Carol Haverty Leads Welcome to the Garden Classes March 13 and 20

Carol Haverty is responsible for creating both private and public gardens
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Carol Haverty is responsible for creating both private and public gardens in Ventura County

Carol Haverty will be lead another gardening class this month (March). Carol’s current series of gardening classes are being offered through the Pleasant Valley Recreation and Parks District. The classes consist of two interactive sessions meeting on two consecutive Thursday evenings.

The Upcoming Class: Nurturing Seeds

Presented Mar. 13, 20 2014 Thursdays 6:30 -8:00 p.m. this 2 meeting class will cover Starting and Nurturing Seeds:

This class with Carol will make you more confident in planting seeds. You’ll learn which are easy to start, learn the ones that are not so easy and those that are (nearly) impossible to grow.  After you take this class, you will be able to choose those that will give you the greatest success with the least amount of effort and resources.

Babies and seeds have a lot in common; they need TLC big time when they are incubating and first born. As with a child, helping it to adapt and thrive in a scary world takes some dedication and knowledge helps too.  So it is with seeds, many are care free, many are not.

The class will give you lots of tips on short cuts, tools, low cost sequencing that helps your garden babies adapt to being adolescent and then productive adults.  We’ll have fun and share our own personal experiences, some humorous, some sad, but in the long run, we’ll understand how nature works, and when we should not intrude.

You will get an introduction to other propagation methods as we go beyond seeds in this series,.  The class is divided into 2 parts, held on Thursdays. Interactive student participation requires bringing items to class for sharing and project making.

Registration for all classes: www.pvrpd.org or call 482-1996, cost for each 2 class session $29.00. Pleases refer to Catalog # 9041.101 when registering.

Portions of the article appeared in Gardening Coaches blog and in Western Business Journal.

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Fall / Winter 2013

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Romanesco May 2013 300x225 Fall / Winter 2013Camarillo Community Gardens is accepting New Members and Gardeners for the Waiting List.

If You  Are Interested in becoming a CCG Member, please e-mail us at CCGGARDENNEWS@GMAIL.COM

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Fall Peppers

Fresno peppers picked in August

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Yes, it is the time for Harvest Moons, Fall Planting, and time for the Fall Camarillo Community Garden’s Meeting.

Come out this Thursday evening, September 20th and join us at 7:00 p.m. in Room 3 of the Community Center.

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Summer at Camarillo Community Gardens

A Black Krim Tomato grown in Camarillo Community Garden

BlackKrim Summer at Camarillo Community GardensHere’s a beautiful heirloom tomato we’re showing off- it’s a Black Krim – oh so dense and delicious!

It’s late summer and the vegetables are coming in- tomatoes, squash, chard, green beans, rhubarb, cucumbers and other yummy stuff!
It’s not too late to plant some late tomatoes!
Here is a link to a gardener’s encyclopdeia
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We’ve been busy this month. We have signed on 2 new gardeners.

We are sharing our experience of how to create new community gardens
We’re happy to announce that another community garden is in the works, sponsored by the First Baptist Church on Temple Avenue. Make plans to attend their Garden Fair on August 25th!
10am to 4 pm, 1601 Temple Ave, Camarillo

Map to the Baptist Church

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Camarillo Community Gardens In the Star

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The Ventura County Star ran a great article on the garden and our search for new garden locations. They even created a video, shown below:

Read the full article here: “Second Site Sought for Community Garden

 

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Saving Seeds

Download the Seed Saving Handbook

Saving Seeds in the Garden

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Download the Seed Saving Handbook

Now that we have been harvesting our crops, a number of people have asked about seed saving. Today I got a a copy of a new publication on seed saving. Although it is designed for teachers with school gardens, there is a bounty of really useful information included for everyone.

I have loaded the book onto our site, and you can read it by clicking this link: A Handful of Seeds – SEED STUDY AND SEED SAVING FOR EDUCATORS, by Tina Poles, Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. If you would like to save a copy to your computer, right-click the link and select ‘save as…’ from the pop-up menu.

As I said, this is meant for use in schools, but you will find everything from basic botany, parts of flowers named and explained, what (and why) are there fruits, essays on our major food crops and our food pioneers.

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Starting new school gardens

Camarillo Community Garden members, staff and parent from La Mariposa School led a huge work party / educational event Saturday July 31st. The school provided materials and eager students to build a dozen new 8′ x 4′ x 1′ raised garden beds, while we provided guidance to build the beds. A special thanks to Karl for his never-ending enthusiasm and sense of civic duty.

The kids at the school turned out in force. Some of them worked all day and out-lasted their dads. It was a great experience for them to do so much of the work, from digging up sprinkler heads and filling the holes back in, to building the boxes and filling them.

Check out the video of the day’s doings…

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Antonio Garden Water System Work Day

We had a few volunteers show up today to put in the water system for the Antonio Garden today in spite of the heat and the weekend day-off. We got as much done as we could. We need to wait for installation of an isolation device to protect the community drinking water supply from any possible contamination.

As soon as the device is installed, we finish the hook up, flush it out and garden.

See the photos and read the article in the website’s ‘News Page’

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A home-grown food distribution network

Nonprofit Delivers Local Produce to Schools, Restaurants Around Charlottesville – washingtonpost.com.

Here’s an interesting approach to food distribution – community gardens and other small producers to band together and become a force… Whether we gather it all together for sale or charity, there will be a lot of excess coming from our gardens.

ph2009082500878 A home grown food distribution network

Dick Proutt is a small farmer, read the article to see how he and the others like him are the answer to feeding a county’s hungry multitude. How do you think we could be benefit to the community?

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