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Partnership Creates Garden That Beautifies Community Arts/Literary Center

September 20 2013

Partnership Creates Garden That Beautifies Community Arts/Literary Center

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Creating an Ocean Friendly Garden at a high profile community center means lots of people will see it. Get the approval, support and funding can be a little more challenging than a private-owned site. Maintenance is also a factor.

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OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

September 06 2013

OFG Launches on Hawaiian Islands

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Wastewater Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Five Surfrider chapters from four Hawaiian islands gathered for their annual conference, and learned about Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. A pre-conference meeting with a sister non-profit, and a tour by them after the conference, showed partnership potential on one island. Now, several island chapters are kicking off an OFG…

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The 2012 OFG Annual Report

July 26 2013

The 2012 OFG Annual Report

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW Lawn Patrol

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…

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6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

May 21 2013

6 Ocean Friendly Gardens Events In One Day in Southern California!

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

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…

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Green Girls Have Fun With Siuslaw, OR Chapter Rain Garden Workshop

November 15 2012

Green Girls Have Fun With Siuslaw, OR Chapter Rain Garden Workshop

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

On a rainy afternoon in late October, 32 participants attended the Florence Rain Garden Workshop to learn about ways to reduce non-point source pollutants flowing off their property as part of the Siuslaw Chapter’s Ocean Friendly Gardens Program. Green Girl Land Development Solutions showed how it can be fun and…

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Taking OFG To The Streets: Parkway Curb Cut & Bio-Swale

October 11 2012

Taking OFG To The Streets: Parkway Curb Cut & Bio-Swale

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

After creating an Ocean Friendly Garden on this property, the owner went after street runoff. In water quality circles, it's referred to as LID, or Low Impact Development. But for the most part, it's removing asphalt and concrete barriers to landscape-based solutions.

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Portland Chapter Follows Rain Garden Class With Site Evaluation and Garden Building

July 20 2012

Portland Chapter Follows Rain Garden Class With Site Evaluation and Garden Building

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

Like the Newport, OR Chapter, the Portland, OR Chapter teamed up with a Soil and Water Conservation District to host a sustainable landscaping class. Surfrider staff, Pete Stauffer, volunteered his landscape to be the site to apply this new knowledge. Step 1: Site Evaluation.

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OFG Members Have Great 1st Meeting With County Stormwater & Smart Gardening Staff

July 19 2012

OFG Members Have Great 1st Meeting With County Stormwater & Smart Gardening Staff

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

After testifying at a hearing about a proposed Los Angeles County stormwater fee for all property owners, West LA/Malibu OFG Sub-Committee members wanted to know more about what resources the County was already offering to reduce polluted runoff, what gaps existed, and how to collaborate. So they set up a…

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OFG Taking Root in Pacific Northwest With Soil & Water Conservation Districts

January 26 2012

OFG Taking Root in Pacific Northwest With Soil & Water Conservation Districts

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class GAP HOW

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.

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Barrels Of Fun For Jersey Shore Chapter Hosting Rain Barrel Building Workshop

November 09 2011

Barrels Of Fun For Jersey Shore Chapter Hosting Rain Barrel Building Workshop

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

The Jersey Shore Chapter hosted a build-a-rain-barrel workshop on a rainy October night in the coastal town of Brielle, NJ. Over 25 enthusiastic people turned out from the community to build and take home their very own rain barrel and learn about what they can do to protect the water…

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Building Your Core With OFG Professional Training

October 27 2011

Building Your Core With OFG Professional Training

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class HOW

Through a state grant, the Santa Barbara,CA Chapter sponsored a "Core Concepts Workshop," Ocean Friendly Gardens training geared toward professionals. It attracted reps from government agencies, landscape pros, non-profits and academia interested in grasping the fundamental calculations and communication techniques for sustainable landscaping.The Workshop was developed and is lead by…

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Big Turnout in Santa Barbara, CA for Hands-On Workshop on Site Evaluation

September 20 2011

Big Turnout in Santa Barbara, CA for Hands-On Workshop on Site Evaluation

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

Evaluating a landscape is the first step in creating an Ocean Friendly Garden. We check the existing irrigation, vegetation, soil health and degree of runoff, then calculate rainwater harvesting potential and and a landscape "water budget." This information gives us the data and ideas to build into the redesign of…

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Santa Barbara OFG Series Steps 2 & 3 Next: Site Evaluation Hands-On Workshop & One-Day Pro Training

August 16 2011

Santa Barbara OFG Series Steps 2 & 3 Next: Site Evaluation Hands-On Workshop & One-Day Pro Training

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

After a successful Ocean Friendly Gardens (OFG) Basics Class in Santa Barbara, we return there for the next steps in the Whale Tail License Plate grant-funded OFG Series: a Hands-On Workshop on Site Evaluation on September 11 and a training for professionals on October 25.

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Hands-On Workshop to Follow OFG Basics Class in Santa Barbara

July 12 2011

Hands-On Workshop to Follow OFG Basics Class in Santa Barbara

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

With a great OFG Basics Class in the books, Class attendees will use the (new) knowledge to evaluate a site for how well it "applies CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention" - the principles behind Ocean Friendly Gardening. Everyone is welcome to attend the Hands-On Workshop, not just Class attendees.

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55 People Attend Hands-On Workshop

November 07 2010

55 People Attend Hands-On Workshop

Ocean Friendly Gardens HOW

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