Giada and Mary
Food Network star Giada De Laurentiis with OVF member Mary Weybright
Giada planting
Giada and friends plant seeds at OVF

What's New at OVF

JULY 26, 7TH ANNUAL TOMATO TASTING OF OVF GROWN TOMATOES

July 26, 2014


Basic Steps to Organic Gardening Success -

April 13, 2014

How to Grow More Vegetables in Less Space—without Polluting Pesticides or Soil-depleting Synthetic Fertilizers
Christy Wilhelmi, author of Gardening for Geeks and member of OVF Board of Directors will present this workshop on Sunday, April 13 from 2:00 to approximately 3;30 p.m.
The public is invited.

How Organic Gardening Can Reduce Water Use and Saves Money
Enriching the soil with organic matter helps soil retain moisture and improves fertility, which reduces water-use and the need for costly purchased fertilizers. Discover organic gardening practices that can increase beneficial soil microorganisms, thereby making nutrients more available to plants and increasing your garden's productivity.

Christy's lecture and Q & A will give OVF members and members of the general public the basic knowledge they need to:
 

  • Identify toxic substances and synthetic fertilizers that pollute the environment and deplete the soil.
  • Find safe, organic alternatives to toxic and polluting chemicals.
  • Boost soil fertility, plant health and immunity and crop yield.

At a minimum OVF members are expected to know how to identify which substances and practices are NOT organic in order to maintain their membership. This workshop will show all gardeners how to determine which substances and practices are safe and comply with organic gardening standards, but it also lays out the basic steps to achieve satisfactory results without harmful chemicals.

INCLUDES BOOK SIGNING:
Bring your copy of Gardening for Geeks or purchase one while there.

About the Speaker

Christy Wilhelmi, author of of Gardening for Geeks, and founder of the gardenerd.com, has served on Ocean View Farms Community Garden’s Board of Directions since 1999, and is an organic gardening design consultant, specializing in efficient use of small spaces. She has also studied the Grow Biointensive method at John Jeavons’ Ecology Action institute in Willits, CA. She teaches organic gardening extension courses at Santa Monica College. Comments about Christy's Gardenerd.com and Gardening for Geeks:

“Christy is a very engaging instructor, knowledgeable, and a crack-up!” – M. Maisterra, Los Angeles, CA.

“I might be a formally trained horticulturist, but … I have gotten some great info from Gardenerd. Christy has been able to give me a more real perspective on things.” – Chantel S., Mar Vista, CA.


OVF Greenhouse Seedling Sale

April 12, 2014

  • Basil Genoa Perfume
  • Thai Basil
  • Lemon Basil
  • Cilantro
  • Sunflowers – many kinds
  • Vanilla Marigold
  • Pink ‘n Purple Gomphrena
  • Zinnias – many kinds
  • Tomato Matina
  • Tomato Legend - blight resistant
  • Summer Mix Lettuces
  • Radicchio Indigo
  • Edamame Beer Friend
  • Bush Beans – green, yellow, purple
  • Romano Pole Bean
  • Persian Cucumber Diva
  • Cucumber Lemon
  • Zucchini Goldmine
  • Summer Squash Zephyr
  • Kabocha Winter Squash Sunshine
  • Butternut Squash Waltham


OVF Board Elections - April 12, 2014

April 12, 2014

OVF held it's annual election during the April 12th, 2014 General Meeting. The positions that were elected this year were:

  • Chair - Frank Harris
  • Treasurer - Carol Velkes
  • Recording Secretary - Rena Sonshine
  • Education Secretary - Melody Girard
  • Phase Representative - I Middle - Radana Mikes
  • Phase Representative - I Lower - Joan Klotz
  • Phase Representative - II Lower - Susan Belonis
  • Phase Representative - II Lower - Janet Williams *
  • Phase Representative - III Lower - Wendy Scott
  • Phase Representative - IV Lower - Christi Wilhelmi
* Donates winner


Tomatoes, Tasters & Volunteers Wanted Aug.18 Tomato Tasting

August 13, 2013

TOMATOES On Sunday, August 18, OVF will be holding its Sixth Annual Taste of Summer Tomato Tasting. Everyone who brings tomatoes for tasting will be entered into the prize drawing, one ticket for each variety entered. You don’t have to be present to win. From 9:30 a.m. to noon, volunteers will be at the picnic table to register your whole, OVF-grown tomatoes. For earlier registra- tion and tomato drop off, contact Amanda Goodpaster at amanda30@mac.com. There will be grand prizes for the best tasting tomatoes. TASTERS Members, friends, family, children and drop-in guests are invited to taste and rate dozens of tomato varieties between 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Stay for the excitement of awards and prizes afterward. VOLUNTEERS Volunteering for the tomato tasting is one of the more delightful ways to build up your community hours. Just ask Amanda Goodpaster, who will be coordinating the event for the third year. Contact Melody Girard at educationchair@oceanviewfarms.net to get on the volunteer roster.


Getting More Organic Veggies in Less Space the Bio-intensive Way

May 11, 2013

On Saturday, May 11th, from 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., OVF board member Christy Wilhelmi will share secrets for growing scads of summer vegetables in limited space. French Intensive, Biodynamic, Grow-Biointensive, and Square Foot Gardening methods will be covered. Christy will also provide tips for soil preparation and enrichment, composting and worm culturing, so essential to your garden's health and growth. Feeding your soil compost and worm castings will encourage bioactive organism that break down materials into nutrients that plants can use to boost growth and resist diseases. Wilhelmi has 19 years of experience applying bio-intensive methods, is the author of Gardening for Geeks, and the blog gardenerd.com. There will be a book signing, so bring your copy of Gardening for Geeks (or purchase one there for $17). See you there!


2013 OVF Board Election Results

April 14, 2013

OVF held it's annual election during the April 13th, 2013 General Meeting. The results of the elections are as follows:

  • Garden Master - Ed Mosman (Uncontested)
  • I.P. Monitor - Marc Spegelman (Uncontested)
  • Membership Secretary - Carrie Manaugh (Uncontested)
  • Phase Representative - I Upper - Andrew Sacks (Uncontested)
  • Phase Representative - II Upper - Susan Belonis - Tie
  • Phase Representative - II Upper - Haidy McHugh - Tie
  • Phase Representative - III Upper - Steve Brown
  • Phase Representative - III Upper - Ron Fine - Won Election
  • Phase Representative - IV Upper - Martha Goode
  • Phase Representative - IV Upper - Steven Reich - Won Election
A very special special thank you to all of the candidates and everyone who attended our General Meeting on April 13th and voted.


New Seed Starting Video

April 6, 2013

Our Greenhouse Keeper Nina Rumely and Phase III member Fred Finney have combined to create a wonderful video on seed starting. Watch it here.


2013 OVF Board Elections - April 13, 2013

March 24, 2013

OVF will hold it's annual election during the April 13th, 2013 General Meeting. The positions that will be elected this year are:

  • Garden Master - Ed Mosman (Uncontested)
  • I.P. Monitor - Marc Spegelman (Uncontested)
  • Membership Secretary - Carrie Manaugh (Uncontested)
  • Phase Representative - I Upper - Andrew Sacks (Uncontested)
  • Phase Representative - II Upper - Susan Belonis
  • Phase Representative - II Upper - Haidy McHugh
  • Phase Representative - III Upper - Steve Brown
  • Phase Representative - III Upper - Ron Fine
  • Phase Representative - IV Upper - Martha Goode
  • Phase Representative - IV Upper - Steven Reich
Contested Positions list candidates in alphabetical order.
 
If you would like to run for any of these positions or have any questions about running for a position on the OVF Board, please contact Election Coordinator Nora Dvosin.


Food banks hit lean times, your donation needed urgently

July 2, 2012

While summer is a time of abundance for gardeners, it’s a very lean time for local food banks, according to a Channel 7 Eyewitness news report (July 2, 4 p.m.). Right now, your donations are needed more than ever. OVF Donates fresh produce collection program makes it easy for you to share with your bounty with neighbors in need. Simply drop off your fresh garden produce, minus bugs and slugs, on the second and last Sunday afternoons of each month. We will be in the parking lot nearest the shed, receiving and preparing donations for delivery to Meals on Wheels and the Westside Food Bank. Need help harvesting your produce for donations? Or a different time to donate? We can accommodate you! Do not hesitate to call (310) 394-9339 or email ovfdonates@oceanviewfarms.net. Donations have gradually increased with each collection. Much more is needed, however, to meet our goal of making consistent deliveries to the Westside Food Bank. Please help us spread the word to other garden members about OVF Donates! Look in your mailbox soon for special flyers about the program.    We will be waiting for your produce contributions in the OVF parking lot (near the shed) on the following Sundays through this summer: July 1 and 29; August 12 and 26; September 9 and 30. Hope to see you there!


OVF Board Elections - April 14, 2012

March 3, 2012

OVF will hold it's annual election during the April 14th, 2012 General Meeting. The positions that will be elected this year are:

  • Chair - Frank Harris
  • Treasurer - Carol Velkes
  • Recording Secretary
  • Education Secretary - Melody Girard
  • Phase Representative - I Middle - Radana Mikes
  • Phase Representative - I Lower - Joan Klotz
  • Phase Representative - II Lower - Janet Williams
  • Phase Representative - III Lower - Wendy Scott
  • Phase Representative - IV Lower - Christi Wilhelmi
If you would like to run for any of these positions or have any questions about running for a position on the OVF Board, please contact Election Coordinator Nora Dvosin.


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