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by Carolyn Hopping (subscribe)
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Learn Something New This Autumn
Situated just minutes away from Perth's CBD, close to Claisebrook Station, Perth's City Farm is a unique project which aims to educate the public about organic gardening, sustainable living, health and well-being. Established on the site of an old scrap metal yard and battery recycling plant, City Farm was founded in 1994 as an initiative of the Planetary Action Network, the youth branch of Men of the Trees. Over the two decades of its existence, a miracle has occurred and what was formerly a barren wasteland has now been transformed into a lush, verdant oasis amidst the surrounding urban landscape. These days City Farm is a dynamic community space which incorporates community gardens, art studios, weekly markets, a cafe and much more.

This image is from the Perth City Farm website.
This image is from the Perth City Farm website.

If all this was not enough, City Farm also holds regular courses and workshops to educate the wider community about topics relating to its ethos of environmental sustainability. These include subjects such as organic gardening, traditional art forms, creating an environmentally friendly home and healthy cooking. Children's courses are also held regularly during school holidays.

This Autumn, City Farm is holding a few exciting courses for adults, focusing on three very different topics. Following is some information about each. To find out more, contact City Farm on 9325 7229, email them at or check out their website.

An Introduction To Growing Your Own Food

Sunday 7 April: 10am - 1pm

Cost: $85

Presented by Harry and Bonnie Wykman, this short introductory workshop will be a great inspiration if you've always wanted to create your own veggie garden at home but haven't known where to begin. It covers all the basics about growing your own food, and provides suggestions about what to do before you start, such as choosing a site, integrated design, assessing (and building up) your soil and composting. Other topics which are covered include seeds, plant propagation, planting, watering and harvesting.

Perth City Farm is a tranquil oasis amidst the chaos of the urban landscape.
Perth City Farm is a tranquil oasis amidst the chaos of the urban landscape.

This workshop involves plenty of hands on experience, so it may be just the boost you need to get your own garden started. Gardening workshops are very popular at City Farm so it's strongly recommended that you book early for this course.

Yummy basil is just one of the things which are grown at Perth City Farm.
Yummy basil is just one of the things which are growing at Perth City Farm.

Turkish Marbling (Ebru)

Sunday 28 April: 11.30am - 1.30pm

Cost: $40

Ebru is an ancient Turkish technique of water marbling dating back to the 14th Century, and this workshop is a simple introduction to this beautiful art form. Facilitator, Vesile Yilmaz will guide participants in the basic techniques of Ebru, demonstrating ways of producing traditional patterns such as gel-git, battal and hatip. This art form is very easy and once you learn the techniques from Vesile, it can be easily practiced even by complete novices. Whatever creations you produce during this workshop can be taken home to be used for card making, book-binding or scrap-booking.

Vesile teaching a class on the ancient Turkish art of Ebru. This image is from the Perth City Farm website.
Vesile teaching an Ebru class. This image is from the Perth City Farm website.

Here in Australia it is very rare to get the opportunity to learn Ebru, so grasp the opportunity while it's available. This workshop is sure to be very popular, so contact City Farm as soon as possible and book your spot. Otherwise you may miss out.

A beautiful example of the ancient Turkish art form, Ebru.This image is from the Perth City Farm website.
A beautiful example of the ancient Turkish art of Ebru. This image is from the Perth City Farm website.

Gluten Free Workshop

Saturday 18 and Sunday 19 May

Cost: TBA

Most people react with horror when they're instructed to follow a gluten free diet, wondering what on earth they're going to eat from now on. This dilemma is compounded even further when there is a whole family whose needs must be catered for. In this workshop facilitator Rose Morgan will introduce participants to the wonderful world of gluten free cooking, assuring them that it is not all doom and gloom. She'll share valuable tips about preparing a gluten free kitchen as well as some of her yummy recipes.

This workshop is essential for anyone who is taking the huge step of changing their diet. Rose's tips, based on years of experience, are priceless as is her comprehensive selection of sumptuous recipes that even the kids will love. There is a lot of opportunity to get some hands-on experience, so you'll leave feeling a lot more confident about your new diet.

Rose's workshops are always very popular so it's strongly recommended that you book well in advance or you may miss out. Contact City Farm for bookings and further details.
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Why? It's always fun to learn new skills, and Perth City Farm is a great place to learn.
When: See the article or City Farm website for more details.
Phone: 9325 7229
Where: City Farm, 1 City Farm Place, East Perth, 6004
Cost: It varies.
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