More Ooooby Taranaki in the news

More Ooooby Taranaki in the news

OOOOBY scheme launches in Taranaki to support local produce growers CATHERINE GROENESTEIN – stuff.co.nz   Ursula Bil-Teitink, left, and Emma Thorp are bringing OOOOBY (Out of our own backyards) to Taranaki, people can order a fresh box filled of fruit and vegetables grown by locals. Two women keen on encouraging local food production have set up a scheme to connect growers with buyers. Ursula Bil-Teitink and Emma Thorp have spent the past few months setting up an OOOOBY (Out Of Our Own Backyards) scheme in Taranaki. From May 25, boxes of fresh, seasonal organic and spray-free vegetables and fruit would be delivered to customers in Oakura and New Plymouth, with other areas being added as demand grew. “The OOOOBY philosophy is all about restoring local food systems,” Bil-Teitink said. In recent decades, New Zealand’s food production had moved from small growers and producers to larger enterprises and a lot of food being imported or transported long distances, she said. Read more . ....
Grow with Ooooby

Grow with Ooooby

Ooooby is an acronym for out of our own back yards. We are a food distribution service, for customers wanting high quality local and natural food, on a mission to make local food easy and fair, and we’re looking for more growers. If you grow food, then read on, and if you know someone who grows food, then please forward this article to them. Introduction Ooooby is building a community of discerning customers who greatly value knowing where their food comes and how it has been grown. They want high-quality, nutrient-dense, locally-sourced produce, and they trust us to find it for them. Ooooby exists to make local food easy and fair for these customers, and many more like them. We’re working to deliver great produce to our customers in towns and cities across New Zealand, Australia, and even California. The relationships each local hub has with its growers is central to how we operate. We want to work with and support smaller growers, and especially those using regenerative, sustainable farming methods. Five steps to becoming an Ooooby grower Is there a values fit How much can we buy Trading with Ooooby Crop planning The formalities   1. Is there a Values fit We are keen to work with growers who share the values of Ooooby and its customers. While we understand that there is a range of possible production methods, we choose to favour produce from growers who pay attention to the well-being of the environment, and the people who eat the food. Natural and Local The horizontal line in this diagram acknowledges that there is a continuum between organic/biologically grown produce and that...
The word is out – Launching in Taranaki on May 25

The word is out – Launching in Taranaki on May 25

Emma Thorp and Ursula Bil-Teitink bring organic food business Ooooby to Taranaki  By YVETTE BATTEN/FAIRFAX NZ Ursula Bil-Teitink wants to restore the local food production system through Ooooby. Ooooby, a business   that links organic food growers and consumers, is coming to Taranaki. Soon there’ll be a hub here, with the first fresh seasonal fruit and vegetable boxes delivered around the region from Wednesday, May 25. “Ooooby is a food movement,” spokeswoman Ursula Bil-Teitink said. “The philosophy is all about restoring local food systems. READ MORE: Kiwis take to organics as the sector goes mainstream “What it’s all about with Ooooby is finding enough local growers who would like to supply to an Ooooby hub. Then the Ooooby hub co-ordinates and organises everything for the boxes. “In Taranaki, we are here to support the growers and hopefully customers are going to support us by buying produce, which comes mainly from this region. If we can’t get it from this region we need to get it from further away.” They aim for the box’s contents to be all organic and spray-free produce. “We always will tell customers,” she said. “The system that Ooooby is doing is very transparent.” Boxes of food, which come in two sizes feeding two to five people, are delivered to customers’ doors. Prices start at $38 and there is flexibility around what produce goes in the boxes. Organisers are also seeking growers. “For the Taranaki region, it’s a challenge to get enough supply in, that’s why we’re talking growers in the Waikato area and the Wanganui area.” Bil-Teitink discovered Ooooby after reading an article about it early last year. Soon she was talking to Ooooby founders. “For me it was...
Growers getting ready in Tauranga

Growers getting ready in Tauranga

The Ooooby Tauranga stand at the recent Down to Earth Expo was a great success, with 80 people expressing an interest in becoming an Ooooby customer, being part of the crew, or supplying Ooooby with fresh produce or local artisan food. The crew are now busy behind the scenes and have set the date for Ooooby Tauranga customer signups to begin in mid January, with the fist Ooooby boxes being delivered on March 8th.   Catherine Dunton-McLeod and Caro Kane have been preparing beds in the big polyhouse and getting them planted.  Catherine Dunton-McLeod of Plenty Permaculture lives on 10 acres and is looking to produce year-round nutrient-dense food for local supply. Using permaculture design and bio-intensive gardening techniques, they are  excited to to use the opportunity Ooooby provides, to make the shift from “let’s see what will grow here” gardening, to production gardening and sharing the abundance with the Tauranga community. Caro Kane was a 60’s child, brought up with a backyard garden full of veggies and fruit. She soon became a Chef, with a love of Organic food. Caro is working with Catherine to grow a variety of natural organic heritage food.  More growers welcome Lynda Farnworth has been building up a good list of local growers who are getting ready to supply Ooooby Tauranga, and more are welcome, so please drop us a note via tauranga@ooooby.com if you know of...
Ooooby Tauranga at Down-to-Earth Expo

Ooooby Tauranga at Down-to-Earth Expo

Back in May, Lynda Farnworth initiated the conversation about getting Ooooby operating in Tauranga. Since then she has been working steadily to lay the foundations, quietly raising awareness by having an Ooooby presence at various events, finding premises to operate from, and meeting with the first wave of suppliers. We’re happy to introduce the first wave of Ooooby Tauranga suppliers. Read about them below.     Visit Ooooby at the Expo This weekend Lynda will be at the Down to Earth Expo flying the Ooooby flag along with David King, who recently stepped in to support this local food initiative. Drop by the ASB Arena this weekend – November 28/29 (10am – 4pm). You’ll find Ooooby at stand number 79. What is Ooooby about     Stay informed about Ooooby Tauranga developments We’re not ready to begin delivering Ooooby boxes yet, but it won’t be long. By adding your name and interests here, we will send ocassional updates and an announcement when we are ready to begin receiving sign-ups. This is the first step towards rebuilding the local food system together. First Name Email Address Interested in becoming a: Customer Grower / Supplier Crew Investor     Keep in touch via Facebook You can also visit and like the Ooooby Tauranga Facebook page, to see what we’re up to – if you want to be sure that news posted on the Ooooby page appears on your Facebook news feed, just add a comment on something or share it with your friends. This will tell Facebook you’re interested and want to see our updates.  ...