November 2019

November 2019 E-Newsletter

“Don't wait until the fourth Thursday in November, to sit with family and friends to give thanks. Make every day a day of Thanksgiving!” - Charmaine J Forde
mailbox with sunflowers


Featured Instagram Photo of the Month: Summer weather in October meant some sunflowers were still putting on a show.

Upcoming Garden Events:

Nov. 9 - Saturday Workday - 9:00 AM – Noon
Nov. 16 - Board Meeting - 9:30 AM 
Nov. 24 - Sunday Workday - 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Useful info:

  • Goodbye October! Some might even say good riddance.  We warned in the September newsletter that fall in Los Angeles is unpredictable.  Unfortunately, we seem to have ended up on the hot, dry and rather smoky end of things. Sympathies to anyone affected by the fires.  Hopefully, you’ve been able to keep enough water on your plot. Unfortunately, you'll need to baby your transplants for a while longer.  Their roots are still short and are really having to fight to settle in with the low humidity and heat we’ve experienced.  The forecast is showing even more heat through the weekend.
  • Now is a great time to weed your plots and paths.  November an ideal time to plant bulbs for spring blooms.  If you like carrots, radishes or beets, plant a few seeds every couple of weeks to make sure you always have something to harvest.  Here is the Gardening in LA list of things to do in November with the usual warning that any references to “frost” don’t apply to us coastal gardeners.
  • For those interested in taking care of fruit trees, Gale and Nina are putting together some fruit tree pruning classes for December and January. Keep an eye on the calendar for the dates.


OVF Announcements: 

Help Needed

1) Garden tour docents are needed:

Have a passion for talking about the garden?  Garden tour docents are needed. Docents are great ambassadors between the community and our garden.  It is a much less strenuous way to earn hours than weeding! Tour docents must have availability to tour during the school day. Please contact Ed Chair Andy Morris for more details.

2) Cat Feeders are needed:

Animal Lovers: Earn All Your Hours in One Easy Job

Do you love animals, including cats? Interested in caring for them, observing and reporting on their status?  Are you available for up to one hour on Tuesdays, within 2 hours of sunset?


  • Satisfies all required hours*
  • Moderate Physical Effort
  • Fun & Relaxing
  • Personally Rewarding


Genuine interest in behavior and welfare of animals and feral cats and their interactions with humans and other species in urban wildlife setting. Ability to learn to identify individuals in feral colony. Willingness to learn a few basic facts and tactfully answer questions about feral cats and garden pests when asked.

Job Description 

Feed, count, observe and report about health status and potential issues concerning feral cats. Foster good will between general members, cats and caretakers. Congenially respond to questions about feral cats if approached during your job.

Days off available. through prearranged trade with other group members.


Meloday Girard or Luna Gooding


Please Return Your Greenhouse Pots

Thanks to everyone who turned out for our two greenhouse sales last month. If you haven’t already done so, please rinse your pots and return them to wood bin outside the greenhouse. Seeds have already been started for the December sale and the greenhouse crew will soon need the pots to step-up the seedlings.


Know your Rules and Regulations:

Paths: All paths contiguous to plots, except paths running east and west from any entrance gate, shall be kept free of weeds, and mulched at all times.

Now that the weather has cooled of some, it’s a great time to tackle those pathways that are in need of attention!

weeds in path


Last Chance- Please Complete the OVF Budget & Board Member Survey

Your opinion matters!  Thank you to everyone who has already completed the survey.  If you haven’t already done so, please respond to this short, but important, poll ASAP.


 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!