April 2017

April 2017 E-Newsletter

Spotted around the garden:

Tomato-Bration banner April !st & 2nd

Featured Instagram Photo of the Month: Tomato-Bration is this weekend!

April is in the running for most beautiful months at the garden.  Spring flowers are in bloom, the sun is shining and the weather is warm – but not too warm.  This is what gardening is all about!

Upcoming Garden Events:

Apr. 1 & 2 - Tomato-Bration - 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Apr. 8 - Saturday Workday - 9:00 AM – Noon
Apr. 8 - Potluck Lunch - Noon  
Apr. 8 - General Meeting - 1:00 PM
Apr. 8 - Greenhouse Fundraiser - 1:30 PM  
Apr. 30 - Sunday Workday - 1:00 PM - 4:00

Useful info:

  • Here are some general tips for gardening in April.  This is the month to be in the garden.  Time to work some amendment into your soil if you haven’t already, plant some seeds and bask in the spring weather!
  • This is your last warning!  Tomato-Bration is this weekend April 1st & 2nd see below for more information.  There is also a greenhouse fundraiser plant sale on April 8th so you’ve got double the opportunity to stock up on seedlings this month.
  • Want some tips on transplanting tomatoes?  Check out this great video by Gardenerd Christy Wilhelmi for her favorite method of transplanting tomato plants.  Do you do it a different way?  Let us know!

OVF Announcements: 

Tomato-Bration April 1st & 2nd

It’s finally here!  It’s a tomato-lovers dream come true; over 90 different varieties of organically grown tomatoes will be up for sale.  You could literally plant an entire rainbow of tomatoes after visiting this year’s Tomato-Bration.  From a simple red slicer to a giant orange Kellogg’s Breakfast beefsteak, followed up with a yellow sungold, green zebra, dark indigo rose and finally Cherokee purple.  There’s a hue, size and flavor of tomato for every palate. Want to know more about growing tomatoes?  Join our supplier Barbara Spencer at 10AM both days for a presentation on how to grow and prune tomato plants.  This is a perfect event to share with friends and family.  Tomatoes will be on sale from 9:00AM-4:00PM both days or until sold out.

OVF Security

Unfortunately, we have had several reports recently of theft at OVF, both produce and property.  We would like to remind all gardens to please lock the gates when you enter or exit the garden.  Also please report any suspicious activity you may notice to your phase representative or by using the contact us form on the website.   


OVF Elections

OVF will hold its' annual election during the April 8th, 2017 General Meeting. The positions up for election this year are:

  • Garden Master - Ed Mosman (Uncontested)
  • Independent Project Monitor - Marie Green
  • Independent Project Monitor - Joseph Schlitt
  • Membership Secretary - Carrie Manaugh (Uncontested)
  • Phase Representative - I Upper - Andrew Sacks (Uncontested)
  • Phase Representative - II Upper - Pamela Brissette - (Uncontested)
  • Phase Representative - III Upper - Ron Fine (Uncontested)
  • Phase Representative - IV Upper - Steven Reich (Uncontested)

If you would like to run for one of the positions listed above, please contact: election coordinator, Nora Dvosin  

OVF members who are unable to attend the general meeting, you may place one vote for each contested position by sending a letter to: OVF Elections, PO Box 66534, LA, CA 90066, or an e-mail to the election coordinator, Nora Dvosin.  Absentee ballots sent through the USPS must be received by Friday, April 7, 2017.  Absentee e-mail ballots must be received by 1:00 PM on April 8, 2017.  PLEASE INCLUDE YOUR NAME AND PLOT NUMBER ON ALL ABSENTEE VOTES.

Candidates for contested positions listed in alphabetical order.

Here are statements from the two candidates running for Independent Project (IP) Monitor.

Marie Green – Gardens in Phase 1 Middle
I have been a member in good standing of OVF for 14 years.   I worked on the Greenhouse Crew since its inception 5 years ago, and have also served as a workday supervisor on many occasions.   As IP monitor, I will work with the IP gardeners to guide and help them adhere to the IP rules. My goal is for all the IP gardeners to enjoy their plots and enhance the beautification of OVF through interactive teamwork and proactive communication

Joseph Schlitt – Gardens in Phase 2 Upper
I am running for the position of Independent Project Manager, and would enjoy telling you my intentions and ideas on election day. First I would like to thank Marc for all of his past energies that he unselfishly gave to us, even during a trying time of his life. I see two drastic challenges are facing OVF. That of the growth, protection and how we value the land and resources here, also the people. Second is the community, One of my daily sutras is, “Realize the other person is you!” As a community we need to compose the old ways we see and value others before ourselves, in order to become a better inclusive community that works together for each other.

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!