Hi Pete :) I am new to ooooby as of today, and im so happy that I have found such a great site. I can hardly leave my computer! Just wanted to flick u a quick note to say thank u. I can tell that your influence has been a driving force for this org. Sites like this will help draw in, educate, share, involve, influence and inspire many to get off the couch, go outside spend some time in the dirt and LIVE life. It will encourage people to use their brains and start thinking about what is going on in their homes, towns, areas, country and planet. So once again THANK-YOU on behalf of all.
I have created the event for the working Bee at the Lime orchard.
The fruit picking initiative needs people to volunteer their time to go picking and also people to volunteer their fruit trees to be picked.
Community Fruit Harvesting was started by Di Celliers on the North Shore of Auckland when she noticed fruit rotting on the ground in backyards in her community at the same time as reading newspaper reports about the growing demands on local food banks and charities providing food to needy families. Killing two birds with one stone she gathered some friends as volunteers and set out to pick the fruit. The fruit is then shared with the tree owner and local charities such as Auckland City Mission. The initiative has caught the attention of many people and there have been a number of newspaper article, radio interviews and the spread via social media such as Facebook and various eNews columns. We have had people offer to make marmalade with some of the fruit and then donate that back. Since the beginning of July, we have donated about 400 bags of fruit and 200 bottles of marmalade to the Auckland City Mission predominantly. People all over the country have made contact asking how they can start or join a group in their town or region.
There is no need for so many people to go hungry - we need people to share what is already in abundance and also for schools and councils to plant fruit trees and other edibles wherever they can."
Yes - any publicity to get more people invovled in offering their fruit/fruit trees, picking, posting flyers, helping with organising and advertising, fundraising for fruit pickers for new areas to start up , making marmalade and jam, giving us glass jars or anything else that people can think of ...
Yes, too for the Working Bee at the Lime orchard. I will put something together tonight .
Are you referring to the Community Fruit Picking or the working bee at the lime orchard? The answer is YES to both.
Check www.facebook.com/pickfruit to see what we are doing with the fruit picking. Any advertising to people who have excess fruit they are happy to donate to charity or people who would like to go out fruit picking is most welcome.
As for the working bee - I would love to go out soon - Sat 24 Sept - to help this family clear the overgrown and neglected orchard. Any tips and tricks on how to get rid of her pesky possums would, I am sure, be most appreciated! Again - if you could advertise so we could get a big group of people together - it would be so good. She lives in Waimauku so car pooling would probably be a good idea.
I must be even more tech-unadept than usual today, because I can't find out how to send you an email...Just thought I'd let you know that I ran into Justine Green again Sat and she mentioned that she'd like to head up an OOOOBY stall in Rodney. My gosh, you couldn't ask for more than her positive energy in such a venture! She's an MG presenter on IPM in the garden and is great at engaging the students in our programme. Hope all's well and you can get the stall in Grey Lynn up and running again.
By the way, we feature speakers at our quarterly market and if you were interested in setting up a demo and selling produce--you could have the whole bubblehouse (our large covered space outdoors)! at our next market. OOOOBYers could speak on various topics on the hour or half hour.
hi Pete, congrats on your new land/home purchase.. fantastic!! quick ?? my sister wanted to take a look at oooby and view my photos. but found she could not unless she posted a photo? also tried to send share option on oooby photos but never received them.. i tested this as well sending myself a 'share' photo option. I never received. So, how to entice my sister to join ooooby??
Hi Pete, Ellen here from Sandringham. Are you able to promote this event, in particular our garden? If you are in Auckland, pop by, we usually only meet at events, would be gr8 to have you around for a visit. Thx, Ellen
Heroic Gardens Festival on 5/6 March. Our garden on display - full productive garden as organic as we can. Page 4: www.heroicgardens.org.nz
hi pete - hope all is going well, especially with the wee one, hope k (and you) aren't too sleep deprived. I'm organising fossil bay kindy harvest fair stuff at the moment (april 3, 10-2), and wanting to have a series of relevant talks/workshops throughout the day. any chance you could help out with some of your fab contacts city side who may like to cross the ditch and give a talk/workshop on anything gardening/food related? you can email me direct maybe - firstname.lastname@example.org
Love to visit the island again, haven't been there since my brother left about 10 years ago.
The TV people came this morning and are fairly positive, me being fairly good at talking on camera and all, I mentioend that one of the activities we might get the young person involved in is Oooobyversity and possibly the market stall; she thought it sounded good so we should be able to give the thing a boost at some stage.