February 2010 Blog Posts (42)

Fast, cheap tomato paste

I've made a few batches of tomato paste but it takes forever and you have to keep monitoring the pan to make sure it doesn't burn and it uses a lot of fuel.

But yesterday, quite by accident, we discovered a much better way.

Its glut time so I have been cleaning and quartering tomatoes and pressing them gently into 1 litre pots (mostly to get as much in there as possible) then freezing them till I can turn them into passata or soup or whatever.

Yesterday we took… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on February 14, 2010 at 3:23pm — 2 Comments

Monarch butterflies.

Has anybody seen one? Someone from Putaruru said he hadn't either. I have a whole forest of plants waiting for them!!!

Added by Robyn Wolfe on February 13, 2010 at 11:30am — 3 Comments

Anybody want to learn how to keep bees and make honey?

I have a professional beekeeper and honey maker in my area (near to Clevedon) who comes to our farmer's market. He is looking for mature, consistent and useful help in return for some cash and teaching on the business.

If you are keen, let me know and I will pass on your details.

Added by Andy Kenworthy on February 12, 2010 at 2:55pm — No Comments

There's a mouse in my compost!

Eeekk I just went out to check on my brew and as I lifted the lid a tiny mice was staring up at me. For about 10seconds we were both frozen in fear until I put the lid back on and ran inside. I’m not a big fan of the little critters and am quite creeped out by the fact they are in my compost, is this a bad thing??…


Added by Bridge Scully on February 12, 2010 at 10:43am — 2 Comments

fresh food for food banks

It is cool to see local churches gardening as a way to provide food to local food banks. Many who suffer from poverty only have Short Term Health Insurance that does not provide supplements nor healthy diet plans. Indiana Heart Physicians stress the importance of eating fresh foods,… Continue

Added by Cindy Fallsen on February 9, 2010 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Floppyfoot and the 7/8 time signature


Added by Porangi Hoiho on February 8, 2010 at 11:10am — 2 Comments

$10,000 up for grabs... if you're a backyard entrepreneur.

You have heard of Dragons Den, well this is Ooooby Den.

I have allocated $10,000 to go into a pot to help fund backyard start-ups here in Auckland.

If your business idea falls within the scope of the Manifesto send…

Added by Pete Russell on February 7, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Ooooby Stall Update

A record day at the market stall today! Congratulations Christy and Giulio. 14 growers contributed food from their back yards and achieved total sales of $656.60 in 4 hours.…


Added by Pete Russell on February 7, 2010 at 5:31pm — 4 Comments

Nourish - a sustainable food network launched in Scotland

A range of local food organisations have been working together over the past few months to create a new national umbrella group to help link, develop and promote local food in Scotland.…


Added by Neil Lovelock on February 7, 2010 at 5:17am — 1 Comment

Follow up from Flashmob


Added by Pete Russell on February 6, 2010 at 3:02pm — 1 Comment

Connecting some dots

At today's lunch meeting we were asked about what project we could start right now that would help improve access to locally grown food. Since I'm principally interested at this stage in the production side - I'll be more interested in trading once I am sure I can regularly and sustainably produce a surplus - I'd like to connect some ideas that came up and a few that have been floating around and propose an actual project for Ooooby.

An integrated project that;

* promotes Ooooby… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on February 4, 2010 at 10:30pm — 4 Comments

Immanentising the manifesto

It was an inspiring meeting today at Freeman's Bay. Just to see the number and variety of people inclined and enthused enough to come out and take part makes it easier to think about doing this stuff well.

Some thoughts on what we are engaged in.

On the broader economic front we need to consider how we will cope with the transition from the existing normal economic model to the one we are proposing will happen and for which we are preparing. For example, I need good…


Added by Earl Mardle on February 4, 2010 at 6:30pm — No Comments

Manifesto Follow up Talk

Please comment… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on February 4, 2010 at 8:06am — 4 Comments

Romanian Orphans and Fried Green Tomatoes

This summer was the first time I have attempted to grow tomatoes.

Never again.

Growing tomatoes is like a dire punishment for some serious crime against humanity.

Never again.

They are more work than a litter of blind puppies.

Honestly, my 4 heirlooms, now more than 2 meters tall, have been very similar to taking on 4 Romanian orphans, all under 3, all with serious health conditions. Watering twice daily, feeding twice weekly, treatments for mildew, constant pruning,… Continue

Added by Porangi Hoiho on February 3, 2010 at 10:27am — 6 Comments


Technology for the nuclear (atomic) bomb and the technology to allow television broadcasts, were both discovered at about the same time – in the very early 40’s.

At that time, one can imagine that most people felt that the bomb would have the power to destroy the world.

And that they felt that television had the power to ‘save’ the world, through its ability to educate on a mass scale.

In fact, as pointed out by… Continue

Added by Porangi Hoiho on February 3, 2010 at 8:30am — 2 Comments

All I want

All I want

is fresh air to breath,

a healthy body and

a peaceful mind.

A woman to love,

a child to serve,

in a home that keeps us well.

I want good food on the table

that is prepared with love.

Family, friends and neighbours


The facility to learn and grow,

to be private and public

with ease.

I want to freely and kindly

participate with nature

to find our… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on February 3, 2010 at 1:38am — 2 Comments

Options for Alternative Food Systems

Added by Pete Russell on February 3, 2010 at 12:16am — 2 Comments

Ooooby Flashmob - 103 Wellington St, Freemans Bay, Auckland Today Midday.

Join us at Rupas where James, Andrew, Christy, Earl, Vinnie and I will be talking about the Ooooby vision and plan for Auckland.

James will facilitate a forum so that we can all get the best from the time spent.

I will talk for about 20 mins and then we roll into q&a and discussions.

We will need to wrap up by 1pm sharp.

If you are coming, best to read the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on February 2, 2010 at 6:00pm — No Comments

Ooooby Manifesto

Ooooby Manifesto
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Added by Pete Russell on February 1, 2010 at 10:30pm — 1 Comment

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