Welcome to the Northey Street City Farm E-news for April  2019

March was a great month and we thank everyone who contributed to our feedback survey. We were well pleased to read all the things that people love about the Farm. Thank you! We have condensed all the positive feedback into a word tree and all the ways we can improve in a cloud. 

We were also pleased to see the ways we can improve and most of the feedback is already on our forward plans.

Thanks also to everyone who came to the free native bee hive split and to Richard for demonstrating the split. Thanks to Bushtekniq for running the free bush care workshop and to everyone who came to Clean Up Australia Day here at the Farm - we got over 5 large bags of trash collected from the river and river bed! A huge thanks also to Cheap Trill who came to the Markets with 200 people to perform beautiful songs! This month there will be a Kedron to the markets bike ride organised by the BCC's Cylcing Brisbane on the 14th of April (you can register below). Feel free to make this a day you ride to the markets too, no matter where you live! 

Thanks so much to Kylie from Red Thread studios for giving the Farm 10 double passes to see Woman At War. It was a film greatly enjoyed by all those who attended! Next month we are very excited to be able to giveaway double passes to the film 2040 written and directed by award winning film-maker Damnon Gameau (That Sugar Film). We will be giving the tickets away from our Facebook page. We were lucky to attend the preview screening of 2040 and it was wonderful for a film to show a hopeful environmental future. Community owned solar grids, regenerative agriculture, marine permaculture, share riding, solar powered public transport, data screen monitoring our resource use, gender equity and so much more was covered. The revolution is green! We are very thrilled that Damon will be coming to the Northey Street Organic Farmers Market on Sunday the 5th of May. Watch this space!

The City Farm Nursery will now be open Tuesday to Saturday 8.30am -12.30pm and on Sunday we are opening 6.30am-12.30pm. WOO HOO! With the coffee machine going we would love to see you every morning for your cup of organic coffee and now you can come to get garden advice nearly everyday! 

Megan Forward Children’s Author of ‘Jacaranda Magic’ and ‘A patch from Scratch’ will be holding a reading Sunday April 7th 10:00am at the Kids Playground. She will also be conducting a Basic Gardening Demo for the Children. Next month there will be yoga classes in the Nursery in May before the nursery opens! 

Easter School Holiday Earth Kids Program April 15th-17th
There are still two part-scholarship places @ $140 (for children who have a parent with a Health Care Card) and one parent volunteer place ($120 for their child) available for the upcoming Autumn Earth Kids program. Email Emma at if you are interested in these options. It's a 3 day program and is being held from April 15th to 17th. Bookings close at 9am on Friday 12th of April. For more information and bookings, click HERE.

May Permaculture Design Course - Early Bird Closes on the 10th of April - BOOK NOW!

Come join us for our 25-year Silver Jubilee Permaculture Design Course. For 25 years Northey Street City Farm has held up the standard of sustainable living in the city and we invite you to come participate and begin your permaculture journey with us. We have provided great discounts this year to celebrate our 25th year. Our last PDC sold out, so don't miss out on this one! For more information and bookings click HERE.

Winter Solstice
Our annual Winter Solstice Festival is coming up again on Saturday 22nd June. This year it's a bit special, as the Farm is celebrating its 25th Anniversary, plus the festival actually falls on the Winter Solstice! It's going to be a great day of live music, performers and presenters, activities and workshops for all ages.

We are especially excited that we will get to groove and have some fun with much loved Aussie Permaculture band, Formidable Vegetable Sound System! They will be rocking the main stage, along with a stellar line up of local musicians, including Tin Star, Mark Moroney and so much more. The education program is looking good, with a vast range of talks from ethical investing to composting and the kids area has some exciting new facets with loads to keep the kids entertained all day. Tickets go on sale after Easter. To keep up to date with the line up and ticket release, please follow us on Facebook

If you are keen to volunteer at the event, keep an eye out next month for a link to register your interest. In the meantime, if you have skills in marketing, volunteer management, risk assessment, stage management or just want to get more experience in event development, planning and/or co-ordination, please register your interest HERE.  If you would like to be a stall holder please register your interest HERE.

Happy 25th Birthday Northey Street 
Last month we celebrated Women in Permaculture and it was great to thank every woman who contributes to our great Farm community and to the permaculture movement. This month we are celebrating the Farms' 25th birthday. We will be celebrating in lots of different ways! Including discounts on our Permaculture Design Courses, a silver jubilee dinner and look out for a birthday celebration at the Winter Soltice.

Decolonisation Action Group Events 
Thank you to all the First Nations people who attended our Advisory Group meeting last month to review our plan for the year. There are some great events coming up including a Decolonising Food Workshop at the Winter Solstice which was a huge hit last year!

Next month we are also presenting Guest Speaker Libby Connors who is the author of the book "Warrior: A Legendary Leader's Dramatic Life and Violent Death on the Colonial Frontier", which presents a fascinating story of one of the great Aboriginal resistance fighters of the colonial frontier and a compelling portrait of life in early Brisbane. We have asked Libby to speak on her book and also highlight any information she has garnered through her research about Northey Street City Farm's land and surrounds. This is a free event. We ask that people bring a plate to share for a pot luck dinner at 6.30pm followed by the forum which will start at 7pm. To book click HERE.

Free Bushcare Group 
Sunday 7th April at 8am 
This Sunday a Free Bush Care Workshop will be hosted again by the Bushtekniq crew, for the Brisbane City Council and Habitat Brisbane. They always start their workshops with a bit of a Qigong inspired warm-ups. Then there will be seed ball making, informative bush walk and bush herbal cups of tea! Come along and get to know the bush around the Farm. Afterwards you can enjoy a great chai, coffee, fresh juice, green smoothie or iced kombucha at the Organic Farmers Markets. BYO keeper cups and water bottles! Or check out the City Farm Nursery and get into the garden afterwards.

School Tours
The school tours at the Farm are the sweetest thing. What better way for urban kids to get hands on nature connection in the City! 

We are now taking excursion bookings for the school year. Many high school Geography and Home Economics students visit us to learn about Permaculture's role in food security and providing sustainable food, as well as primary school students of all ages. We have a range of educational activities available. To make a booking,
click here.

Earth Arts Play Group
On Tuesdays and Fridays from 10am and at the Sunday Organic Farmers Market from 6am -12pm, a children's playgroup meet at the Farm to give their kids the opportunity to have some free nature connection. All children and carers are welcome!

We had a great beeswax wrap workshop last month at the same time as a bee keeping course which was so much fun! There was urban foraging, bush foods, and regenerative design workshops.This month we have so many great workshops on offer. Making Sense of Place, Retrosuburbia with an opportunity to become a trainer, and an introduction to Bioponics Workshop.  Check out the up-coming Farm workshops HERE. 


We are very pleased that Five Mile Radius designers have delivered the first draft design of our new stage. The design is up on our noticeboards and community consultation is invited until the 12th of April. 

The Farm offers made to order hampers from our Organic Market Stall Holders and gift vouchers from the City Farm Nursery and for our Sustainability Workshops. We also sell our Permaculture Cook Book and Canvas Tote Shopping Bag online HERE.

We really apprecite people supoprting the Farm by becoming memebrs. You can become a member HERE. You can also support the farm by joining our social media. Find us on FACEBOOK HERE and on INSTAGRAM HERE.

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 Markets, and Permaculture Education. We appreciate the financial support of our community. To support 'all living sustainably' at the Farm please Donate Here.  As a not for profit charity, all donations over $2 are tax deductible.

Nursery trading hours change as of next week. Open 6 days, starting 9th of April. 8:30am – 12:30am Tuesday – Saturday , 6:30am-12:30pm Sunday, closed Monday

Organic coffee served at Nursery 5 days a week-no coffee on Sundays during markets. Loyalty cards available soon.

Yoga classes to begin at Nursery in May before Nursery opens, everyone welcome, stay tuned for updates on social media and Soil news.

Megan Forward Children’s Author of ‘Jacaranda Magic’ and ‘A patch from Scratch’ will be holding a reading Sunday April 7th 10:00am at the Kids Playground. She will also be conducting a Basic Gardening Demo for the Children. Bring the Kids Down!

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Thanks to Cheap Trill who came and sung up a storm at the markets last month! It was so great seeing everybody share so much joy around this performance. This month Cycling Brisbane is organising a Kedron Brook Bikeway – Market Ride! Join this free guided bike ride to Northey Street Sunday Organic Farmers Market on the 14th of April. Apart from scoring one of the closest parking spots, you will arrive energized and ready to pick up some local delights. Book now HERE.

Generally we encourage everyone to ride their bikes to the markets, bring keeper cups and produce bags which all help to reduce our environmental footprint! 

See you Sunday!

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