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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October e-News on Stands Now

• Green Living Home Tour & Show
• EV Showcase at Home Show
• Resource Center Library
• Ventura River Watershed Council
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Green Coalition hosts Ojai Film Festival FOCUS EARTH "Bringing It Home" Sunday, November 9

BIH%20hemp%20field%20with%20Laurels.jpg BRINGING IT HOME (52 minutes filmed in high definition)
Industrial hemp is a non-psychoactive plant, grown in 30 other countries, but prohibited in the United States. Legalization advocates say it could help American farmers, create jobs and replace thousands of harmful petrochemical and synthetic products.
BRINGING IT HOME explores the question "Why aren't we growing it here?" while discussing hemp's past, present and future with business owners using it for construction, textiles, nutrition, soaps and bio-plastics in America and abroad. 

Join us Sunday, November 09, 12:30 to 3:00 p.m. at The Ojai Art Center theater for the film screening followed by a conversation with the filmmaker, Linda Booker, and a panel of distinguished professionals and activists.
There will also be hemp product samples and displays on hand.

Meet the Panel

Tickets are $10.00 each and available through the Ojai Film Festival website.
Entry is on a first come, first serve basis.
With only 120 seats, we recommend coming early.


Nutiva Nourish Foundation is the Generous Sponsor of our Film Presentation


Special Thank You to the Ojai Retreat for hosting Linda Booker, filmmaker


Check out the Ojai Film Festival Focus Earth Schedule

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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ReSource Center Available to Rent

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September 8, 2014

About Our Panelists

We are honored to have gathered a distinguished group of individuals for the panel discussion following the film presentation.

Moderator: Steve Levine, Director of Cannabis Dr. Bronner’s Magic Soaps

Vote Hemp Director (2008 to current)
Hemp Industry Association President Emeritus (served as HIA President for 9 years)
HIA Director (served on the HIA Board of Directors for 14 years)
Santa Barbara Hemp Festival (1999-2007)
Produced and Hosted talk radio show "Hemp: Lifeline to the Future" (2000-2005)
Santa Barbara Hemp Company (1997-2002)

Dr. Bronner's Magic Soaps
Vote Hemp

The Filmmaker, Linda Booker
Linda started her company By the Brook Productions in 2005, after completing the Certificate in Documentary Studies Program at Duke University. She is the creator and coordinator of the ChathamArts Sustainable Cinema Series, an innovative and award-winning program, along with a local documentary filmmaking program for at-risk teens called Shooting4Change.

Previous to her work in documentary film and videography, Linda was as a graphic designer and art director for publications, including Yacht Vacations, Palm Beach Illustrated, Toy & Hobby World, and Triangle Business Report. She has a degree in visual communications from Florida State University.

By the Brook Productions

Beate Kirmse, Cylab Group LLC
Beate, a native of Germany, is the owner of TangerineKangaroo, an online business dedicated to promoting and selling eco-friendly and sustainable products with a focus on Hemp.

Along with building her ecommerce presence, Beate is pursuing LEED Green Associate certification. Her goal is to promote industrial hemp as a healthy and sustainable building material option. Beate and her husband, Bern Galvin, obtained the first permit in California to use hemp masonry for a home addition.

Beate graduated with a Masters equivalent degree in Business and Information Technology from University of Stuttgart, Germany and she holds a Certificate in Arts Administration from New York University.

Hempcrete Building Diary

John Roulac, Nutiva Founder and CEO
John founded Nutiva in 1999 to create a better food system that nourishes people, communities and our planet. As a vocal challenger of the industrial food system, he is a strong advocate for hemp agriculture, GMO labeling, organic farming and healthy food for all. Through his leadership, Nutiva has been named one of Inc. Magazine’s fastest-growing food companies in America for five consecutive years.

John is a keynote speaker on sustainability, trends in the organic food industry, purpose-driven companies and the impact of genetically engineered food. He has founded four nonprofit groups including GMO Inside and the Nutiva Nourish Foundation, which donates 1% of Nutiva’s sales to support sustainable agriculture and other environmental programs.

Nutiva Nourish Foundation

Lawrence Serbin, Hemp Traders Founder and CEO
In 1990, Lawrence was graduating college and wanted to start a business which would help make the world a better place. As a biology major, he had studied the properties of cannabis hemp. At that time there were no existing hemp companies and virtually no sources of hemp products.

While working a full time job, he began to volunteer his time at an organization called The Business Alliance for Commerce in Hemp (BACH). Within a year he became its national director. During his time as director, he familiarized himself with industrial hemp and was able to locate resources in other countries where it was still legal to grow. Lawrence decided hemp textiles offered the best opportunities for a business and stepped down as director of the organization in January 1993 to start Hemp Traders.

Today Hemp Traders is the largest supplier of hemp fiber products in the country with a mission to help the environment by bringing hemp back into the mainstream.

Hemp Traders

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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