January 2009 Blog Posts (19)

Why did Ooooby Start?

I am a co-founder and director of a fast growing food distribution business in Australia. We bring frozen food from a variety of countries in Europe and distribute nationally through supermarkets, convenience and food service outlets.

Recently we felt a blow from the economic crunch which resulted in an exchange rate shift knocking our margin from a positive to negative.

Sitting in the boardroom last October listening to… Continue

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

A musical interlude

International version of "Stand By… Continue

Added by James Samuel on January 28, 2009 at 10:31pm — No Comments

Sunday Garden visits

Thank you everyone who made Sunday such an interesting day. Something to learn at every garden visited.

The wonderful diversity of plants in Gabriella's garden. Great to see what you can achieve with limited water.

Christy's berry patch--so that's how you set up the home garden variety.

The fig espalier around the water tank, what a brilliant idea.

The Squarefoot garden in action, ideas overload!

Sorry we missed the houseboat, but we caught the ferry in time and arrived… Continue

Added by Dee Pigneguy on January 26, 2009 at 9:55pm — 2 Comments

Food Garden Jaunt Feedback

While it's still fresh on everyone's minds - I'd love some feedback on the jaunt on Sun 25 Jan on Waiheke, to keep a record of what worked well, suggestions to improve etc for when the next one is planned. I wondered if 5 gardens was slightly too many (maybe 4 maximum?) and maybe it would be good to have a sheet of paper with addresses/map on it for drivers to follow. Leave a comment if you have any comments to make! Thanks

Added by Christy Ralphs on January 26, 2009 at 2:45pm — 4 Comments

Ooooby Food Garden Jaunt

pics on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on January 25, 2009 at 6:12pm — No Comments

Fossil Bay Kindergarten - Would you like to help?

There's nothing better than gardening with children! The garden at Fossil Bay Kindy has wonderful raised beds and is mostly edible. I've been involved with the Fossil Bay Kindy garden over the past year, and this year we have decided to improve on the efforts made so far. We are looking at having a regular garden time with the children during their 'outside' time, once a week, on either a Tuesday or Thursday, between 11.30 and 12.30-1pm.

If anyone would like to be involved with this… Continue

Added by Christy Ralphs on January 21, 2009 at 2:56pm — 1 Comment

Ooooby Store Volunteers Wanted

Thanks to all who have put their time and energy into supporting the launch of the first Ooooby Store.

Things are getting better day by day at the store, and we are once again looking forward to some great activities this weekend.

As we have progressed we have come to realise that there are many more projects to be done than people to do them. So we are looking out for Volos who would be happy to tackle one of the many exciting projects on our to do list. We would not be… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on January 20, 2009 at 12:22pm — No Comments

Vineyard and Garden Blog Update

posted on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on January 19, 2009 at 10:05pm — No Comments

Top Ten Trends for LOHAS in 2009

I just discovered the Top Ten Trends for LOHAS (Lifestyles of Health and Sustainability) for 2009.

There seems to be a theme of "recalibration" or "resetting the scales" which is in line with what many people were asking for last year; CHANGE.

It's obvious that we cannot continue to live in a linear fashion as we are continuing to deplete the Earths resources and must begin to live in a "closed loop" to ensure the sustainability of life on this gorgeous planet we… Continue

Added by Stephen Grant-Jones on January 17, 2009 at 11:00am — No Comments

Waiheke Ooooby Garden Jaunt Invitation

If anyone from Auckland (or further afield!) wants to come over to our beautiful island for the Food Garden Jaunt on Sunday 25 January then we'd be happy to pick you up from the ferry terminal once you've arrived on Waiheke, leave me a comment and we'll sort out logistics. It is scheduled to start at 1pm and will finish around 5-5.30pm. We will be visiting between 4 and 5 gardens ranging from larger rural gardens, to suburban backyards, to the house boat community at Rocky Bay. It is a chance… Continue

Added by Christy Ralphs on January 16, 2009 at 9:30pm — 2 Comments

Waiheke Radio interview with Pete Russel at opening of Ooooby store

Waiheke Radio interviewed Ooooby store founder Pete Russell at the opening day of the store.

You can dowload or listen or download the interview here: Island Life 10 01 09 - Ooooby Store

Added by brent simpson on January 14, 2009 at 11:57am — 3 Comments

Open day at the first Ooooby Store

Ooooby is an acronym for Out Of Our Own Back Yards. It is an initiative that is all about inspiring, encouraging and enabling people to grow their own food. It has an online presence in the form of this social network site, and now a physical presence in the form of The Ooooby Store at 8 Putiki Rd, Waiheke Island.

We took over the garden centre on January 1st, and beginning on Friday the 2nd, spent the last week…


Added by James Samuel on January 12, 2009 at 11:00pm — 1 Comment

Garden Blog Update

posted on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on January 9, 2009 at 10:00pm — No Comments

Waiheke Ooooby Store page on Waihekepedia


Wiahekians might be interested in editing and adding to this page.


Added by brent simpson on January 9, 2009 at 10:00am — 7 Comments

Vineyard & Garden Blog Update

posted on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on January 7, 2009 at 10:32pm — No Comments

Ooooby MC's Wanted

100 members in 19 days. That's pretty fast isn't it?

What we are finding is that to keep the Ooooby network running it takes a real human presence to be the host or MC so to speak. Someone who welcomes people, answers queries on things like how to upload a profile picture and all that comes with being a good host of any gathering of people.

With the numbers growing at the current rate, James and I are recognising that it won't take long before we can't possibly see to… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on January 3, 2009 at 7:22pm — 1 Comment

Day 1 at the Ooooby Store

"What is an Ooooby Store?" I hear you ask. Well the vision is growing and evolving day by day, but let me attempt to paint it for you.

Imagine a place where you feel welcome and also at home because you have a sense of ownership of this space and drop in on a whim, to grab a cup of tea and see who is around and what conversations are being had.

Imagine being able to choose from a selection of seating places dotted about the gardens. More seats and tables are clustered in… Continue

Added by James Samuel on January 3, 2009 at 12:36am — 3 Comments

Blog Update

a few pics - garlic, books, berry tart, and plums thanks to james! see my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on January 2, 2009 at 9:57pm — No Comments

A taste of things to come: Food and drink trends for 2009

Home cooking, comfort foods and sherry will be among the big trends next year



It’s time to get out the crystal ball and predict what 2009 will bring in the way of food trends. This year, the big picture, at least, is very clear.

1. Cooking at home

All the trend-spotters agree that the main theme this year will be a return to the kitchen. We’ve already seen people cutting back on dining out, and we can… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on January 1, 2009 at 10:45am — No Comments

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