Grow an Organic Food Garden

Do you like to eat organic food, fresh from the Garden?  Imagine having a luscious salad garden on your patio, or a raised bed veggie garden next to your kitchen door. Are you ready to get in touch with Nature? To be more self-sufficient? To take action to create a healthy life? Now is the…

Fall Backyard Fruits in Ventura County

Bill Brandt just harvested these organic Baldwin pears from his Thousand Oaks backyard tree. He chooses varieties of fruit trees to plant in his garden that are suited for the climate in Ventura County! Every variety of fig grows well in Southern California! Diana Lovejoy’s young mission fig tree is producing yummy organic figs!  Bill…

Robert Medrano at Peach Hill Soils

At Peach Hill Soil, Robert Medrano, owner of our local organic soil company, gives the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County president, Diana Lovejoy, a tour and shows us how to create an organic raised bed veggie garden and explains the different kinds of gravel, soil, and compost for our gardens. Video by Organic Garden Club…

Organic Garden Club Meeting: Mesa Harmony Garden and Gottlieb Native Garden

Welcome to a meeting of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County! We have two wonderful speakers giving their presentations in this hour long video! Hugh Kelly is president of Mesa Harmony Garden, a food forest in Santa Barbara run by volunteers that provides produce for their local food bank. Scott Logan, Naturalist, has great…

Mary Freed’s Spring Tour of Conejo Botanic Garden

Mary Freed, longtime Conejo Botanic Garden docent and past president of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County, guides us through the Garden and points out the spring splendor of the flowering plants and trees.

Common Poisonous Garden Plants

by Bill Brandt Gardeners need to protect themselves when pruning some common garden plants. The sap from some succulents can be dangerous for your eyes and skin, like the fire stick or pencil plant, which is in the Euphorbia family and is pictured above. The sap from this plant is classified as a carcinogen and…

The Soil Chef

Our March speaker, Cuauhtemoc Villa, told us about ancient methods of revitalizing the soil, using effective microbes to ferment organic material. He talked about bokashi composting, which is an anaerobic process that relies on inoculated bran to ferment kitchen waste into a safe soil builder and nutrient-rich tea for your plants and the soil. He…

Bill Brandt Pruning Workshop at Las Flores Community Orchard

Bill Brandt is past president of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County and past president of California Rare Fruit Growers, Los Angeles Chapter. In January, 2021, he gave a Pruning Workshop at  Las Flores Community Garden Orchard, showing how to prune various fruit trees: stone fruits, citrus, avocado, cherimoya, and fig. Our photographer, Scott…

A Ray of Sunshine

Lori Cameron – Bringing Joy to the Community! Lori Cameron is serious about combating local food insecurity! Every week, she picks up food at the Farmers Market with Food Forward to fight hunger in Ventura County. Plus, once a week she volunteers for Shop Ahoy to bring food to the homebound.  Here is Lori with…

Mary Freed at “The Conejo Valley Botanic Garden”

Our photographer, Scott Horn, has shot and edited a great 25 minute video of Mary Freed giving a tour of the Conejo Valley Botanic Garden in Thousand Oaks, where she’s been a docent for 15 years. In the picture above, Mary Freed, Past President of the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County and Secretary of…