Our flagship Permaculture Design Course (PDC) turns 25 this year. The first course was led by Keith Burnett in 1998, mostly under the mango trees with some sessions held at the Albion Peace Centre. Since 2007, there have been 734 graduates from the PDC - that's over 45 per year!
Northey Street's PDC provides participants with practical hands-on learning from a working permaculture farm, in a supportive learning environment facilitated by a crack team of experienced teachers. Our next course starts on the 5th of August and will run each Saturday (with two break weeks) until November 18th.
Sign up before Saturday the 8th of July for Early bird prices! Click below for more information & to enroll.
Nature is the best teacher and kids attending our Earth Kids Homeschool 8-week program know about this. Join us for the next school term to learn life skills and improve mental and physical health in a friendly, supportive, and welcoming community. Join us for Term 3 hereand Term 4 here.
Earth Kids - Spring School Holiday Program
Looking for engaging and enriching activities for your child to do next holiday? Northey Street City Farm Earth Kids Spring is a great choice for those who want their child to spend time in nature, make friends, and learn while playing. Book now at https://shorturl.at/orzHM
We'd like to officially welcome Gavin Hardy as our new Adult Education Coordinator! Gav's taken over from the incredible work Michael had been doing with us, and he's taken to the role like a duck to water.
Gav's been involved with the Farm since 1996 and has had many roles including Management Committee coordinator, teacher and project manager. He completed a Permaculture Design Course with Bill Mollison in the 1990’s, and has had many years' experience in urban permaculture. Gav has a passion for community agroforestry and was recently awarded a Churchill Fellowship to investigate some of the world's best community food forests and orchards - some of you might have even caught his talk on community food forests at this year's Solstice Festival!
Welcome, Gav! We're so excited to have you on board.
Here’s a few opportunities to save and stretch your budget further for things you enjoy! Great for you and great for the planet.
City Farm Nursery participates in Brisbane City Council’s FREE Native Plants program, which offers a range of plants at no cost to enable the community to cultivate a greener Brisbane and support wildlife. Details on where to present your rates notice to collect your plant voucher are here. Then visit City Farm Nursery to exchange your voucher for your free native plants. Vouchers are issued annually and valid from July 2023 – June 2024.
There’s also the Compost Rebate Program. Brisbane residents can claim a rebate of up to $70 for the purchase of composting equipment. City Farm Nursery stocks eligible compost bins and worm farms where you can use the receipt to claim your rebate – for some products you’ll be able to get fully reimbursed. Rebate details are here.
Our range of Permaculture books are packed with ideas including The Art of Frugal Hedonism – A guide to spending less while enjoying everything more, RetroSuburbia: the downshifter’s guide to a resilient future, Permaculture: Principles and Pathways Beyond Sustainability, Earth Restorer’s Guide to Permaculture, How to Permaculture Your Life, and The Basics of Permaculture Design.
Growing on Country Resource
We’re excited to share that the new First Nations’ protocols and perspectives resource, Growing on Country, has been completed and is ready to be launched in August!
The Farm secured funding for the project through Bank Australia, and the project has been developed by a team of all First Nations people - writers, editors, designers, and community members, led by Dominique Chen, one of the farm's First Nation Advisory Group members.
It has been designed to work as a practical companion for anyone undertaking training in, or practicing permaculture, regenerative agriculture, horticulture, or any type of gardening or growing on unceded Aboriginal land.
The resource will be integrated into PDCs run through the Farm into the future, ensuring First Nations perspectives and protocols are centred and considered.
All profits generated from the resource will go directly to Yuruwan, a newly established, Aboriginal-run not-for-profit supporting cultural, urban food growing initiatives by and for Aboriginal people. Stay tuned for news of the launch, or in the meantime contact email@example.com for further information.
One of our community members has given us permission to share a lovely message of thanks she sent us recently:
"We just wanted to thank everyone who made The Winter Solstice such a wonderful occasion. The food, drinks, decorations, entertainment and company could not have been bettered. Thank you to all the volunteers involved in its creation, running and clearing up of this gentle and joyous event!" - Jenny
Thank you for the kind words, Jenny. And a big thank you from us here at the Farm to everyone who made the event so special! We couldn't have done it without you all.
Successful School Gardening with Jenny Kato and Emma Brindal
Saturday 5 August 2023, 9am – 4pm
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 under the sign at Chai Cafe to meet your tour guide.
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.
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
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!
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 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.