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James Samuel

About me

I am currently building the Food Forest NZ brand, and connecting to the abundance of good people in this space.

From the design phase to the planting of trees or developing a social media strategy for connecting to others, serious food forest projects are what float my boat.

Background: Following on from two years of volunteering for Transition Towns Aotearoa, I had the pleasure of co-founding Ooooby with Pete Russell. When I'm not working on Food Forest projects I can be found teaching social media for The Centre for Sustainable Practice, or supporting small businesses with their online presence.

I live on Waiheke Island with my partner Kim, and our daughter Zuva.

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At 8:41pm on July 23, 2014, Carina said…

hi James :)  

welcome to the tauranga ooooby group :)  Catherine mentioned you and that is good to hear of your involvement with ooooby :)   

must be pretty lovely living on waiheke island, thanks to you and Pete for founding ooooby, it's a neat concept and flows along nicely, lots of keen like minds :)

At 12:01pm on June 25, 2013, Kama Burwell said…

Hiya James, here is that good food forest site I mentioned on the Awhitu Peninsula http://www.awhitu.co.nz/

At 9:34am on March 22, 2013, Diane Emerson said…

Hi James: thank you for the food forest effort on Waiheke. I am in Wellington now, and will be cycling back to Auckland by late April. I pledged $70 for the effort. May I have lunch with you instead, since I won't be in town when Andy is there?  I am happy with a plate of nuts and fruit.  It will be my only chance to meet you for at least another year or so.  Thanks for considering it, James. Please agree to my request only if it brings you joy to do so. Sincerely, Diane

At 10:28pm on May 29, 2012, margaret kwok said…

Its great so many interesting article,blogs and pics... I spent time on the World wide Permaculture network today but oooby is much easier to use... especially for loading pictures.

Well done!

At 8:06pm on August 4, 2011, Simon Browne said…
Hi James, yes the boot camp sounds very interesting - can't wait. Good chance to meet the whole OOOOBY family.

James Samuel's Blog

Visiting Canadian Urban Farmers

Posted on January 23, 2016 at 9:03am

Food Forest Design Course as part of the sea change

Posted on January 14, 2014 at 3:59pm

Building community like a forest

Posted on October 5, 2013 at 8:44am

Building Community Food Forests

Posted on March 19, 2013 at 10:09am — 1 Comment

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Little Oneroa
Post / Zip Code
I can offer
Gardening & yard labour, Gardening advice, Permaculture design, Food from my garden
Food Growing Skill Level
Experience and Qualifications
Permaculture Design Certificate, Dairy, Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Gardening on others Land, Swapping Food
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
Passionfruit, Pepinos, Egg laying machines

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Waiheke Food Forest

If you are interested and willing to put energy into establishing a food forest on Waiheke, then this is for you.
8 hours ago
James Samuel's blog post was featured

Visiting Canadian Urban Farmers

Learn the inner workings of small-plot growing and discover how urban micro-farming can be a profitable enterprise while regenerating the land and your local food system. Jean-Martin Fortier and Curtis Stone will share the design and workings of their individual enterprises – both the production and the business – with insights and knowledge that has been hard won, but ready for you to take and implement. Details of what you can expect at these workshops, can be found at…See More
Jan 23
Amanda and Aaron Porteous joined James Samuel's group

GROW Waiheke Community Gardens

Gardens are in Ostend, Blackpool, Onetangi, and Surfdale.
Apr 19, 2015
James Samuel posted a status
"The exciting thing happening from now until the 6th of April is the Beyond Organic NZ Tour - www.beyondorganicnztour.com"
Mar 9, 2015
James Samuel's event was featured

Beyond Organic NZ Tour - Waiheke workshop at Waiheke Island

March 12, 2015 to March 13, 2015
The first event of this four week tour, is a two day workshop on Waiheke.The last event is in Central Otago.Read more and register.See More
Mar 9, 2015
James Samuel commented on Sarah Stern's video

The Permie Song by Michelle Morgan - permaculture sustainable living

"This song can be heard in the documentary movie An...  ???"
Feb 18, 2015
James Samuel commented on Robyn Guyton's group Food Forests NZ
" www.beyondorganicnztour.com An expression of the multi-layered systems of mostly perennial plants, designed for less work more yield, more fun."
Feb 18, 2015
James Samuel commented on Pete Russell's group Wairarapa NZ
"The #BONZTour is coming to the Wairarapa - check it out at www.beyondorganicnztour.com "
Feb 18, 2015
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Wairarapa NZ

Tell us all what you want or what you have to offer. eg. Lemons, seedlings etc. To respond to someones listing contact them directly via their page…
Feb 18, 2015
James Samuel commented on Jo Drysdall's group Christchurch NZ
" The #BONZTour is coming to Christchurch - see more at www.beyondorganicnztour.com"
Feb 18, 2015
James Samuel commented on Carina's group Tauranga
" Exciting news - three events in Tauranga, as part of the Beyond Organic NZ Tour!"
Feb 6, 2015
James Samuel commented on Catherine's event Permaculture Plentiful Garden Workshop
"Sounds like a fun event :-)"
Aug 30, 2014
James Samuel commented on Carina's group Tauranga
"Thank you for joining me up to this group. Given we are about to launch the Ooooby Box in the Waikato (first boxes are being delivered on Wed 13th Aug), I thought it was time to connect with you lovely people, for some conversation about…"
Aug 2, 2014
James Samuel left a comment for Carina
"Hi Carina, I'm planning to come down to BOP and would love to meet with you and anyone who might be interested in setting up an Ooooby hub in the Bay. Pleas get in touch - james@ooooby.com or 021 252 0653 James -- www.about.me/jmsinnz"
Jul 30, 2014
James Samuel joined Carina's group


Ooooby(Out of our own Backyards) feel free to: Connect with eachother via your pages, Write on this page if you want to share anything, Come along to any monthly backyard gatherings :) all welcome, no need to be a member, or to have a garden ;)  Next Produce Share Gathering:  Sun 31st Jan,  2-4pmat Sharon's new Permablitzed garden :)   Brookfieldph Carina for more details 021 064 9814bring: something for the share table... e.g. produce, plants, seedlings, seeds, flowers.. :)    for more…See More
Jul 22, 2014
James Samuel and Makuini Ruth Tai are now friends
Jul 18, 2014
James Samuel's blog post was featured

Food Forest Design Course as part of the sea change

Enormous opportunities are opening up as we move from an unsustainable industrial food production and distribution model, to one that regenerates the very soil and land that supports life.Thankfully and not before time, this topic is receiving increasing amounts of attention.A rising chorus is now coming from UN agencies on how food security, poverty, gender inequality and climate change can all…See More
Jan 14, 2014
Barbara and James Samuel are now friends
Oct 10, 2013
James Samuel's blog post was featured

Building community like a forest

The first New Zealand Food Forest Hui, held in Auckland last week was a high energy and over-subscribed event (we had sold out and had people in a waiting list). Here are some of the highlights and outcomes. If you missed it, stay in touch, there’s sure to be another!…See More
Oct 5, 2013
James Samuel posted a blog post

Building community like a forest

The first New Zealand Food Forest Hui, held in Auckland last week was a high energy and over-subscribed event (we had sold out and had people in a waiting list). Here are some of the highlights and outcomes. If you missed it, stay in touch, there’s sure to be another!…See More
Oct 5, 2013

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