Pete Russell's Blog – November 2009 Archive (13)

First State Dinner at Obama White House Inspired by First Lady's Garden

Source: Treehugger

The Obama White House held its first official state dinner last night, for visiting Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Thanks to input by First Lady (and First Gardener/First Locavore) Michelle Obama, the evening had a decidedly green theme.

Inspired by, and including foods from,… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 28, 2009 at 9:06pm — 3 Comments

Poppy's Special Paper Bags

We have a very generous young lady who has come to the Ooooby Stall twice with a big bunch of hand crafted paper bags. Poppy has very kindly given nearly 100 personally folded newspaper grocery bags to the Ooooby Stall for our customers to enjoy.

Thank you very much Poppy.

There will be no market this… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 24, 2009 at 12:26pm — 2 Comments

Do kids love DIY greens?

Source: The Aucklander

Does growing their own vegetables encourage children to eat more greens? It's a riddle a curious Auckland University dietician is determined to solve, writes Valerie Schuler.

Emelda Braun and Annie Wu smile enthusiastically as they talk about their class's new

vegetable patch. "We've got bok choy, cabbages,… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 24, 2009 at 12:16pm — No Comments

The great global land grab

Source: Red Pepper

The global food crisis has prompted various rich countries to start buying up land in the poorer world to secure their food supplies. As well as affecting domestic food supplies in the countries affected, Sue Branford says it could be a time bomb for the world’s ability to cope with climate change

News of another big land deal… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 23, 2009 at 9:11am — 1 Comment

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

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

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

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

What can Ooooby do for you?

From time to time I get some great positive feedback from members about how much they appreciate Ooooby and what it does for them. That is very encouraging and thank you to all who have dropped me a note.

What I would really like to know is 'why?' What are the specific things about Ooooby that makes it good?

Please comment below.

And what I really, really want to know is, what would you like Ooooby to be able to do for… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 11, 2009 at 5:41pm — 16 Comments

Over half a million pageviews for Ooooby

In under 12 months Ooooby has had over 500,000 page views from over 38,000 unique visitors. In the last month alone over 6,000 unique visitors enjoyed browsing through the Ooooby site.

Thank you to all the wonderful members and contributors who have made Ooooby such a great success in its first year of life. Onwards and… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 6, 2009 at 10:03am — 2 Comments

White House Honey

A great little slide show with audio thanks to the NY Times. Click here for the slide show.

Added by Pete Russell on November 5, 2009 at 11:33am — No Comments

A White House Chef Who Wears Two Hats

Source: NY Times

TWICE a month, President Obama’s senior policy advisers gather at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building to hash out strategies for improving the health of the country’s children. Among the assistant secretaries, chiefs of staff and senior aides sits an unlikely participant: a bald, intense young man who happens to be the newest White House… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 5, 2009 at 11:25am — 1 Comment

White House vegetable garden: fall harvest


First lady Michelle Obama and her elementary school team returned to the White House vegetable garden Thursday for the final harvest of the season, and they sent a whole lot of produce to a nearby soup kitchen.

It took the 30 school children from Bancroft Elementary, who have been working… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on November 3, 2009 at 11:06am — 5 Comments


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