San Luis Obispo Chapter

Ocean Friendly Gardens Accomplishments


Continued work on public education/awareness through talks, garden tours and tabling at events.

Completed the 12th and final OFG feature for the Sunsets at the Bluffs and Palisades Community Magazine.

Presented OFG to over 100 residents at a CSL-RCD Storm Rewards event hosted by the City of Arroyo Grande.

Hosted various members of the Arroyo Grande and Grover Beach City Councils for OFG tours.

Installed two additional OFGs in the Palisades and certified three others bringing the total in the Palisades to ten, with six on Indio Drive.

Began a campaign to build a qualified workforce for building OFGs/Watershed Friendly Landscapes in SLO county to concurrently deal with the problems of water supply and ocean/watershed pollution.

Organized and attended various meetings in SLO with among others, Green Gardens Group (G3) managing partner Pamela Berstler, OFG national director Paul Herzog, San Luis Coastal RCD director Nicole Smith and various city, county and agency personnel including the Partners in Water Conservation and members of the Partners in Water Quality.

Established key alliances with Ron Munds, Principal Environmental Specialist for the County of SLO and Jaime Lien Hendrickson, Conservation Manager with the Atascadero Mutual Water Company, who offered to help advance the cause of bringing professional training in the watershed approach to landscape industry professionals and homeowners on the Central Coast.

Met with Greg Ellis and Victoria Carranza of One Cool Earth and discussed the possibility of a partnership where One Cool Earth could potentially provide training venues and grant funding for OFGs that would be built as part of the field work (non-classroom portion) during G3 trainings in the county.

Did an interview and photo shoot for US Green Building Council Magazine feature on Ocean Friendly Gardens. Read the article (PDF).

Hosted an Ocean Friendly Garden tour for the California Rare Fruit Growers for their national Festival of Fruit event.