Saturday, February 28, 2009

Ooooby social community for local food production launched from Waiheke

An exciting new global social community has been launched from Waiheke Island. It’s called Ooooby (Out of our own backyards) - a movement designed to support growing and sharing local food production. This venture has been launched by Pete Russell, recently arrived from Australia. As he said to NZ Herald reporter Amanda Linnell, “The purpose of Ooooby - be it on t he ground or online - is to inspire, encourage and enable people to grow food and to connect with other food growers. Everything we do here is to aid that purpose, so it is a positive experience whether you are an absolute beginner or a more experienced gardener. And our plan is that no matter where you are, in New Zealand, in the world, you too can be part of the Ooooby community.” This NZ Herald article titled Seeds of a good idea was published on 5th February 2009.

The Ooooby website launched just six weeks ago and already there are more than 200 members, the majority from New Zealand but also from as far afield as London, Canada, Spain, France and Australia. Here people talk about what they're growing, exchange skills and knowledge and recipes for how to cook what's in season.

THOUGHTS: Have a look at the website. It looks like a highly innovative approach, set of tools and social network to help individuals and communities grow our own food and eat locally grown and produced foods. 

KEY WORDS: Sustainable, Food, Community, Social Network Services.

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