March 2011 Blog Posts (12)

From the NY Times: In New Food Culture, a Young Generation of Farmers Emerges

A really interesting New York Times article by Isolde Raftery about an emerging group of Americans in their 20s and 30s who have chosen farming as a career. Many shun industrial, mechanized farming and list punk rock, Karl Marx and the food journalist …


Added by Mark Fowler on March 23, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

Gardening helps keep you young

Thought I'd share this article.

I've always been impressed by the example of gardeners like Prof Walker, digging in their gardens well into their later years.

Added by Hester on March 22, 2011 at 9:00pm — No Comments

1st Session

Added by Giulio Sturla on March 21, 2011 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Chris Grace: Local New York City Food Systems Expert

Really interesting article from the Carrol Gardens Patch blog about Chris Grace. She says “[My job] is really a food systems planning role. I work to connect food resources – primarily upstate farmers – with people in the city who need those resources – individuals, schools, processors.” 

Link to the full story here…


Added by Mark Fowler on March 16, 2011 at 8:34am — No Comments

Ooooby Box Seeking a New Home

The Ooooby Box is currently located on Surrey Crescent in Grey Lynn.


We have a short term lease agreement in order to keep costs down and flexibility up.


The landlord has suggested that he may have a more permanent tenant interested in the site, so we thought it might be an idea to scope…


Added by Pete Russell on March 15, 2011 at 8:30pm — 6 Comments

Solving Our Food Industry Dilemmas

Have you noticed lately that food prices have rapidly increased? In the last 3 years we have seen a 14% price rise on food while general inflation has only risen by 8.9%.*

That means that food prices have inflated more than 57% above wage inflation, or in other words, 1.57 times general inflation. Makes you think, doesn’t it?

The chart below shows the…


Added by Pete Russell on March 15, 2011 at 6:32pm — 6 Comments

The Kumera Experiment

Last year we tried our first Kumeras and had a pretty solid failure, reasonable tops but manky little tubers. We decided that we would shift to the other - sunnier - end of the section this year and, reading that they preferred heat we put them into a tyre to build up the temperature. By late December they looked like this.…


Added by Earl Mardle on March 5, 2011 at 4:00pm — 16 Comments

Ooooby at EcoDay coming Sunday in Auckland

EcoDay this Sunday and Ooooby will be there...


Don't forget to come and say hello to us at Stall 58! I will be promoting and hopefully selling lots of subscriptions for our fabulous Oooooby Box, with Pania next to me for Dirt Doctor.


We're also there to answer questions about being a grower for Ooooby, looking for Promotion Volunteers for the Ooooby Box and recruiting for the job…


Added by Annalily van den Broeke on March 4, 2011 at 12:33pm — No Comments

Nutrient Dense food

I am starting on a whole new adventure with a refractometre.  I have measured a luscious leaf of silver beet and it came out Brix 4 to my chagrin...and I use chicken manure, lime, woodchips and grassclippings and all the rest of it.  So now I am out to sprinkle some magic dust and liquid and see what happens.

Added by Robyn Wolfe on March 3, 2011 at 2:50pm — 2 Comments

Biodynamic Gardening Courses for beginners/home gardeners.

Wednesdays 11-1 at Vortex Creative Wellbeing Centre Community Garden, and Selwyn College Adult Education 19th March 9-1. Green crops, Autumn planting, and making a Cow Pat Pit.(CPP)

Added by Christine Moginie on March 2, 2011 at 8:42pm — No Comments

How seasonal and local can we eat?

We all like to talk about sourcing our vegetables locally but there's no shame in admitting that after a long winter a fridge full of carrots can be hard to bear. Anyway, isn't provenance more important? Tim Hayward meets Guy Watson, founder of the Riverford vegetable box scheme.

(It's an older Article now, but still very interesting)…


Added by Craig Bovaird on March 1, 2011 at 10:39am — No Comments

Backyard chickens, Bees, Fish, Fruit and Veggies

Decided to make something out of my site

and post up all my latest projects.

Check out what I am doing on my 4000sqft back yard

from start to finish making something out of nothing…


Added by Rigoberto Delaportilla on March 1, 2011 at 5:27am — No Comments

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