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My focus is helping build the base of active commercial growers, particularly across Aotearoa (NZ), many of whom do or can supply local Ooooby hubs.

Background: Following on from two years of volunteering for Transition Towns Aotearoa, I had the pleasure of co-founding Ooooby with Pete Russell. My other activities include food forest hui's, touring commercial permaculture orchardists and urban farmers from Canada.

I currently live on Waiheke Island with my partner Kim, and our daughter Zuva, and we are planning to move within the next year.

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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

Six Figure Farming NZ Tour - a huge success

Posted on February 29, 2016 at 8:00am

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

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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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