The Northey Street City Farm runs tours every Tuesday morning at 9.30 am. The farm is located in Windsor, just north of the Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital. This morning, despite the rainy weather, I drove over to the farm and spent two hours being guided around the grounds learning about the farm and permaculture. It was a fantastic (and free) opportunity to pick up lots of good ideas and advice for my own backyard garden.
The farm operates in line with permaculture principles and as well as being a community garden, there is a plant nursery ‘Edible Landscapes’ where you buy seedlings, fruit trees, mulch, manure, fertiliser and other gardening supplies. The nursery stocks some really interesting plants that you’ll be unlikely to find in your local nursery. Today wild passionfruits, elderberry, water chestnuts and ice-cream bean (Inga edulis) were all in stock. It is open to the public:
Tuesday to Saturday: 9.00 am – 4.00 pm
Sunday: 6 am to 12 noon
There are also organic markets held in the carpark every Sunday morning (6 – 10.30 am). In fact they are the oldest organic markets in Queensland and sell certified organic produce.
If you get the chance I would definitely recommend the tour and a wander through the nursery afterwards. Of course, the farm is always looking for volunteers so you may end up staying a little longer than you plan…