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Do you have a decent bit of backyard?  An area the size pictured above could yield a decent harvest if it is done right.


The Ooooby Box is looking for people around Auckland who could dedicate some space in their yard to be turned into a micro-farm or who could give their skills and time to running a micro-farm.


We need to be able to buy in quantities of around and above 100 servings at a time, so you need to be able to plant a decent amount of just 1 or 2 crops.


We can let you know what we want ahead of season so you can choose a crop and get started.


If you have some yard space, but not the skill or time, you could pair up a local micro-farmer and share in the harvest.  If you're open to that idea just pop a short comment below indicating the suburb your land is in and approximately how many square meters you would have available.


If you have the skills and time,  but no land, pop a short comment below indicating yourself as a potential micro-farmer and your suburb.


If you have land, skills and time then pop in a comment too.


We can contact anyone who makes a comment to get the ball rolling.


Alternatively you could send an email to 

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Comment by Ricardo Oscar Marques on April 30, 2011 at 11:47pm

I live in Mangere, I guess that I can provide from one to 3 crops.

I need help to do it properly, at least to start. I pay back with handwork.

As you can see, I spam lots of people asking for help.

Comment by Crystal Lil on April 24, 2011 at 9:34am
I live on the border of Pt Chevalier/Mt Albert. I have a bit of space in my yard, which already grows some veggies but I have been thinking about asking the neighbours if I could commandeer some of the unused communal land to expand into. (I'll have to get out and measure the space.) I'd also be interested in teaming up with someone local. Also, we have a feijoa tree and a grapefruit tree - most of the fruit just drop on the ground and rot...
Comment by paul stewart on April 9, 2011 at 9:18am
hi there am in roual oak and are more than interested in this idea,would like to talk to you more about and to have someone to look at the land etc etc.kind regards
Comment by Gracie MacKinlay on March 15, 2011 at 3:34pm
I've got 200 - 300 m2 land that can be used for this.  In Greenhithe, Auckland.
Comment by Pete Russell on March 8, 2011 at 10:54pm

Thank you all so much for your wonderful offers of land.  Our wonderful Hannie will be managing the coordination of micro-farmers and landowners as well as the supply arrangements to Ooooby.  You can reach her at if you would like to get started.

Comment by Laura Armstrong on March 8, 2011 at 4:03pm

Hi - I have some land in Pt Chevalier probably enough for one crop.

Also have limited skills and time, keen to pair up with someone else local to make it work!

I love my oooby box by the way.

Comment by Gwynn Sturdevant on March 1, 2011 at 7:14pm
Hi Pete!! You can use my land. It's on a hill though! I heart ooooby!
Comment by Ngaire Wallace on March 1, 2011 at 12:28pm
Would be great to be able to have this in operation in Whanganui and sell produce through the Rebs Stall.
Comment by Vel Litt on March 1, 2011 at 1:28am
Yes, I have more than enough space for a micro farm. But alas, I'm too far away to be of use in Auckland. Still, I'd like to know suggestions so that I can impliment them here in our little corner of northeast Ohio, USA. I'll share my results with all. It is still winter here but spring is on the way and I'm just starting plans to grow this season. Thank you Pete Russell, I'm still fascinated by OOOOby and finding ways to share at
Comment by Alison Kaye Paulin on February 28, 2011 at 9:33pm
We have a bit of a backyard and very limited time. Would be happy to pair up with someone to turn it into a micro-farm! Mt Albert, Auckland - near Unitec.

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