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…

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…

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…

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…

Matt Powers: Soil Science

Sept. 30, 2020, By Debby Ellis, Recording Secretary Our Organic Garden Club of Ventura County meeting on Zoom started with a tour of Michael Wittman’s garden:  He is planning to grow about 10 kinds of rare garlic.  He is currently growing tomatoes and peppers, carrots, kale, marigolds, strawberries, bananas, sage, rosemary, lavender.  He has a…

Natural Pest Repellents

Create conditions that make pest problems minimal by welcoming a complex biological community in your organic garden. Encouraging the predators that catch and eat the pests is a good plan. Encourage beneficial insects like, Butterflies, Bees, Ladybugs, Lacewings, and Praying Mantis, to come to your garden by planting wild flowers, native plants, and herbs. Ladybugs…

Plant a Victory Garden

Gardens are magical places to keep grounded in these challenging times. Are you ready to get your hands dirty? To be more self-sufficient? To get in touch with Nature? To take action to create a healthy life?  Now is the time to plant a Victory Garden filled with fruits, veggies, herbs, and berries! Being in…

Backyard Crop Rotation

One of the ways that organic gardeners can create a sustainable garden at home is by seasonally rotating their crops. Crop rotation is planting something different in your backyard raised bed veggie garden every season. This cycle disrupts weed and pest activity, helps eliminate soil borne diseases, and aids soil fertility by growing crops with…

Eat less Water

Florencia Ramirez was the speaker at the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County’s November meeting. Her book, “Eat Less Water,” is about saving water, building soil, and cooking from scratch with organic ingredients. Her dedication to saving water started during one of California’s droughts when she read tips on saving water. She thought about inventing…