May 2011

May 23, 2011

Life Can Be More Ridiculous Than Fiction: Take Action!

You know ChicoBag, right? They're the company that makes the reusable bags that fold up so tiny you can keep them in a purse or briefcase or glove compartment.

They're being sued by three giant plastic-bag manufacturers for claiming – and this is a direct quote from the lawsuit – that reusable bags are "superior to plastic bags … with regard to environmental impact." The lawsuit seeks to shut down all of ChicoBag's advertising of why reusable bags represent an "alleged environmental superiority" over use-and-toss plastic bags.

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May 16, 2011

Rehydrating a Thirsty Landscape Workshop - May 21

This workshop will take a close look at how the landscape hydrates itself and how we can assist in that process. Participants will learn the importance of working with the contour of the landscape, excavating swales, mulching, restructuring creeks and waterways to reduce erosion and slow, sink, and spread water into the landscape. You will also learn about trees and their purpose in creating rain, moderating the water table, and preventing flash floods.

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Creek Riparian Habitat Volunteer WorkDay - May 21

Join members of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition in Libbey Park on Saturday, May 21 for a Creek Restoration Workday.

Help is needed to mulch and plant trees. The workday will begin at 9:30 a.m. and go to 1 p.m. Volunteers will meet up the stairs from the Libbey Park lower tennis courts and we recommend parking in the lower parking lot on Montgomery Street. Wear sturdy work shoes, a long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Volunteers are also encouraged to bring gloves and a shovel or pitch fork. Snacks and water will be available. This phase of creek restoration work is funded by a U.S. Fish & Wildlife grant.

For more detailed directions and information call (805) 669-8445.

May 12, 2011

Graywater Workshop - Saturday, May 14

Van Vermeesch formerly of Aqua Flo Supply will lead a hands-on workshop on how to install a laundry (washing machine) to landscape graywater system from start to finish.

Includes bring your own lunch picnic. Cost $20 paid OVGC members/$25 non-members. Registration required, final details will be sent upon receipt of information and payment. Limited to 15 participants.

CLICK HERE for more details.

May 5, 2011

Water Matters ... it truly does!

SaveOurWater.JPGThat’s the mantra of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition for the month of May. May is Water Awareness Month in California and we want to help spread the word about water conservation, water efficiency and watershed health with our own ‘Water Matters’ month.

Click here to read more and sign up ...

May 7 Saturday: Don't Miss These Two Events!

Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Water Matters Landscape guided bike tour of three residential and one business landscapes. Owners and designers will be on hand to discuss the water wise features and answer questions. The tour is a 3 mile loop on relatively level terrain. $20 paid members/$25 non-members.
-- Limited to 10.
-- Register here.

Saturday, May 7, 9:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Creek Restoration Workday in Libbey Park.
Recommend parking in Libbey Park Montgomery St. parking lot. Then come up the stairs by lower tennis court restrooms. Click here for a map.

We’ll be mulching and removing non-native plants to help re-establish a functioning wetland and riparian ecosystem that supports a diversity of fish and wildlife species and to improve the flow of water. We recommend wearing sturdy shoes, long-sleeved shirt and long pants. Gloves and a shovel or hand trowel would be great too, in case we have a large turnout.

* No limit to number of participants.
* No registration required.

May E-News 2011

Check out the Ojai Valley Green Coalition's monthly E-news:

* May is Water Awareness Month!

* iMatter Youth Event May 15th

* OVGC Awarded 2011 Climate Change Action Award

* Ojai EarthPlay a Success

Read E-News Here...

Food News - May 2011

Find out what the Food and Agriculture Committee has been up to:

* The Food Council Debuts!
About 30 people came for the rollout of the new Food Council, and we had an action-packed evening.

* A Slow Food Chapter is in the Making:
Jason Rodriguez wants to get a chapter of Slow Food going in Ojai.

Don't be fooled by the growing P.R. campaign to convince us that Kellogg and other companies "bio-products" are just fine for our gardens.

* The Kid on the TED TALK: What's Wrong with our Food System
Don't we wish we all had kids (or even friends) who so completely groked our food system -- what's wrong with it and what we should do -- as this 11 year-old boy.

* Tempeh Workshop
At our last Tasting Social, Gunter & Betsy offered their homemade tempeh and an offer to teach a class.

See our newsletter for these articles and Upcoming Events Here...