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Summer shade at Fairview Gardens, Fruit Trees to follow in the Fall  


GVB board meeting at Fairview Gardens     

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Volunteers plant shade trees at Fairview Gardens


Fairview Gardens and Goleta Valley Beautiful volunteers jointly planted 21 shade trees around the Farmhouse and farmworkers housing on Saturday August 4th and Saturday, August 18th..  These trees will provide passive energy conservation cooling to the residences and add to the aesthetic beauty of the gardens. 

Volunteers planted 21 shade trees including the following 24 gallon size trees: 3 25-gallon Coast Live Oak, 1 Alder, and 1 Valley Oak, 1 Tipuana Tipu, and 1 American Persimmon, as well as the following 15 gallon size trees 9 Tipuana Tipu, and 5 Alder.

These twenty-one trees, and a later planting of 300 fruit trees in the fall , is made possible through a grant from the Alliance for Community Trees (ACT), a national nonprofit organization dedicated to improving health and livability oc cities by planting and caring for trees. .  ACTrees has partnered with the US Department of Agriculture People’s Garden Initiative to explore the benefits of creating and deepening connections between community trees and urban agriculture.  For more information please call 685-7910.     

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Santa Barbara’s Cox Conserves Heroes Finalists Includes GVB President David Fainer!

Goleta Valley Beautiful President David Fainer is a finalist in the Cox Conserves Heroes Award Program, which honors local conservation efforts.  Please support David and submit your vote at www.CoxConservesHeroes.com before September 24th.  The individual with the most votes will receive a $5,000 award from Cox Communication for their organization.


Sign up for Goleta Valley Beautiful September Volunteer Events

Our summer tree care schedule includes Saturday morning events from 9 to Noon.  In order to keep our events up to date, we are now posting all of our events on our website volunteer events calendar at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org. During weekdays, we are working at the Devereux Greenhouse. To get to the Greenhouse, From Storke Road and El Colegio, continue towards ocean on Slough Road for 1/2 mile, turn left onto Devereux Way, proceed 50 feet to the stop sign, turn right and go halfway around the circular road until you see the dirt road entrance to the Greenhouse.  We do have special projects for student interested in earning community service credits, and weekday events.   For all volunteer tree care events, please RSVP at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  Any questions call (805)685-7910.

Roadside trash collection in the Goleta area continues on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays.  Call Don and Judy Nason 964-4895 to RSVP.    Call 964-7117 to participate in graffiti removal and to report incidents in your area as soon as you see it.     

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 ·     Then and Now, Invest From the Ground Up –

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                                                Then 6/5/02                                                                                                     Now 8/7/12                       

Ten years ago on February 5, 2002, a group of GVB volunteers led by then President Sam Alfano  and Ken Knight planted eleven Fern Pine (Podacarpus gracilior) trees along San Federico Street in the unincorporated area of Goleta Valley.  Sam is no longer with us, but the trees live on in silent tribute to his efforts.   Thanks to California ReLeaf for their 2002 Tree Planting Grant funding that made this possible.  Remember that the best time to plant a tree is twenty years ago.  Invest from the ground up in your future urban forest.    

Tree Stories – The Hawk Sycamore by Kim True

This month’s tree story is provided by Goleta Valley Beautiful Board Member and Landscape Architect Kim True.  Send us  your thoughts about trees that have had an influence upon your life and your memories, and we’ll publish it in upcoming newsletters.  Photos past and present are welcome. 


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The planets had aligned. After living on pure rock, pure sand, and pure decomposed granite, the dream of buying a home in the fertile Goleta Valley was about to become a reality. We were looking for a home down in the “flat land” which backed up to an open space, and that had good soil. We went to look at a home which backed up to a creek, and when we pulled in front of the house, a hawk was circling high overhead, welcoming us to our new home. The house was ok, but when we walked into the back yard, we were greeted by the Maria Ignacio Creek Greenway, and the magnificent “Hawk Sycamore”. The lush riparian forest behind our home sooths the soul, provides shade, clean air, habitat, and lots of bird- watching! And did I mention the fantastic soil? And the avocado and fig trees?

The day we moved in, the hawk was on sitting on the fence in front, once again welcoming us to our new home. We have had the pleasure of living and gardening here for four years now, and spend hours sitting in the back yard, looking at the sycamore, and watching the hawks and other birds go about their business. In the fall, the majestic sycamore glows in the sunrise, its colorful leaves dancing on the fall breezes. In the winter, the stark white bark contrasts magnificently against the clear blue sky. In the spring, the bright green new leaves emerge to provide soothing shade for hot summer days. We love this tree, and are so grateful to enjoy its beauty and shade, and to watch the hawks that glide among its mighty branches.

                                                                                                                                               –  Kim True

                                                                                                                                                   GVB Board member

                                                                                                                                                   Landscape Architect, True Nature Landscape Architecture

Send us  your thoughts about trees that have had an influence upon your life and your memories, and we’ll publish it in upcoming newsletters.  Photos past and present are welcome. 

New Feature! Recommended trees for our urban coastal area

           - Chinese Pistache (Pistacia chinensis) –

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We’re starting a new monthly feature in response to the constant questions we get about what species of trees grow best in our area.   We’ll feature a new tree every month. For the month of September we are featuring the Chinese Pistache!

The Chinese Pistache is a deciduous tree native to central and western China.  It is a member of the cashew family and is known for its reddish-orange autumn foliage color, which is uncommon for most trees in this area.  Although not native to California, it is not considered an invasive species.  The Chinese Pistache makes a wonderful street tree because it typically grows to a height of under 40 feet, is drought, and it thrives in full sun.  The Chinese Pistache is on the approved street tree list of all local south Santa Barbara County municipalities.  For more detailed information on this and other trees, please visit Selectree on the web at www.ufei.org/selectree.

Goleta Valley Beautiful News Briefs

Creek Week – Please join us on Monday evening September 17th from 5:30 to 7:30 pm for a Creek Week activity meeting at Armitos Park in Old Town Goleta.  We’ll be doing tree inventory and care work along San Jose Creek including portions of the new Goleta City Park and the Sister Witness Tree.   The Sister Witness Tree has been named officially named the National Champion Sycamore with a circumference of 626 inches (that is over 50 feet!). 

California Lemon Festival October 13-14 – Volunteers are needed for helping staff our booth at the annual lemon festival at Girsh Park.  We’ll be demonstrating how to grow and care for lemon trees in our area, along with other things you should know about trees.  Two hour volunteer shifts are open on Saturday from 10 to 6 and Sunday from 11-5.   Call 685-7910 if you can spare some time.

 Goleta Valley Beautiful Board of Directors – GVB Board member Jennifer Price is stepping down from the Board to take over the role of part time GVB Office Manager.  The position was previously filled by Eli O’Donohue, who left for a full time position with a Santa Barbara firm.  Since Eli is no longer working for GVB, Eli will be rejoining the Board of Directors in September.  Board member Jake Sahl will also be leaving the Board in September to concentrate on the second year of his studies at the Bren School.  If you are a student or a General member of the community with a passion for community service and the care of trees, you are welcome to attend one of our Board meetings to see if you can help contribute to our community.  For September only, the GVB Board meeting will take place on the second Wednesday of the month on September 12th.  Normally the Board meets on the first Wednesday of the month.  Call 685-7910 for more details.

Special thanks to Goleta Valley Beautiful supporter Kaylen Scott  - for the donation of a Rototiller, and to Eric and the great staff at Crop Production Services for the donation of an entire pallet of compost. 

Thanks also to last month’s sponsors including: The Alliance for Community Trees (ACT) People’s Garden Grant, UCSB Coastal Fund, the City of Goleta, California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection, California ReLeaf, Santa Barbara County Resource Recovery and Waste management Division, SB County Public Works, Devereux, and hundreds of GVB donor members.  Please mention to our supporters how much you appreciate their support of Goleta Valley Beautiful.  You can find the list of our donor members at our website at www.goletavalleybeautiful.org.  

 Statistical information about previous tree care events including the amount/locations of trees and volunteers can now be found in the archives of the education section of our website.   

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