Could ocean plants such as kelp become “the new kale?”


Could ocean plants such as kelp become “the new kale?” That’s the dream of many in the burgeoning world of marine aquaculture — including Dan Marquez in Goleta. In the same way that kale, an all but unknown vegetable twenty-five years ago, became a common food for the health-minded — “the national food of Ojai,” … Continue reading Could ocean plants such as kelp become “the new kale?”

Coalition Team of Volunteers Cleans up Ojai Creek at Libbey Park


In September on our annual Creek Clean up day, we cleaned trash, tennis balls and miscellaneous items out of the Ojai creek bed that rambles through Libbey Park. The day was led Noel Douglas, our Coalition office manager and board member Betsy VanLeit. They worked with twenty volunteers — including Thacher students and Severo Lara, … Continue reading Coalition Team of Volunteers Cleans up Ojai Creek at Libbey Park

Restoring Soils and Seas on October 12 at Ojai Retreat Center


John Roulac, the founder of the organic superfood company Nutiva, lived in Ojai in the 1990’s, helped lead a composting movement here, and still loves the community. Even though he moved with his company to the Bay Area years ago, he continues to fund environmental activism in the Ojai area. On Thursday, October 12th, at … Continue reading Restoring Soils and Seas on October 12 at Ojai Retreat Center

Ojai Creek Cleanup on September 16


On Saturday, September 16, 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. … Continue reading Ojai Creek Cleanup on September 16

Thacher Astronomer to Host Dark Skies Open House on September 15


During the day, Jon Swift teaches astronomy and mathematics at Thacher School in Ojai’s East End, where he has taken charge of a large state-of-the-art astronomical observatory, and oversees a hard-working group of students enthralled with the stars. At night Swift and his collaborators look to the skies for illumination on a variety of astronomical … Continue reading Thacher Astronomer to Host Dark Skies Open House on September 15