September 2010 Blog Posts (53)

Seeding some ideas....

What a shocking day its been, weather wise. One minute calm, sunny, even warm and enticing; the next, ferocious, unwieldy, hair-raising wind, horizontal rain barely hitting the ground before being blown away again. So, after surviving several bouts of this feverishness, Pickle and I retreated to the kitchen, to my other passion, cooking.

Yesterday I had failed to resist a bargain and came home with a huge chicken, unceremoniously labelled "Large Boiler". Massive, is the word I would…


Added by Kate Flint on September 30, 2010 at 10:17am — 3 Comments

Back into it, even if slowly!

What bliss! Soil under the fingernails after three months! And no rain. Managed to clip some lawn edges over the last two days. The edge clippers make a good substitute crutch. There is a cringingly lot of work to do to catch up but I guess it all teaches me patience. The leg bone has healed but the swelling stops easy foot movement - but I'll get there. Thanks for all your thoughts.

Added by Robyn Wolfe on September 29, 2010 at 3:24pm — 1 Comment

It's Here! The Ooooby Box

Want a delicious slice of farmers market on your doorstep every week?

Now you can support local growers at the
click of a button.

Limited supply. First in, first served. Tell me more.…


Added by Pete Russell on September 29, 2010 at 2:00pm — 1 Comment

Ooooby Hall of Fame

Congratulations smarty pants!

Swainy, Richard,…


Added by Pete Russell on September 29, 2010 at 11:49am — No Comments

What's in the Box?


Any guesses?

We reveal the contents sometime before the 30th of September.

If you think you know then tell…


Added by Pete Russell on September 29, 2010 at 11:12am — 82 Comments

Who is this Kid?

I woke up this morning and watched this TEDx talk that James Samuel sent through to me. WOW!

This young man has more eloquently expressed the reason behind Ooooby in less than 6 minutes, than I have been able to express in countless blogs and long winded conversations.…


Added by Pete Russell on September 26, 2010 at 8:05am — 7 Comments

New Urban Farm Rules Going Into Effect

I was heartened to read this article about new urban farm rules being put into effect by the Seattle City Council.

We could learn from these guys. Any of you oooobsters out there have the nous and willingness to start working with your local councils to…


Added by Pete Russell on September 26, 2010 at 8:04am — 1 Comment

Help me get $10,000 funding from Pure Futures to grow community through gardening

As you may know, I've been working hard since February on my vision of building strong, sustainable urban communities through rooftop vege gardening. I've created my first demonstration garden and am currently working on proposals for several larger scale communal rooftop vege gardens. I've…

Added by Emily Harris on September 24, 2010 at 3:25pm — No Comments

Get Growing Auckland!

Growing your own organic food is great for you and great for the planet. We want to show Aucklanders how easy and enjoyable urban gardening can be and challenge you to give it a try.

Come along to:

* Plant a seed to take home

* See creative container gardening displays

* Hear from experienced urban gardeners

* Taste some garden-fresh healthy food

* Learn about how you can… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on September 24, 2010 at 1:03pm — 3 Comments

Duck Housing

When I first decided I wanted to keep ducks I trawled the net for info

on duck houses. Ducks don't technically need housing, but I wanted to

pen the ducks in during the night, so I could collect their eggs.

Otherwise it is 'hunt the eggs' or, as I discovered, try and get them

before the pukeko do. And pukeko rise early. There is a lot of info

about chicken coops, not so much for ducks.…


Added by Christy Ralphs on September 23, 2010 at 9:48pm — No Comments

A Brief History of The World


Once upon a time, in a place called Utopia, in the days we call The Good Old Days, lived a thing called The Community. It existed way before religion came along and took it over and before governments made rules about it.

Community gave everyone a sense of security. Because life was slow, expectations low and camaraderie high, The Community flourished. There was little communication with the outside world, the focus being on providing for The Community. The more The…


Added by Kate Flint on September 23, 2010 at 9:32am — 1 Comment

Food security - NZ in the climate-change crosshairs.

Lets add to all the concerns about how we grow enough of the right food with the least impact the whole issue of our most fertile soil, river deltas, disappearing. NZ climate change warning

Melting ice sheets, warming oceans and disappearing glaciers could mean New Zealanders have to cope with sea level rises more than triple the international estimates, scientists say.

... international…

Added by Earl Mardle on September 23, 2010 at 9:30am — 2 Comments

Does Dole Do it for You?

In the latest edition of Celsius, there was an article on Dole's new product tracing system.

Dole's new RFID technology means you can type a 3 digit code from a sticker on their fruit to find out where it came from. Not a bad idea. Personally I feel…


Added by Pete Russell on September 22, 2010 at 5:38pm — 2 Comments

Prioritising Food Purchases

Local organic food is the holy grail for most of us oooobsters, right?

Nothing beats an organic, nutrient dense beet grown in your very own backyard. But what if you can't grow everything you eat? How do you decide which is the next best?

In developing the long awaited Ooooby Box…


Added by Pete Russell on September 20, 2010 at 10:04pm — 22 Comments

Mark Bittman: Local Food Is Booming Downtown, in Brooklyn

Source: NBC New York Watch the video here.
Brooklyn rooftops aren’t just for hipster parties anymore.

The New York Times food columnist Mark Bittman gave Niteside the inside scoop on a… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on September 20, 2010 at 1:07pm — No Comments

Chicken Saga-Week One

Wednesday-Day 5

A sunny…


Added by Hester on September 19, 2010 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Hidden Roots of Local Food Movement

Source: Yes Magazine Photo Essay: Posters of wartime efforts to promote canning, conservation, and home gardening…


Added by Pete Russell on September 18, 2010 at 12:46pm — 4 Comments

Daryl Hannah Radio Interview on Permaculture Course

Radio Interview here.

Added by Pete Russell on September 17, 2010 at 11:03pm — 2 Comments

Jeanette Fitzsimons - The importance of New Zealand being an organic GE free nation


The Soil & Health Association of NZ proudly presents their new Patron, Jeanette Fitzsimons

Topic: “The importance of New Zealand being an organic GE free nation

Jeanette will speak with her usual passion and knowledge, painting the big picture around how organic and GE free agriculture fits with living…


Added by Pete Russell on September 17, 2010 at 2:44pm — No Comments

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