January 2011 Blog Posts (28)

A good harvest coming?

Has anyone else had a good crop of apples?

  My trees are absolutely groaning with fruit.  In fact I've got the best garden in a long time even though I started out with a gammy foot. Alas, Hester, my chookies have gone.  I was feeding them when I slipped and broke my ankle, they got the blame and were taken away to a farm.

I'm beginning to read about Nutrient Dense Food. Got information from Kay Baxter.  Very interesting but the cost of the machine to measure it all ($150) I…


Added by Robyn Wolfe on January 31, 2011 at 5:33pm — 2 Comments

I love my veggie garden, but...


I like things that are easy, and an Ooooby box is an easy way for me to support local growers and get a weekly delivery of fresh, seasonal fruit and veggies on my doorstep.



Added by Pete Russell on January 31, 2011 at 3:29pm — 4 Comments

Obama on Local Food

Added by Pete Russell on January 30, 2011 at 10:25am — 5 Comments

GM and food system video

great vid on our food system from the 40s til now https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hls6CDw6dVM&feature=related

Added by steve on January 28, 2011 at 5:55pm — No Comments

Another Way To Preserve Your Food

If you're anything like us, you may have too much food in your garden at the moment.

The idea of preserving in bottles and jars is all very romantic, but with our fast paced life, we find it quite a challenge to find the time and space to get it done.


Introducing a new way to preserve the value of your garden…


Added by Pete Russell on January 28, 2011 at 3:58pm — 3 Comments

Name this post and help launch a new tradition!

I think there should be a time every year when devoted food gardeners do as all good believers do - participate in some kind of meaningful ritual. I am a bit hopeless at religion but even I can think of several such traditions which illustrate what I mean. There is the whole 40 days and 40  nights thing that Christians call Lent; there is Ramadan, the Muslims' month of fasting; and, more a cultural event than a religion, there is the week of the Chinese New Year celebrations. I am sure there…


Added by Kate Flint on January 27, 2011 at 1:29pm — 2 Comments

Global food system must be transformed 'on industrial revolution scale'

Source: guardian.co.uk

The existing food system fails half the people on the planet, and needs radical change if world is to feed itself, report warn.


The world will not be able to feed itself without destroying the planet unless a…


Added by Pete Russell on January 27, 2011 at 12:05pm — 2 Comments

Urgent action needed to avert global hunger

A UK government-commissioned study into food security has called for urgent action to avert global hunger.

The Foresight Report on Food and Farming Futures says the current system is unsustainable and will fail to end hunger unless radically redesigned.

It is the first study across a range…


Added by Craig Bovaird on January 26, 2011 at 1:00am — No Comments

Corn - the second sister coming in.

A while back I posted about our Three Sisters experiment and so far it has yielded several kilos of green beans and 11 Austrian oilseed pumpkins and there are about 15 other squash on the way, especially buttercup which is our favourite but a couple of others as well. They wont be ready for a few more weeks but right now we are getting into the second sister. Corn.… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on January 24, 2011 at 8:22pm — 4 Comments

A Great Book

I wanted to recommend a very good book for those of us interested in what has happened to our Earth and the seemingly impossible tasks we face to start to put that right.  It is called "Overshoot - The Ecological Basis of Revolutionary Change" by William R. Catton, Jr.  ISBN 978-0-252-00988-4

Added by Mike Brunt on January 23, 2011 at 7:15am — No Comments

hen or rooster

It is a wee bit older than in the last post. A silver laced Wyandotte. I'm thinking hen but wondered what others thought.



Added by Mercurious on January 22, 2011 at 8:24pm — No Comments

Meeting the 100 mile challenge

A while, back there was a TV Programme called the 100 mile Challenge which aimed to eat only those foods grown within 100 miles of the contestant. I suspect we are starting to get close if you average out the food miles on the plate.Successes

  • Home made bread
  • Home made green pasta sauce including
  • Home grown
  • Zucchini…

Added by Earl Mardle on January 22, 2011 at 3:13pm — No Comments

Thinking in Garlic

Added by Giulio Sturla on January 21, 2011 at 8:21am — 8 Comments

Weather change actions to take

With the sudden shift in weather from hot and dry to hot and VERY humid, (from under 60% and regularly under 55% to 82% right now) especially in the North of NZ, it seems to me there are a number of things gardeners need to make decisions about and I'd be glad of some input.

  1. I have a standard spray fungal/mildew resistance using baking soda and a splash oil cooking oil to help it stick to the plants but it should go on before the rain, is there anything you use afterwards?…

Added by Earl Mardle on January 18, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

2011 Auckland Permaculture Workshop

2011 course - Spaces are Limited.

Auckland Permaculture Workshop (APW) offer a wide range of workshops that engage and inspire people in developingsustainable living solutions.

Participantslearn design skills that integrate the environment, peopleand technology to create resilient ways of living forthemselves and their communities.



Added by Pete Russell on January 16, 2011 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

BPA lurks in canned food.

Many like myself eat mostly from our gardens, but at times reach for a can of tomatoes, chick peas or fish and still think we are eating well. BPA is not just in plastic drink bottles and baby bottles but in can linings and is not being taken seriously by food manufacturers, but that is not a surprise.

Taking charge of our own health is eating seasonally from our own gardens and local producers. Preserve any excess food in our gardens to enjoy over the cooler months. If you don't know…


Added by Lisa L on January 15, 2011 at 4:01pm — No Comments

Shearing Akaroa

Great experience! looking at these guys doing their job so fast and the animals seems to enjoying... maybe they feel the heat and want to get fresh…

Added by Giulio Sturla on January 11, 2011 at 11:59am — No Comments

Situation Vacant: CTO / Technical Advisor for Ooooby


Situation Vacant: CTO / Technical Advisor

Ooooby has expanded from its Ning powered social network of over 3,000 members, into running an innovative local food box delivery service.


And now behind the scenes we're needing a team member to fill the CTO shoes for…


Added by Pete Russell on January 7, 2011 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Up Up and Away!

Image: foa.org


The chart on the left shows us that toward the end of 2010 food prices were nearly as high as the record time of mid 2008.  Now in January 2011 we have reached a new record.


The chart on the right shows us price changes in different…


Added by Pete Russell on January 7, 2011 at 2:20pm — 7 Comments

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