August 2017

August 2017 E-Newsletter

"Fairest of the months! 
Ripe summer's queen
The hey-day of the year
With robes that gleam with sunny sheen
Sweet August doth appear."
-  R. Combe Miller

tomato tasting

Featured Instagram Photo of the Month: A snapshot from the July Tomato Tasting event

Upcoming Garden Events:

Aug. 12 - Saturday Workday - 9:00 AM – Noon
Aug. 12 - Potluck Lunch - Noon
Aug. 12 - General Meeting - 1:00 PM
Aug. 27 - Sunday Workday - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Useful info:

  • Here are some general tips for gardening in August.  Hopefully, you’re still harvesting big loads of your summer crops.  Remember not to let ripe fruit sit on the plant or it will signal it to stop producing.  You can often revive zucchini and cucumber plants whose production has slowed by trimming off the dead leaves.
  • Did you plant an excess of tomatoes or zucchinis this summer and are wondering what to do with all that harvest? Here are some recipe suggestions:

Tomato recipes
Zucchini recipes

There are even more recipe ideas on the OVF website.  Have a great recipe to share?  We’d love for you to submit your own.

  • Free Gardening Event: Grow a Better World at the Santa Monica Public Library on Aug. 19 1-3PM


OVF Announcements: 

Tomato Tasting

Thanks to all the gardeners who submitted tomatoes for our 10th Annual Tomato Tasting event.  The winners were as follows:

First Place: Nancy Howell - Variety: Sugary
Second Place: Nancy Nyberg & Dean Cleverdon – Variety Sungold Cherry
Third Place: Joseph Marek – Variety: Sisters

Thanks, as well, to everyone who came out and tasted!  

OVF Apparel for Sale

We have a new supply of green OVF apparel, (short and long sleeve t-shirts and sweatshirts, $10, $15 and $20 respectively)

Pre-order your apparal online (while supplies last), for pick-up at the August Saturday workday or General Meeting.

OVF apparel

Help Wanted

We still need gate closers for the rest of the year.  This is a great way to complete your community service hours.  Sign up for gate closing duty in the main shed.

Bylaws Update

Repeated from last month in case you missed it: The OVF Board of Directors has initiated some proposed changes to the existing Ocean View Farms Bylaws. The major objective of these changes is to update our bylaws for the 21st century. Primarily allowing the board greater use of email and also updating some of the monetary amounts listed in the bylaws, amounts that were originally established using standards from the 1990's, when the bylaws were originally drafted.

As required by the bylaws, these changes must be approved by a two-thirds (2/3) majority of a quorum of members present at a general or special meeting of the membership. An amendment must be brought to the floor, tabled, and then voted upon at the next general or special meeting of members. The motion was brought to the membership during the General Meeting on June 10, 2017 and then tabled, as required. A vote to approve these changes will occur at the next General Meeting on August 12, 2017.

Read a summary of all the proposed changes.
View a complete DRAFT of the PROPOSED Bylaws
View the current bylaws



As always: we want to hear from you!  Send us an email, reach out on Facebook, or tag us on Instagram @oceanviewfarms. 

That’s all for now.  Happy gardening!