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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

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

October 11 2012

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

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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, OR Chapter Installs Their First Ocean Friendly Garden

September 28 2012

Portland, OR Chapter Installs Their First Ocean Friendly Garden

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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!

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Lawn Gone Without Chemicals

September 24 2012

Lawn Gone Without Chemicals

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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.

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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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School Green Team Takes Over Maintaining Their OFG

June 20 2012

School Green Team Takes Over Maintaining Their OFG

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Parents of kids at this elementary school have agreed to take over maintenance of the OFG in front of the school. They worked with the West LA/Malibu OFG Sub-Committee on a plan, and engaged a parent who is a landscape professional as well as City and School District staff.

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