October 2010 Blog Posts (20)

Vancouver Throws Down the Gauntlet

Vancouver plans to the world's greenest city by 2020.

So what are we going to do about that Auckland?

They certainly have their compost together by the looks of their…


Added by Pete Russell on October 25, 2010 at 2:33pm — 11 Comments

Sloping Garden

Hey everyone!! My name is Gwynn and I live in Auckland, NZ!! I have a wonderful north facing garden that gets full sun most of the day. I have successfully planted lots of herbs, tomatoes, and other things. Now, I'd like to do a bit more and am wondering if any of you have much experience planting on a hill. Looking on the web it seems that terracing is one of the best options, does anyone know of any other possibilities? Thanks for your support and suggestions.

Added by Gwynn Sturdevant on October 25, 2010 at 2:04pm — No Comments

Pepper Accident

I can't believe I just did the same clumsy thing for the second time in a week!
I was watering the seeds germinating in the glasshouse and I picked up a punnet of pepper seeds out of a propagator, so it would be easier to water.
Somehow I didn't manage to grasp it properly and it spilt, tipping out at least half of the germinating pepper seeds, into a nearby pot, the base of the propagator, and, worst of all, down under the glasshouse…

Added by Hester on October 24, 2010 at 2:12pm — No Comments

What are the benefits of buying local food?

Helena Norberg-Hodge shares profound insights on why we need to buy local food.

Added by Pete Russell on October 23, 2010 at 4:15pm — No Comments

Challenging Politically Correct Nutrition


Added by Jodi Hansen on October 21, 2010 at 1:19pm — No Comments

The Box Launch!

Congratulations to the Ooooby Team! Loved watching the Box Launch on U-Tube! Could feel the excitement even here in Australia - across the ditch!

Added by Karen Russell on October 20, 2010 at 4:45pm — No Comments

Ooooby Boxes hit the doorsteps

With beers in hand we celebrate the end of the inaugural Ooooby Box delivery day!

A HUUUGE thanks to the whole team. Christy, Giulio, Karen, Anthea, Issy, Will and James.

Extra big thanks to James for producing this video.

So far we have had fabulous feedback and can't wait to deliver again next week.

For more about the Ooooby Box visit…

Added by Pete Russell on October 20, 2010 at 3:28pm — 14 Comments

House sit in Hobart, Tasmania for summer

There is a Tasmanian friend of mine who is going to be away from Nov 29th 2010 to Jan 10th 2011 and she needs a house sitter. She is a keen gardener and needs someone to care for her pots and garden whilst staying in her home in Hobart.

The place is very central but peaceful, great views, north facing, 3 bedroom, new kitchen, big sunny deck, very pleasant home. The person would need to contribute for cost of power and gas, and a donation towards general expenses of household…


Added by Kate Flint on October 20, 2010 at 2:49pm — No Comments

Watering Detroit's food desert

One of the feeding the city series of articles, this one focuses on Detroit. This is the city where journalist Jerry White reported last year that the once proud Motor City where working class living standards were accelerated now has more than 40,000 vacant lots, numerous abandoned neighbourhoods and three times the poverty rate of the average American city. It's also the… Continue

Added by Denise on October 20, 2010 at 1:31pm — No Comments

Feeding the city series of articles...

This is a series of articles that profiles farmers, businesse owners and workers and agtivists who are reinventing urban food systems as this picture of Brooklyn's Eagle Street rooftop farm shows.

The series explores the many alternative food systems taking root in major cities around the US, with profiles of…

Added by Denise on October 20, 2010 at 1:22pm — 2 Comments

Wilderland Community to be bulldozed by Thames Coromandel Distric Council!!!!

This is your chance to get involved in helping Wilderland, one of New Zealand’s longest running sustainable organic food growing and educational communities!

Click here for more:…


Added by Thomas Everth on October 20, 2010 at 9:20am — 1 Comment

The chicken ark has landed!

(Chicken Ark design by Catawba ConvertiCoops DIY Chicken Coop Plans)

We finished making this "chicken ark" just in time for the arrival of our all-star Rhode Island Red chooks!…


Added by Dirt Doctor Jacob&Hana on October 19, 2010 at 3:00pm — 4 Comments

Prince Charles.... born into his position for a purpose...

and these few words, so well put, indicate what that purpose may be.

I have a lot of respect for Prince Charles and admire his efforts to be outspoken about the planet, about agriculture, architecture, history, science and about what we should see as an opportunity to succeed, not a fear of failure.....…


Added by Kate Flint on October 18, 2010 at 11:30pm — No Comments

The Veggie garden so far this year

I have enlarged the vege garden a bit this spring, hoping to get more variety of veggies in, our Broody Bantam hatched us some babies too. A picture tells a thousand words so they say...…


Added by Daniel Martin on October 13, 2010 at 9:18pm — No Comments

The city without hunger

The Brazilian city of Belo Horizonte has taken the"radical" step of recognising access to food as a basic right of its citizens and created an environment where producers sell locally grown direct to consumers at an affordable price.


Added by Richard Grevers on October 9, 2010 at 11:38pm — No Comments

A small chicken dome

Seen at the Waiheke buyers club this morning.…


Added by James Samuel on October 9, 2010 at 6:50pm — 3 Comments

Back to basics, one fire for a weekend of community meals

Michael Pollan wrote in the New York Times about the community eating experiment he participated in recently: build a single wood fire and, over the course of 30-plus hours, use it to roast, braise, bake, simmer and grill as many different dishes as possible — for lunch, dinner, breakfast and lunch again.


Added by André Taber on October 8, 2010 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Less miles, more goodness

Hi All,

This in the Sydney Morning herald,

Ingersoll is going one step further and cooking a 10-mile meal tomorrow night, with everything sourced from within 16.09 kilometres of his Waterloo cafe and bar.…


Added by Ben on October 6, 2010 at 8:47am — No Comments

Big tree branch

A big tree branch from the Elm by the driveway has broken off and fallen. Seems to have some kind of fungus or rot and will have to be removed. The top pciture shows the break and some of the fungus looking rot. The second shows where it barely missed the bird bath.…


Added by Margaret Beers Oliver on October 6, 2010 at 8:44am — No Comments

Small footsteps towards an ooooby lifestyle

Added by Anja Richards on October 5, 2010 at 2:25pm — 5 Comments

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