A place to learn from each other about growing food.

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Grey Lynn Community Centre.

510 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland.
Cost: Koha (recommend $5-$10)


Next session: Thursday 1st December 7.00pm - 8.30pm. 

Topic: Getting 'Gifty' with the Garden 


Let's get Creative for Christmas. This evening will be a fun get together to learn how to make some nice things from and for the garden. 

We will make 'seedbombs' which can be fun and educational gifts, and are fun for kids too.

If you have any gifty garden ideas, please bring them to share, preferably with some instructions we can copy or write down.  Things such as plant based Christmas decorations and edible treats.


Looking forward to getting gifty with you!


Purpose of Ooooby-versity: To learn about growing food and to have fun.

Bring koha to cover room costs.
Everyone help set up and pack down room.
Be on time.
Bring your own notebook, pens and name tag.

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Discussion Forum

DVDs for a better world 3 Replies


Started by Tony. Last reply by Karen Bee Oct 5, 2011.

Suggestions for Grey Lynn Ooooby-versity topics 3 Replies

For the last few months I've taken on the Ooooby-versity organising speakers. Is there a good speaker that you think will interest the group?Do you think people want to know more about bees, avocado…Continue

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Started by Lisa L. Last reply by Conscious Café Jul 18, 2011.

Massey, Waitakere City 4 Replies

Anyone else in the area interested in community gardens, discussions, learning together?

Started by Gayleen Taylor. Last reply by Aaron Bennett Mar 16, 2011.

Mulch 1 Reply

Be careful with peastraw I found it brought black nightshade into my garden that wasnt there before.

Started by Susan Lucas. Last reply by Tony Feb 28, 2011.

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Comment by Justin JX on January 18, 2013 at 10:25pm

Hi, is anyone able to help me to sort out the following according to sunlight requirement? apple, pear, plum, cherry, apricot, peaches/nectarines... I'm designing a food forest and need to place them in their best spot accordingly.

Comment by David Bell on December 26, 2011 at 4:05pm

I am working through the Food Bill.


My comment so far. It is the sort of legislation that was used in communist Russia to starve or otherwise eliminate somewhere between 30 million and 50 million Ukranians in the 1930's.


Unless there is blanket exemption for home gardeners, farmers' markets, and bartering, we are heading down a fatal road. Let your MPs be clearly aware of our great concern.

Comment by David Bell on December 21, 2011 at 3:31pm

See the link below for an English town growing its own veggies.

Comment by David Bell on December 21, 2011 at 2:08pm

The Food Bill is a noxious bit of legislation. I have an excellent reply from the US. It is about an English town that is growing its food in open spaces. How do I put a link to the article?

Comment by Pania Robinson on October 28, 2011 at 5:40pm
Awesome! Again I like your thinking. =-) I'll do some research. Maybe we could focus simply on seed bombs and seed paper. Would probably be enough for an hour and a half. We could also have a little shared brainstorm on the night of other crafty things to do.
Comment by Emily Harris on October 28, 2011 at 3:29pm

There's lots of seed bomb instructions online e.g.

and many more.

We could learn together if there's no one who's done it before to teach.

Seed paper for cards/gift wrapping would also be cool:

Let's get crafty!

Comment by Pania Robinson on October 28, 2011 at 3:16pm
Hey I like your thinking Emily! Plant bombs could be a new take on bath bombs as gift ideas. ;-) Anyone know how to make them?
Comment by Emily Harris on October 28, 2011 at 2:17pm
Love that idea Pania. Hope some talented Ooooby members have cool things to share. I'd love to learn how to make seed bombs, plant-based Christmas decorations and yummy Christmas treats.
Comment by Pania Robinson on October 28, 2011 at 12:15pm
Hi all. I'm planning Oooobyversity for December. I'm thinking it could be fun and useful to share tips around making garden or foody christmas gifts. It would be great if we could learn from each other. Does anyone have any crafty projects for Christmas gifts that you would like to share tips on?
Comment by Pania Robinson on October 10, 2011 at 4:35pm
Thank you Carl Pickens for a wonderful inspiring and informative talk!! Thanks to those of you who could come along.

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