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.


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.


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.


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!

Next Meeting:  Starting a Sustainable Organic Garden

Thursday, April 23 at 7:00 p.m. 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.)

Kevin Minnigerode will give a Master Gardener Association presentation on starting a sustainable organic garden, including a general outline of organic gardening and sources for seeds, supplies, and support.  Kevin is a retired lieutenant colonel, having flown for the Air Force and Air National Guard for 26 years.  A self-proclaimed foodie, he enjoys cooking vegan meals.  As a master gardener, he has a large vegetable garden and gives frequent talks on growing vegetables organically.  He is a member of  CCOG and NOFA.  The Master Gardener Association of Cape Cod is a volunteer organization with the mission of helping others to learn to grow.  The Master Gardeners are trained by Cape Cod Cooperative Extension to extend the outreach of unbiased research-based information to the general public.


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

Thank you to all who sent in their membership dues.  If you have not yet sent in your dues for 2015, please send your check (payable to CCOG) to:

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


Start your Seedlings for our Annual Plant Sale

The Annual Plant Sale is our only fundraiser.  If you haven’t yet started seedlings to donate to the sale, it’s time!  Sale date to be announced.


Arbor Day Tree Talk at Meetinghouse Farm

Meetinghouse Farm will hold an Arbor Day Tree Talk on Saturday, April 25 at 10:00 a.m. Did your trees survive the severe winter? Join Arborist, Peter Childs for questions and answers!

*Assessing damage
*Implications for spring and summer growth
*Pruning techniques for damaged trees
*Resilient plant choices
*Hedges, shade, wind and erosion control
*Pest impacts
*Warm weather solutions for cold weather problems

$10 Donation Suggested.  Meetinghouse Farm is located at 2135 Meetinghouse Way West Barnstable, MA.  For directions visit MeetinghouseFarm.org


NOFA Bulk Order Pickup:  Saturday, March 14

The NOFA bulk order pickup will be held at the West Barnstable train station, 2469 Meetinghouse Way, West Barnstable (Rte 149 just south of Rte 6A) on Saturday, March 14 from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm.  Please bring your copy of the order you placed.

Please note this is a different pickup location than the last couple of years.  Since Meetinghouse Farm is snowed in, it won’t work for us this year.

Next Meeting:

Thursday, March 19 at 7:00 p.m.  at the Whelden Library, Rte. 149, West Barnstable.  Please park in back.  We will have a speaker, Veronica Worthington, sharing information about Tuckernuck Farm in West Dennis, where she grows snap peas, heirloom tomatoes, cucumbers, herbs, and over 35 varieties of heirloom lettuce, in addition to tending registered Shetland and BFL-cross sheep.

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.

  • NOFA bulk order forms are available on January 1, 2015 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 17, 2015
  •  PLEASE check your order before sending it and
  • PLEASE be sure to make your check payable to CCOG


This Month’s Meeting:  

Kofi Ingersoll of Bay End Farm 

Thursday, November 20 at 7:00 p.m. at the Whelden Library, Rte. 149,  West Barnstable.  Please park in back.  Kofi Ingersoll of Bay End Farm in Buzzards Bay will speak to us on his years farming and his favorite seeds.  Bay End Farm, originally founded in 1906, has been providing fresh organic produce to families, farmers markets, and restaurants around the Boston and Cape Cod communities for the past 12 years. Bay End Farm has been certified organic since 2001.