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Change of venue : Sold our DX lifestyle block, downsized to !/5th acre at Kaiwaka.

Lots to do, but at our pace ! Cheers.

Added by Dian & Dennis Patterson on July 2, 2009 at 9:28pm — No Comments

Ooooby meal

Tonight my husband cooked us a delicious meal. All the ingredients were local and some were from our garden.

We had Groper steaks with florence fennel,lime, capsicum, broccoli, bok choy, baby carrots and spinach harvested from our garden tonight. We had the Groper on a bed of mashed potato and we also had some locally grown organic brussels sprouts.

I've been reading the articles about the trend to local food in restaurants in American cities and I feel very grateful that I live with… Continue

Added by Hester on July 2, 2009 at 8:22pm — No Comments

testing html blog post

I wanted to see what would happen if I viewed page source and copied the html off the original blog post. Would I get all the nice formatting.. Well here's how it looked:


What if I told you that America’s food system is broken? What would you say?

Would you defend it by pointing out the abundance of choices offered in today’s average supermarket, estimated to be over 45,000 items? Would you…


Added by James Samuel on July 2, 2009 at 7:22pm — 2 Comments

Still Poking Around

haven't quite figured it all out, but its nice to know you are all out there probably like myself spending these sunny days in the garden. I have just planted half of mine at my new rental...such a joy to have a small patch....I want to have chickens as well and I see there is a group which is wonderful as I've never done its coop building 101.No pictures yet I am assailed by tech dreak on computer I have camera issues and on the other sound driver blues. My house is very cold so… Continue

Added by marcia salmond on July 2, 2009 at 5:10pm — No Comments

A letter to the local paper

I hope this will 'bear fruit'!!!

Last December a new website was formed by some keen people in Waiheke.

They were interested in bringing like-minded people together to created

social groups interested in Vegetable gardening.

The idea is to share ideas, seeds/seedlings and produce. I read about it in the NZ Gardener and joined.

It is something that would benefit the Tokoroa District as more people are joining the movement of 'growing your own'.

The site is… Continue

Added by Robyn Wolfe on July 2, 2009 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Obama’s Presidential Garden

Larger image.

GOOD Magazine shows us a map of the First Garden.

This March, to much fanfare, the Obamas planted a vegetable garden at the White House, the first one since Eleanor Roosevelt planted a victory garden there during World… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 2, 2009 at 6:41am — 1 Comment


[This blog was written by Robert Smart of Every Kitchen Table. It was originally titled O'Donalds, but I couldn't resist adding the extra 'O' and doing a bit of photoshopping. Hope you don't mind Rob. ;-) ]

By Robert… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 11:00pm — No Comments

Garden Update

posted on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on July 1, 2009 at 9:16pm — No Comments

Urban farming movement 'Like a Revolution'

By Dave M. Matthews

ATLANTA, Georgia (CNN) -- On a plot of soil, nestled against the backdrop of skyscrapers in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, a group of residents are turning a lack of access to fresh produce into a revival of old traditions and self-empowerment.

HABESHA Gardens is one of many urban gardens sprouting up around the country. Fruits… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Last winter planting

All the remaining plants are now in, left over potential give-aways to new gardeners. Now the hot house is empty, another tick-off before leaving for our holiday. Have never grown Star of the Earth before. Such a lovely name. I wonder how big it will grow. (from Kings Seeds)

Added by Robyn Wolfe on July 1, 2009 at 12:08pm — No Comments

Newspaper to New Paper

Posted by Meena Kadri of Osocio


Design a package for a street vendor that sells farm-grown vegetables and fruits. The brief required somethig original, easy to use and low cost.


We focused on old newspaper used to wrap vegetables with. Newpaper was used… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Pro Food Is…

By Rob Smart of Every Kitchen Table

What if I told you that America’s food system is broken? What would you say?

Would you defend it by pointing out the abundance of choices offered in today’s average supermarket, estimated to be over 45,000 items? Would you cite that per capita spending on food has dropped significantly over the last 50 years,… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 11:30am — No Comments

Greetings Earth Dwellers

The hen and chicks (house leeks?) are growing crazy big this season. Here is a shady spot that I am trying to encourage the ground covers in because the dogs seem to leave them alone.

Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on July 1, 2009 at 8:39am — 2 Comments

Pasco jail's agricultural program makes work — and food — for inmates

By Erin Sullivan, Times Staff Writer

The jail harvests about 500 heads of lettuce a day to feed inmates and deputies. The new greenhouse unveiled Thursday replaces this one, which was destroyed by a tornado in 2007.

LAND O'LAKES — Chad Free has been in jail since February, after he turned himself in for violating his probation on grand theft… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 3:00am — 1 Comment

Martha's Culinary Herb Garden


Martha Stewart's Culinary Herb Garden, a display of the finest culinary herbs personally selected by Martha Stewart and her team of gardening experts, will be one of the highlights of "The Edible Garden," The New York Botanical Garden's campus-wide summer program celebrating edible plants. Martha brings her distinctive design aesthetic to the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 2:44am — 1 Comment

White House holds Ooooby Workshops

Posted by Katherine Brandon Direct from the White House.

Today, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced a weekly summer workshop at "The People’s Garden" on the National Mall. The "Healthy Garden" workshop series will show people how to grow a successful garden in any set-up by providing interactive demonstrations in the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on July 1, 2009 at 12:00am — 2 Comments

School Envirogroup

The last of three occasions to help out at a primary school for this term. They have had a new garden built and the 28 children have chosen the seeds they want to plant and have drawn up plans of where and how they will grow them.

There is news of Govt. cut-backs for this programme but I am told that the school has already budgeted for this activity next year. The South Waikato District Council is looking to support programmes in schools. Talking with the Pride in Putaruru co-ordinator, I… Continue

Added by Robyn Wolfe on June 30, 2009 at 11:46pm — No Comments

How I got here

I thought I would share with you how I came to find ooooby.

I have posted my recent gardening experiences on my own blog so rather than do it all again, here are the links, in the order they should be read, rather than last first, if you follow me.

That blog is supposed to be… Continue

Added by Tracy McNicoll on June 30, 2009 at 6:22pm — No Comments

Garden Food Donations for Wellington Matariki Event

Kia ora koutou,

This message is especially for OOOBYISTS from Wellington.

We are hosting a special Matariki event at the Wellington Soup Kitchen to feed 150 people.

I am putting out a request for donated kai such as potatoes, kumara, pumpkins as well as any old warm clothes, blankets, scarves, gloves you want to give away.

All supporters will recieve a report and photos' from the event.

We want to take Matarik to the Homeless and… Continue

Added by Kaye-Maree Dunn on June 30, 2009 at 5:20pm — No Comments


My eyes have been fully opened!

Well the age of evolution is upon us. NO longer is it whether the food is organic or not it is if the food contains the nutrients.

ARE YOU interested in NUTRIENT DENSE food? If so comment on this blog

Added by Claire Mummery on June 29, 2009 at 8:34pm — 3 Comments

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