Surfrider San Diego's Ocean Friendly Garden's (OFG) chair Susan Krzywicki recently wrote a great article about how the San Diego chapters of Surfrider and the California Native Plant Society (CNPS) can work together to help promote the benefits of "ocean friendly" landscaping.
Surfrider's OFG program aims to protect and improve water quality through our concept of CPR: Conservation, Permeability, and Retention. CNPS's mission of preserving and protecting native plants and their habitats helps achieve all three of OFG's three main components. Native plants are adapted to our climate, and conserve water, energy, and wildlife habitat. Native plants also help preserve the permeability of the soil, which helps retain more water, limiting the amount of polluted water that enters the gutter and is transported to our waterways and ocean untreated.
With the limited resources of environmental non-profits, recognizing where missions overlap and finding ways to coordinate helps ensure the missions of all orgnaizations involved reach and connect to as many people in our community as possible.
If you would like to get in involved with Surfrider's Ocean Friendly Garden's program, the committee meets the 4th Tuesday of every month from 7pm-8:30pm at the Surfrider offices.
Also, our next event will be our Garden Assistance Party (GAP) Sunday January 13th in Sunset Cliffs from 9:30am-3:30pm. We will be getting our hands dirty and installing a beautiful OFG designed by members of our Comittee. This is the last part of our three part series in Sunset Cliffs, but you are welcome to attend even if you did not attend the first two events. We just ask that you please RSVP on our volunteer page here.
Happy New Year from OFG! Hope to see all of you in 2013!