January 2012 Blog Posts (12)

Greywater recycling

I'm trying to recycle greywater from my house in Auckland and have a good idea of what I want from what i've been taught and research I have done.  Does anyone know of a plumber that has experience in greywater systems or does anyone have experience/working examples of a system?  I don't need help on the whole system, just the first proper plumbing bit from the three way valves to the initial garden outlet and then i will take it from there.

What I am planning is:

I'd like to…


Added by Naomi Cook on January 24, 2012 at 10:58pm — No Comments

My beloved chickens

I'm spending a lot of time handling the chickens at the moment.  My favourite, a half bantam, half something else speckled red hen named Grace has come down with scaly leg mites.  We noticed a limp about a week or so ago.  By today she could hardly walk at all.  I've put her in a cage and coated her legs in vaseline.  I'll keep doing this every day, and dip her legs in rubbing alcohol once a week, until she gets better.  She hates being caged, my Grace.  She's a stubborn, independent,…


Added by Jenine Abarbanel on January 22, 2012 at 8:18pm — 1 Comment

Seeking the next project...

Hi all Oooobyites

My name is Serra, and at this very moment I am sitting in an office in Christchurch, dreaming of what I could (Should!) be doing. Although currently office-bound workwise, my background is conservation science, ecological monitoring, and ecological restoration. I am experienced in native plant propagation, pest plant control, plant nursery management, and working with volunteers.

Do you have a project you are not sure where to start with? Do you need a…


Added by Serra Kilduff on January 20, 2012 at 10:01am — 3 Comments


Is anyone in Grey Lynn, Auckland interested in getting RAW, ORGANIC MILK every week?  We have a few openings in our coop and are looking for some new members!

Added by Gwynn Sturdevant on January 15, 2012 at 6:18pm — 43 Comments

next market and working with youth

Gooday and been awhile since my last post, BUT just to let you know that we will be having our next quarterly market  on Sunday, 19 Feb at CCS Disability Action.  We are also having a working bee day before on 18 Sat from 9-4--should be a number of folks who have signed up to help us at our recent markets and we'll be sharing our stories and food at a 'community lunch' where everyone is invited to bring in something they enjoy eating to share with others.  We will…


Added by Scott Thiemann on January 14, 2012 at 7:03pm — No Comments

unusual barter

hello, we would like to eat healthy home grown veges and fruit.


We would offer a part of our garden to someone who doesnt have land for sharing a part of what is grown.


AND / OR   we would offer a night or two at our holiday home for supplies of fresh vegetables.... .

Added by Katinka on January 12, 2012 at 7:08pm — No Comments

Garden Update so far this year

Well the only success this year is i finally grew a cucumber, although to be fair until it was ready i thought it was an odd looking Zucchini 
Tomatoes - rotting off the vine
Pumpkin - Wiped out by late frost
Raspberries - rotting on the bush and infested with tiny bugs
Corn - Doing okay-ish but getting knocked around by wind
Chooks - Getting about 1 egg a day from 3 chooks for the last couple of months

Added by Nigel Thomson on January 10, 2012 at 4:27pm — No Comments


We have 2 wonderful Guava trees and this year I would really like to make something with them this year.Does anyone have any wonderful recipes? maybe Guava Jelly?


Added by Adriana Gracen on January 9, 2012 at 10:30pm — No Comments

Studio Journey


garden and studio updates

Added by gabriella on January 9, 2012 at 3:18pm — No Comments

University to offer course in sustainable small-scale agriculture

Just spotted an intersting post:

Kwantlen Polytechnic University [British Colombia, Canada]  is recruiting its first students for a new degree in sustainable small-scale agriculture.

“This is a unique degree in North America and will be B.C.’s only production agriculture degree and the only one focused on 21st-century agriculture,” said Kent Mullinix, Kwantlen’s director of sustainable agriculture and food security.

“We are going to…


Added by Mark Fowler on January 6, 2012 at 4:30pm — 1 Comment

My letter to Kate Wilkinson

To the Hon. Ms. K. Wilkinson, MP.

I am concerned that the new Food Bill will limit the access to affordable healthy foods from small-volume local producers. I have read everything I can find on the subject, including as much of the Bill itself as I could manage, the proposed amendments, and various analyses, and I remain unhappy about the effect it will have on small growers and producers.

Nearly one in three New Zealanders are obese.…


Added by Jenine Abarbanel on January 3, 2012 at 8:56am — No Comments

New Year and jam!

So it seems like the nasty weather won't go away! My tomatoes finally flowered yesterday, only get to get knocked over by the wind today! They don't look so beautiful anymore, but hopefully they'll still get some fruit going on some day soon!

My poor zucchini had its two flowers I was so proud of knocked off too! It has a few more coming up, but i'm starting to feel like giving up as I may be the only person who cannot produce a huge crop of the things!

On a good note, I made a…


Added by Stephanie Blackwood on January 2, 2012 at 3:32pm — 2 Comments

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