May 2010 Blog Posts (27)

Get a grip on your eating - Michael Pollan



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Added by Pete Russell on May 31, 2010 at 9:09am — 1 Comment

These interview on gardening are great . Thank you for the amount of work you are doing

These interview on gardening are great . Thank you for the amount of work you are doing Continue

Added by Rob Vaassen on May 30, 2010 at 11:13pm — 1 Comment

Ooooby Talks with Tony Murrell





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Added by Pete Russell on May 30, 2010 at 1:55pm — 4 Comments

Who are the most valuable people in our community?



Can anyone guess?



I'm no expert on the ways of the big wide world out there. Like most of us, I only have my own personal reality and the stories from others I trust from which to surmise what is actually happening on a global scale.



From what…

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Added by Pete Russell on May 28, 2010 at 5:16pm — 10 Comments

Marks & Spencer to sell Fairtrade vegetables

M&S becomes the first UK retailer to stock Fairtrade-certified vegetables with green beans from Kenya first to go on sale

UK sales of Fairtrade products were up 12% in 2009 ... green beans from Kenya. Photograph: Wendy Stone/Corbis…

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Added by Helen Cook on May 26, 2010 at 7:42pm — No Comments

Five New Business Ideas for Urban Gardening

Source: Springwise.com



More than half of humanity now lives in cities, according to the…

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Added by Pete Russell on May 25, 2010 at 9:55pm — 2 Comments

Slow Money

Slow Money is a non-profit organisation that is bringing together some of the worlds most eminent thinkers at a conference June 9-11 in Vermont, USA. I wish I could be there.…

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Added by Pete Russell on May 25, 2010 at 12:37pm — 2 Comments

Fresh Food requires an end to the spraying program


What in the world are they spraying
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=te_FOsKL_5Q

Added by Catherine Austin Fitts on May 25, 2010 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Backyard gardens become income generators in lean times

Cam Slocum digs holes to plant tomatoes on his backyard farm. (Katie Falkenberg / For The Times)…

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Added by Pete Russell on May 24, 2010 at 8:16pm — No Comments

Collecting Seagrass for the Waiheke CSA

Brian, Graeme, Will and I went on a seagrass mission last friday for the Waiheke CSA. With wet wind blowing up the back of our jackets we scoured the Blackpool beach collecting buckets of beautifully lush seagrass.




While wandering along with bucket in hand it occurred to me that the Waiheke CSA is not your typical CSA. CSA is an…
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Added by Pete Russell on May 24, 2010 at 9:59am — 3 Comments

Olive Harvest



For me, the olive harvest marks the end of the harvest season here on Waiheke. And nicely timed this year, with the drought just broken (57mm of rain last week at our place!), and the arrival of the first wintry weather. We picked just over 30kg of koroneiki olives on Saturday, which is a very small amount really, and so we are very lucky to be able to add them to someone else's olives to have them pressed. More pictures and info on my blog:… Continue

Added by Christy Ralphs on May 23, 2010 at 7:52pm — 1 Comment

The dirt on the Dirt Doctor



Dirt Doctor gardening methods make it possible for people who have little time or space for gardening to grow their own good food. The secret to this is in growing good soil.



We still have a few spots left for the upcoming Dirt Doctor seminar series…
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Added by Dirt Doctor Jacob&Hana on May 23, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

One Pot Pledge



I enjoyed an enthusiastic skype call with Kate Swatridge (second from left) this morning. I met Kate while I was in London last year. Kate is a champion of local food and is a founder of the Food Up Front movement. One of the Food Up Front initiatives is the '…

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Added by Pete Russell on May 20, 2010 at 12:03pm — 2 Comments

Sprawl Eating us out of House and Homes



Source: Sydney Morning Herald…



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Added by Pete Russell on May 17, 2010 at 4:13pm — No Comments

Ooooby-Versity a GREAT SUCCESS! Come and join us this Thursday evening.

The Ooooby-versity session held on Thursday evening was a wonderful success. We had 16 people turn up and we enjoyed creative conversations around how Ooooby-versity works and what we would all like to gain from the weekly gatherings.



We discussed ideas on how we could access quality gardening tools at great prices so that we're not forced to buy cheap…

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Added by Pete Russell on May 15, 2010 at 12:15pm — No Comments

Farmers Market Numbers

Source: New York Times…



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Added by Pete Russell on May 14, 2010 at 5:13pm — No Comments

US Government wants MORE LOCAL FOOD



Michelle Obama and Elmo of Sesame Street, May 2009…

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Added by Pete Russell on May 12, 2010 at 11:56am — No Comments

Earth Bag Garden Seat

My garden doesn't have many places for just sitting. It's always been a place for doing rather - so much on the list! But when I was aked if I could provide a project for an upcoming earthbuilding workshop I thought it might be time to rectify the lack of seating.



Over the weekend we hosted some lovely students and their tutors and now have a brand new seat in our food forest area. Full details are posted on my blog:… Continue

Added by Christy Ralphs on May 11, 2010 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Guerrilla Gardeners us Candy Machines to Sell Seed Bombs



Source: Springwise…

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Added by Pete Russell on May 9, 2010 at 8:05pm — No Comments

Invasion of the Superweeds



Source: New York Times…



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Added by Pete Russell on May 9, 2010 at 4:08pm — No Comments

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