Coastal Blog — GAP
October 03 2013
A team of school staff, parents and kids working with community groups, professionals and Surfrider-Ventura County Chapter made this garden happen. Now the school district grounds and maintenance staff are up for doing them at more schools!
July 26 2013
The Surfrider chapters, volunteers, students and advisors that make up the Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Program undertook an awesome effort to both educate the public about OFG and conduct hands-on trainings to build OFGs in their communities during 2012. We are thankful to our funders: Aveda, California Coastal Commission, West…
May 21 2013
Temperatures are warming and people are thinking about garden plans. Interest among property owners and water agencies is growing for an approach like OFG that combines water quality, water supply and other issues. 6 OFG events, sponsored by Surfrider chapters or private- and public-sector partners, took place in just one…
May 13 2013
Students with the Surfrider QUAD Club decided that their first project would be a hands-on experience with installing an Ocean Friendly Garden. Now it's a permanent solution to pollution and a great learning tool for them and for the community. It may spark changes off campus, too!
April 26 2013
Though Ocean Friendly Garden principles apply along the coast as well as inland, it's great when an OFG is installed along a high-profile beach boardwalk. To top it off, the ribbon cutting was covered by a major tv station, including a water district director giving the Surfrider OFG pitch!
April 18 2013
A Ventura, CA Surfrider activist with the Ocean Friendly Gardens Program learned about Habitat rehabbing a house and asked them about partnering on re-doing the landscape. The local Habitat rep liked the idea and loved the result. The next door neighbor may be next and including a curb cut, and…
February 25 2013
Students at this high school had already been actively participating in local water quality testing through Surfrider's Blue Water Task Force (BWTF). After helping to create an Ocean Friendly Garden (OFG) at their high school, the students will be monitoring how well garden's soil acts like a sponge to absorb…
November 13 2012
It takes a village to raise a child - and to create an Ocean Friendly Garden. Several city government departments worked with the Surfrider chapter: from redirecting a downspout and installing the dry stream bed to providing tools and food. Once again, workday "coaching" was provided by G3/The Green Gardens…
September 28 2012
After holding a class then conducting a planning workshop in the landscape to be retrofitted, volunteers came ready to build the garden - and celebrate afterwards with a BBQ!
September 24 2012
When the City Parks Department expressed uncertainty about killing turf grass without chemicals, the Santa Barbara and Isla Vista Surfrider Chapters brought out their (pitch)forks and got cooking in the garden with the lasagna method.
May 14 2012
Slightly overcast weather - perfect for working - greeted 30+ volunteers at an OFG Workday. The Workday was the next step in the OFG Series,
January 26 2012
Surfrider chapters in Oregon and Washington are working with watershed restoration agencies, expanding on the traditional "rain garden" design model and putting on hands-on trainings.
December 16 2011
LA Times writer, Emily Green, has written a blog post today about re-doing the landscape at LA City Hall supports both the Ocean Friendly Gardens principles of CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - and hands-on trainning components through building demonstration gardens.
November 10 2011
The U.S. Department of Fish & Wildlife's Schoolyard Habitat Program provides up to $8,000 for projects by schools or organizations serving kindergarten through 12th grade students. Funds can be used for: habitat restoration; outreach and education; planning and training in cooperation with community-based groups. The Program serves the Pacific Southwest…
April 11 2011
Though Surfrider is not raising barns these days, we did do a "garden raising" yesterday. The couple that owns the home and garden mentioned how the experience made things a lot less intimidating. Now they can help the new neighbors they met and the ones they already knew do the…
March 31 2011
The Long Beach Chapter, in collaboration with the Huntington and Newport Beach Chapters, are co-launching their OFG Programs. The Chapters have put the call out to volunteers for the garden workday on Sunday, April 10 from 10am-4pm to learn while actually helping the homeowners create an Ocean Friendly Garden.