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At 8:49pm on February 10, 2011, Earl Mardle said…

Hi Pete.

Happy to be interviewed about the project, any time. Thanks for the positive feedback, must be just about time for another cuppa.

Looks like we might be involved in a TV programme about breaking teenagers out of their poor diets through total immersion in foodie heaven. Only working with dangerously obese kids, might be interesting; I'll hear more tomorrow.

At 9:52pm on January 29, 2011, Laine said…
At 8:31am on January 25, 2011, Jools said…

Hello Pete [ just to let you know I think you have a cyber pest on your site.  I received six identical emails this morning from six Ooooby groups:


A message from vicky lake to all members of Vermiculture on Ooooby!

Free $1,000Wal-Mart Gift Card!!  Hurry, hurry!


Visit Vermiculture at:


To control which emails you receive on Ooooby, go to:



Not sure who Vicky Lake is... hope you can fix it.


At 11:48am on January 20, 2011, Josie Newman said…
ok LIKE!

I will wait till I have met with the coordinator we are contracting to discuss the next step, but that sounds like great advice. We also have to be wary of pictures we use of children :)

Once we've got our year plan sorted i will create that site, and even send you a list of schools that need mentors so if you have any personal contacts close to those areas you could maybe pass on the info. We will be offering help, support and training in 'the role of the mentor' for those volunteers, as well as networking opportunities and an end of year celebration feast (from the gardens!)..

Thanks for your help! its gona be a great year :)
At 10:06am on January 20, 2011, Josie Newman said…

Hey Pete,


We now have funding to support a coordinator that will work with 20 west auckland based schools. The idea is for the schools to set goals and work on edible garden action plans and find an ongoing volunteer mentor from their local community that can come and work with them after the initial goal setting and input has happened.


We would really like OOOBY members to volunteer to be these mentors, as there is a good structure and the project, if successful with these 20 schools (it was 5 schools last year) will continue, and hopefully extend to the Auckland region.


Any guidance from here would be much appreciated,

Chur! Jo Newman

At 1:39pm on January 17, 2011, Fi and Steve said…
Wow!!! Fantastic!!! welldone,anytime,no rush,cheers Fi
At 5:04pm on January 16, 2011, Fi and Steve said…
Hi Pete,i keep meaning to say when i see you,pop out some time and have a look at the new garden,when you last saw it,it was bare paddock when the dirt docters where here for there workshop,its now been just over 3 months since we started,i think you will get a surprise! ph 3393 sunshine and smiles Fi
At 10:47pm on November 18, 2010, John Veitch said…
Hello Pete

James Samuel and at least one other speaker mentioned your name as a great example, during the Signs of Change Conference on Monday and Tuesday. You've gotta be doing something right.

Well done.
At 9:22pm on October 13, 2010, Laine said…
Many Thanks. Got a few members already. L
At 8:36pm on October 13, 2010, Christy Ralphs said…
Hi Pete - I'm wanting to set up a trade table at the Primary School mainly for excess garden produce that the kids grow, want to design something that works well - I vaguely remember your 'opod' that looked lovely - do you have a pic that i could look at? Cheers, Christy (you can email me at
At 8:41pm on October 12, 2010, Isa said…
Hi Pete. I remember when they Grey Lynn Farmer's market oooby stall started up you asked if other people were interested in starting them at other markets. Do you know if other people are keen to start them in other places? I am in Hamilton and it would be fantastic to have an oooby stall at our market here.
At 7:49pm on October 9, 2010, Derek & Julie Craig said…
Hi Pete,
Better get your OOOOBY box article in to Colleen Brown
for the Tree Crops Northern Branch newsletter.
At 2:53pm on October 9, 2010, Laine said…
Hey Pete,
A cheeky request if I may try - I just set up a new group There are likely lots of members it relates to but is currently swamped by all the more established groups. So, I and am wondering if it is possible for you to feature it for a fortnight or so to get it going?


At 11:37am on October 4, 2010, Judith Holtebrinck said…
Thanks Pete, all the best with the Oooby box, great to see you are getting so much positive feedback and orders.
At 2:58pm on September 22, 2010, Anja Richards said…

At 2:58pm on September 22, 2010, Anja Richards said…
Hi Peter
I have two main challenges before me
We live in a 130 yr old house We are also in the middle of building a boat and heading off for another circumnavigation this time 5+ yrs - the garden will mainly be after that
I have begun lowering the level of the whole garden in the front yard, restoring stone garden walls and paving (using the 2,000 old bricks the neighbour let us have – as many as I could manage to move by his deadline – they are still piled up in our front yard – waiting 5 yrs later!!) before starting to nurture the soil and begin planting properly. I have plonked some vegies in for now
I hope to try and make a formal looking garden that is edible – to fit in with the neighbourhood – and can’t wait.
In the back yard I have dug up to put in agricultural drainage and found what looks like remains of an old cellar. Once I stopped my side track as an archaeologist and got back on track, I am making a 5 x 20+ brick and concrete step from the garage into the garden and a foundation for a rainwater tank which will blend in with a brick deck off the other half of the shed or workshop
Then I will pave a path and seating area and the rest will be garden – again edible
I can just imagine tomatoes hanging down from the vines over the deck ....

All this is in my spare time as we are desperately renovating our previous home to bring it from rental to sale to funds the boat ....
To free up my time to do this I resigned from two committees I was on – one was upset the other declined my resignation – so I am still one of the editors of a yacht club magazine Groundswell
So I somehow suspect that if I took up your very tempting challenge I would be a bit of a fraud at this stage.
I will just get back to researching growing food at sea and solar ovens – do you have any info on these??
Hope to hear your story and love the group
Cheers Anja
At 6:46pm on September 16, 2010, Derek & Julie Craig said…
Hi Pete,
I'd be willing to help with an orcharding talk. I tutored Angie at a Parmaculture design course ( and she taught me about netles & native butterflies). When are you thinking of having the talk and for how long?
Our home Ph. 815 9077 - though not tonight, we are all heading out.
At 3:42pm on September 15, 2010, Rosemary Anne Revell said…
Thanks for letting me know about Ooooby versity on 7th Oct. Is that the first Thursday of the month? I am thinking of starting an afternoon group for some of the Te Waipuna Puawai participants probably late October. I went to a young woman today who has 3 young ones under 4 and another on the way. Me and my boys are going to help her dig her garden. She is in Panmure. Maybe we could scrounge a few bits and pieces for her from Ooooby members. I have lent tools. Rosemary
At 11:56am on September 15, 2010, Adam said…
Hey Pete, thanks for the note about Ooooby-versity. Yeah i'd be happy to have a group come through. Need to clear it with the neighbours i "share" the back yard with, but should be ok. I think the best time might be later in the year when things are really happening out there and some of the current chaos is resolved.. ;)
At 8:17am on September 7, 2010, John Allen said…
Hi Pete,

yes I would be interested in making product available to your new initiative. We have been on our block for only 9 months and are still in the process of establishing our annuals. The orchard is in and this spring we will also be establishing a range of tree crops but neither will produce commercial quantities for a year or two yet.

In looking at your website, there is an emphasis on garden crops. A big part of my focus will be on meat: goose meat and angus beef. How do you see animal products fitting in?


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