December 2008 Blog Posts (14)

Blog Update

'a fine day for gardening' posted on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on December 28, 2008 at 9:10pm — No Comments

The first Ooooby Store

Ooooby is opening its first Store.

8 Putiki Road, Ostend, Waiheke Island

New Zealand.

We are very excited about this development and look forward to connecting with and serving Ooooby members from all over the island.

Over the next few months we hope to be providing a good selection of food grower supplies, (seedlings, treatments, compost teas, tools, mulch etc.) as well as a good variety of food growing workshops and seminars.

We would also like to… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 28, 2008 at 5:30pm — 2 Comments

Carrots and radish to the mix

Planted some carrots and radishes from seeds. Bought some seeds off Trade Me. Will be interesting to see how good those are!

Added by Su Yin on December 27, 2008 at 11:10pm — 6 Comments

Boysenberry Disease?

Does anyone know what is causing the above problem? The bottom berry I think has some kind of disease, the top one is a healthy one for comparison. I can't figure out what it is. It's affecting about 10% of my berries at the moment, which is fine, but don't want it to get any worse. Any help/suggestions appreciated!

Added by Christy Ralphs on December 26, 2008 at 1:14pm — 1 Comment

Gulf News article

An idea that was seeded in July this year

in Matiatia and sprouted last Tuesday at

the Oneroa cinema is now branching out


Puns almost aside, the new website for

food growers is growing wildly.

Looking like a Facebook-type site for

gardeners, Ooooby is an acronym for

Out Of Our Own Backyards and it is

the brainchild of Pete Russell, a recent

arrival to the island from Australia

whose partner Katherine came up… Continue

Added by James Samuel on December 24, 2008 at 10:00am — No Comments

Blog Update

vineyard & birds nests posted on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on December 21, 2008 at 9:06pm — No Comments

Ooooby T-Shirt Business

Are you good at craft?

We are looking for someone who is good at fiddly things to make the Ooooby T-shirts.

This is the stencil style logo,

so all we need now is for someone to cut it into a stencil sheet and then get some ink and a roller and print T-Shirts with the Ooooby logo.

It could be a good little business for someone... who knows how many people would want an Ooooby T-shirt?

Let me know… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 21, 2008 at 1:00pm — No Comments

Ooooby Dinner

Last night 6 of us got together to share some food out of our own back yards. As we ate savoy cabbage of the huge leaves of the savoy we delighted in the knowledge that we are adaptable creatures and at least tonight, all is well.

I learnt how to prepare some of the food I have been growing and we all had a simple fun and thoroughly enjoyable evening. See pictures.

We imagined the ooooby dinner in a… Continue

Added by James Samuel on December 21, 2008 at 9:10am — 3 Comments

Happy Solstice Everyone.

We are all here because of our common interest, well our natural human instinct to grow food and connect with our giver of life, earth. getting back in rhythm with the cycles of the earth are so important and the Solstice is a very important yearly cycle akin to the In & out breath of the earth/sun, it is described as stillness of the sun, the moment of shifting axis back in or back out depending on northern or southern hemisphere perspective.

I think it is a good time to get still… Continue

Added by Craig Hubbard on December 20, 2008 at 11:12pm — 2 Comments

Food Forests!

So happy to belong to this sane movement! Would love to plant a food forest!

Added by Karen Russell on December 20, 2008 at 5:38pm — 4 Comments

Garden Blog Update

rhubarb, passionfruit, what i'm harvesting posted on my journal

Added by Christy Ralphs on December 19, 2008 at 9:54pm — No Comments

How are we spending our time?

Amongst all this torrid confusion around the economy, climate and energy, how are we spending our time?

What are we paying attention to? Who are we paying attention to?

Is your health in check? Are you eating well? When was the last time you had a nutrient rich fresh live meal?

Where do you get a nutrient rich meal from? Your back yards? What does that mean?

Spending more time in my backyard patch at home with my family? Spending more time at the… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 19, 2008 at 10:30am — No Comments

Ten Reasons to Eat Local

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Brenton Johnson, an organic farmer and owner of Johnson’s Backyard Garden, came up with this list of top 10 reasons to buy local food, based on his philosophy to live in harmony with the land.

1. Locally grown food tastes better. Food grown in your own community is usually picked within the past day or two. It’s crisp, sweet, and loaded with flavor. Produce flown or… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 13, 2008 at 10:30am — 4 Comments

Peak Oil Task Force - Stagecoach Group, Virgin Group, Yahoo and more...


The risk

The food and drink manufacturing sector is the single largest manufacturing sector in the UK. Virtually all of the processes in the modern food system are dependent on cheap oil and therefore the price of our food is directly linked to the price of oil. Over 50% of fossil fuels used in agriculture are fed into the production of fertiliser, currently vital to maintaining domestic food supply.

The opportunity

Less intensive, local food production may… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 13, 2008 at 9:06am — No Comments

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