Why I love working for Ooooby – Daphne Gehrels

Why I love working for Ooooby – Daphne Gehrels

I work for Ooooby as Customer Happiness representative, helping Auckland customers make the most of their Ooooby adventure, as well as Hub Support, helping other Ooooby’s in New Zealand get started. I came into this job first as an Ooooby customer in Sydney, where I was so happy to have found an easy way to bring sustainably grown chemical free vegetables into my life. Extremely health conscious, I was delighted with the weekly “treasure” box arriving full of nature’s goodness. I still am. However, learning more about the state of the global food system, I realized that this supply of locally grown organic produce cannot be taken for granted, and it will take conscious effort to secure our food supply when other systems start to fail. By working locally and decentralized, within intricate networks of cooperation and exchange, we are able to rebuild our local food system, making it more resilient, able to withstand anything this world might bring us in the times to come. I feel privileged to have joined the global Ooooby crew in the good fight. It is not always easy, local food can be fickle and you have to be prepared for the unexpected. But to me that just makes it all the more exciting. Working for Ooooby has taught me to see our food producers for the hard working passionate people they are, the problems they face and how we can best help them in growing our food. It has taught me to roll with the annual cycle, getting creative with produce when it’s in-season and in full abundance, and patiently wait again the...
How to build your own Ooooby Box

How to build your own Ooooby Box

As an Ooooby customer you can now build your own box! For just a small packing fee we will fill your box with any of the available produce items*. Just watch this quick video or read on to see how it works.  How it works When you receive your weekly Sneak Peek email just click on the link to your Ooooby dashboard and scroll down to see the full variety of fresh produce available for you that week. Simply select the items you want. Don’t worry about the total amount yet, we will remove the standard box from your order in a second. Just pick and choose what you like, making sure you select at least the minimum produce order amount for your box.      When you’re done selecting just press the “Create Custom Box”  button at the top.     This will remove your standard box from your order and replace it with your custom box.     You are still free to make any adjustments after this, but always make sure you have the minimum order amount of fresh produce in your box, otherwise the system won’t be able to save your order.      F.A.Q. What if I don’t see any fresh produce in my dashboard? The fresh produce is only available in your dashboard from the moment the Sneak Peek goes out until the order cut-off the following morning. If you are between this order window and still don’t see the fresh produce, your account might not be active for the coming week. In that case make sure your account is active or contact us if you are...
Food Matters

Food Matters

One of the things I love most about working for Ooooby is all the amazing people I meet in the line of duty. A couple of weeks ago I was very fortunate to meet Dr. Vandana Shiva in person, one of the most engaged and inspiring people I know when it comes to food sustainability and fairness in the world. The occasion was a special lunch at Te Ara Hou village in Hamilton organised by the Food Matters Aotearoa Tour 2015, the Waikato Environment Centre and the Anglican Mission. Speakers from the Food Matters tour engaged in a conversation addressing modern farming, the use of pesticides and genetically engineered (GE) plants and the effects of these methods on the nutritional value and the safety of the food produced. Ooooby was invited to source the produce for the lunch and we happily obliged. Vandana gave us her take on GE foods and the devastating effect they can have on human health and social inequality. She realizes that when big corporations are patenting modified seeds to collect royalties, they are patenting life itself, and trying to establish a monopoloy on food. But life is not an invention, and she calls is a case of “ontological schizohprenia” when these same companies then turn around and try to have their creations passing food safety regulations by claiming their seeds are just like nature! We also heard from Jerome Douzelet, a french chef and owner of Le Mas de Rivet, a hotel and restaurant that only serves natural, fresh and organic meals, with ingredients that are ethically sourced from the hotels own garden and...
Growing together in the Waikato

Growing together in the Waikato

It has been a while in the making, but the newest Ooooby hub in the Waikato is now truly off the ground. Last week the first boxes full of Waikato grown produce only were packed in Hamilton and shipped off to our customers. Lemons from Rotokauri, Spinach from Te Awamutu, tomatoes from the “Tomato man” in Cambridge and Capsicums from Southern Belle Orchard in Matamata. So much good produce is grown in the Waikato, truly the food basket of New Zealand.  Ooooby wants to make all this locally grown and produced food easily accessible and is working hard to refine her processes and service. To grow a hub we need more customers of course, but equally important is growing together with growers. Many growers are planting more at the moment especially for the Ooooby boxes. Others are happy to finally have a good outlet for the fruit that has been falling of their trees being wasted previously. With an efficient distribution model like Ooooby in place, we now have the tools to make sure all the produce grown locally finds it way to local households as fresh as possible. Packing of the boxes is done at the Waikato Environment Centre, a very fruitful relationship in many ways. Both organisations have the same vision for a sustainable, fair and green community and operating in this same space means projects can flow into each other, events can be organised together and resources can be shared. For example, any left-over Ooooby produce goes straight to the Kaivolution Food Rescue project, reducing food waste to the absolute minimum. We still have a long way...
7 Ooooby rules for good eating

7 Ooooby rules for good eating

Food is not only a major determinant of the health of our local communities, but also a very important key in our personal health and that of our family. When it comes to our overall well-being, about 80% is determined by the way we eat. Hippocrates, who ironically might be seen as the spiritual father of modern medicine, already tried to drive this home to us when he said “let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food”. When we feed ourselves right, it will make us feel right, but so often it seems that this simple connection is lost. We do not always associate particular conditions or symptoms we might have with what we have been eaten. Yet so many diseases can be traced back to certain dietary choices, and to not giving our bodies what they actually need and crave. Changing to a way of eating with more whole, real and honest food can have a major impact on our overall health. But how do we know what is the right way to eat? There are so many theories and diets out there, all with both staunch proponents as well as opponents, that we kind of lost the wood amongst the trees. And yet is does not have to be complicated. A few simple guidelines and trust in your own gut (pun intended) are often all that is needed to put you on the right track. And to get you started, we present here the 7 Ooooby “rules” for good eating. Eating good for you, for your family, and for your community. 1. Eat local – Source food grown in...