs and terms: email@example.com
How and why do we queer permaculture? What does that even mean?
This workshop on Saturday 21 August, covers the intersection of Permaculture and Queer theory. Together we will unpack equality, equity, and liberation along with identity and gender to visualise the euphoric potential that is you as the individual. In which ways do patriarchal, colonial, and white supremacist systems cloud and impact our interpersonal relationships? How can we use queerness to break these binary constrictions?
In this workshop we use queering as a verb to expand our creative perception, relationships and permaculture designs. Stepping forward into the unknown crisis that is our climate’s future, we need to be equipped with the full power of our cultural, sexual, political, personal and resource diversity and queering can show us how.
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: 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. Just head to the Chai Cafe by 09:30.
A special THANK YOU for voluntary donations made to Earth Arts.
Donations are only requested on Sundays and many come from the pocket money of children. A parent recently put a $50 dollar note in the kitty which paid for a new recycled electronic piano.
Earth arts is a cost-free event three times a week in direct contact with the public, a little more involved than an exhibition or workshop.
Thank you for supporting Earth Arts with your presence, your engagement and your donations.
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 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 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: email@example.com
Happy Growing everyone.
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