Welcome to the Ojai Valley Green Coalition

The Ojai Valley Green Coalition is a gathering of residents and friends of the Ojai Valley actively working together to create an environmentally sustainable community in Ojai. ...

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Food News Autumn Edition

Advancing the growing, purchasing, and preserving of local organic food

• September Food Events
• Restoring Nature with Regenerative Agriculture
• Ojai Food Co-op Screening "Ingredients"
• Ground Ops Autumn Screening Schedule


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September e-News on Stands Now

• Green Living Series Begins with Presentations
• Ojai Creek Clean-up Day
• Reconnecting with Nature's World
• empower for Contractors and Homeowners
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Saturday, Sept 20: Ojai Creek Cleanup Day


On Saturday, September 20, from 9 A.M. through noon, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition invites the public to join them and the Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways. That morning, participants will remove and record litter from Ojai Creek running through Libbey Park. Ojai volunteers are asked to sign in at 8:45 A.M. at the Libbey Park lower tennis court parking lot off S. Montgomery St. in Ojai.

Please wear sturdy shoes and we recommend bringing your own gloves. We will provide rubber gloves.

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Thursday, Sept 25: Community Potluck & Presentation - "Urbanism Matters"

Downtown%20Ojai%20High%20Traffic.jpg “Urbanism Matters - Why Healthy Urbanism is Essential for Healthy Communities”, presented by Nick Deitch of Main Street Architects, an award winning Ventura firm specializing in sustainable design.

Nick will let us know the newest concepts for urban planning intended to reverse the negative impacts communities have suffered since the arrival and domination of the automobile. He’ll focus on pedestrian friendly connections versus the promotion of urban sprawl, the separation of homes and services, and distancing that grew following the onset of the car. He will also share concepts for a healthy community taking into account our local Valley concerns and the rural / urban interface.

Thursday, September 25, 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. at the Chaparral Auditorium - 414 E. Ojai Ave.
This event begins with our popular community potluck. If joining us for the meal, please bring a vegetarian dish to share (local and organic ingredients encouraged) and your own table service.

There is a $5 suggested donation at the door and includes a drawing for a Nutiva gift pack.

Evening Program:
6:30-7:00 networking
7:00-7:30 dinner
7:30-8:30 presentation and Q&A
8:30 drawing (must be present to win)

Our Green Living Series is being made possible by the Nutiva Nourish Foundation.
Watch for further educational and skill-building events to come.

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Postponed Until Further Notice - Exploring the Relationship Between Nature and Human Nature II

Reconnecting with Nature’s World: the Earth Speaks to Us through our Bodies and Psyches


In our second class, led by Anahata Pomeroy, we explore how we can deeply engage our senses and sensibilities when focusing on Nature, energy patterns and the biosphere constantly changing around us. Participants will practice fine tuning their perceptions for better communication with Nature, because when we activate our inner abilities and holistic awareness, we are able to co-create with Nature - unfolding the potential of harmonious living for all beings.

This class will be held Saturday, September 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (with an added 30 minutes allotted for those who want to continue sharing and discussing). We will meet at the Coalition Resource Center – 206 N. Signal St. #S, with some time spent outside.

An RSVP to Noel at noel@ojaivalleygreencoalition.com or (805) 669-8445 is much appreciated.

$10 for OVGC supporting members and $15 for non-members payable at the door.

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ReSource Center Available to Rent

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September 3, 2014

The Coalition’s Green Living Series Begins!

Please join us for two dynamic speaker events filled with valuable information, concepts, and tools to take home.

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September 20th is California Coastal and Waterway Cleanup Day

The Coalition will partner with the Ventura Countywide Coalition for Coastal and Inland Waterways.

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August 4, 2014

To Whom It May Concern: Waking Up to Water

by Deborah Pendrey, Director

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July 13, 2014

Good Exterior Lighting is Good Business

As our loyal readers know, the city of Ojai adopted an updated exterior light ordinance in August 2013, and the Coalition has been helping the city with outreach to residents. Recently, the focus has turned to businesses.

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July 11, 2014

Do You Know Dulanie Ellis, Editor of our Food News?

This month we’re honoring a longtime activist in Ojai’s local food movement, Dulanie Ellis. Dulanie shares, “my passion for food and agriculture developed as a result of moving to Ventura County and falling in love with the farmland. I realized if we weren’t careful and if we didn’t protect it, we would lose this rural quality of life.”

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April 3, 2014

What is Ecopsychology?

The Coalition will host two programs exploring Ecopsychology – a half-day introductory workshop Saturday, April 26, 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; and a 5-week course on Thursdays, May 1, 8, 15, 22, and 29, 5:45 to 7 p.m. Ecopsychology: Exploring the Complex Relationship between Nature and Human Nature will be conducted by Lori Pye, Ph.D. at the Resource Center, 206 N. Signal St. Suite S, Ojai.

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March 4, 2014

Facing Drought Together

Editor's note: Coalition executive director, Deborah Pendrey, has accepted an invitation to sit on a panel as part of a full afternoon of discourse on saving water and staying in community. The event takes place at The Ojai Retreat on Sunday, March 9, 1:30 to 5 p.m. Reservations are required. Let us not be fooled back into complacency with the recent fabulous (but not nearly enough) rain event. A new way of life and course must be set – read on.

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January 8, 2014

The Zero Waste Approach to Managing Resources

What does local jobs development and ‘zero waste’ have in common? A positive impact on the Ojai Valley and beyond. As explained in Wikipedia “Zero waste is a philosophy that encourages the redesign of resource life cycles so that all products are reused. No trash is sent to landfills and incinerators. The process recommended is one similar to the way that resources are reused in nature.”

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Recycle Your E-Waste, Plus

The Coalition will hold its 6th annual e-waste recycling event with partners - Ojai Valley Directory, Ojai Community Bank, Harrison Industries, and E-Recycling of California. This VERY popular community service event will be held from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., rain or shine Saturday, January 11, 2014 in the Ojai Community Bank’s parking lot located at 402 W. Ojai Ave. The event is open to all Ojai Valley residents and businesses. We’ll again have yummy oatmeal raisin and chocolate chip cookies donated by Trader Joe’s to make the line seem shorter.

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December 1, 2013

Resource Center Lending Library Open for Business

by Evergreen Hericks, OVGC member and volunteer

“Books are the bees which carry the quickening pollen from one to another mind.” ~James Russell Lowell

When I think of all that is right with the world – an important practice of feeding my hope – at the top of the list must be libraries. What better long-lived example of the love of wisdom mixed up with the radically practical notion that a whole community can share a store of resources, and with extremely little fuss? And so, eager to get on that particular bandwagon of sharing information, nurturing life-long learning and, by the way, using our material resources wisely, we proudly announce that the Coalition lending library is now up and running.

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