Pete Russell's Blog – December 2009 Archive (11)

Can your neighbourhood get fruity?

Have you seen the latest local food initiative on Waiheke Island?

It's called The Great Waiheke Plum Drive and it's in cahoots with Traffic Jam ( from the local and loved Maureen at the Saturday Ostend markets)

James Samuel,… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 23, 2009 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Have a Happy Festive Season

I don't know about all of you guys, but I am going on holidays... at home. ;-)

Have a great few days and keep your gardens moist and safe from the sun.

Added by Pete Russell on December 22, 2009 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

Happy Birthday Ooooby

It's been a great first year everybody. Thanks for being a part of Ooooby. Happy Birthday!

Added by Pete Russell on December 17, 2009 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

Slow Food builds support for raw milk cheese industry

Source: Biological Farmers Association Newsletter

Slow Food Australia has stepped up its battle to persuade Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to overturn a 13 year prohibition on the production and sale of Australian raw milk cheese with a public campaign to petition the Australian parliament.



The current Food Standards Code prohibits Australian raw milk cheese and… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 17, 2009 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

12 months of Ooooby Stats

Added by Pete Russell on December 16, 2009 at 7:22am — No Comments

Visiting Ken the Square Foot Gardener on Waiheke

Katherine and I dropped round to see Ken and Lois today. What an amazing garden they have. Such an inspiration and an example of what can be done in your typical back yard.

A compost bin made from old pallets.…

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Added by Pete Russell on December 12, 2009 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

Factory Farming in the Mackenzie Country?

Three companies have applied to establish massive factory farms in the Mackenzie Country, housing 18,000 dairy cows in cubicle stables.

What are your thoughts on this?

More info here.

Added by Pete Russell on December 9, 2009 at 12:23pm — 8 Comments

Feast with a conscience

Source: Sydney Morning Herald

Sourcing a local and organic Christmas meal from within NSW can be done, writes Jane de Graaff.



It's estimated food in the average Australian shopping basket travels almost 71,000 kilometres. So, what's a good locavore or slow food devotee to do when it comes to… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 9, 2009 at 10:17am — No Comments

Volunteerism: The Cheap Oil of Permaculture?

Source: Treehugger

I'm a big fan of permaculture—from hugelkultur to community nut tree plantings—permaculturists are often pushing the envelope in terms of trying new things, and working toward a lower impact, more sustainable form of food growing. But as I was watching yesterday's video on permaculture farming at 9000ft, one thing… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 8, 2009 at 7:47am — No Comments

Ooooby's 1st Birthday is on the 17th December!

It's hard to believe that a year has already passed and it's also hard to believe that Ooooby is only a year old. It feels like it has been around a lot longer than that.



This last year has been a great learning curve and I have thoroughly enjoyed the journey.



Interestingly we almost have 2,000 members. Only 73 members to go at last count. I'm curious to see if we hit 2,000 by the 17th - in 10 days from this… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 7, 2009 at 9:54am — 6 Comments

Project: Redesign Your Farmers' Market

This is a bit old but I only stumbled across it now. Interesting. See here

Added by Pete Russell on December 5, 2009 at 8:19am — No Comments

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