Water Conservation Plan

Our speaker at our August meeting is our own member, John Brooks who is a Senior Sustainability Analyst for the City of Thousand Oaks. Half of the United States is in a drought now.  https://www.drought.gov shows a US drought monitor and up to date information.  We are currently experiencing the 3 driest years on record (2020,…

OGCVC Members’ Fruit and Veggie Garden Tour

When you choose to grow an organic food garden, you will discover that your garden gives you not only food, but peace and happiness. A garden is restorative, giving you a sense of birth, growth, death, and new life, while nurturing your soul. Gardeners, like our members, are wonderful down to earth folks who make…

The Soil Doctor

Our February speaker was Dr. David White, the Soil Doctor, who runs the Center for Regenerative Agriculture in Ojai. His Once Upon a Watershed program provides hands-on local watershed education, restoration and stewardship experience for Kindergarten, 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students in the Ventura River Watershed. He is doing oak tree restorations of Coastal,…

A Visit to Matilija Native Plant Nursery

Bob Sussman gives Diana Lovejoy, Organic Garden Club President, a tour of his Matilija Nursery, a California Native Plant and Habitat Restoration Nursery. He shows us lovely native plants we can plant in our local backyard landscapes. He points out specific native plants that are food and shelter for butterflies and caterpillars for us to…

Organic Garden Club Tours 2021

Our garden club members grow healthy organic veggies and fruit in their backyards, patios, and community gardens, save their seeds, and have compost bins. We visited seven different gardens, nurseries, and farms during the year. The tours were educational and our members enjoyed them. We carpooled to all of our tours and had free admission. We are…

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.

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…

Feel Alive in the Garden

If everyone in the world planted an edible garden where they live, we would save the planet and our own lives!  All life is connected! Plants are alive, they breathe out oxygen and organic gardeners breathe the clean air. The air is alive with bees and beneficial insects attracted by flowering native plants planted among…

Butterfly Garden

Create a beautiful backyard butterfly garden with lovely native flowers, culinary herbs, and berries. The main food of adult butterflies is nectar from red, orange, yellow, blue, or purple flowers that haven’t been sprayed with weed or insect killers. Many native flowers have been thought of as weeds to be removed, such as clovers, mallows,…