May 17, 2012
-- Ooooby (out of our own backyards) is like a Facebook for people who are into home-grown food and local food. Through their social networking page you can connect with like-minded people and ‘locavores’
from all over the world. There are currently 4,500 members talking to each other about things like gardening tips, seasonal recipes, keeping chooks and bees and preserving surplus food. It’s like going to a food growers’ festival online but it’s all about people in communities sharing their thoughts and growing their own food.
Ooooby members are part of the food revolution that is building massive momentum every day. People in communities are returning to their own backyards and embracing the once declining skill of food growing. By putting the control of our food supply back into the hands of communities, people are reducing external influence on their food supply. By setting up the Ooooby Box service, delivering food from backyard growers and local farmers to your doorstep, Ooooby have made a practical move towards bringing about the cottage food renaissance. Ooooby is definitely a lifestyle choice with the end goal of eating the bulk of your basic foods fresh from your own local area.
Ooooby’s social networking page [ http://ooooby.ning.com
] brings together like minded people to share up-to-date information about local food, growing tips and inspirational stories. Communities are joining together, using Ooooby as a way to facilitate back yard food swaps and sales. The engagement of Ooooby in your area can create a contingent food economy for your community in the event of global economic or ecological shifts.
If you would like to sign up for an Ooooby box, go to their website at http://www.ooooby.org/how-it-works/
and ‘sign up for yummy food’. Each week you will receive a box of 10 different items which will vary from week to week. The fruit, vegetables and salads in your box will be sourced from local farms, micro-growers, backyards and organic farms. You pay for your first delivery to try it out and if it’s all okay they will bill you four-weekly. You can then pause or cancel your order at any time.
We seem to have forgotten how to live locally and in harmony with the seasons. The supermarkets have taught us that we can have what we want, when we want it for a very low price. This can hide the impact that these big food chains can have on our environment. Sign up for Ooooby today to make it easy to eat locally in a way that can be sustained by our communities. Visit their website for more information at http://www.ooooby.org