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.