Hard News by Russell Brown


ffunnell Up!

I recently mentioned ffunnell, the independent publishers' ad network of which we're a part. I'm pleased to say that the ffunnell website is now active. It explains what the network is and is also the contact point for a new campaign.

You'll see the ads on participating sites now. Click on the banner and you'll go through to this page on the ffunnell site, where you can ask any questions you might have about Telecom's new XT Mobile Network, which goes live on the 29th. The questions will be answered by Telecom people, and will also inform a discussion that we'll host here on Public Address System from Monday. The idea is that you'll be able to engage Telecom technical and management staff in an actual online conversation.

It’s a commercial arrangement, in that Telecom is buying a campaign with the network, but I like to think it'll be useful too.


Also, I'm going to be providing what help I can to the forthcoming Grey Lynn Farmers' Market, which will launch on September 6 at the Grey Lynn Community Centre in Richmond Road and will run every Sunday (except for the last Sunday of each month).

As part of preparations for launch in September, the market committee is staging a membership drive. Membership is $20 (it goes up to $30 from August) and gives members a 10% discount on produce for 12 months, along with the right to vote for the management of the organisation. You can get form by emailing <market@glfm.co.nz>.

Further, from their latest group email:

Our point of difference is that we are not just another boutique farmers' market, we represent the new generation of affordable urban food sales/production. We want to attract more people to do their weekly shopping at farmers' markets and possibly earn a secondary income by selling produce grown in local home gardens. It doesn't take a genius to work out that you can grow 10 varieties of nutritious and delicious bean sprouts in a spare cupboard and sell them for $3 each and make a healthy income on a Sunday morning. Besides that, we guarantee you'll have a great time doing it!

This Saturday morning, 23rd May we are offering a FREE presentation on growing your own produce and selling at farmers' markets. This has been organised by SIFE (Students for Free Enterprise) from AUT along with OOOOBY (Out of our own back yard) and ourselves. The talk starts at 10:00am and runs until 11:30am with time for Q & A at Grey Lynn Community Centre, 510 Richmond Road. There will be free seeds and a raffle whilst you learn a wealth of tips and techniques.

Also this weekend, there'll be a membership drive and survey being carried out in Grey Lynn, Ponsonby, Westmere, Herne Bay, Kingsland and Point Chevalier. You can complete their survey online if you wish. And there's a Facebook page.

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