Are you interested in: Educating the public about sustainable landscaping? Getting your hands in the soil? Changing public policy? Then volunteer with us. Also, we have monthly meetings every the 3rd Tuesday 6:30pm at Harvest Cafe (175 S Ventura Ave.)

What’s the problem? Urban runoff is the #1 source of ocean pollution. In Ventura, storm drains and farm runoff funnel into the ocean un-treated, polluting our water with motor oil, synthetic fertilizer, and other contaminants during heavy rain. Click here for more info about the causes of pollution.

The solution – home, business and public properties can all help prevent this runoff by turning their space into an Ocean Friendly Garden. OFG gardeners apply “CPR:”

       C – Conservation – Conserve water, energy and wildlife habitat by usingHuber.overhead.6-13-2013 native                and climate appropriate plants.

P – Permeability – Allow air and water to percolate downwards. Healthy soil, mulch, and limited hardscape sponge up water.

R – Retention – Retain water in the ground, not in the streets. Direct rain gutters into low areas in the yard & create curb cuts to capture street flow.


Click on our OFG lawn sign above to head to our national page where you can find our short criteria form and a list of best practices.

Also, check out this list of easy steps on how to make your garden more ocean friendly!


Converting Your Yard


After – Including curb cut









  • Do it yourself – here’s a great design guide created by G3/Green Gardens Group.
  • Materials – coming soon. Contact your city for sources of materials like mulch. In Ventura, you can get it for free at Cornucopia Community Garden.
  • Map of gardens – Check out the map of OFGs here. The map reports include plant lists, designs and
  • List of Professionals – If you can’t do it yourself, hire a pro! Those on the list have passed G3/Green Gardens Group’s Core Concepts Workshop exam, which qualifies you to be a watershed evaluator following the OFG criteria.
  • OFG Water-Wise presentation – view slides

Want to learn how to get money for taking out your water-loving lawn?

Find out how through the City of Ventura’s Water Wi$e incentive program!


Rainwater Harvesting Calculator

Stay Updated On Chapter Activities – join our Facebook Page.

Volunteer – email for info on upcoming events.

Click here for more info on curb cuts, and here to see them “working” during a rainstorm.

Click here for landscape design templates that you could adapt to your landscape.

Click here for a video of our most recent curb cut in action!

Prevent stormwater pollution with Ocean Friendly Gardens

Read our 2017 Clean Water Report to see case studies & a tribute to our National Coordinator, Paul Herzog.