Featured Blog Posts – May 2009 Archive (50)

A bank you can really count on

By Permaculture Pathways



The Federal Government is sending us all a cheque for $900 – yippy!



It’s to stimulate the economy – but we’re putting ours in the bank.



A seed bank that is – we’re going to set up a seed saving system space and build a wonderful propagation house with our stimulus package. We’ll use the money to buy all the stuff we… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 18, 2009 at 9:00am — No Comments

Talk to Me: Dan Barber and the Locavore Movement

By WNYC Culture

The word “locavore” was coined in 2005 and selected as “Word of the Year” in 2007 by the New Oxford Dictionary. It describes a person who actively seeks out locally produced food.



Many foodies believe that local food can be better for you — and the planet — than organic foods. Part of the rationale is the carbon… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 16, 2009 at 5:37pm — No Comments

The buzz on backyard bee-keeping

By Sonya of Permaculture Pathways

One key thing missing from our little farm is our own bee hives.



This is something I intend to remedy soon – plans are afoot to get a couple of hives and for me to learn the art of bee-keeping.



Bees would be a wonderful addition for many reasons;



Honey! We love honey and we use lots of… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 15, 2009 at 10:51pm — 2 Comments

Ooooby's Google Analytics



Ooooby was launched in the 17th Dec. This graph shows the results from our first 5 months of life. Please let us know if there is anything we could be doing to improve our results.… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 13, 2009 at 3:30pm — 11 Comments

Landslide Community Urban Farm



Landslide radical community farm is located in the Hill District of Pittsburgh PA and has been working hard on expanding it's amazing urban permaculture and community efforts this spring. See more at: punk rock permaculture… Continue

Added by Gaia Punk on May 13, 2009 at 11:30am — 2 Comments

Is Congress killing the organic farm?

Two bills designed to stop outbreaks of food-borne illnesses could mean big trouble for small farms.

By Robynne Boyd

When food as benign as spinach turns deadly, it may be time to revamp the country's food-safety regulations. The catch? Ensuring that small-scale farmers don't topple under new regulatory red… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 12, 2009 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Fresh Movie Trailer



This trailer alone gives me hope that we can change our relationship with…

Added by Pete Russell on May 12, 2009 at 12:23pm — No Comments

Grey Lynn Ooooby Workshop - Sat 23rd May

This workshop will cover how growing your own vegetable garden can be so rewarding, and so easy! It will take you through a step by step process of how to start your winter vegetable garden and some very valuable information on pests and composting etc.



Every participant will leave the workshop with sowed seeds to start their very own vegetable garden!



Date: 23rd May

Time: 10-11.45am

Location: Grey Lynn Community Centre.… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 12, 2009 at 9:30am — No Comments

What I am learning at our Permaculture Course

On Saturday we began a 2 week permaculture course here on Waiheke Island led by Bryan Innes and Jo Pearsall. So far we have learned a great deal through a process which I can only describe as guided observation. In… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 11, 2009 at 10:27am — No Comments

A Renter's Garden Diary (3)

A huge thank you to Claire, who sent me an email to say she had read my diary and had a whole lot of seedlings I could have. She was moving house and I could help myself from her garden. I did! And without her help I would have very little to report on the gardening front.…

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Added by James Samuel on May 10, 2009 at 5:30am — No Comments

Our Organic Veggie Garden (aka Maybe We Don't Have Black Thumbs?)

This year, my husband and I decided to try planting an organic veggie garden in our suburban backyard. We've both got black thumbs, so this is a real experiment. Because of space and time considerations, we elected to go with the Square-Foot Gardening Method from the book by Mel Bartholomew.… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 9, 2009 at 10:35pm — No Comments

The Manure Chronicles

By MICHAEL TORTORELLO

I have no truck with chickens. I don’t eat them and I don’t like them. They are, to my eyes, savage and prehistoric, a fluffier breed of lizard. And yet, on a recent Friday afternoon I had an appointment to keep with 30 of them, on an odd little river island in downtown Minneapolis. The… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 9, 2009 at 10:30pm — No Comments

My $20 Greenhouse

Sometimes, you try things that just don't work for example:





In this case - it took up only a small area, keeps the tomato plants nice and warm however it kept falling over in strong winds. Pointless!!!!!



Step 1. Sorting out the materials, the only cost was the plastic everything else is recycled.



Step 2. Will the layout work?…

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Added by Debbie Everson on May 9, 2009 at 3:07pm — 2 Comments

Shared neighborhood gardens offer a fresh approach

URBAN ACRES: Joshua Mogin and his daughter Joy plant in a Heart Beet Gardening project.

Families grow food, and grow closer together, when lawns cede their territory to communal produce gardens.

By Mary MacVean



The front yard at Lexi Conrad and Joshua Mogin's house one recent Sunday morning felt like… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 6, 2009 at 10:01pm — No Comments

New Permaculture Design Group

Hi everyone. We have just started a Permaculture Design Group for anyone who has a Permaculture Design Certificate.



Come and join us if you qualify.



If you don't qualify yet, come and do our course. You can contact me… Continue

Added by Jo Pearsall on May 6, 2009 at 8:00pm — 1 Comment

Local food offers taste of the good old days

By Karen Utley

Long ago, when I was a very little girl, our family's summers were occupied with tending a large garden patch of ever-bearing strawberry plants.



I remember following my mother down the long rows as she carefully picked the fragrant, perfectly ripe berries, helping her carry the little… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 6, 2009 at 3:19pm — No Comments

Some turn to gardening to ease recession

By TOM HARRIS

The difficult economy has many people looking for creative ways to stretch their budgets. One option that is increasing in popularity is growing your own food.



Nurseries across Central Texas are noticing a big jump in business when it comes to selling seeds, fruit and vegetable plants.



Mark… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 5, 2009 at 11:45pm — 1 Comment

10 Inspiring Gardens for Growing Food in Small Spaces

From Re-Nest

Are you starting a garden this spring? For the last several years, the only gardens we've been planting have been in containers. But growing food in containers shouldn't be a drawback; urban gardening in pots, containers, and windowboxes can yield quite a lot of food. Take a look at this gallery of ten different… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 5, 2009 at 3:49pm — No Comments

A conversation with Bill McKibben

On this stunning autumn day aboard the ferry from Auckland City to Waiheke Island I reached the top deck to find Bill soaking up the scenery of the beautiful harbour. His posse of bright young activists greeted me warmly and introduced Bill. He delivered a solid handshake and gracious smile as he thanked me for coming to meet him.



With only 30 odd minutes before the ferry pulls into Matiatia Bay, we decided to find a spot out of the wind in… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on May 5, 2009 at 12:49pm — 1 Comment

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