18 June 2016 - Winter Solstice Festival

We have started planning for our annual celebration of living in harmony with the seasons, the Winter Solstice Festival.  Volunteers are needed to help with preparing lanterns, displays and decorations. If you have a few hours to spare in May and June, please contact Ronni Martin on

NSCF has a stall at The Green Day Out (formally Recycle Expo)  on Sunday 10th April.Green Day Out promotes sustainable products, education & services, and offers eco-friendly workshops & presentations through out the day.  Brisbane Table Tennis Centre, 86 Green Tce, Windsor (just around the corner from the Northey Street Organic Farers Markets) on Sunday 10th April, 9am – 4pm. Entry is only $5 adults and free for kids 12 & under (entry price includes workshops) 

Tenzin Choegyal is giving NSCF crew a discount to see guest speaker  on Wed 20th April and NSCF friends get a $10 discount if they book using the password Peace On Earth
Keynote speaker Dr Vandana Shiva, a world-renowned scholar and environmental advocate who has dedicated her career to investigating the most significant ecological and social issues of our time. Dr Shiva’s passionate and compelling talk Making Peace with the Earth will address the importance of the soil itself as well as Tibet’s pivotal role as the water source for billions of people throughout Asia. 

“You are not Atlas carrying the world on your shoulder. It is good to remember that the planet is carrying you.” – Dr. Vandana Shiva

BRISBANE POWERHOUSE, 18th – 24th April 2016 

Proceeds go to the Tibetan Children’s Village, India.
“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” 
 HH the 14th Dalai Lama

Sundays 6am to 11am
The market has had another great month. There is fantastic produce at the market. Our newest stallholders are Cocoholics with delicious coconut ice-cream and buckwheat pancakes, and Hemp Food Australia with hemp oil, seed and protein. Such interesting stalls to visit.
We are really pleased that yoga has returned to the market. Together with Raw Power Yoga (based in Newstead) Yoga is held at 7am on the green behind the Chai Cafe.
We have a great response so far. Namaste.
Autumn in the Nursery
The weather is getting cooler, and this time of year Brisbane gardeners’ thoughts turn to the cool season annuals we miss throughout the rest of the year.
Right now is the perfect time to be sowing the beet family, which includes chard, silver-beet and beetroot. Open hearted lettuces, like green mignonette or royal oakleaf will also grow well this time of year and taste sweet when the temperatures stay around 25 degrees Celsius.
Some Brassica crops can be started now, cavolo nero kale and blue curled kales will sprout quickly and you will be harvesting them for many months, if all goes well. Rocket will also do well, and if you plant, or sow, some every two weeks, you will have a continuous crop of peppery baby leaves.
Brisbane’s mild winters mean that there are many herbs and vegetables, that can be planted all year, for example, parsley, basil, radishes and carrots, so don’t forget these.
As soon as the temperatures dip a bit lower, the nursery will have coriander, fennel, dill and english spinach seedlings available. Hearted lettuces, like cos and iceberg will be coming soon, as well as cauliflowers and broccolis. So take advantage of the Easter rains, build up your vegetable beds, and get ready for the cool season annuals.
The next Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) Course started on Friday the 1st of April 2016.
Here’s what one student said about our course last year:
“I gained a thorough grounding in a wide range of topics relating to permaculture and garden design from this course. The classes were varied and interesting, taught by a range of specialist teachers. I feel that I gained an excellent grounding in permaculture and its principles. It was a fun, enriching and demanding experience.” - Disa Martin, Student

Permaculture Design Certificate Course dates for 2016
* Fridays: April 1st to July 8th
* Saturdays: August 6th – Nov 19th (break for October long weekend)
* Intensive: September School Holidays – 17th Sept – 2nd Oct
For more information and to book, please click

2 Day Introduction to Permaculture
 October May 21&22, 9am-4pm with Morag Gamble
Introduction to Permaculture is a wonderful weekend immersion in permaculture. Explore the basics of permaculture principles, design and action. Learn simple and useful skills that will really help you to create an abundant permaculture garden at home, in your street, at school or in your community. Come and get your hands in the earth and learn by doing.
Cost: $200/ 170 For more information and to book, please click

Permaculture basics 
Organic Herbs and Vegies
Saturdays 4,11,18 & 25 June, 9am-1pm, with Carmel Harris and Adrian Holbeck
In this practical course, you will learn about understanding and enriching your soil with compost, worms and tonics, and to grow herbs and vegies for healthy, year-round harvests.
Cost: $200/ 170 For more information and to book, please click

Permaculture Design Course Workshop Series
Our Permaculture Design Course (PDC) has a limited number of places for a few people to join in for one-off sessions. Here are the upcoming sessions:
2nd April 9:00am – 4.30pm Trees in Permaculture with Dick Copeman Cost: $85/65
16th April 9:00am – 4.30pm Social Permaculture with Emma Brindal Cost: $85/65
23rd April 9:00 – 12:00 Animals in Permaculture 2 with Richard Nielsen Cost: $50/35
30th April 7.00am – 6.00pm Visit to Crystal Waters Ecovillage Cost: $85/65
7th May 9:00am – 12:00pm Sustainable Housing with Steph Zannakis Cost: $50/35
7th May 1:30 – 4:30pm Appropriate Technology with Luke Reade Cost: $50/35
For more information and to book, please click
Sustainable Living Workshops

Saturday 9th April 
Twist Weave Weaving Circle

Sunday 10th April
Coil Stitch Weaving Circle

Saturday 16th April
Introduction to Organic Gardening

Friday 22nd April
Native Stingless Bees
This workshop is full

Saturday 7th May
Incredible Edibles &
‘Thinking of a Tree Change’ Lockyer Valley Tour 

Saturday 14th May
Table Farming 

Saturday 28th May
Lantern Making &
Garden to Fork 

For detailed information and bookings click here.

Management Committee
To find out more about NSCF governance and what the Management Committee does, have a look at our page on the website:
Management Committee
We hold a free workshop on the last Sunday of each month from 10-11am. There is no need to book in - just turn up on the day. The next one is on Sunday April 24th and there will be two topics - Garden to Fork – cooking from the garden & ‘Table Farming’ in your Kitchen, which is about growing a range of sprouts.

Book in now for a 2016 school activity or group tour! Our school activities include: ‘Feeding the World’s People’ for high school students; ‘Cob Oven Cooking’ for grades 4 -12; and ‘Farm Life’, ‘Earth Arts’ and ‘Basic Farm Tour’ for all ages. We can also tailor an activity to your needs.
If you are interested in bringing a group here, please click here
Visit our School Activities page or the Group Tours page here
Education enquiries:
Education bookings:
Tuesday- Thursday 9am-4pm

City Farm Nursery 
Thursday - Saturday  9am-3pm and
Sunday 6am-11am

Sunday Organic Farmers Market
Every Sunday 6am-11am
A Professional Development workshop for
pre-service and
in-service teachers

Building Ecological Literacy: Outdoor Learning & Sustainability across the Curriculum: Monday 16th May
9am - 3.30pm, with Emma Brindal
This workshop will introduce you to ways in which the Australian Curriculum cross-curriculum priority area of sustainability and simple themes of ecology can be embedded in teaching across the Learning Areas The workshop is focused on primary school teachers, but the material can also apply to secondary teachers.
Cost: $110 school-funded / $70 student/unwaged 
For detailed information and bookings click here
 Farm Tour
The weekly free Farm Tour is on every Tuesday at 9.30am. Meet at the farm kitchen. The tour is followed by a volunteer induction session. Just email to let us know your coming at:
I hope you can come along and join in with one of our activities. See you around the Farm!
Ronni Martin. Education & Support Team Manager.
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