In This Issue
Summer Food Preservation Series
Water Conservation
Giving Outside the Box
Energy Tools and Tips

Quick Links


Join Ojai Valley Green Coalition Now


Ojai Valley Green Coalition Website


May OVGC E-News




Thursday, June 12

Pay 2 Play Film


Saturday, June 14

The Story of Ventura County Agriculture


Thursday, June 19

Ventura County Graywater Workshop


Saturday, June 22

The Future of Water


Saturday, June 28

Household Hazardous Waste Drop-off


Paid Position


Green Living Tour
Events Coordinator


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Food News


is coming back quarterly in July!


If you have news on the subject of local food - growing, cooking, eating, policy etc. please pass it on to Dulanie.


OVGC has been awarded a


$2K grant


to promote graywater


from the Rotary Club of Ojai - Thank you!



Do you have fruit trees you can't keep up with, or would you like to help glean trees to help feed those in need?

EMB - Fruit Tree


Contact Food Forward Ventura County


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Board of Directors

Joanie Blaxter
Noel Douglas
Cynthia Grier
Kerry Miller
Marcia Murphy
Ched Myers
Margaret Tarmy
David White



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Resource Center
206 N. Signal St. #S
Ojai, CA 93023

Mailing Address
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Ojai, CA 93023


(805) 669-8445 


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NOTICE: Our mailing address is now the same as our Resource Center address - 206 N. Signal St. #S, Ojai 93023

Let's Have a Summer
Food Preservation Series


Food preservation is the science of preserving food by canning, fermenting, drying, salting and freezing, to name the most common. Some methods are as old as agriculture itself, allowing us to 'keep' food long after its fresh shelf life.


It's said there are two basic types of home preservers - those who do it as a hobby and a way to enjoy foods by creating their own delicacies, and those who are seriously looking at putting up enough food for the whole family. Food preservation is part of a simple conserving lifestyle.


If you are the latter, would you consider teaching a class to those just starting out? This would be pro bono to help with community skill-building and fundraising for the Coalition. Michelle Dohrn has stepped up for a July class in fermentation (details coming soon), but we would love to have a class on traditional canning, perhaps a drying class, or we are open to all food preservation techniques and ideas.


The series will be held at the Oak View Park and Resource Center kitchen on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. We'll fill you in on the details and dates as they develop. To discuss teaching, please contact Noel.


In the meantime, here are some of our favorite food preservation websites:


Water Conservation,
Appreciation and Preservation

Grassroots Style


We are looking for a movie maker and a water saver (read on):


The Ventura River Watershed Council has started building a great

Lorraine Walter heads up the Ventura River Watershed Council
Lorraine Walter heads up the Ventura River Watershed Council - thanks for joining us, Lorraine
video library of local water-saving stories and watershed moments. But they're missing at least one important video, and that's from us!


We're looking for a videographer to help make a 2-minute video of an awe inspiring water-efficient home. Next we need one of you, who has been inspired by the Coalition in some way to save water. . . and oh boy, are you saving water - inside and out! Hit reply and sign-up to put your name on the small screen in a big way.


We had fun at our Friday potluck and water-themed program


Fifty of us got together to connect, eat from a great buffet of offerings and learn more how we can save water in our yards. A special thanks to Flora Gardens for donating gift certificates and plants for the drawing; and Renee Roth, Kathy Nolan and Van Vermeesch for sharing their knowledge and

Ken Wright shares his newest products - the Showerminder and a Conserve Water sign

passion for reducing and reusing our precious local water. The Coalition has a water resource page to help, too.

Angela Ocone with sister-in-law Marian pose with graywater demo model

Angela (left) and Marian want to know if you have a

graywater system, yet.


To get more involved with our watershed and water issues, come to a Coalition watershed meeting. We meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 5 p.m. at the Resource Center.

Giving Outside the Box


Support can come in all sizes and shapes for nonprofits, and the Coalition is no different. We were thrilled and tickled green when we got a call from longtime supporters Charlie and Caryn Bosson. They had a car they didn't need any more and offered to donate it to us. Of course we said a resounding YES! In the end it made more sense to sell the car on behalf of the Bossons and have them donate the proceeds to us. The bottom line is this was an easy way for the Bossons to give and for us to receive a generous donation.


As Caryn shared, "We know that it takes the participation of all of us in the Valley to ensure that we have an environment that's sustainable. So when we realized that our trusty 17 year old Nissan wasn't needed by our family any more, we thought this would be a great way to support the work of the Ojai Valley Green Coalition. The organization did all the work of selling our vehicle, and we were able to make a good-sized donation."


Charlie and Caryn Bosson with Cassandra Cotham, proud new owner of a Nissan Altima - she's thrilled!

The cool part is it was all kept in the family, so to speak. The Bossons have been part of the Coalition family since 2008. We had to go no further than the Board to find out another long time Coalition member's daughter, Cassandra Cotham, needed a car. And the rest, as they say, is history.


Thank you Charlie, Caryn and Cassandra.


Power of the People,
by the People,
for the People


Not sure if this is on your radar yet, but if not already, your electricity rates with Edison are going up soon. In all fairness the cost of doing business keeps going up for companies and consumers on many fronts. We dream of the day the Ojai Valley has its own utility cooperative, but until then it's on you and me to reduce our demand and that helps our pocketbook and the planet.


Here are some resources and reminders to help:

And remember water conservation is energy conservation. We expend a lot of energy moving, cooling and heating water.


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