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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, 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

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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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San Diego Chapter OFG “Uses The Force” At County Fair: Wins 3 Awards

June 08 2012

San Diego Chapter OFG “Uses The Force” At County Fair: Wins 3 Awards

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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…

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Give A Hoot: Replace NPK With OWL

May 18 2012

Give A Hoot: Replace NPK With OWL

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

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?

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Ventura Chapter Teams With City For Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Series

May 14 2012

Ventura Chapter Teams With City For Ocean Friendly Gardens Program Series

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

Slightly overcast weather - perfect for working - greeted 30+ volunteers at an OFG Workday. The Workday was the next step in the OFG Series,

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Restoring Clean Water and Natural Ecosystems in Ventura, CA

April 10 2012

Restoring Clean Water and Natural Ecosystems in Ventura, CA

Know Your H20 Low Impact Development Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

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…

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Fire Station’s Ocean Friendly Garden: Indoor & Outdoor Classroom

April 03 2012

Fire Station’s Ocean Friendly Garden: Indoor & Outdoor Classroom

Ocean Friendly Gardens Basic Class

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.

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The Clean Water Program

March 06 2012

The Clean Water Program

Blue Water Task Force Know Your H20 Ocean Friendly Gardens Water Quality

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.

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OFG Launch in Florida and North Carolina

February 16 2012

OFG Launch in Florida and North Carolina

Ocean Friendly Gardens

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.

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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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Making LA City Hall Lawn Ocean Friendly:  Occupations for Occupiers

December 16 2011

Making LA City Hall Lawn Ocean Friendly:  Occupations for Occupiers

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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.

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Chapters Get Federal Funding To Create School Ocean Friendly Gardens

November 10 2011

Chapters Get Federal Funding To Create School Ocean Friendly Gardens

Ocean Friendly Gardens GAP

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…

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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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