November 2009 Blog Posts (52)

looking for US states

looking to meet people in states around MI, so that i can some day trade with them. winter is hard here.

Added by myrrisa frederick-hopkinson on November 21, 2009 at 7:02am — No Comments

Long time, no post!

Oops...been a couple of weeks and I keep forgetting to come here. Most of my posts go into the 'What are you doing' thread! hehe So, in the past couple of weeks I have done a lot in the garden, taken a lot from the garden, and replaced quite a bit in the garden. Been a busy time, and it's not summer yet! The garden is just so prolific, it's hard to recognise that it was only built less than 3 months ago! Lots of mesclun come and gone and replaced. Celery is bolting at the moment and will be out… Continue

Added by Lynn on November 21, 2009 at 6:54am — No Comments

Today's strawberry harvest

A photo of today's harvest from the strawberry patch. Yum!

At the moment I harvest about this much each day and have fresh strawberries for breakfast most mornings.

Added by Sarah Bennett on November 19, 2009 at 8:44pm — 2 Comments

The Sun Food Agenda

I recently came across a presentation from PopTech on the Sun Food Agenda. Now if a Pop Culture and Technology conference is talking about the importance of transforming a centralized food system into a localised, even regionalised food system...there is something going on here. What each of us grows Out of Our Own Back Yard adds to the tiny raindrops feeding the big wave of hope we need to make meaningful change in our community and world. I hope you enjoy the video and it inspires you as much… Continue

Added by Michelle Malott on November 19, 2009 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Ooooby Model in a Paper Bag

Lately I have been approached by a few people who would like to start an Ooooby Project and would therefore like to understand the Ooooby Enterprise Model.

So here goes...

First there is is a social enterprise. Actually is not a registered entity yet. It is simply a project within my personal company. The… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 19, 2009 at 12:00am — 6 Comments

On a happier note...

Our first (magnificent!) head of broccoli has gone forth to feed the multitudes... my gardening buddy very proudly took it home to feed his family....

Walking along the street in town today we found a polystyrene box blowing down the footpath..perfect for planting in... so we rescued it ... rather nervously .... expecting someone to come running out demanding their rubbish back...

then managed to score a whole lot of pots from the Sallie army store for 20cents each!...

all… Continue

Added by Ally Rogers on November 17, 2009 at 9:34pm — 1 Comment

Unbelievable water waste

So much for my feeble attempts at conserving water... nearly everyone in this subdivision is watering their lawns morning noon and night... I had no idea this is what people with perfect lawns actually's astounding!

I'm shocked... and almost speechless... for now.

Added by Ally Rogers on November 17, 2009 at 8:01pm — 2 Comments

Beyond factory farming - another report

Beyond factory farming: Sustainable solutions for animals, people and the planet.

A Report by Compassion in World Farming, UK, 2009

Compassion in World Farming recommends that the following approaches adopted in developed countries would enable us to create a sustainable, fair and humane animal production system by… Continue

Added by Denise on November 17, 2009 at 7:35pm — 2 Comments

new report: eating without trashing the planet...

On 11 November, Compassion in World Farming and Friends of the Earth jointly published a 20 page report called: Eating the planet? How we can feed the world without trashing it. This report is based on detailed research commissioned by the two organisations and undertaken by the Institute of Social Ecology in Austria and the Potsdam Institute for… Continue

Added by Denise on November 17, 2009 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Naked garden

Well, after all my weeding, digging, raking, fertilizing and planting, my garden is still generally looking a bit naked. I really do prefer the over grown look. I can't wait for all the seedlings I've planted to mature into a lovely, lush wilderness again. Still, its been worth it. Normally fatalities to slugs and snails would have been high, and so far most of what I've planted has survived. The chickens did a good job of eating the slimy creatures and all the weeding I've done has made sure… Continue

Added by Sarah Walsh on November 17, 2009 at 6:40pm — No Comments

more seeds have arrived!

this time from Koanga, [thanks robyn :)]

lots of things planted already so not sure where I will squeeze these in when they grow, I could always dig up more overgrown lawn...have to choose two or three more beans to grow this season and then save the rest til next year.I did a bit of guerilla gardening in my own garden, with bean seeds that were blemished and not good to save because last autumn was very wet, I just plonked them any old where they could climb up the trees, some are coming… Continue

Added by Kali on November 17, 2009 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Kiwi Collars - Raised Garden Beds

Hi everyone,

Let me introduce a versatile, modular and affordable product - collapsible modular Raised Garden Beds ( less than $40 each + freight).

When I arrived in New Zealand ~3 years ago, I noticed that no one was using pallet collars to build raised garden beds, so I decided to introduce this product myself. I call them "Garden Collars".

They are not only probably the most versatile transport… Continue

Added by Irmantas Domarkas on November 17, 2009 at 1:00am — 8 Comments

I'm at war with pests!

My pea crop has been all but demolished by rabbits. When I dared to shut down the hole they'd dug in my pile of topsoil, they took their revenge by digging a hole in the middle of the just-emerging carrots. When I put netting over the carrots, they began nibbling the lettuce. And when I put netting over the lettuce, they developed a taste for brocoli.

At my wit's end, I went to the hardware store at Matakana. Did they have rabbit poison? The other customer in the store drew in a… Continue

Added by Helen Cook on November 16, 2009 at 9:50pm — 7 Comments

New Crew at the Ooooby Market Stall

Welcome to Giulio and Christy. The new Captain and crew for the Grey Lynn Market Stall. Giulio is a chef and local fresh food fanatic, so come on down and say hi.

Remember, bring any food from your garden and we will display it for sale. If it sells, you get 100% of the sale price in Rooobys which you can spend at the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 16, 2009 at 9:14pm — No Comments

More Ooooby Food

Tonight's pizza:

home-made crispy base with artichoke hearts, courgettes asparagus, fresh basil, oregano and pizza thyme from our garden.

We eat so well and the best part is always the gourmet food picked fresh from our garden.

Here's… Continue

Added by Hester on November 15, 2009 at 11:30pm — 5 Comments

Enuf is Enuf

This blog is only very loosely related to local and homegrown food. The reason I am writing it is mainly in support of a dear friend of mine Paul Cohen and the vitally important campaign he is spearheading.

Enuf is Enuf is a grass roots response to the devastating effects of the 1080 poison bait helicopter drops.

What… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 14, 2009 at 2:59pm — No Comments

Discovering a 300 year old food forest

This is one of the little extras coming soon on the DVD title "Establishing a Food Forest" with Permaculture teacher Geoff Lawton. Whilst Geoff was in Vietnam he discovered a 300 year old Food Forest built on 2 acres of land and still functioning well in the same family 28 generations later.

More info:

Added by Will on November 14, 2009 at 10:00am — 1 Comment

fizzy fun

This week has been about making lots of ginger beer, elderflower champagne and loquat syrups. Next on the list is rhubarb fizz and rosepetal lemonade...mmmmmm..

It seems like alot I suppose, but it means that we can entertain for the cost of the sugar or honey that goes into the bottles. oooh - and remember to keep any softdrink bottles that people have finished using so you can make your own - if you cant use them, I know lots of people who will.(including me).. so pass them… Continue

Added by Derek & Julie Craig on November 12, 2009 at 5:44pm — 10 Comments

Could you be Ooooby Crew?

Pay is 25 Rooobys (R25) per hour.

1 Roooby (R1) has $1 spending power at the Ooooby Store.

R1 is also redeemable for 60c if the Ooooby Store has sufficient cash in its tills.

Redemptions are given in order of time of application.

Project Captains are paid R30 per hour.

First shift is volunteered. Second shift is half rate.

First project is the Grey Lynn Farmers Market Ooooby Stall.

We need someone to take… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 12, 2009 at 4:30pm — 2 Comments

The coolest thing...

As much as I'M thrilled at the progress of my little garden and must confess am rather over excited at every tiny little jump the carrots are suddenly sprouting... the broccoli is growing bigger every day... strawberries are constantly appearing .. the pea plants are waaay tall.... potato greenery has developed overnight... so many wonderful tiny miracles are happening every day...yet the most wonderful thing of all is that the garden isn't just belongs equally to the wee… Continue

Added by Ally Rogers on November 11, 2009 at 9:38pm — No Comments

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