December 2009 Blog Posts (47)

Can farming save Detroit? - Fortune Magazine

By David Whitford, editor at large

December 29, 2009: 11:37 AM ET

DETROIT (Fortune) -- John Hantz is a wealthy money manager who lives in an older enclave of Detroit where all the houses are grand and not all of them are falling apart. Once a star… Continue

Added by Mark Fowler on December 30, 2009 at 2:01pm — No Comments

Timing is everything...

We go away for 10 days in January, so I try hard to arrange things in the garden so that there is not too much of a glut around this time. Mixed results at the moment - the climbing beans are climbing fast but no flowers yet, so that's good; the tomatoes have a few just starting to ripen but not many, good; cucumber growing but only flowers at present, good; celery regenerating as we pick it; BUT, the courgette is going nuts as are the lettuces. Parsley and spinach are going to seed. I'm… Continue

Added by Nikki Dillon on December 29, 2009 at 4:09pm — No Comments

Compost Happy 28th December

Well I’ve had lots of visitors and family staying at my whare over the xmas holidays and its been great to have my sister and Dad to help me out with the garden. They love it! Everything is growing really well at the moment and we had our first feed of scaloppini’s the other night – delicious!

I couldnt believe it on xmas day. i looked under my bed and Mum and Dad have kindly bought me an awesome new fork for my garden! Its fantastic as because I have only just got into gardening the… Continue

Added by Bridge Scully on December 28, 2009 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Berries & more

A rather lengthy garden update because there is so much happening at the moment! We came back from our Melbourne jaunt to find the garden in full production, and a vineyard out of control. M tamed the vineyard over several (very hot) days, while I squeezed minutes (and sometimes even hours) here and there to do all the summer gardening jobs (more mulch, weeding, tying up tomatoes, planting, watering etc etc).

The berry season is in… Continue

Added by Christy Ralphs on December 25, 2009 at 11:54pm — 1 Comment

Can your neighbourhood get fruity?

Have you seen the latest local food initiative on Waiheke Island?

It's called The Great Waiheke Plum Drive and it's in cahoots with Traffic Jam ( from the local and loved Maureen at the Saturday Ostend markets)

James Samuel,… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 23, 2009 at 2:53pm — 2 Comments

Summer is finally here, so it’s time to celebrate! And here at the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market we have plenty to celebrate about. Award winners Many of you will have seen the recent Metro magazine Be…

Summer is finally here, so it’s time to celebrate! And here at the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market we have plenty to celebrate about.

Award winners

Many of you will have seen the recent Metro magazine Best of Auckland Awards in which the Grey Lynn Farmers’ Market was awarded an honourable mention, coming second only to La Cigale in Parnell. This is a real badge of honour and shows that, in just three months, everyone… Continue

Added by Judith Whiting on December 22, 2009 at 11:55pm — No Comments

Have a Happy Festive Season

I don't know about all of you guys, but I am going on holidays... at home. ;-)

Have a great few days and keep your gardens moist and safe from the sun.

Added by Pete Russell on December 22, 2009 at 1:34pm — 2 Comments

Competition Capsicum - the first month

The Competition Capsicum was planted out about a month ago, so it's probably time for an update. I was overjoyed when the first flower opened, but somewhat dismayed when it fell off the following day, to be followed by the bit of stalk that connects the flower to the main stalk some days later (not sure on the correct anatomical terms for capsicum, or vegetable plants in general).

I fear I may have been somewhat overzealous in nurturing it, perhaps I overfed it. It has produced quite… Continue

Added by Sarah Bennett on December 20, 2009 at 9:50am — No Comments

Grey Lynn Farmers Market Twilight Market

Where: Grey Lynn Community Center
When: Saturday Dec 19th 6pm to 9pm

Please bring your homegrown goodies to the stall from 5pm to 6pm or contact me today to drop it off at my house.

Let me know what you are going to bring.

Looking forward to our first night market and the last one of the year.

Added by Christy Martin on December 19, 2009 at 11:04am — No Comments

Beauty is in the eye of ....a happy gardener

I look at those lettuces (see photo) and think - brilliant! Last week I planted dwarf beans in between them and by the time the lettuces go the beans should be well on the way. Everything is going so well - have yet to see a White Butterfly! Has anyone else? Saw the first monarch yesterday though it didn't fly to the swan plants left over from last year. I have three dozen or so under cover growing madly to feed them all this year. The bucket tomatoes are now flaunting large flowers...promises,… Continue

Added by Robyn Wolfe on December 19, 2009 at 9:21am — 1 Comment

Happy Birthday Ooooby

It's been a great first year everybody. Thanks for being a part of Ooooby. Happy Birthday!

Added by Pete Russell on December 17, 2009 at 6:20pm — 2 Comments

Slow Food builds support for raw milk cheese industry

Source: Biological Farmers Association Newsletter

Slow Food Australia has stepped up its battle to persuade Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) to overturn a 13 year prohibition on the production and sale of Australian raw milk cheese with a public campaign to petition the Australian parliament.

The current Food Standards Code prohibits Australian raw milk cheese and… Continue

Added by Pete Russell on December 17, 2009 at 12:40pm — 1 Comment

Supermarket showdown

After much consideration, we have decided to go as supermarketless as we possibly can.

Living off the garden and preserves, only raw milk and our egg money pays for the butcher - other that what can be hunted.

So,,, with this in mind, I am going to give some courses (one each month) with a limit of 5 people - as this is all my kitchen can take. Each month would concentrate on what's in the garden and how to make it and sampling of course (this is vital - cause how will you know… Continue

Added by Derek & Julie Craig on December 17, 2009 at 11:06am — 4 Comments

The Localization of Agriculture: A Predetermined Future

The number of farms grew by 4% between 2002 and 2007. The following quote is taken from a larger article with the following headings: More small farms - More local distribution - Celebrity leadership - Victory garden redux - More entrepreneurs selling local - School gardens.- Changes ahead in the agriculture business model. The quiet revolution is well underway.

As agriculture localizes, livestock production will likely start to shift… Continue

Added by James Samuel on December 17, 2009 at 7:46am — 1 Comment

12 months of Ooooby Stats

Added by Pete Russell on December 16, 2009 at 7:22am — No Comments

Thinking about Organic Pest Control.

I've been out in the glasshouse this evening, watering the plants with their weekly serving of comfrey, seaweed and blood and bone.

I have each of these brewing in its own barrel and I top them up with water as I use the liquid.

Tonight I really enjoyed concocting the 'brew'-there's a certain 'white witchiness' to… Continue

Added by Hester on December 14, 2009 at 11:00pm — 10 Comments

Gardening in December

Hubby has been looking after the garden for the last couple of days and doing rather well. I must remind him to water the strawberries otherwise we will lose them.

Gerkhins, cabbage and tomatoes that I planted out the other day are looking good.

I harvested 6 beans from one plant today and 3 from another. A few more snap peas are ready and I got a good harvest of lettuce leaves today, enought to feed 3 adults.

The cherry tomatoes are not looking so good since I… Continue

Added by Yvonne Nikolaison on December 14, 2009 at 2:51pm — 1 Comment

I have recently started practising as an EFT practitioner. I have a clinic in Bethlehem, Tauranga at 7 Bethlehem road. I am offering FREE sessions to anyone in the Waihi, Katikati, Tauranga areas who…

I have recently started practising as an EFT practitioner. I have a clinic in Bethlehem, Tauranga at 7 Bethlehem road. I am offering FREE sessions to anyone in the Waihi, Katikati, Tauranga areas who would like to try this amazing therapy over the summer. Call me or text on 027 288 0658 for more info or to book a session. Continue

Added by Christine on December 14, 2009 at 11:47am — No Comments

Visiting Ken the Square Foot Gardener on Waiheke

Katherine and I dropped round to see Ken and Lois today. What an amazing garden they have. Such an inspiration and an example of what can be done in your typical back yard.

A compost bin made from old pallets.…


Added by Pete Russell on December 12, 2009 at 2:49pm — 2 Comments

How I created the best for our garden


We moved onto a new property recently and the boys love the 1/2 acre space to run around in. The new place has plenty of fruit trees like plums, feijoa, manderine, nashi, cherry etc... loving it.

What it also had was a large garden that had two big 44 gallon drums for compost and railway sleepers for edging. Our boys love getting in and helping out especially when the strawberrys are ripe as they are now.

One of the best things that my wife loves is the… Continue

Added by Guy Coleman on December 12, 2009 at 12:11am — No Comments

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