Learn how to monitor for pests in your garden

Community garden workshop - Hurstbridge Community Hub

Saturday, 8th February, 10am–12pm
Hurstbridge Community Hub
50 Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge

Due to the popularity for this event we have increased the number of places available by 10.

This workshop will help you identify different insects in your veggie patch, undertake surveillance for these insects and identify insect pests that pose a threat to your produce.

Speakers include:
Callum Fletcher and Maddy Quirk (AUSVEG) – current pests of concern
Jessi Henneken (Agriculture Victoria) – Queensland fruit fly research
Cait Selleck (Agriculture Victoria) – Tomato potato psyllid project and spiders

There will be a garden walkthrough (if weather permits). The workshop will be followed by light refreshments. Brought to you by Local Food Connect (LFC) and North East Ranges Permaculture (NERP) and hosted by Hurstbridge Edible Hub community garden.


Bookings via EventBrite.

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Start Your Own Veg Seedlings for Winter Harvest


Saturday 15th February, 10am–12pm,
Hurstbridge Hub

A Harvest time event brought to you by Local Food Connect, North East Region Permaculture (NERP) and Edible Hub Community Garden

Starting your own seedlings from seed saves money and lets you access exciting varieties that won’t be available at the nursery. Learn how to start seedlings of winter crops like kale, broccoli, lettuce, spinach, chard, cabbage, fennel, dill and more (the best time to get started is late summer, not autumn!). Find out what makes a good seed-raising mix and how to mix your own using homemade compost. Have a go at making soil blocks and learn the pros/cons of seed trays/modules versus soil blocks.

Have a go at making soil blocks and newspaper pots. Bring your own seeds if you have them and a flat bottomed container to take home soil blocks or newspaper pots. There will be seeds to share and spare punnets.

Cost: free.
Bookings: EventBrite

Water Management in the Home Garden


10am–12pm, Sunday 16th February
Host: Dan Milne, Montmorency

A harvest time event brought to you by LFC and NERP

The tour will focus on the water systems around the home and will be an opportunity to share patterns and principles of water management, including rainwater, domestic wastewater and runoff. Discussion topics will include: working with rainwater cycles, greywater systems, water storage, controlling watering, using wicking beds, swales and terracing and different approaches to delivering water to plants.

The discussion will be structured around a walking tour of the garden. Visitors are welcome to bring a plate and stay for some food and discussion afterwards.

Cost: $5.00

Bookings: Eventbrite

HomePatch – Lucinda’s Permaculture Garden


10am–12pm, Sunday 23rd February

A harvest time event brought to you by LFC and NERP

Set on 1/3 acre residential block on a south facing gum-tree studded hillside in Hurstbridge, HomePatch Permaculture Garden shows how a large and chaotic array of veggies, fruits, water plants and herbs can thrive in a small space alongside gums, using a combination of above ground beds, mixed plantings and plenty of mulch. Lucinda is also happy to talk about preserving, dehydrating, kombucha, sourdough, and show the many energy efficiency improvements they have made to their 70s home.

Cost:  $5.00

Bookings: Eventbrite

Home Harvest Picnic


Sunday 1 March 2020:
Connect, Grow, Eat, Enjoy –
Home Harvest Picnic 2020

NERP will again have a stall at the picnic and be running a seed-bomb making workshop at which people can make their own seed bombs and take them home for planting. It would be wonderful if any and all NERP folk were able to come on down and say hi on the day, or even get their hands dirty helping out at the stall. 

For those attending the picnic dinner, we’ll be having a group catch-up just near the NERP marquee where all members are invited to come together and eat their Harvest dinner. It’s a great opportunity to connect with other members and share good conversation, amazing homegrown food, and the ubiquitous permie stories and knowledge.

We hope to see you there.
NERP committee

Experience the satisfaction of growing your own produce, and the pure pleasure of sharing and eating it with others! Home Harvest is a celebration of home grown produce and local food.

Join us as a grower and supply some home-grown produce for the wonderful Home Harvest Picnic, to be held on Sunday 1 March 2020 from 3.30 pm to 7pm at Edendale Community Environment Farm in Eltham.

In the week leading up to the Picnic, growers from the community supply home-grown produce, which is turned into a delicious picnic feast by trained cooks. These picnics will then be shared at the joyous community Home Harvest Picnic – a relaxing afternoon including community stalls, music, and family activities.

No matter your level of experience or how green your thumbs are, everyone is invited to take part and get growing!

Not a grower? You can still come along and enjoy the feast! Purchase a prepared picnic for $10 or BYO picnic and attend for free.

All growers and lovers of fresh, delicious food are invited to celebrate in the harvest and the joys of local food.

More information and bookings: