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Kali commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"the chicken house is roofless and leaning, the greens in the garden are shredded, trees have toppled or have been rendered leafless and my beloved greenhouse is smashed to smithereens :("
8 hours ago
Megan left a comment for Cally Brown
"note that I said when I remember:) Joe here on ooooby swears by his cider vinegar in the morning - he reckons it has helped him to ward off colds in winter so can't be a bad thing!"
11 hours ago
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Sara Matthews is now a member of Ooooby
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Megan left a comment for Cally Brown
"I've used up one of the big bottles already, we've made salad dressings with it and when I remember, been drinking a tablespoon in hot water in the morning or before dinner, can't say it's helping to suppress my appetite though:)"
14 hours ago
Cally Brown commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Wish I was, Richard, but finances don't run to that this year, sadly. I've only been to one, a couple of years ago, the Australasian convergence, and totally loved it.Sorry to hear about your storm damage. Here (near Raglan) we don't…"
22 hours ago
Megan left a comment for Lisa
"how's your apple cider vinegar coming along? Did you add your mother to your fermented apple juice?"
23 hours ago
Megan left a comment for Cally Brown
"hello Cally have you considered making apple cider vinegar with some of your apples, it is surprising easy, Ngaire posted her recipe/method in the group Preserving your surplus and I tried it last year for the first time. I just used all the peels…"
23 hours ago
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Are you going to the national Permaculture hui in Welly next weekend Cally?"
Richard Grevers commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Definitely worse than Lusi here. Thursday we took the chainsaw with us when we went to town (and needed it). Both the apple trees we got fruiting this year shook so much that they made holes around their stems. They will need backfilling and staking…"
Cally Brown commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"We didn't get the storm too badly here. One apple tree is half fallen over, but as it has never fruited successfully, I'm not too bothered, especially as we have far too many apples from the other trees. I spent the day picking up wind…"
Rex Morris commented on Denise's group What To Do Today?
"Well the rain has been and gone -we got about 60mls. Sorry for all those folks who received a lambasting from the cyclone as it passed through. But we are still having the hot muggy weather which surprises me. The wind lashed the garden heavilly -…"
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Kay Baxter and the crew from the Koanga Institute will be touring the country through May - July raising funds to save their land and save NZ's heritage seeds. Kay, co-founder of Koanga Institute, world-renowned expert in seed-saving and permaculture gardening will be doing two inspiring talks in one session, her first talk will be ‘Seeds, Humans and the Process of Co-evolution… a regenerative way forward’ and in the second Kay will share her journey around…

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Cally Brown left a comment for Tiaki Coates
"Hi there :) Yes I am still making milk kefir, and it has been growing - except I just today gave away my surplus! However, I should have more to give away in a week or so, so will let you know. I can always put it on the compost heap or feed it to…"
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Food security news

I produce a facebook blog posting news articles on global food security issues. Feel free to post any articles you come across that are specific to the topic and properly researched.!/pages/Food-Security-News/199771066772925

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on April 5, 2014 at 10:24pm

Permaculture lifestyle block

In order to fund our planned move to a potential permaculture block I am back selling real estate on Auckland's north shore. I did this job back in the 90's in Epsom/Remuera. If you have a question about the market or would like to know what your property might be worth, email me

Sorry for the commercial, but it's for a good cause :-)

Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on April 5, 2014 at 10:16pm

Endless summer

Another long dry summer. A mowing contractor is adding regular loads of grass clippings. Kali's heirloom tomatoes have been fantastic - we can't keep up with them. Interestingly they have very thick skins and the birds have left them alone. We peel them by dropping them in boiling water for 10 seconds. Had loads of acid free with basil and various dressings and buckets of the deepest red tomato soup we've ever seen. Thanks Kali! A local I met has saved me a black variety. My corn all dried…


Posted by Suburban Micro Food Forest on April 5, 2014 at 10:09pm

Homemade Greek Yogurt (Cream Cheese)

Have you ever thought about how companies make normal, store-bought cream cheese?

Na, I don’t think about it either.

I’d rather make my own awesome, home-made cream cheese!

It is super, super, super easy.

There are just two steps. That’s right, folks. TWO STEPS. Heck, you can either say it’s just one step.



To make home-made cream cheese you just transfer a container (about 1 kg) of PLAIN yogurt into a…


Posted by Irina Beckner on March 24, 2014 at 11:30pm


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