The Autumn Equinox Cabaret is 2 weeks away and we'd love you to join us. The Australasian Permaculture Convergence is just around the corner so be sure to find out more below.
In this edition we have some great tips on propagating native plants and why do frogs need our help?
Check out the great workshops we have scheduled for both kids and adults.
Thank you for supporting Northey Street City Farm
Have you got your tickets yet?
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.
Due to social distancing requirements that are still in place in Qld, we have had to reduce the number of participants. With this in mind and the fact that there is just over a month to go, we recommend that you book soon so as not to miss out.
To find out more about the Convergence please follow this LINK.
We look forward to celebrating the Autumn Equinox with you.
Native fruit propagation:
Quite a few native bush tucker plants have been fruiting at the farm over the last couple of months, including Native Peanut Tree (Sterculia quadrifida), Small Leaved Tamarind (Diploglottis campbellii), and Native Tamarind (Diploglottis australis), and we've been propagating these to plant them back throughout our site. All these bush tucker fruit germinated within a few weeks of planting without any pre-treatment, unlike many other natives like Brisbane Wattle (Acacia fimbriata) and Red Ash (Alphitonia excelsa) which requires soaking in boiling water to trigger germination. We've also propagated native Rasberry (Rubus moluccanas) from cuttings from an established plant on site and have done really well. They are currently fruiting and are surprisingly sweet. I even spotted a whipbird sheltering in the raspberry bush at the Farm! Another good reason why you want shrubs and other dense bushes to encourage wildlife.
What's great about collecting seeds from local native plants (ones that are thriving) is that seedlings from these are likely to be better suited to our conditions. Often these are species from dry sclerophyll, wet sclerophyll, and dry rainforest (particularly those that occur along our local waterways). There is something so rewarding about collecting your own native seeds and watching it grow into a fully-grown plant (grass, shrub, vine or tree).
Of course, when you're doing this make sure you have permission from the appropriate landholder, and never do it on national parks unless you have the necessary permits for it!
Another thing to consider is to only take up to 10 percent or less of the seeding material from any plant so that enough is left for animals, and for natural regeneration.
There are lots of good books out there on native plant propagation but one that recently came out is Dunphy et al 2020. Australian Rainforest Seeds: A Guide to Collecting, Processing and Propagation.
This is such an exciting field to get into!
FROGS NEED OUR HELP!
Would you like to encourage frogs into your garden? This can be done by offering them a suitable habitat.
'There are 132 frog species listed as occurring in Queensland ‒ more than any other Australian state! However, frog habitat is declining due to the pressures of urbanisation and land clearing (among others); and more than 30 Queensland frog species are currently listed as endangered or vulnerable to extinction.' Wildlife Preservation Society of Queensland
This picture shows a frog hotel recently created by one of our members. For more information and instructions for design click here.
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.
*Outdoor Learning and the Curriculum, Saturday 4 September, 9am - 4pm
Learn about approaches to outdoor experiential learning; experience outdoor activities; and learn how they can be linked to the curriculum.
Tickets will be available soon.
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: 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.
Slow Your Wardrobe with Jane Milburn
Saturday 27 March 2021
We need to talk about clothes!
Slow fashion practitioner Jane Milburn discusses regenerative ways of dressing that don’t involve buying new clothes.
They contribute 10 percent of our carbon footprint and two-thirds are synthetic fibres shedding microplastic particles into our oceans.
Jane shares a Slow Clothing Manifesto of actions and choices: think, natural, quality, local, few, care, make, revive, adapt and salvage. This hands-on workshop will focus on liberating dormant clothing from your wardrobe or op-shop, using mending and upcycling techniques to create individual, sustainable style. Bring a few garments you love but aren’t wearing and we discuss upcycling options then do what we can within the timeframe. Also bring an old t-shirt and we show you how to turn it into yarn for use in accessories, garden or home.
How does it tie into sustainability?
It includes strategies for reusing and reducing textile waste, and raises awareness about plastic in clothes .
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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