Welcome to the June edition on E-News. The 2021 Winter Solstice Festival is around the corner and we are thrilled to be able to hold this event in person once again. It promises to be a fantastic festival and we hope you can join us. City Farm Nursery has something special in store to acknowledge and support NAIDOC week as well as launching a pay it forward initiative to support First Nation communities. As always we have lots of stimulating learning experiences on offer and Saturday 5 June is World Environment Day so if you haven't already thought about how you can get involved, we have some helpful info for you.
We are hiring too so if you are interested in a role at the Farm, please check out the info below.
Enjoy the read.
Thank you for supporting Northey Street City Farm
Get your woolly gloves on and your dancing shoes ready; the Winter Solstice Festival is now only 14 sleeps away!
Join us in celebrating the longest night of the year with ground-breaking artists including Grammy-nominated Tenzin Choegyal and Tibet2Timbuk2, Brazilian rhythm-makers Solua, and Kooi's Peter Hunt and the Hummin. We've great permaculture workshops lined up as well as free childrens' activities to inspire and delight.
See your favourite farm transformed into a fairy-lit wonderland, make a lantern for the lantern parade and dance around the bonfire. Bring your instruments, picnic blankets, and favourite people to share in the festival cheer.
Want to be a part of the team? We need you! Volunteers get a free ticket, meal voucher and the warm and fuzzy glow from being an essential part of the festival. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register your interest now.
Are you an artist/performer/fire-twirler? Apply now for an artist ticket and you could be part of the festival's program on the community stage and our fire twirling session. Community artists will get a free ticket to the festival! Check out the application here.
This is a COVID-Safe event. Please stay at home if you are unwell and maintain 1.5m physical distancing from those outside your household group.
Proudly sponsored by Brisbane City Council, Buchi Kombucha and Sunny Bunny Solar Power.
We look forward to hearing from you!
The Frugal Gardener with Lucy Hurrey
10 July 2021, 9am – 4pm
Keen to get your garden growing but don’t want to spend much cash? Or maybe you just want to reduce your environmental footprint and learn some upcycling tips.
Join Lucy for a day of seed saving, propagation, compost making and working with what you already have to make your garden flourish.
This workshop is suitable for all gardeners and gardens, big and small, and all levels of experience. You’ll go home with a bunch of freebies, some big ideas and a new way of looking at ‘waste’.
Eventbrite charges an administrative fee for all courses, to avoid these fees you can book directly through Northey Street City Farm by emailing email@example.com or Ph: 3857 8775
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, 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.
City Farm Nursery
The Nursery is hosting a Native Food and Medicine event on Sunday 11 July as part of acknowledging and supporting the theme of NAIDOC Week.
"The NAIDOC 2021 theme is "Heal Country" and calls for all of us to continue to seek greater protections for our lands, our waters, our sacred sites and our cultural heritage from exploitation, desecration, and destruction."
The City Farm Nursery will be launching a Native Plant donation program which will invite visitors to the nursery to buy a native plant that we will forward onto First Nations communities in order to re-generate land in a way that heals country and supports communities' knowledge and connection with native plant food and medicine.
This month we have some excellent bush foods in the Nursery. Two of our favourites are:
Finger Limes: (Grafted and Non-grafted)
Highly sought after by restaurants, this native bushfood is a must for any keen gardener.
An evergreen tree with small rounded deep green foliage with stems which baar thorns. Pale white-pink flowers appear in late Summer and Autumn, followed by elongated green-burgundy fruits. Native Lime fruit will begin to ripen, but not entirely on the tree, throughout the Winter season and early Spring. Once picked leave for 5-10 days as the fruit will then fully ripen. The pulp is a light green or pink-red with an intensely sweet flavour with a tanginess.
It isn’t uncommon in the first year or so for the fruit to form on the tree and undersize or lack flavour. In the first 12 months the tree will be establishing its roots into the soil, the second year you should be establishing the tree’s framework and then in the third year, they should begin to crop. Uneven weather conditions can also affect the fruiting times, crops and yield.
Prepare the soil before planting. Mixing in a bag of well-aged animal manure or compost will help condition and revitalise tired soils. If adding organic matter to your soil, make sure to blend the compost or animal manure with pre-existing soil, mixing/digging it together thoroughly. Once the soil has been prepared, dig a wider hole than the original size of the pot the plant has come in. Position the plant in the spot, backfill any gaps with the excess soil. Do not bury the graft of the plant if grafted. Give the plant a deep soaking of water to help settle the roots.
Use a premium quality native soil mix as this has all the added organic fertilisers required for having a healthy plant.
Lemon Myrtle is an absolute essential for any garden. Lemon myrtle has powerful antibacterial properties, is antifungal and antimicrobial, and was used for thousands of years by local First Nations as a tea medicine. It’s a small growing native tree with leaves that release a strong lemon scent when crushed or after rain. In spring new growth is tinged red and in summer you’ll get abundant clusters of creamy white flowers which are loved by butterflies. Lemon myrtle is quite versatile and can be used as a screen, hedge or feature tree and is suitable for most gardens and courtyards.
Planting Tips Originally a rainforest tree, lemon myrtles prefer good soil and warm conditions. In milder areas they can handle full sun positions but in hot dry climates plant in dappled shade. Protect young trees from frost but older tress are more tolerant.
Enrich the soil before planting with plenty of organic compost and manure to encourage better growth. Apply gypsum if the soil is heavy clay as this will help to break it up and improve drainage. Once planted water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser and then mulch around the base. If you are short on space you can grow a lemon myrtle in a large pot but make sure you keep it moist during hot, dry weather.
You can find an informative youtube clip 'Lemon Myrtle in Your Forest Garden' by Morag Gamble HERE
Last month we celebrated World Bee Day with the Honey Hunters Australia, who put on a great display and provided wonderful information on the nature of bees and their importance in our ecosystems. Thanks to Hive Central and Happy Flame Bees Wax Candle for their stalls and to the City Farm Nursery for demonstrating a native beehive split. Everyone who came seemed to beehave! Thanks also to the local environmental and community groups who come every week and share their information at the markets on important local environmental issues, to let the community know about what is going on and how to get involved in local organising. Next month we hope to continue the Winter Solstice Magic into the Markets on Sunday the 20th of June.
Don't forget Bob Mud is here every Sunday providing free earth-based play for the kids!
The word is getting around about our partnership with Bond Street Eats at the Chai Cafe every Sunday morning, as serving some of the best organic vegan locally sourced breakfasts in Brisbane. Vego's can add certified organic cheese and organic free range eggs to any meal. If you haven't tried the food at the Chai Cafe, come along and bring a date on a Sunday morning
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
Are you a resourceful individual with a strong history of gardening and/or farming as well as managing people (staff and volunteers)?
Do you have some Permaculture experience?
Applications are due by 4pm Thursday 24 June. To find out what is involved in this rewarding role and how you can apply, click here.
Saturday 5 June is World Environment Day (WED) 2021
This year's theme is Reimagine | Recreate | Restore and the call to action is to grow trees, green our cities, rewild our gardens, change our diets and clean up rivers and coasts.
Some ideas of how you can take part include plant a tree native to your area (suitable size), grab a few friends to do a beach or bush clean up, plant bee friendly flowers, make compost to help restore your soil, contact your MP and let them know how you would like your local environment improved etc. A simple web search will lead you to many local events and activities too!
If you are interested in catching some awesome online presentations, here is the official schedule of events hosted by UNEP and Decade Partners, featuring high level speakers, expert panels and other events taking place around the world.
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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