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OFG Responds to Droughts - And Water Pollution, Flooding, and…

January 29 2014

OFG Responds to Droughts - And Water Pollution, Flooding, and…

Ocean Friendly Gardens

A drought emergency has been declared by the governor of California, and other southwestern and southern states are likely to follow suit. OFG help reduce landscape water demand, prevent pollution of waterways, and more.

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Raise a Glass to 1st Ocean Friendly Beer Garden

January 02 2014

Raise a Glass to 1st Ocean Friendly Beer Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Leaders with the Coos Bay Surfrider Chapter decided to apply OFG principles to their own business: a brewery. They help create the first Ocean Friend Beer Garden!

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OFG Launching in New England, Rooting in Mid-Atlantic & Southeast

December 02 2013

OFG Launching in New England, Rooting in Mid-Atlantic & Southeast

Ocean Friendly Gardens

The 2013 Surfrider-East Coast Chapters Conference showed that OFG is spreading and strengthening in the Mid-Atlantic region, on down to Georgia. A follow-up visit to the New England-area chapters showed they are ready to launch!

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A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

October 03 2013

A+ In Collaboration For School Bio-Swale Project

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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!

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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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Sunset Magazine Says Go Ocean Friendly

July 10 2013

Sunset Magazine Says Go Ocean Friendly

Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens principles are reaching more audiences. Sunset Magazine has over 1 million subscribers.

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OFG Registering Well With Newspaper Reporters

June 14 2013

OFG Registering Well With Newspaper Reporters

Ocean Friendly Gardens

News reporters are always looking for a good story, with a "hook" (angle) that catches the interest of a reader. This Newport Beach, CA story connects runoff prevention, ocean water quality, and government turf removal rebates.

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OFG Principles Part of Classes To Reach 19 Million People in Southern California

June 06 2013

OFG Principles Part of Classes To Reach 19 Million People in Southern California

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

Thanks to the Surfrider chapter partners at G3/The Green Gardens Group, OFG concepts of CPR - Conservation, Permeability and Retention - are being incorporated into a landscape class G3 will teach for water agencies representing 19 million people throughout Southern California! It is scaling-up OFG well beyond the capacity of…

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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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Surfrider Club At Florida Elementary School Plants First Ocean Friendly Garden

May 13 2013

Surfrider Club At Florida Elementary School Plants First Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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!

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Thousands See News Clip & Millions Will Walk By Strand OFG

April 26 2013

Thousands See News Clip & Millions Will Walk By Strand OFG

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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!

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Surfrider OFG Teams Up With Habitat For Humanity

April 18 2013

Surfrider OFG Teams Up With Habitat For Humanity

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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…

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New Malibu OFG Helps to Protect Surfrider Beach

March 22 2013

New Malibu OFG Helps to Protect Surfrider Beach

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

This new, high-profile Ocean Friendly Garden at Bluffs Park is just up the hillside from Surfrider Beach, where Surfrider Foundation got its start. Backed by the City and many others, it's a good model for people to draw from: at home, at work, and elsewhere.

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Talks and Walks - An Easy On-ramp to OFG

March 07 2013

Talks and Walks - An Easy On-ramp to OFG

Ocean Friendly Gardens Lawn Patrol

Whether your chapter is just getting going with OFG or has been at it for awhile, giving talks and leading walks are easy on-ramps for volunteers. A talk can be given to any group, and walks can be lead from any garden.

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High School Students Connect Water Quality Testing & Ocean Friendly Gardens

February 25 2013

High School Students Connect Water Quality Testing & Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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…

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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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Multi-City Departments Collaborate With Chapter at Santa Barbara OFG Workday

November 13 2012

Multi-City Departments Collaborate With Chapter at Santa Barbara OFG Workday

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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…

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OFG Branching Out Through Teacher Training

October 12 2012

OFG Branching Out Through Teacher Training

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

The San Diego Surfrider Chapter utilized their current OFG Series (Class, Workshop, Workday) to train new teachers. More trained teachers mean being able to scale up the Program to educate and transform more gardens. Good timing: the Chapter is a partner on a large grant-funded program with the City, County…

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