Emily Harris
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New Lynn
I am a...
Urban Farmer
I can offer
Garden watering, Garden sitting, to be a gardening buddy, Lead a workshop, Permaculture design
Food Growing Skill Level
Experience and Qualifications
Permaculture Design Certificate
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, WWOOFA Working, Seed Savers, Gardening on others Land
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
In the process of setting up edible gardens at my new place in New Lynn, growing as much as I can squeeze in.

Emily Harris's Blog

Urban Garden DIY workshops

Urban Pantry, in collaboration with Tangleball, is launching an ‘Urban Garden DIY’ workshop series, to be held in Tangleball's community workshop space.

The workshops will be shaped by the interests of the people who come to them, so whether there's a particular project idea you're really keen to bring to life, or you want to be inspired by other people's innovative…


Posted on July 21, 2011 at 11:39am

Help me get $10,000 funding from Pure Futures to grow community through gardening

As you may know, I've been working hard since February on my vision of building strong, sustainable urban communities through rooftop vege gardening. I've created my first demonstration garden and am currently working on proposals for several larger scale communal rooftop vege gardens. I've…

Posted on September 24, 2010 at 3:25pm

Please help me to name my city rooftop food gardening project

I recently won the Dream to Reality competition with my proposal to create rooftop food gardens on city apartment buildings. Since then I've been busy researching, planning and connecting with lots of new, amazing people. When I write to or talk to new people about what I'm doing I find myself describing it…


Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:41pm — 2 Comments

Help me out in the Dream to Reality environmental goal competition!

I've had my entry accepted in the Happyzine Dream to Reality environmental goal competition. The competition called for entrants to submit a proposal based on an environmental goal they'd like to achieve in their community this year. The winner will get mentoring, support and publicity to achieve their goal.

My proposal is establishing rooftop food gardens on apartment buildings in Auckland's CBD.…

Posted on February 23, 2010 at 1:30pm — 8 Comments

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At 8:46pm on May 3, 2011, Ricardo Oscar Marques said…
At 6:34pm on April 25, 2011, andrea ellis said…

Hey Emily,

Thanks for the response, I would love to arrange to chat as your experience would be hugely beneficial for my research on the topic.

I will email you

Thanks, Andrea

At 11:52pm on April 24, 2011, andrea ellis said…
Hi Emily,

I am a new ooooby member. I have just joined your city rooftop food gardens group as I am also interested in a similar field and would love the opportunity to pick your brain.

I’m in my final year of a 4 year industrial design degree at Massey University.

For my final year each student decides on a problem or an area that they would like to improve on. We then spend the entire year researching and developing this.

For my final year project I want to make sustainable living more achievable for non-property owners. One of the ways in which I believe this could be achieved is a product that allows people to grow their own vegetables.
The angle I'm working from is that I want it to be easily transportable and maybe even something that can be customized/ personalized for different living situations. It is also important it doesn't affect the property in any way.

So maybe if you have any ideas/ suggestions for this or maybe know of someone who could help me in this area would be hugely appreciated.





At 10:30am on January 20, 2011, Charlotte Freer Gordon said…

Hey Emily,

I've just moved back from overseas and I'm keen to get involved in some community projects.  Your rooftop gardens sound really interesting.  I was working on some similar urban gardening projects in Mexico City.  Here's my email, let me know if there's anything I can do: charlimaar@gmail.com 

At 7:03am on November 4, 2010, Jenny Freewalker said…
Hi Emily, l would love some food scraps and juice. l have eggs and leeks that l could exchange. l work at Auckland hospital so not too far away.
At 8:02pm on September 29, 2010, steve said…
Hi, ive been useing these bins made from recycled plastic 560w x 360b x 220h, 33 litres, really happy with the size, depth, moveability for different seasons..., can supply them for $17+gst (out side of auckland central and waiheke + postage) if any one is interested.

At 10:37am on August 6, 2010, Pete Russell said…
Great event last night Emily. Fabulous turnout. We're having a meeting tonight in Grey Lynn to reveal the 'Box' to anyone who can might like to support it's launch on the 23rd September. It would be great if you could join us. It would also be good to have another catch up soon to discuss ways we can support each other. Have a great day.
At 12:53pm on May 7, 2010, Pania Robinson said…
Thanks for the info Emily, nice to meet you too. I'll check out the link. I found another gardening course which I've signed up for. If you're interested details are at http://www.facebook.com/?ref=home#!/event.php?eid=118105741548129&ref=mf
It's with a group called Dirt Doctor and they'll be doing 3 short seminars on compost, dealing with weeds and micro-organisms.
Go well with the rooftops!
At 4:00pm on April 30, 2010, Diane SQ said…
RE Rooftops garden,
Emily you need to talk to Dion from Rainbow Valley farm. He has experience in establishing rooftops garden in the States. Could you click on my page to aknowledge you've read this. Cheers
At 3:48pm on March 18, 2010, Denise said…
Emily, I have forwarded your blog to Nick Collins at Beacon Pathway (www.beaconpathway.co.nz) and asked him to forward to his networks. He is well connected so you never know..


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