Coastal Blog — Ocean Friendly Gardens
June 08 2012
This year's San Diego County Fair theme is, "Out of This World," and the local Chapter OFG Committee "used the force" to show they tackle real world landscape issues. The three honors were for the best display representing the diversity of San Diego landscape, for benefit to the environment, and…
May 18 2012
What's in a typical bag of fertilizer at the neighborhood nursery? More than you thought - and not what you hoped for. What is the Ocean Friendly Garden approach to building soil health, the foundation of an OFG?
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,
April 10 2012
For the past two decades the Ventura Chapter has been working on integrated solutions to the problems that face our ocean, waves, and beaches. Learn more about the many programs and campaigns they are leading to protect and restore water quality, water supply and watershed function in the Ventura River…
April 03 2012
Surfrider partners with an LA-based water district to fund ten public demonstration Ocean Friendly Gardens. In Los Angeles, Fire Station 171 holds a class and then goes out to the garden for show-and-tell at the new Ocean Friendly Garden built at their station.
March 06 2012
The Clean Water Program has grown into a suite of complementary programs, campaigns and tools that Chapters and activists can use to help solve water pollution problems and to educate communities about the many benefits of responsible land and water management.
February 16 2012
Florida's First Coast Chapter and North Carolina's Cape Fear Chapter launch their Ocean Friendly Gardens Programs. They have quickly found common ground with local design professionals, government agencies, non-profits and universities.
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…
November 09 2011
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…
October 27 2011
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…
September 20 2011
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…
August 16 2011
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.
July 25 2011
There’s only one week left in the Cali Bamboo, Surfrider Foundation 2011 National Greenscape Challenge Contest. Inspired by the Foundation’s Ocean Friendly Gardens program, contestants are encouraged to submit photos and descriptions of their landscapes and gardens that were designed with Surfrider Foundation’s OFG method of CPR: conservation, permeability and…
July 12 2011
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.
June 14 2011
The Santa Barbara and Isla Vista Chapters launched their OFG Program with a OFG Basics Class. It's the first part of an OFG Series, to be followed up with a Hands-On Workshop on Site Evaluation, Garden Assistance Program Workday, Lawn Patrol and one-day training for professionals. The Series is funded…
June 02 2011
This first neighborhood walk in Orange County helped develop people's eye for what is and is not an Ocean Friendly Garden. It was also a chance to see if there are others gardens that qualify for an OFG yard sign - or are close and would want some help from…
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…
April 01 2011
The Surfrider-West LA/Malibu Chapter partnered with ELLE Magazine and Aveeno to transform a 2,000 sq. ft. grassy "carpet" in front of a school in Santa Monica, CA into an Ocean Friendly Garden. It'll be a great learning tool for the elementary students, their parents, the school district and the neighbors.