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SAVING WATER in the Ojai Valley!

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Curb cut to Slow it, Spread it, Sink it! in Ventura

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Registration For:  Santa Barbara City College – Center for Lifelong LearningCourse Number/Name: 601081 , Smart Garden Design for Dry Times
Class Date(s): Weekly – Sat 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM; 2 sessions starting 3/4/2017, ending 3/11/2017
Instructor:  Billy Goodnick   Instructor’s Email:  billygoodnick@gmail.com
Class Location: Schott Campus,310 W. Padre Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93105
Classroom:  06

Directions to Class Location: Schott Campus : Take Mission exit off the north or south 101 highway, head east on Mission Street. Turn left on Bath Street (3rd intersection). Schott Campus is one block down, located on the corner of Bath and Padre Streets. Parking lot entrance off of Bath Street.
Refund/drop class forms are available online to print for CLL classes at www.thecll.org/library/faq/.
REFUND POLICIES: Review the policies online during class selection or in our printed Schedule of Classes.

SBCC proud to be a Tobacco Free and Smoke Free Campus.  All campuses including both the Wake Campus and the Schott Campus are Tobacco Free and Smoke Free. http://www.sbcc.edu/boardoftrustees/files/policies/BP%203555%20Smoke%20Free%20Campus%20apprvd%206-27-13.pdf

Thank you for registering!


March 18th in Santa Barbara



Ventura County Home & Garden Show – Ask Your Garden Questions!

Dates: March 17, 2017 – March 19, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Contact: Leah Haynes

Sponsor: Master Gardeners of Ventura County

Location: Ventura County Fairgrounds – McBride Building

Event Details

Master Gardeners will be available to answer garden related questions. Will also distribute water wise plants while supply last on a first come, first serve.

Hope you will visit our booth in the McBride Building.

Home & Garden Show hours:

12pm to 6pm – Friday March 17

10am to 5pm – Saturday March 18

10am to 5pm – Sunday March 19



Plant & Seed Swap Sat Feb 25th, 2017



Santa Barbara Watershed Wise Landscape Professional Certification

Join us for an EPA WaterSense Certified training program! The certification is designed to train professionals and their clients on the benefits of building healthy living soil and managing rainwater to reduce irrigation. Sign up and learn how to conduct a landscape water audit and site evaluation, remove lawn and build living soils, design and site rain gardens, calculate irrigation run times to eliminate runoff, and identify new water efficiency techniques and technologies. Certified professionals will be added to a searchable list of landscape specialists for hire promoted locally as well as added to the EPA WaterSense National Directory.

When: Thursday, February 9 and Friday, February 10, 2017. 7:30 am – 5:30 pm. Certification exam held Feb 10, 5:30-8:00 pm.
Fee: $150 (a $600 value!)
Please help us spread the word!

Thank you,


Madeline Ward
Water Conservation Supervisor
(805) 897-2672 | MaWard@SantaBarbaraCA.gov

Watershed Wise Certification Flier


December 1ST, 6:00 PM, County Government Center, Board of Supervisors Chambers

In an attempt to explore a full range of options for water policy for western Ventura County, Supervisor Bennett will host a public forum on December 1st that brings together some of the leaders in the field of ocean water desalination (desal) in California.  Speakers will discuss their existing and pending desal projects, the advantages, disadvantages, and economics of desal, and the prospects, opportunities, and challenges for ocean water desal.

Supervisor Steve Bennett said “With Southern California heading into a forecast sixth year of drought and local lake and groundwater basins nearing historic low levels, interest in long-term planning concerning our water supply and demand has never been higher.  Desal is one option that I hope we all can have more complete information about as we move forward.”

Forum presenters will be Scott Maloni of Poseidon Water, developer of the Carlsbad and Huntington Beach desal plants, Susan Mulligan of the Calleguas Municipal Water District which is moving forward on potentially developing a regional desal plant in Ventura County, Joshua Haggmark, Water Resources Manager of the City of Santa Barbara, and Tom Luster from the California Coastal Commission.  The presenters will discuss their organization’s approach to and experiences with ocean water desalination in Southern California.

The public is invited to attend the forum at the Board of Supervisors chambers, 800 S. Victoria Ave, Ventura, December 1 at 6:00 PM.


Saturday, November 12, 2016 – Lawn Be Gone & Harvest the Rain Workshop: Overview and Garden Tour – Save Water, Money and Time and enjoy the benefits of wildlife gardening. Learn how to convert water-thirsty lawns into landscapes that slow, spread, and sink rainwater.  $10 for OVGC members and those who ride their bike, $20 for non-members.

Location: OVGC Resource Center 206 N. Signal St. #S (upstairs from the Aliso/Signal St. corner) with a Garden Tour of a rain garden site close by.
Time: 9:00 am to 12:00 pm, please arrive 8:45am to sign-in and settle in.

to Register:
call (805) 669-8445 or http://www.ojaivalleygreencoalition.com/Save-Our-Water,-Ojai!.shtml

Full details and payment options at ojaivalleygreencoalition.com/save_our_water.html

Sunday, November 6 – Film Event “Beyond the Mirage”
The Ojai Valley Green Coalition in partnership with the Ojai Film Festival and its 2016 FOCUS EARTH program is pleased to present a water-themed afternoon –
Ojai Art Center, 113 S. Montgomery St., Ojai


Sponsored by Ventura County Watershed Protection District

Learn for FREE how to use watershed friendly approach in your garden. The five-part workshop series will be held on Saturdays September-October-November 2016, in Meiners Oaks Elementary School in Ojai. Discover how to design, mulch, grade and plant for the efficient use of rainwater and elimination of the long-term need for irrigation. You will be an expert water-conserving gardener in no time!

Ocean Friendly Garden Materials available for download:

Simple Rain Garden Recipe (32.26 Mb)
Simple Rain Garden Recipe (reduced size) (1.23 Mb)
Make a Siteplan (19.40 Mb)
Make a Siteplan (reduced size) (1.14 Mb)
Six Elements of a Water Wise Garden (83 Kb)
Planting Guidelines (827 Kb)

Meiners Oaks Workshop Series (Click to enlarge)  Meiners Oaks workshop series:

  • Workshop One:
    • Watershed Basics Class, Saturday, Sept. 10, 9am
  • Workshop Two:
    • Evaluating Your Garden Site, Saturday, Sept. 24, 9am
  • Workshop Three:
    • Designing Your Landscape, Saturday, Oct. 1, 9am
  • Workshop Four:
    • Turf Removal, Saturday, Oct. 15, 9am
  • Workshop Five:
    • Planting and Irrigating, Saturday, Oct. 22, 9am

Landscape Design for FIRE PROTECTION WORKSHOP – Sponsored by Casitas Water District

Saturday February 27, 2016 9am to noon

You do not need a moonscape to protect your home from fire. You can have a beautiful landscape and a fire safe zone. This workshop will focus on “Firescaping”- Landscape design in wildfire areas. The Workshop will be held Saturday, February 27, 2016 from 9 A.M. to Noon at Oak View Park & Resource Center (formerly the Oak View Elementary School) located at 555 Mahoney Avenue. Attendees are encouraged to park in the parking lots instead of the street.


Annual Seed Swap in Ojai

5th Annual Seed & Plant Swap
Saturday, February 27, 2016 – 1 to 4 p.m.
Chaparral Auditorium 414 E. Ojai Ave., Ojai

SeedSwapFlyer_2016_LoRez.jpgGardeners and farmers both current and aspiring are invited to join in for the 5th Annual Ojai Valley Seed & Plant Swap. Bring your stories and passion for growing food, and if you have them, bring seeds, cuttings, or starts to share. The Swap is hosted by the Ojai Valley Green Coalition with Food for Thought Ojai and the Center for Regenerative Agriculture.

Download and Share the Flyer – Thanks!

We also invite nonprofits and growers to sell local seeds, starts and garden amendments. A donation of 10% of gross sales to the Ojai Valley Green Coalition is requested. For further information or to coordinate sharing or selling seeds and plants contact the Green Coalition at (805) 669-8445 or coordinator@ojaivalleygreencoalition.com.

Urban Herb Walk and Talk in Ojai @ Cluff Vista Park with Lanny Kaufer & Renee Roth, plus Native Garden Maintenance with OVLC

Photo Credit: Doc Pierce
Photo Credit: Doc Pierce
Nov 14, 2015  8:00am-9:30pm – Native Plant Maintenance Intro with OVLC
& 9:30am – 12:00pm – Walk and Talk about Native

 Plants in the Urban Environment, plus Capturing Rainwater

Now is the ideal time to plant native plants in your yard or garden. If you have been thinking about — or already started — replacing your water-intensive landscape with drought-tolerant native plants, please join Ojai native plant guide Lanny Kaufer and special guest Renee Roth of RainScape Designs for an Urban Herb Walk on Saturday, November 14, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Cluff Vista Park in downtown Ojai.  Cluff Vista Park is  located in the center of town with beautiful views of the Topa Topa mountains.  The garden design includes several water features with mature native plants that need little water to no water and provides habitat that supports wildlife, including hummingbirds, butterflies and lizards.  The garden was designed by Tom Bostrom and Associates, and received a 2005 Honor Award, by the landscape architects association SCC-ASLA.

Kaufer and Roth will identify and discuss native plants in the context of a professionally designed native landscape and show examples of drought-tolerant alternatives to lawns and water-intensive plants. Roth will focus on the water features in the park and discuss landscape designs that capture rainwater, with plants that help “slow, spread and sink water” into the landscape. Topics will include where to put a rain garden; building a healthy soil sponge that retains water (and reduces runoff), and using plant materials that can handle seasonal drought or heavy rains, while providing habitat for wildlife and medicine for the property owners or renters.

There are many reasons to embrace the use of California’s wonderful native plants in the landscape. Native plants, which have adapted to local soils and climates, are often the best sources of nectar and pollen for native pollinators. They create beauty and interest with a natural progression of fruit, flowers and seeds, and they furnish food and cover for butterflies, birds and other wildlife.  Native plants require little or no irrigation once established, and flourish without fertilizers and are unlikely to become weedy.

Prior to the walk, from 8:00-9:30 a.m., Ojai Valley Land Conservancy (OVLC) Stewardship Director Rick Bisaccia will lead a volunteer garden maintenance project. The OVLC and the City of Ojai are partners in the maintenance of the park. Please contact Marti Reid at the OVLC at 805-649-6852 for more information and to sign up for the volunteer project.

Light rain will not cancel the walk but heavy rain will. Status will be updated for those registered as the day gets closer

The cost of the Herb Walk is $20 for adults or $15 for seniors 62-and-up and full-time students ages 13-18. Kids 5-12 can go along free, one per adult, by prior arrangement. No dogs, please. No pre-payment is required. Register here

Press Release Urban Herb Walk in Ojai 11-14-15



Sunday, September 20, 2015
Sun, 09/20/2015 – 1:00pm to 6:00pm

In celebration of International Peace Day, Equinox, and in support of our sister gathering Walking Water in the Owens Valley, we invite you to join us for


SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 1:00 pm – 6:00 pm

1-3:00  Let’s talk about OUR Water: A panel discussion about water problems and solutions.
With Renee Roth, Laura Maher, Connor Jones and Leif Skogberg
OUR water is a precious resource. Let’s come together and share  ways to adapt, to live with less water or reuse and capture more water.  Join us for a discussion about the impact of the drought on our land, the demands on our water supply and ways we can support our local water resources.  Together we can find and share ways to honor OuR most precious natural resource.

3:00 Harmony with Water Ritual, guided by Judy Piazza.  An interactive, experiential honoring of water through song, ritual, mantra, and more.  Reflect on what it means to be in right relationship, in harmony and balance, with this precious life-giving elemental.  Bring water from various locations (local and global), a small bowl or cup to hold a small amount of water, wear or bring something flowing, bring flower petals and finger foods such as fruit, or just bring your self!

4:00 Living Peace Walk (in collaboration with Living Peace Ojai) … A simple, easy walking vigil for peace, appropriate for families and elders able to walk (or sit and reflect while others walk, and be present to welcome them back!).  Watch for details.



Greywater Class by Greywater Action
Laura Allen will be discussing Designing your own Greywater System at AquaFlo in Ventura on September 26 from 10-12am.
Register here

More Greywater info!

The Building and Safety Division of Ventura County will lead Greywater workshops, scheduled to be held at 800 South Victoria Ave, Ventura, California in Room 311 at the Ventura County Hall of Administration (Enter off of Telephone road and park in Lot G).

6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on the following dates:

Aug 20, 2015

Additional dates may be added.To register, e-mail Marie.Becerra@Ventura.org or call (805) 654-2795, 7:15 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

September and October – FREE Watershed-Friendly Gardening Workshop Series

The County of Ventura will host a five-part Watershed-Friendly Gardening workshop series during September and October, 2015.

Workshop One:  Watershed Basics Class, Saturday, Sept. 12, at 9 a.m.
Workshop Two:  Evaluating Your Garden Site, Saturday September 26th, 9am
Workshop Three:  Designing Your Landscape, Saturday October 10th, 9am
Workshop Four:  Turf Removal, Saturday October 17th, 9am
Workshop Five:  Planting and Irrigating, Saturday October 24th, 9am

SIGN UP Information and Location

Register for one or all of the workshops at the Watershed Wise Landscape Program website (you need to find the class on the calendar first).

Link to Workshop Location Map



August 11, 2015 Heat Wave

A heat wave is coming to Los Angeles that will send temperatures into the triple digits for some communities by the weekend, the National Weather Service said Monday.

Angelenos will see temperatures jump 15 to 20 degrees from Monday to Thursday, when a high-pressure system from Texas is expected to reach the Southland’s deserts and mountains, said Stuart Seto, a weather specialist with the NWS.

Greywater Action Presents July 2015 Greywater Installer’s Course

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I was interested in learning all about greywater, installing your own system, or becoming a greywater installer for the Ojai area.  This course is designed for people with either basic plumbing, landscaping, or permaculture skills who want to learn how to design and build simple, economical residential greywater systems.

I learned about the theory behind simple and high-end systems including the indoor use of greywater.  Class covered the basic plumbing and landscaping skills needed for the four types of common simple greywater systems. I learned  how to conduct a site assessment, determine which system to install and how to maintain existing systems. Additionally info about what plants do best with greywater and the do’s and don’t of residential greywater reuse. The goal was to learn about proper installation of code compliant washing machine, and simple systems under the CA state code—-goal accomplished!

Location: Los Angeles EcoVillage (117 Bimini Place, Los Angeles, 90004)

Greywater Action – Education Webinar Series Wednesdays from 2-4pm on June 17th, June 24th, and July 1st.

Greywater Action is hosting a three part webinar series for people who want to educate their communities about greywater.
Members are invited to view the webinar at the Ojai Valley Green Coalition Resource Center sponsored by Renee Roth of Rainscape Designs

Part 1: Greywater 101 or Drought-Proof Your Landscape With Greywater. Wednesday, June 17th from 2-4pm.
This workshop includes the following information:
•Understand your water system
•What is greywater?
•Ways to reuse it
•Plant friendly soaps and products
•Common type of systems
•General costs and water saving potential
•Design considerations

Part 2: How to Design and Install a Laundry-to-Landscape Systems. Wednesday, June 24th from 2-4pm.
This workshop includes a presentation and hands-on practice installing a system. Content includes:
•Overview of the laundry-to-landscape system
•Plant friendly laundry detergents
•How to install the plumbing component for the L2L system
•How do design and install the irrigation component of the L2L system
•Costs and where to find materials

Part 3: How to Make Your Community Greywater Ready: Work with local agencies and irrigation stores. Wednesday, July 1st from 2-4pm.
This workshop includes the following information:
•Strategies for working with local irrigation stores to provide greywater system components
•Strategies for working with local building departments to streamline permitting requirements
•Strategies for building local experts and offering further local trainings

Ojai Valley Greywater Tour and Hands-on Installation


Saturday, April 25 Graywater DIY Installation Workshop

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Saturday, April 25 Graywater DIY Installation Workshop
Help install a ‘laundry to landscape’ system on Fulton St. with graywater guru Michael Doran (A&M Plumbing) and Renee Roth (Rainscape Designs). Learn the details of how to install a graywater system and the best plants to complement the system.
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
$10 – OVGC Member or City Resident $15 – Non-members

to flyer, see more info at Ojai Valley Green Coalition 

City of Ventura hosts Greywater Talk with Laura Maher and Renee Roth




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