Northey Street City Farm is a permaculture garden in the centre of Brisbane. It is located on 2 hectares of flood-prone area, which is leased from the Brisbane City Council.
In Zone One is the cafe, kitchen gardens and building. The building has been positioned on poles so that it is at the highest point of a 1 in 100 years flood, so that it will not be flooded. The kitchen gardens are for demonstration purposes and are in the shape of keyholes to maximise the output.
There are at least three large meeting places which can be used by visiting groups, but in particular school groups.
Bob gave us an eye-opening demonstration of earth art.
Across the road, there is a regeneration area, which is maintained by the local Bush Care group. There are also groves of native fruit trees in outer zones.
There is a dedicated green waste recycling centre, which includes a large worm farm and compost tunnels. They use the worm liquid to fertilise their plants, rather than as castings. Northey St uses a three bay compost system to rotate the waste matter.
There are three chicken tractors and these are moved every fortnight.
Also across the road are the productive gardens for the markets and lunches. The new vegetable beds are made up of cardboard, compost and straw. Northey St use the no-dig technique and the beds are raised to make the most of mini floods. They plant open-pollinated seeds and collect them again for saving.
Nearby are the allotments which are available for hire. Some people are using nets to keep the bush turkeys away.
There is also a citrus orchard and this area includes sub-tropical fruit trees. As an investment in the future, there is a grove of hardwood trees which will be harvested in 20 years time.
There is a nursery on site called Edible Landscapes Organic Nursery. The organic markets are held in the car park on every Sunday.
Thank you to Northey Street City Farm for the free tour. Tours are held every Tuesday at 9:30pm and highly recommended.