July 2013 

   Issue 41

Ojai Valley Green Coalition


Meet new friends who love good food: Growing it, Cooking it, Eating it


Independence - What meaning now?  

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How can we become more independent as world citizens (and Valley residents) from our dependence on trucks, trains, ships and planes to bring our daily bread?

How can we teach our kids the fundamental life skills to coax food from our gardens, orchards, fish ponds and fields? Fortunately, we have Food for Thought working in our schools, preparing young people for a more self-sufficient and tasty future.  Would that we could inspire more adults to plunge their hands in the soil alongside the kids.

The more I learn about the corporate food policy world, the more noble the work of our organic farmers, and the more essential our backyard gardens are to a healthy nation.

Celebrate America - Be Part of the Food Revolution

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Come march in the parade with ...

Moms Across America
By 9:00am, July 4th at Matilija parking lot 

This is a positive effort to encourage Moms and families across America to require the labeling of genetically engineered food and shop thoughtfully.

Ojai host: Robert Jefferson (such an apt name for the 4th) 
Read their suggestions for what to bring, wear & signs at:
Recipe Swap & Tasting Social 
 Saturday, July 6 - 2:00-5:00pm
  206 S. Blanche 

Bring something yummy, along with 20 copies of the recipe and settle in for some great noshing. Bring some friends.  Call and let me know if you think you're coming so I know how many chairs to dust off.   Dulanie:  640-1133
The Vegetable Gardener's
Guide to Permaculture

Booksigning & Talk by author, Christopher Shein
Friday, July 12, 7:00pm, The Ojai Retreat: 160 Besant Rd.

The Center for Regenerative Agriculture, the Ojai Valley Green Coalition & and the Ojai Retreat are cohosting this informative and entertaining evening.  Christopher has spent 20 years in the Bay Area doing permaculture and food forest designs.  His work at Merritt College applies sustainable food gardening to California's dry summer climate.  You don't want to miss this.

$5 at door, no reservations necessary.  (david@ojaicra.org) 

HERB WALK AT SEASIDE WILDERNESS PARK       Sunday, July 14 at Noon with Lanny Kaufer

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Park & meet on far west end of Main St, Ventura, just before 101
freeway north - also known as Emma Wood Group Camp. The tour starts inside the Group Camp at the River's Edge Trail, walking thru the Ventura Rivermouth & Estuary, completing the loop on the Ocean's Edge Trail.   Lanny will be discussing the plants of the Riparian Woodland, CoastalSage Scrub & Coastal strand plants.

Register at: www.HerbWalks.com/register or 805-646-6281

Tomato Tsalsaaste Testing - 30 Varieties
Saturday, July 27 @ Flora Gardens

Brought to you by Cecil Baugartner ... that's
right, our canning guru doesn't stop at stone fruit, he's mad for fruity tomatoes as well! 

Thanks for your continuing interest in making the Ojai Valley a more delicious place to live.  Our food system is a vital part of our resilience and strength.


Growing food, growing community!
Dulanie Ellis, Food News

Ojai Valley Green Coalition   


Upcoming Events

July 13 
By Donation
Film: Ground Ops
For those of you who missed it in Ojai, we're screening "Ground Operations" at the urban farm in Goleta.  Outside screening with organic popcorn & wine. 
Fairview Gardens
160 Fairview (off 101)

July 15

Transition to Organic 
These people are getting stuff done!   
But it takes a village, ya know, to create the world we want to live in. 
Come early to order dinner.  
Patty Pagaling 
transitiontoorganics@ gmail.com
Farmer & the Cook

A Different Kind of Eggs & Bacon

A Spring Fritata

6-8 slices of cooked bacon (pork, soy, turkey?)

10-12 pastured eggs

Medium onion diced

2 cups veggies - anything in the frig will do

1 tsp sea salt

2 Tbl. coconut milk

Fat for cooking

Oven-safe fry pan (cast iron)

Preheat oven to 350. Cook bacon in pan.
Break into pieces.
Set aside, saving the fat.
Add onion to pan. Saute til soft.
Remove onion & saute the other veggies.
Return onion to pan.

In separate bowl,
crack the eggs.
Add coconut milk.
Add eggs to pan.
Sprinkle bacon evenly around pan.

Cook on top of stove on medium heat until the sides set & are firm (5-6 min).
Place in oven to cook - 10 min,
Until brown on top.

Use mitts to remove.
Slice triangles.
Serve with salsa, guacamole or other favorite sauce.

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