Earth Day is about creating a sustainable future for the next generation by producing food, water, and energy organically working with nature. Plant a Food Garden where you live! Find the joy of daily small delights, delicious food and mystical insights into nature.
On Thousand Oaks Arbor/Earth Day, the Organic Garden Club was able to share the many benefits of growing an organic food garden, not only do you get food, but you can find health, peace, and happiness.
We’ve got a bug for that! Organic Garden Club members toured the various rooms at Rincon Vitova Insectaries that grow insects to protect crops and animals from insect pests and learned so much from owners Jan Dietrick and Ron Whitehurst, long time Organic Garden Club members. Beneficial insects, which are 97% of insects, are nature’s way for pest control, rather than chemical poisons. Ron is one of State leaders on the Sustainable Pest Management Roadmap to rid the state of pesticides. We then celebrated Ron’s birthday talking about organic regenerative techniques to grow food and distribute produce for the health of the planet at Nature’s Grill .
Organic Garden Club members enjoyed transplanting veggies in the new greenhouse at the Ventura County Senior Nutrition Garden that grows organic produce for the Senior Meals Program and local food banks. Christopher Fiorello, manager at this lovely 2 acre garden in Oxnard, also showed Organic Garden Club members how to prune Dragonfruit that surrounds this wonderful organic food garden and chicken coop and which weeds to pull in the pollinator native plant area. Several Organic Garden Club members arranged to come back for more volunteer gardening as they found gardening there so peaceful and restorative.
The Organic Garden Club had a wonderful Pollinator Garden Workshop with the Newbury Park High Monarch Butterfly Club and Fruit Tree Pruning Workshop given by Bill Brandt.
Organic Garden Club of Ventura County Volunteer Gardening
Organic Garden Club Workshops
Club Members Visit Ventura County Farms
Organic Garden Club members had a wonderful time picking yummy organic blueberries at our November speaker, Scott Bahler’s One Acre Farm in Santa Rosa.