Garden Adventures

Organic Garden Club of Ventura County Volunteer Gardening

Oonagh brought her Dad, Patty, visiting from Ireland, and her daughter and joined other Organic Garden Club members at the Casa Pacifica School garden digging out new veggie rows behind the flowering amaranth.

Oonagh brought her Dad, Patty, visiting from Ireland, and her daughter and joined other Organic Garden Club members at the Casa Pacifica School garden digging out new veggie rows behind the flowering amaranth, December 2, 2017.

Lynne and Debi transplant seedlings for our booth at the Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day!

Lynne and Debi transplant seedlings for our booth at the April,2017 Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day!

Mary gave a wonderful Rose Pruning Workshop, where Organic Garden Club members removed all the leaves and pruned to the out facing buds, at Faye and Paul’s Thousand Oaks home.

Mary gave a wonderful Rose Pruning Workshop, where Organic Garden Club members removed all the leaves and pruned to the out facing buds, at Faye and Paul’s Thousand Oaks home.

School gardens help kids

School gardens help kids learn math and science lessons while building and decorating garden areas, planning and planting the garden, and growing and harvesting the produce.

 Organic Garden Club members refreshed the garden and tended the baby fruit trees at Casa Pacifica School Garden. We enjoyed being together rooting about in the soil so much that no one wanted to leave!

Organic Garden Club members refreshed the garden and tended the baby fruit trees at Casa Pacifica School Garden. We enjoyed being together rooting about in the soil so much that no one wanted to leave!

Mary tending tomatoes at Casa Pacifica School garden

Mary tending tomatoes at Casa Pacifica School garden in Camarillo.

Club Members visited Maple Elementary School in Newbury Park to help identify and tag native plants and consult on planting the kids’ veggie garden.

Club Members visited Maple Elementary School Garden in Newbury Park, where Oonagh has been volunteering for years, to help identify and tag native plants and consult on planting the kids’ veggie garden.

Organic Gardens at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Summerland, CA

Organic Gardens at Pacifica Graduate Institute, Summerland, CA

Marshall Chrostowski, land manager of the Pacific Graduate Institute, Summerland, CA, gives a tour to the Organic Garden Club

Marshall Chrostowski, land manager of the Pacific Graduate Institute, Summerland, CA, with the Organic Garden Club

Mary telling Anna the benefits of lavender in the garden.

Mary is showing California Lutheran University Garden Director, Anna, the benefits of lavender in their garden.

Organic Garden Club Members Home Tours

Touring Michael Wittman’s Thousand Oaks garden, club members learned how to make biochar, a charcoalthat holds beneficial soil bacteria, moisture, and nutrients, from wood burning in a small kiln.

Touring Michael Wittman’s garden, club members learned how to make biochar, a charcoal soil admendment that holds beneficial soil bacteria, moisture, and nutrients, from wood burning in a small kiln.

Mark turned his swimming pool into a pond in his permaculture garden.

Mark turned his swimming pool into a pond in his permaculture garden that he has been growing for 12 years.

On the tour of Jeff's permaculture garden, he showed us how to build a hugel to replenish the soil.

On the tour of Jeff's permaculture garden, he showed us how to build a hugel to replenish the soil and plant fruit trees, wildflowers, and veggies on top of the mound.

Backyard organic garden with lily pond

Backyard  edible organic garden with lily pond

Bill's luscious organic pear tree full of fruit

Bill's fabulous organic grapes in his backyard orchard

Bill's fabulous organic grapes in his backyard orchard

Grape arbor leading to the Organic Raised Bed Garden

Grape arbor leading to the Organic Raised Bed Garden

Mary, Lori, & Jeanette in Lori's Garden, planting seeds for Arbor/Earth Day

Mary, Lori, & Jeanette in Lori's Organic Garden, planting seeds for Arbor/Earth Day

Visit Ventura County Farms

Lori, Jan, and Mary at Petty Farm, where Farmer Chris Sayers, who uses cover crops in the orchard to improve and protect the soil, gave us tips on growing citrus and figs.

Lori, Jan, and Mary at Petty Farm, where Farmer Chris Sayers, who uses cover crops in the orchard to improve and protect the soil, gave us tips on growing citrus and figs, November, 2017.

Organic Garden Club members visited Organic Solutions Worm Farm in Camarillo and learned that worms like to travel out of their bins!

Organic Garden Club members visited Organic Solutions Worm Farm in Camarillo and learned that worms like to travel out of their bins!

Organic Garden Club members in a veggie garden surrounded with vibrant pollinator flowers at Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark where they are building rich soil with organic biodynamic techniques.

Organic Garden Club members in a veggie garden surrounded with vibrant pollinator flowers at Apricot Lane Farms in Moorpark where they are building rich soil with organic biodynamic techniques.

Club Members had a wonderful time on our Ventura County Farm Day caravan! We visited five farms and the Farm Park Museum. Late in the day at Andrew Williamson Farm in Oxnard, we toured the fields with friendly farm workers.

Club Members had a wonderful time on our Ventura County Farm Day caravan! We visited five farms and the Farm Park Museum. Late in the day at Andrew Williamson Farm in Oxnard, we toured the fields with friendly farm workers.

Club members blueberry picking at Underwood Family Farm in Somis,.

Club members blueberry picking at Underwood Family Farm in Somis, June 2016.

Bill is picking organic tomatoes on Farm Day at McGrath Family Farm

Bill is picking organic tomatoes on Farm Day at McGrath Family Farm

Farm Day, Petty Ranch, September, 2015

Organic Garden Club members toured 7 farms in Ventura county on Farm Day, Petty Ranch, September, 2015

The Organic Garden Club learns about gopher traps in at an organic farm in Ojai that feeds the Farmer and Cook cafe where we ate

The Organic Garden Club learns about gopher traps in at an organic farm in Ojai that feeds the Farmer and Cook cafe where we ate lunch.

Visit Ventura County Nurseries

Organic Garden Club members at Matilija Nursery in Moorpark find specific native plants for food and shelter for butterflies and caterpillars to create a butterfly garden in the backyard.

Organic Garden Club members at Matilija Nursery in Moorpark find specific native plants for food and shelter for butterflies and caterpillars to create a butterfly garden in the backyard.

Tour Botanical Gardens

Mary leading a tour of the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden

Mary, a Conejo Valley Botanical Garden Guide, leads our tour of the beautiful Thousands Oaks acres.

At the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden, under a native grape arbor.

At the Conejo Valley Botanical Garden, under a native grape arbor.

Diana, Lillian, Bill, & Mary at the Ventura Botanical Garden, June, 2016, with the Channel Island District Garden Clubs

Diana, Lillian, Bill, & Mary at the Ventura Botanical Garden, June, 2016, with the Channel Island District Garden Clubs

Homemade International Organic Cooking

Linda, Diana, and Debby with other members enjoying a picnic and jazz concert at Gardens of the World, Thousand Oaks.

Linda, Diana, and Debby with other club members enjoying a homemade organic picnic listening to jazz concert at Gardens of the World in Thousand Oaks.

 Mary hosted our Christmas Potluck with local organic seasonal dishes. Lillian put her name tag on Diana as she was leaving and then everyone covered her with their name tags!


Mary hosted our Christmas Potluck with local organic seasonal dishes. Lillian put her name tag on Diana as she was leaving and then everyone covered her with their name tags!

Tina gave us a wonderful lunch from her lovely organic herb, veggie, and fruit garden that is self sustained by permaculture techniques.

Tina gave us a wonderful lunch from her lovely organic herb, veggie, and fruit garden that is self sustained by permaculture techniques.

Cooking in Desi's kitchen with fresh picked organic fruits and vegetables.

Club members cooking in Desi's kitchen with fresh picked organic fruits and vegetables.

Diana and Lori at the Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival, where we filled jars of squash, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and rice salt with different spices to ferment at home!

Diana and Lori at the Santa Barbara Fermentation Festival, where we filled jars of squash, peppers, tomatoes, carrots, and rice salt with different spices to ferment at home!

Organic Garden Club members enjoyed planning upcoming events and a local seasonal mostly organic meal at Urban Plates, where they serve delicious healthy choices that appeal to the general public at the Oaks Mall.

Organic Garden Club members enjoyed planning upcoming events and a local seasonal mostly organic meal at Urban Plates, where they serve delicious healthy choices that appeal to the general public.

California Garden Clubs Annual Convention and District Luncheon

Sue, Diana, and Mary at the California Garden Club Conference, May, 2016

Sue, Diana, and Mary at the California Garden Club Conference, May, 2016

California Garden Clubs Annual Channel Island District Luncheon in Ojai, March 2017

California Garden Clubs Annual Channel Island District Luncheon in Ojai, March 2017

Annual Organic Garden Club Booth at Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day

Sue and Melissa at our Earth Day Booth, 2017

Sue and Melissa at our Earth Day Booth, 2017

Debby, Joe, and Mary inspired these girls to plant an organic raised bed veggie garden in their backyard, discover food in a new way and experience the miracle of life yesterday, at T.O. Earth Day.

Debby, Joe, and Mary inspired these girls to plant an organic raised bed veggie garden in their backyard, discover food in a new way and experience the miracle of life at the 2017 T.O. Earth Day.

Bill & Sue in the Organic Garden Club booth on Arbor/Earth Day

Bill & Sue in the Organic Garden Club booth on Arbor/Earth Day

Lynne & Diana at the Organic Garden Club booth at Arbor/Earth Day

Lynne & Diana at the Organic Garden Club booth at Arbor/Earth Day

Melissa & Lori in Lori's organic edible garden

Melissa & Lori in Lori's organic edible garden where we grow from seed organic veggie and herb plants to distribute on Earth Day, encouraging our community to grow organic food where they live.