Ventura County, California

Updates from Ventura County Chapter—Protecting our local ocean and beaches from source to surf
July 30, 2014

Another Successful Work Day at Loma Vista

THANK YOU to our friends and volunteers who were able come and make our fourth work day a successful one at Loma Vista Elementary.

We are proud to be supporting the Midtown Ventura Community Council’s Adopt-a-School Program once again this year, in the creation of an Ocean Friendly, Native Coastal California Garden.

Last Saturday was spent finishing up the pathway compaction and some minor grading before applying compost tea, sheet mulch, and mulch.

The next work day is scheduled for Saturday, August 16th from 8am – 4pm. And if you cannot make that date, we will be planting the landscape with children from the School on September 6th!

Come join us and learn about OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDENS by helping to install one!!

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July 25, 2014

CA Coastal Native Plant & Ocean Friendly Garden


Ventura County Surfrider Chapter and Midtown Ventura Community Council have combined cultivation forces in building a California Coastal Native Plant and Ocean Friendly Garden. The garden will demonstrate how rainwater from the roof is captured and directed into “bioswales” that allow water to be used as a resource and reduce runoff.

We need you, Ocean Friendlies, to help with this project tomorrow! It will be a beautiful day to learn about how to get rid of grass, annihilate weeds and forge healthy soil using “Sheet Mulching” technique using wood chips, paper and compost tea.

WHEN//Saturday 7/26/2014  @8am-2pm
WHERE//Loma Vista Elementary School – 300 Lynn Drive, Ventura.

Lunch, snacks and drinks will be provided!
Please bring refillable container (for drinks), sunscreen, a hat and comfortable clothes & shoes to work in.


The hardscape and bioswales have been completed! Next step…Sheet Mulching!
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June 26, 2014

ISD Beach Cleanup with Barefoot Wines

On June 21, we partnered with Barefoot Wines in celebrating International Surf Day. Our friends and supporters who came out and not only enjoyed the beach and Saturday’s amazing weather, but helped beautify Ventura’s famous C St.

50 volunteers of all ages spent 2 hours sifting through the sand, dunes and grass. They collected a total of 333 lbs.

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We kept the day going with an after party at the Crowne Plaza to celebrate our amazing volunteers and supporters. Our friends understand the importance and responsibilities of keeping our oceans and beaches clean so that all creatures on this planet can live to enjoy it. We do not simply live on the coast, we live with it.



THANK YOU to our volunteers who came out to celebrate International Surf Day with us!
A big shout out to our partner Barefoot Wines in helping make this day a HUGE success! Check out the Barefoot Wine Beach Rescue Project to see what they’re up to next.

For more information on how to get involved, sign up for our newsletter or contact us at


June 25, 2014


Hello Ocean Friendlies,

We have an Action Packed Summer lined up for you, so don’t miss out!

In August, we continue with our second Lawn Patrol this year (Saturday, August 2nd) as a part of the Dos Caminos residential retrofit. This is going to be a Fun and Hands-on Educational Event so stay tuned for details.

Currently we are in full swing on our LARGEST OCEAN FRIENDLY GARDEN YET!!!

LOMA VISTA SCHOOL located at Loma Vista and Mills St in Ventura, will be our largest OFG to date. Below are photos of the progress made on Saturday, June 14th.



Tasks completed include rough grading (bobcat/mini excavator), sculpt rain and dry stream gardens (primarily hand dig), move and set boulders into place (bobcat/mini excavator), locate existing storm drains that are to be directed into the dry stream garden (mini excavator), and locate irrigation stub-outs for hose bibs (hand dig).

 You’ll be happy to hear that “All the Hard Work is Done!” Saturday July 19th is our next Fun-Day and Educational Tabling Event.

Activities include: Final hand work on Bio-swales, Sheet-mulching, Plant prep & planting and much more. We shall be joined by the Loma Vista Class mates/kids, parents and staff, so bring the whole family and get your hands dirty. Or Not, and just hang out, have fun with the Kids and Learn about OFG. For more info: or


June 5, 2014

OFG Project at Loma Vista School


The June schedule is to have garden areas rototilled and then on Saturday, June 7th have a half-day workday to hand remove the weeds and kikuyu grass.  The following Saturday, June 14th, we will have a heavy equipment day to complete rough grading, place boulders, and to sculpt the two retention basins for rain gardens.  A skip loader is needed to delivery boulders prior to the 14th . Morning refreshments and midday pizza will be provided on both dates.

June 7 tasks:

  • Remove weeds and kikuyu grass from tilled soil (rake clumps out of the soil).
  • Consolidate mulch from pine tree into one pile (shovels & rakes).
  • Remove 1-2 shrubs in the butterfly garden that are closest to the walkway (loppers & handsaw).
  • Install grey concrete border, scalloped side down, around the butterfly garden (shovels & mattock).

June 14 tasks:

  • Complete rough grading (bobcat/mini excavator).
  • Sculpt rain and dry stream gardens (primarily hand dig).
  • Move and set boulders into place (bobcat/mini excavator).
  • Locate existing storm drains/downspouts that are to be directed into the dry stream garden (mini excavator).
  • Locate irrigation stub-outs for hose bibs (hand dig).


Apply CPR – Conservation, Permeability and Retention © - to your garden to revive our watersheds and ocean.

5 Steps – taught at OFG events and described on OFG’s & G3’s websites:

-Evaluate Your Site/Understand Your Potable Water Use
-Encourage a Soil Party to Restore Good Soil
-Create Permeable Surfaces And Retention of Rain Water
-Select Climate-appropriate Plants and Plant With Confidence
-Irrigate Efficiently and Achieve Zero Dry Weather Runoff

Read The OFG Guidelines at

Visit an OFG demonstration garden near you by checking on this map:

Plant Information

Check the website of the local Chapter or of the California Native Plant Society Channel Islands Native Plant Society

A great source for water saving plant info is available at

Put On A Neighborhood Workday – Learning By Doing

Ocean Friendly Gardens start with a host, who can hire a pro to provide all or some the pro services (listed above), plus lead the workday. The host encourages neighbors to get involved, and neighbors then help another house at the next workday. Groups like Surfrider Foundation can put the call out for volunteers. Read about the Garden Assistance Party at

Contact the Ventura County Surfrider Chapter OFG Chair at for more information.


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