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The Cape Cod Organic Gardeners next meeting will be held Thursday, April 21 at 7:00 p.m.  at the Whelden Library, Rte. 149, West Barnstable.  Please park in back. Derek Christianson of Brix Bounty Farm, an organic farm in Dartmouth, Mass. , will speak on preparing for spring gardening.

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Reminder:  Annual Dues $5/Year (per household)

If you have not yet sent in your membership dues for 2016, please make checks out to CCOG and send to:

Jean Iversen
P.O. Box 464
Cummaquid, MA 02637

Bulk order cover crop seed

Bulk order cover crop seed

NOFA Bulk Order

The bulk order program available through NOFA provides savings through its group purchasing power on many necessary items … from cover crop seed and fertilizers to seed potatoes and onions/shallots.  You must be a paid member of Cape Cod Organic Gardeners to participate.

  • NOFA bulk order forms are available on January 1, 2016 at http://www.nofamass.org/
  • Please keep a copy of your order for your records (and bring it with to the pick-up)
  • Send both your order, and check PAYABLE TO CCOG to:
    • Kevin Minnigerode
    • P O Box 461
    • Marstons Mills, MA 02648
  • Include your phone number in case there are any questions
  • Deadline for Kevin to receive your order is Saturday, January 16, 2015
  • PLEASE check your order before sending it and
  • PLEASE be sure to make your check payable to CCOG

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Reminder:  Annual Dues $5/Year (per household)

If you have not yet sent in your membership dues for 2016, please make checks out to CCOG and send to:

Jean Iversen
P.O. Box 464
Cummaquid, MA 02637

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Cape Cod Wellness Raw Food Meetup to host potluck and film on Friday, January 29, 2016

PlantPure Nation tells the story of three people on a quest to spread the word of the overwhelming benefits of a plant-based diet.   After renowned nutritional scientist and bestselling author Dr. T. Colin Campbell gives a stirring speech advocating support for plant-based nutrition on the floor of the Kentucky House of Representatives, his son Nelson and Kentucky State Rep Tom Riner work together to propose a pilot program. Agribusiness lobbyists quickly descend on the legislature and manage to kill the legislation in committee. Undeterred, Nelson goes on to develop his own pilot project in his hometown of Mebane, North Carolina.

Find out why agribusiness is so scared of the “inconvenient” truth about plant-based diet. Learn about how this style of nutrition would impact the small family farmer, food “deserts” and modern medicine. See first-hand the challenges of getting support for plant-based nutrition included in the political process. And be inspired to join the team advocating for change!

The film will be shown at 7 pm on Friday, January 29 at Path to Vibrant Health, 4 Fort Hill Road (corner of 6A) in East Sandwich. It will be preceded by an optional 6 pm potluck of plant-based and organic (when possible) dishes. (If you plan to attend the potluck, please bring a dish.) The fee is $10 and reservations are suggested as seating is limited. For reservations, visit www.meetup.com/Cape-Cod-Wellness-Raw-Food-Meetup.

This event is open to the public and sponsored by Cape Cod Wellness Raw Food Meetup. For more information call 508 888-6677 or email dorothy.torrey@gmail.com.

Next Meeting: Cape Cod Food Hub and Seed Banking with Tara Laidlaw

Thursday, November 19 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whelden Library, Rte. 149, West Barnstable.  Please park in rear lot.

Thanks to the help of Tara Laidlaw from Cape Cod Food Hub, two Seed Lending Libraries have begun on Cape Cod for gardeners to “borrow” seeds to grow in their gardens. Farmers have been saving seeds and passing them on to the next generation for millennia, but lately there has been a strong trend toward eating produce that is organic and GMO (genetically modified organism) free. Beginning with heirloom or open-pollinated varieties, gardeners can select seeds and plant them, taking care to not cross-pollinate them with other species. By allowing some of the best plants to go to seed and harvesting them, these quality seeds can be “returned” to the Seed Bank to be added to the collection for others to grow next year. With time, the use of these seeds will begin to produce plants that have adapted to the local Cape climate helping us to create a more self-sustaining community.

Tara will explain the purpose of the Cape Cod Food Hub and will talk about growing and saving seeds for “banking.” The procedure for borrowing from a “Seed Lending Library” will be explained and seeds may be available to take home to begin the planning and planting of your own garden. Bring some of your own favorite open-pollinated seeds to share!

Tara is the farm director at South Shore YMCA.  She has also worked for an educational farm and wilderness preserve in California, where she led garden explorations and helped care for animals, and an environmental learning center in Minnesota, where she worked as a naturalist and ropes course instructor.

Volunteers Needed to Bring Refreshments!

If you can bring refreshments to this meeting, please call Jean at 508-362-8136.

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Summer Garden Tours

Sun., August 2 at 3:00 pm:  69 Van Duzer Rd, Cummaquid.  We will tour the home garden of Carl and Pat.  Take Bone Hill Road off of 6A in Cummaquid to Harbor Point Road (follow signs for Harbor Point Restaurant). Pass the restaurant and continue to Van Duzer Road. Turn right on Van Duzer and # 69 will be on your right.

Sun., August 23 at 3:00 pm:  396 Cotuit Bay Drive, Cotuit.  Home garden of John and Palma featuring raised beds, trellises, fruit trees, and edible landscaping. From Rte 28 in Marstons Mills, take Old Post Road (heading north, it’s the first left after the traffic light at Rte 149; heading south it’s the first right after the second Stop & Shop plaza traffic light).  Continue about a mile (passing Cotuit Bay Drive the first time – it’s a circle), then turn left onto Cotuit Bay Drive.  # 396 will be on your left about 1/3 mile down.

 

Summer Garden Tours

On July 5th we will tour the home gardens of Catherine & Iain and Irene  & Jim, both in Yarmouth Port.  On July 12th we will visit the home garden of Veronica Worthington in West Dennis.

Sun., July 5 at 3:00 pm:   4 Homers Dock Road, Yarmouth Port. Heading east on Rte 6A, turn left onto Center Street. Homers Dock Road is about a mile down on the right. Park in driveway. 508-744-7531.  After touring the Ellises, we will continue on to 24 Goosneck Road, Yarmouth Port. Return to Rte 6A and turn left to continue heading east. Drive one mile, then turn right onto Outward Reach. Take the third left onto Eileen Street. Gooseneck Road will be about 3/10 of a mile down on the right. #24 is a blue house on the left. 508-237-5060.

Sun., July 12 at 3:00 pm:  89 Fisk St., West Dennis.  From Rte 28, heading east, turn right onto Fisk Street (about 1/2 mile after the Bass River bridge). Drive almost to the end. #89 is on the right. Veronica has a greenhouse, tomatoes, and sheep.

Summer Garden Tours

There is no tour scheduled for June.

CCOG is looking for gardens to tour this summer.  If you’d like to have the club tour your garden in July, August, or September, please call Jean (508-362-8136) after 1:30 on Monday or anytime the rest of the week.

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Fencing Available

From Lois Fournier:

We have some used black chain link fencing including an 8-foot-wide gate that we want to give away.  If someone would like to make a  donation to the CCOG for it, that would be great.  I can be contacted for info at ldfournier@comcast.net.

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Bokashi Composting Workshop

From Dorothy Torrey:

Learn how to do your part for a healthier planet starting right in your own kitchen! Emily Woudenberg, Master Gardener and pioneer of Bokashi method on Cape Cod, demonstrates how you can recycle food scraps (including meat, fish, dairy, cooked foods and bones) into nutritious lawn and garden soil in as little as eight weeks. The program will be held 7:00 – 8:30 pm at St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 3005 Route 6A, Barnstable Village on Thursday, July 23.

Unlike traditional composting, Bokashi releases no harmful greenhouse gases and works much faster. It can easily be done in a bucket in your kitchen or garage and does not release the stink or odors normally associated with composting. Since it accommodates ALL food scraps, it reduces the food waste you would normally send to the landfill. And it’s relatively cheap and easy to implement.

This program is free, however donations are welcome to cover handouts and other expenses. It is sponsored by Creation Care and Path to Vibrant Health. For more information call 508 888-6677 or email dorothy.torrey@gmail.com.

 

Next Meeting:  Organic Solutions

Thursday, May 14th, 7:00 pm at the Whelden Library, Rte. 149, West Barnstable. Please park in rear lot. (Please note the date change from our usual third Thursday of the month.) Marsha Potash, long-time organic grower and employee at Country Gardens, will speak about problems with plants and their organic solution. She will also be bringing air plants, which purify the air.

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Annual Plant Sale

At our last meeting we voted to hold our Annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 23, from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon at the Kelly Farm Stand, corner of 6A and Marston Ln., Cummaquid.

Members bring plants on Friday, May 22, from 3:00 to 6:00 pm:  seedlings, perennials, etc. Please label your containers with masking tape, leaving room for price. Members may purchase on Friday.

Please help us promote the plant sale! This is Cape Cod Organic Gardeners’ only fundraiser. Click here to download the poster: plant sale flyer. Print it and put it up at your local library, general store, etc. Thank you!

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