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, December 2, 2017.
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.
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!
Mary tending tomatoes at Casa Pacifica School garden in Camarillo.
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
Marshall Chrostowski, land manager of the Pacific Graduate Institute, Summerland, CA, with the Organic Garden Club
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 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 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 and plant fruit trees, wildflowers, and veggies on top of the mound.
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
Grape arbor leading to the Organic Raised Bed Garden
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, 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 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 blueberry picking at Underwood Family Farm in Somis, June 2016.
Bill is picking organic tomatoes on Farm Day at McGrath Family Farm
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 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.
Tour Botanical Gardens
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.
Diana, Lillian, Bill, & Mary at the Ventura Botanical Garden, June, 2016, with the Channel Island District Garden Clubs
Homemade International Organic Cooking
Mary hosted our Holiday Potluck, which had abundant fabulous organic international dishes with produce from our gardens!
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!
Tina gave us a wonderful lunch from her lovely organic herb, veggie, and fruit garden that is self sustained by permaculture techniques.
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!
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
California Garden Clubs Annual Channel Island District Luncheon in Ojai, March 2017
Organic Garden Club Workshops
Wreath Workshop, December, 2017
Annual Organic Garden Club Booth at Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day
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 at the 2017 T.O. 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
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.