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Northey Street City Farm

The Northey St City Farm was founded in April 1994 by a group of local Brisbane residents.  It is a non-profit community project which has been run entirely by volunteers using organic and permaculture principles.

Visitors to the farm are usually staggered by the amount of work that has been done in such a short time, and by the variety and abundance of food crops planted! Members and volunteers, both past and present are to be congratulated!

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Northey Street City Farm

The Farm occupies an area approximately 4 hectares (10 acres) adjacent to Enoggera Creek and Lutwyche Road. The site is infamous because it is always the first places in Brisbane to flood during heavy rain. During the 1974 flood, Northey St was 14 feet under water and houses of the time were badly damaged. As a result the Brisbane City Council resumed the land, turning in into a park.

The old backyard mango trees are still there and give welcome respite from the summer sun. As well, more than 1500 fruit trees, bush tucker plants, shrubs and ground covers have been planted. The banks of Breakfast Creek have been regenerated with over 600 rainforest trees endemic to the area.

The City Farm provides the opportunity for city dwellers to connect with each other and the environment, demonstrating that ecologically sustainable development can be achieved in the city.

By Gavin Hardy

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Plan for Mandala Garden implemented at Northey Street City Farm (click image to enlarge)

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