NERP Home Harvest Picnic

Save the date for a NERP picnic!

Hello, to all our lovely NERP members

To celebrate Home Harvest time, we’re having a NERP group picnic on March 14th at the Hurstbridge Edible Hub community garden. All NERP Google group members and their families are invited. Just bring your own food, drinks, picnic rug, and permie good cheer. 

The get-together will be very informal, and you can stay for as little or as long a time as you like. We’d really love to see everyone there, so we hope you’ll save the date and come along. The picnic will be a ripper chance to welcome and meet all our new members, and allow a much-appreciated catch up with some familiar, friendly faces.  

The event is free, of course, but we’re putting it on TryBooking to get a sense of numbers. And if you can’t commit to booking, but find yourself with free time on the day, just turn up. For those catching public transport, the Hurstbridge Hub is just across the tracks from the Station. 

A link to the event is below. Hope to see everyone there.

Time: 4pm to 6.30pm
Date: 14th March, 2021
Place: Hurstbridge Hub, Graysharps Rd, Hurstbridge
Bring: Food, drinks, picnic rug

Mary & Robert’s garden

Saturday 20 March 10.30am – 12.30pm

Over the past 16 years we have transformed the back lawn into a food forest using permaculture principles. We continue to experiment with wicking beds, compost bays, a berry garden, 26 fruit trees including avocados, fig, tamarillos, persimmons, apples and stone fruit, and a greenhouse with bananas actually fruiting. The front garden has bees, aquaculture and native habitat. We’d love to show you our garden and have a chat on the deck over a cuppa.


Hedley & Lauri’s garden

Sunday March 21 2.00pm – 4.00pm

Lauri and Hedley have lived in Eltham for 12 years and their 1250m2 garden has seen big changes. They planted a lemon tree and thyme back in 2008. They now have 11 wicking beds, a 40,000L water tank, chickens, fruit trees, berries, herbs, and indigenous edibles. Many of the plants have been added to the garden over the last 5 years so fruit production is only just starting to ramp up. Hedley has been busy building a pizza oven and although it is not quite finished, it looks fantastic!


RetroSuburbia workshops

Two-day workshop:
Saturday 1st & Sunday 2nd May, 10–4.30pm

Trainers add-on day:
Monday 3rd May, 10–4.30pm

NERP will soon be hosting a RetroSuburbia workshop run by Beck Lowe, who co-produced the RetroSuburia book with David Holmgren.

The workshop will take place in Hurstbridge, and we’ll have limited spots available due to covid restrictions. There are options for a two-day workshop exploring themes in the book and how you can live more sustainably, or a three-day workshop that involves an add-on day for people who’d like to become registered RetroSuburban trainers. Please note that no prior experience is needed for the two-day workshop, but those enrolling in the add-on day should be familiar with the RetroSuburbia book and its content.

For a flier with more information, please visit:

You can book a spot, or get more information, by shooting us an email at or calling Jules Jay on 0400 750 750.

It’s an amazing opportunity, and we hope to see some of you there.

Nina and Perrin’s garden

Saturday 27 February 2021
10:30 AM to 12:30 PM

We live in a multi-generational household on my parent’s-in-laws property in Eltham and have set up a backyard veggie garden operation. A year in we have harvested 250kg of veggies and keep developing the perennial planting, adding fruit trees & berries.

We have 40sqm raised beds, fully irrigated, in a mixture of apple crates, set up as wicking beds or raised beds built from the recycled hardwood frame, salvaged when half the house was knocked down to enable ageing in place and disabled access.