Beelarong Community Farm in Morningside Offers Healthier Food Options for the Neighbourhood

In the corner of Beverly and York Streets in Morningside sits a 4,000 square-meter community farm. Quietly nestled within its urban environment, this farm is open to everybody, particularly to those who want to promote and embrace a more sustainable lifestyle by growing food locally and devoid of any chemicals.

Credit: Beelarong Community Facebook

The Beelarong Community Farm was established in 1994 based on a needs survey which revealed that social isolation is a major problem within the Morningside community. The survey also showed that residents within the Morningside Ward desire friendship and want to become part of social support groups. They also longed for more access to additional parks and gardens.

In 1997, through the help of public officials and community members, the Beelarong Community Farm was started. It has since offered residents the camaraderie they so desire, whilst serving purpose to the community as a whole.

Today, the not-for-profit association thrives through membership and plot rentals for those who want to grow their own provisions.

The farm will welcome new members in March. The month is also brimming with different workshops that teach people to make healthier and more sustainable food.

What’s on at Beelarong Community Farm in March

Credit: Beelarong Community Facebook

The following events are suitable for ages 50 years and over. A walking tour of the farm is already included in each of these workshops. Everyone is advised to wear closed footwear and to bring their own apron.

Chutney workshop

6th March

9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

Learn how to make a delicious bottled chutney

Cob oven cooking

8th March

9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Learn how to prepare and cook damper and pumpkin scones in the community farm’s cob oven.

Bonus: How to make lemon butter session will also be conducted

Balinese Cooking

11th March

11:00 a.m. 1:00 p.m.

Learn how to prepare and cook fragrant and spicy curries, sambals (chilli sauce), noodles and salads.

Thai Curry Paste

25th March

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Learn how to make a variety of Thai curry pastes from scratch and how to alter the heat to suit the taste.

Planter Pot

26th March

9:30 a.m. 11:30 p.m.

Using natural and recycled hessian, learn how to make an environmentally friendly plant pot useful for herbs, cacti and small flowering plants.

To become a Beelarong Community Farm member, fill out the forms here.

To know more information about the workshops being offered, please click here.

What’s On in Morningside This First Week of September

Morningside is the place to be this week. Here’s what happening around town.

Thursday, 7 September

Moo-Free Dinner

Time: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

Venue: Charlie’s Raw Squeeze Morningside

Photo credit: MooFree Burgers Food Truck/Facebook

The Moo-Free Burger truck is back at Morningside. It’s your chance to get a load of healthy burgers for dinner. Raw Squeeze will also stay up late to serve their signature juices for only $5 to compliment your vegan burger.


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Saturday, 9 September

Spring into Summer Pool Party

Tickets: FREE

Time: 12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Venue: Hampton Swim School

Photo credit: Hampton Swim School/Facebook

It’s time to welcome summer! The Hampton Swim School is inviting everyone to let off some steam as they hold a pool party. Activities for all ages are waiting, including relay races, diving competitions, and water sensory for babies up to 3-year-old kids. The pool will be open for swimming and playing. There will be face painting and a jumping castle, too.

Free BBQ will be served all-day. Kids will also get the chance to meet Bruce the Shark.


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Saturday, 9 September

Bees & the Buzz in the Hive

Tickets: FREE

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.

Venue: Beelarong Community Farm

Photo credit: Beelarong Community Farm/Facebook

Lisa Kelly of Three Fat Bees will share her vast knowledge of the interesting and amazing life of bees. Lisa humbly began as a self-taught apiarist who started a honey business with just one hive. Over the rough four years, it grew into a commercial business that produces 100% natural, untreated honey.

The Brisbane City Council supports this GOLD event and particularly encourages Morningside residents aged 50 years and above to attend.


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Saturday, 9 September

Norman Park C&K Open Day

Tickets: FREE

Time: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Venue: Norman Park C&K

Photo credit: Norman Park C&K/Facebook

The Norman Park C&K will open their gates to the whole community. At the “Kindy Grounds”, the guests will experience what nature play really means. Their staff will be happy to answer all of the questions about the school.


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Sunday, 10 September

Sunday in the Garden

Tickets: FREE

Time: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Venue: Beelarong Community Farm

Photo credit: Beelarong Community Farm/Facebook

Sunday is Farm Family Day at the Beelarong Community Farm. Relax at the garden and enjoy nature, while having tea and a picnic. Guests will have the chance to explore Local Kids Garden and the Raised Garden Beds.

B.Y.O picnic blankets and have your fill of sausage sizzles, coffee, and tea.


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