September 2014

September 23, 2014

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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September 9, 2014

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 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
Producer/Director Linda Booker is the founder of By the Brook Productions based in central North Carolina. Linda completed a Certificate in Documentary Arts from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University in 2005.

Her first documentary "Love Lived on Death Row" featured a powerful story examining the intersection of domestic violence, restorative justice and the death penalty. “Bringing It Home” is the second feature documentary produced by Linda and co-directed with Blaire Johnson. It won the Jury Award at this year’s Wild & Scenic Environmental Film Festival and Best Environmental Film at Sedona International Film Festival.

“Bringing It Home” has been part of a national campaign to help educate consumers and lawmakers about hemp’s uses for healthy, sustainable products and the policy changes needed to bring this beneficial crop back to U.S. farmers.

By the Brook has also produced videos for numerous North Carolina non-profits, the City of Durham and Clean Jordan Lake on water quality protection issues.

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 7, 2014

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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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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