We're starting to feel the beginnings of the cooler months here at the Farm each morning which means the Winter Solstice will be coming up fast! Early bird tickets are available already, with more info below.
As always, we have some exciting workshops and events coming up this month, so be sure to keep reading and check out the website and socials for more info on those programs!
The Nursery is stocked up and ready for all your April gardening needs, and the chicks from last month's installment are as cute as ever (and growing quickly).
There's also a friendly new face floating around at the farm overseeing our promotions and administration (she's even got the power to send this newsletter!).
Thank you for supporting and being a part of Northey Street City Farm. Enjoy the read!
Farewell Karen & Welcome Kate!
Last month we said goodbye to our cherished Administration and Promotions Coordinator Karen (pictured left). Karen was creative and efficient in her duties and a joy to work with.
Karen joined our staff three weeks before the first Brisbane lockdown. From that point on, the Farm continued to face challenges posed by COVID and then flooding. But Karen was steadfast and never wavered on her ideals. I especially appreciate all of the voluntary hours she put into our Decolonisation Action Group and her ability to weave discussions about First Nations knowledge into our day-to-day business.
We wish Karen all the best for her retirement and look forward to her continued involvement in some fun projects over the coming months.
Stepping into the reformed and renamed Promotions and Administration Coordinator role is Kate (pictured right). Kate is a political organiser and content creator with a solid background in administration and customer service.
We were thrilled when Kate accepted the offer to join our staff. There were some excellent applicants for the role, but Kate shone through with her unique marketing experience and skillset.
I am excited for the opportunity to work with Kate and sincerely grateful to Karen for going above and beyond to ensure a smooth handover.
Simon - Enterprise & Support Manager
The Winter Solstice Festival is back!
There's change in the air at Northey Street City Farm, and with new energy comes exciting possibilities. This year, our annual fundraiser, the Winter Solstice Festival, is all about imagining the future, harnessing our own creativity and working as a community to bring about the abundance (in all its forms) we want to see at the Farm.
For starters, we're committed to making the festival more inclusive. From programming decisions to site planning, we are looking at ways of ensuring everyone in our community can participate, feel safe and know they are welcome.
Creativity is central. Intergenerational play spaces, participatory art installations, poetry and podcasting; we're exploring ways of engaging with the world around us. Our workshops and programming will focus on encouraging our own creativity with help from skilled facilitators and innovative practitioners.
Community is key! We're building the festival from the ground up. We rely on a whole team of natural born helpers who volunteer their time and skills to make great things happen. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be a part of the crew that puts it all together!
Northey Street City Farm's Winter Solstice Festival
Ticket pricing has changed (for the better!). The Winter Solstice Festival is a fundraising event and your ticket purchase goes directly to supporting the Farm.
Early bird tickets are now on sale until the 21st of May. Let us know you will be coming early for significant discounts on the price of tickets.
We know costs of living have increased and families especially are under pressure. There is now a combined family ticket for two adult caregivers and all children of the same family.
We want to reduce our carbon emissions and relieve parking congestion by encouraging more active travel (walk/ride/skip/scoot) to the festival. Commit to being active traveller and receive a half-price ticket!*
But good things stay the same. Our Pay-It-Forward ticket system means that individuals can sponsor tickets for others to ensure everyone can attend. Since its introduction, we have been humbled and moved by the generosity shown. Get in touch if you would like a Pay-It Forward ticket and we'll sort it out!
*available on full cost, individual tickets only
Get involved in planning!
On Tuesday 28 March, we held the first of our Winter Solstice Planning meetings. Thank you to all who have contributed to the discussions. Your feedback has been invaluable and will only make the festival this year even better. Our next proposed meeting date will be: Wednesday 26th April, 1:30 - 3pm in the space under the office and is open to everyone. Please RSVP at email@example.com if you would like to attend.
Mark your calendars, the inaugural veg-table night is kicking off from 6:30 - 9:30pm, Thursday 20th April. Held on the third Thursday of every month, this is a night to celebrate our Farm community with a vegetarian meal prepared by volunteers, performances from local artists and a chance to meet your fellow Farmie to boot!
Bring your friends, family and neighbours. Entry is $10 per person, which includes dinner. All funds raised go towards supporting the Farm. Volunteer for free entry/food and happy, fuzzy feelings.
veg-table is an event in preparation for the Winter Solstice Festival. If you are interested in performing, or to join our events team, please email Kai at firstname.lastname@example.org
FILM NIGHT: The Seeds of Vadana Shiva
Join us on the Village Green on Friday 28 April, 5pm for a picnic dinner and screening of this inspiring film. Book an entry ticket or a ticket plus a delicious vegan, gluten free dahl lovingly made by one of our Organic Farmers Market stallholders.
The Seeds of Vandana Shiva tells the remarkable life story of Gandhian eco-activist Dr. Vandana Shiva, how she stood up to the corporate Goliaths of industrial agriculture, rose to prominence in the seed saving and organic food movements, and is inspiring an international crusade for change.
We will need a small group of volunteers for the night so if you would like to get involved, please email: email@example.com
Volunteerswill be thanked with free entry and a yummy Byron Bay pie!
Breakfast Creek Paddle
Come and meet the bends, the bugs, the bream and the birds along Breakfast Creek!
We're looking for people interested in coming along on a kayak or canoe to learn about our local waterway and how the Farm is situated within the larger catchment.
The paddle will take about 3 hours starting from the junction of the Brisbane River and Breakfast Creek. It is mostly through protected areas and will be moderately challenging.
Please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like more information or if you are interested in coming along. No dates have been set so please let us know what days would suit you best, and whether or not you have access to a kayak or canoe (we may be able to borrow some).
Bulk Buying Groups
If you're looking for a way to support local farmers and access fresh, mostly organic produce through the week, consider joining a food cooperative!
Food cooperatives are communities of individuals who come together to purchase food in bulk directly from farmers and distributors. By pooling their resources and buying power, they are able to access high-quality, affordable food that is both good for health and for the environment.
There are different formats for each one, but joining is easy and anyone can participate!
With April upon us autumn is finally starting to show, be it the coolness of morning, the dropping of golden leaves or the shadows casting themselves further south. With this change in season comes a whole new array of veggies, herbs, and flowers to decorate both our gardens and plates!
Prior to jumping straight into planting those cool season crops it’s always a great idea to give your bed a feed! This will ensure that your plants have all the nutrients they require for healthy, lush growth – you can do this by adding matured manures, compost, home-brewed weed and worm teas, or by using great products that we stock such as Rocky Point’s ActiveGrow and Earthlife’s Veggie Mate.
Now that your bed is prepped and ready, it’s time to start planting! Consider kale, silver beet, rainbow chard, English spinach, snow peas, sugar snap peas, coriander, fennel, dill, and radishes. As the month draws on, prepare for garlic, potatoes and all the exciting brassicas of this fabulous season.
Some other tips for an abundant and productive garden are:
Liquid feed your garden every two weeks, try using the brand Grow, we stock this and absolutely love the results!
Keep in mind the more frequently you harvest, the more the plant produces! The more you pick, the more they grow!
As always, the more diversity the better! Try intercropping with this season’s annual flowers – things like alyssum, pansy, calendula, and cornflower! As a bonus, these are also edible!
Hope these tips have got you as excited as we are to get out there and get growing!
with Samantha Somers
Saturday 15 April 2023, 9 am to 12 pm
Fermentation of foods is a traditional method of food preservation which uses beneficial bacteria to preserve vegetables, fruits and basic kitchen ingredients and prevent waste.
This 3-hour workshop will cover the basics for how to ferment foods to make Kimchi, Sauerkraut, Kefir, Miso, Kvass and more, presented by Naturopath, Nutritionist, Herbalist and Permaculture educator Samantha Somers of Somers Naturopath. Using simple recipes which can restore your health, are low cost, low carbon, Zone 0 Permaculture practices that can localise food and improve your access to affordable integrative medicine techniques.
Discover the therapeutic benefits of Prebiotics in food which facilitate the growth and diversity of your own good bacteria for healthy digestion and good gut health, improve quality sleep, create a strong immune system and to assist in maintaining a healthy weight.
For more information and bookings, please click here.
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 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 under the sign at Chai Cafe to meet your tour guide.
Around the Farm
The chicks are happily chirping away down beside the nursery for anyone in need of a little dose of cuteness! They're being very lovingly tended to by some of our volunteers and they seem to love it here as much as we do!
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
Sundays (including Easter Sunday)
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 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 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.