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,…

Arnold Bernstein – History of Apples

Arnold Bernstein spoke at the Organic Garden Club of Ventura County about the history of apples and growing Apples in Malibu. He has lived there for 50 years and has been growing trees for about 40 years. He has an acre with 400 trees in his orchard, with about 140 types of trees. Theocritus, the…

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…

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…

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.

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…