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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 Pania Robinson on December 13, 2010 at 4:00pm

Hi all. There's a free talk this Thursday night about Dirt Doctor at the same place as oooobyversity normally is. See the link below for the event details.

Cheers and happy festivities.

Comment by Lisa L on October 9, 2010 at 8:33pm
My home economist/ food science /writer skills could be helpful here, my next project is about preserving seasonal produce which I will be writing through the summer autumn so can help out here.
Comment by David Bell on October 9, 2010 at 4:51pm
Lesson the first. For setting, jams and jellies require that pectin and fructose be provided, and separated. In some fruits, pectin levels are very high, with plenty of sucrose. Plums and lemons are particularly high. Fruit should have some fairly ripe, with high fructose levels, and some a bit on the green side, which provides the pectin.

Some fruits are very low in pectin, but have plenty of fructose. Apples, quince, pyracanth are some examples. The juice of two lemons is usually sufficient to provide the needed pectin. If you have access to Edmonds Cookery Book, their marmalade recipe is a good illustration.

Lesson the second.
Fruit preparation
Comment by David Bell on October 8, 2010 at 4:56pm
When and where? Waihi may be a bit far, but jams and jellies are easy. Ditto chutney.

Would on-line info help?

Comment by Pete Russell on October 8, 2010 at 2:13pm
Sounds good Angie. Do you know anyone who could lead it?
Comment by Angie Gibbons on October 7, 2010 at 6:14pm
How about a jan topic: preserving, dehydrating, storing produce?
im just thinking of things that gardeners need support with.
Comment by Pete Russell on September 17, 2010 at 10:11am
Hi Lisa. Thanks for your suggestion. At this stage the first Thursday works well in terms of the kickstarting the month and I am already lining up speakers for the next two events. Let's see how we go and maybe review later.
Comment by Lisa L on September 16, 2010 at 4:55pm
Like the once a month idea and making it more of an event. If we want supper so we can chat and mingle I can help with this. Also did you realise the CCS monthly lectures is also the first week of the month Tuesday though and some of the people who attend that talk would probably be interested in the same topics as Ooooby versity would you consider moving it to another thursday in the month?
Comment by Pete Russell on September 15, 2010 at 9:12pm
Sounds like a great idea Angie. Let's do that for the December session.
Comment by Angie Gibbons on September 15, 2010 at 9:10pm
Hi Can I suggest a seeds saving workshop as one of the ooooby versity programs? this should be done in spring early summer.

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