August 2010 Blog Posts (33)

Little house on the parkway

Meet a family who achieved what most people would think impossible in a big city. On less than 4,000 square feet of land in the heart of Pasadena, California, the Dervaes family gets all the food they need from their own backyard. This family of farmers grows 400 varieties of vegetables, fruits, greens and edible flowers and also raises their own livestock. …


Added by James Samuel on August 30, 2010 at 12:22pm — 1 Comment

Fires Work for November 5

I've been interested in biochar as a soil amendment for a couple of years, since I saw a documentary on Terra Preta in the Amazon basin and its valuable effects on fertility, water management and food production.

So naturally I want to try some out for myself. Making it turns out to be, potentially, a LOT more fun than I suspected, but also a LOT more spectacular and noisy than I reckon would go down in my local… Continue

Added by Earl Mardle on August 26, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

22.4% Increase in Food Related Energy Use in just 5 years

With modern technology being the saviour of our food supply as our population demands more food, we are also seeing an increase in the amount of energy used for each unit of food produced. Only with continued cheap energy can we expect to see continued increase of supply along with increase in demand. This…


Added by Pete Russell on August 26, 2010 at 6:19pm — 5 Comments

Auckland Ooooby-versity featuring Earth Whisperers

This Thursday we will be showing "Earth Whisperers" as an introduction for our guest speaker Jim O' Gorman. Jim is the founder of Dirt Doctor and features in the film. He will be speaking at Ooooby-versity on September 2nd.

Some come on down and watch this magnificent Kiwi Documentary.

Where: Grey Lynn…

Added by Christy Martin on August 24, 2010 at 8:30pm — No Comments

Chicken Brooding

On Saturday Sonya came over with 12 fertile eggs she had just picked up from Taurimu Poultry in Waipukurau.-Nine Plymouth Barred Rock and three Blue or Black Orpington eggs.

They were safely…

Added by Hester on August 24, 2010 at 7:03pm — 2 Comments

World Kitchen Garden Day in Cygnet

Well if that did not inspire the walkers to go home and start growing food, nothing will..... it was wonderful to see 4 such different gardens, all providing winter greens, herbs, leeks, broccoli and other foods to the garden owners. The only thing missing in these Tasmanian winter gardens to me, from South Australia, is citrus.

image More and more people gathered in the…


Added by Kate Flint on August 24, 2010 at 11:16am — No Comments

Big-City Bees Healthier, More Productive

While their country cousins' populations…


Added by James Samuel on August 24, 2010 at 7:30am — 2 Comments





32 oz Jar of homemade canned hot peppers! comes in gift bag would make a nice gift!

Green Chile long green pepper

Hungarian Hot Pepper

Cayenne Pepper

Jalapeno Peppers

Serrano Pepper

Red Pepper

Banana Pepper


$20.00 a jar contact me…


Added by Debsgreatfinds on August 24, 2010 at 2:00am — 2 Comments

Today in the garden.

Lots of weeding and tidying up to be done. I've planted more lettuce, peas and three artichokes today. The bean fence is up and the bed I've prepared for them will have all sorts of companion plants in it. The potatoe bed was dug over yesterday and the seed potatoes are happily sprouting on the widowsill. This year I'm trying a super fast 60 to 90 day swift, some Maori potatoes and an unknown variety that a friend has kindly given me. Mmmmm new spuds with mint! At the moment I have… Continue

Added by Mercurious on August 22, 2010 at 9:31pm — No Comments

A new SPIN on "Farming"

SPIN (Small Plot INtensive) Farming was a phrase I only recently came across, and here is a definition that seems to sum it up: "SPIN-Farming is a non-technical, easy-to-learn and inexpensive-to-implement vegetable farming system that makes it possible to earn significant income from land bases under an acre in size."


Added by James Samuel on August 19, 2010 at 3:14pm — 5 Comments

Microgreen nutrition

Jed Fahey, a nutritional biochemist in the Lewis B. and Dorothy Cullman Cancer Chemoprotection Centre at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine (New…


Added by Fionna Hill on August 19, 2010 at 2:44am — 2 Comments

10 Reasons to Love Your Weeds

Rather than fixating on eliminating weeds from your garden altogether, why not look at the ways that a controlled use of weeds can benefit your garden!

The following list is put together with information from the following books: "Weeds: Guardians of Our Soil" and "Soul of the Soil"…


Added by Dirt Doctor Jacob&Hana on August 17, 2010 at 8:00pm — 21 Comments

Book Launch 'How to Grow Microgreens' by Fionna Hill

How to Grow Microgreens, Natures Own Superfood’ by Fionna Hill

will be launched at boutique garden store Tully & Gardener, 139 Richmond Road, Grey Lynn, Auckland

on Saturday 21st August between 10 AM and 4 PM.

No space for home-grown food? Think again.

Microgreens can be grown on your windowsill.

Here’s a book that could revolutionise your household meals, keep away those winter chills and get your… Continue

Added by Fionna Hill on August 17, 2010 at 8:14am — 6 Comments

Getting the most out of Ooooby online - Auckland Ooooby versity

Do you know how to get the most out of Ooooby online? -

We are hosting a night where you can learn and share your thoughts and ideas about the Ooooby Website. I teach adults computing for a living so am used to all skill levels and ages. It will be a nice relaxed fun night. I can also help with general computer skills, there are so many things you can do to make computing. If you think you are an expert, come and help others gain the…


Added by Angie Gibbons on August 17, 2010 at 8:00am — 2 Comments

Filling Urban Voids . . . With Farms?

The statement that stood out for me when I watched "The Power of Community" film a few years ago, was that "The best paid people in the country, were the ones who could grow food." The film showed enthusiastic white-collar professionals…

Added by James Samuel on August 17, 2010 at 5:39am — 1 Comment

Fungi to the rescue !!

Hi all.

I just wanted to share a link to a remarkable presentation which I watched recently. A fungi biologist by the name of

Paul Stamets, demonstrates how various forms of fungi have the ability to clean up our planet from all the man made toxins which we have created, and restore it back to clean green health. I invite you all to check it out !!…


Added by Glen Kirkby on August 16, 2010 at 3:25pm — 1 Comment


Knowing that we would be downsizing but not yet knowing that we would be relocating to New Zealand, we joined the Aussie Diggers Club last year - and, I admit, I became a little addicted! These people specialise in heritage plants and seeds and they're very into edible gardens! Yes we bought the normal varieties of orchard trees - apple, pear, peach, apricot, plum etc. Went a little mad with figs and cherries - madder still with strawberries, avocados and asperagus, all sorts of raseberries,… Continue

Added by Leslie Hunter on August 15, 2010 at 4:40pm — 6 Comments

The Mushroom Farmer

I've been the mushroom farmer for a few years now, admittedly only with my camera (until the damned thing broke), I don't have the nerve yet to pick and eat as I don't trust my reference books, actually I trust them fine its my ability to compare and contrast I don't trust, there is always to many possibilities in my mind.

What I would love is a knowledge share with an old mushroom hunter, the older the better as… Continue

Added by Richard McCoy on August 12, 2010 at 7:08pm — 8 Comments

Giapo Gelato - Organic Fruit

Hi Everyone,

I just read in today's Herald that Giapo Gelato on Queen St is bartering organic fruit for yummy, wonderful, delicious gelato. All you have to do is sign an agreement that certifies that your produce is in fact organic. Look here if you're interested.


Added by Gwynn Sturdevant on August 12, 2010 at 10:29am — 1 Comment

Dear Oooobyites

Dear Oooobyites:

My name is Jennifer and I live in Phoenix, AZ, USA. I am a founding member of a group called “Arizona Homegrown Solutions”. We work to bring sustainability to all people but particularly those often left out of the…


Added by Jennifer on August 11, 2010 at 4:30pm — 3 Comments

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