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First Annual Ramona Earth Day Festival

Saturday, April 23, 2022

Ramona Community Garden Event Site

Corner of 11th & San Vicente, in Ramona CA

Noon to 6pm

Have fun at this family-friendly Music and Earth Day Festival. Enjoy live music from Ramona bands. Learn manageable ways to sustain the Ramona surroundings we love.

Live Ramona Bands All Day

  • Judy Taylor – Western Swing
  • The Beard and the Bird-Jon & Kat Hasz
  • Sunnyside Strings – Bluegrass
  • Sentimental Journeys – 50’s, 60’s, 70’s
  • Frank & Rob – Latin Jazz & Soul
  • Orchard Thieves – Acoustic Duet
  • Garden Variety Band – Environmental Songs

Speakers and Exhibitors will highlight a variety of ways we can all help to foster what we love about Ramona through sustainable practices.

Speakers (Watch for updates)

Current scheduled speakers include:

  • Dr. Dan Cayan – Research Meteorologist, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UCSDTopic: “Ramona’s 21st Century Future: Warmer, Drier and Occasionally Wetter”
  • James & Frederika Harker – Authors, Zero Waste Family, new book.
  • Dr. Mandy Morrell, DBA, Point Loma Nazarene University, Assistant professor of Management, Topic “Sustainability”
  • Natalia King Quick – Recycling Specialist II, Department of Public works, Solid Waste Planning & Recycling, County of San Diego
  • Diane Stoltz – Cross-connection Program Specialist, Ramona Municipal Water District
  • Dr. George Tynan, Iwama Endowed Chair & Distinguished Professor, Department Chair, Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, UC San Diego Jacobs School of EngineeringTopic: “Near-term and Longer-term Steps to Get to a Net-Zero Carbon Energy System”

Seating is limited. Bring your own lawn chairs if you want to relax while visiting.


Exhibitors:

  • Beryl Warnes and Textile Art – Hand-woven goods
  • Marsha Cook, Artist – will demonstrate how to turn found objects or recyclables into art.
  • PuraVida Aquatics – Organic Swimming Pool Conversions
  • Ramona Food and Clothes Closet
  • Ramona Municipal Water District
  • Women of St. Mary’s – Hand-made crafts
  • Ramona Disposal – bringing recycling/compacting truck to exhibit
  • Tesla – will exhibit Y model
  • Talking Oaks Ranch – organic lotions
  • Creation Care
  • Surprise Farm Retreat – Nature Retreat Center on Old Julian Trail off Old Julian Hwy
  • Bemergency Bee Removal
  • The Tree Fairy
  • Sharon’s Worm World

Sponsors:

  • Piva Equipment Services
  • Ramona Disposal
  • Ramona Boy Scout Troop 679, Chartered by SDCE, Leader Miller Robison – donating time and work to support set-up and tear-down.
  • Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery – Certified Sustainable Winery
  • Scotty’s Plantscapes
  • Joyce T. Strand, Author
  • Boxed Water Is Better
  • Hague Quality Water
  • Estates Dental
  • Ransom Brothers Lumber & Supply

Special Event for Kids

  • Treasure Hunt

TICKETS TO FESTIVAL

Interact with informative exhibitors representing master gardeners, free range chickens, sustainable art, waste management, electric bicycles, hand-weaving, ceramics, and kids’ sustainable projects. Watch for updates.

Suggested donation for visitors: $10 adults, $5 for those 16 and younger. Make checks payable to Ramona Community Garden with memo line Earth Day Festival and your name.

Mail to: Earth Day Festival Committee – PO Box 491 Ramona, CA 92065.

Or, tickets available at the door.

Ticket holders’ names will be on a list to gain entrance. No physical tickets will be issued.

Be a sponsor! Click here for details!

Be an exhibitor! Click here for details!

 

Earth Day 2021 — First Sustainable Ramona Earth Day Celebration One Year Ago

Intro to Earth Month

To celebrate Earth Day, Sustainable Ramona will salute Ramona residents, farmers, businesses who have produced sustainable undertakings.

Throughout the month of April, the organization will highlight energy-efficient residences, tree-planting to reduce fire danger and carbon dioxide, sustainable-farming vineyards, recycling to reduce land-fill, water-purifying from restaurant run-off, horse manure composting, and clean-air transportation.

The “Salutes” will be included on the organization’s Facebook page (@SustainableRamona) and website (SustainableRamona.com). In addition, there will be zoom and Facebook-live presentations, and a live on-site tour of a vineyard.

Mon, April 5th

Ramona residents Donna and Larry Barnes have planted more than sixty trees on their property as part of the Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP) that is sponsored by the USDA-Natural Resources Conservation Service.

Wed, April 7

Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright Builder. Sustainable House through Recycled Materials: Hacienda Aden.

Fri, April 9

Ramona Ranch Vineyard and Winery. First and only Certified Sustainable winery in San Diego County.

Mon, April 12

Jeri and Dave Billick, Composting Horse Manure at Home.

Wed, April 14

Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright Builder. Using Nature to Cool a Residence: Gunderson Rogers Residence.

Fri, April 16

Steve Wiehe Recycling Specialist; County of San Diego; Department of Public Works. Recycling in Ramona.

Tue, April 20

Rob Lewallen. How to Build a Sustainable House: Truck Trail House.

Thu, April 22

EARTH DAY – 11am

Vineyard Grant James – tour of their sustainable farming in the morning followed by wine-pairing lunch in the vineyard. Bring your own lunch or purchase box lunch for $10. Sign-ups required. Go to info@sustainableramona.com to sign up.

Fri, April 23

Bob and Betsy Macomber. The Complete Sustainable House: Vista Cielo.

Mon, April 26

Carole Wylie Architecture; Steve Wright Builder. Bio-Retention basins for water at commercial restaurant to be purified before going to ocean: Panda Express.

Thu, April 29

Noon:

Corey Permann, Customer Engagement Project, Manager, Clean transportation, SDGE on “SDGE’s Clean Transportation Initiatives” Zoom presentation for community. If interested in participating, send email to SustainableRamona.com for zoom-in information.

In Summary

All of these sustainable projects contribute toward the reduction of greenhouse gases. According to a report by the County of San Diego, in 2014 the top five greenhouse gas contributors in San Diego County were on-road transportation, electricity, solid waste, natural gas, and agriculture. Ramona has contributed toward greenhouse gas reduction in these categories—with more to come.
Earth Day was originally conceived in the late 1960s by then-Sen. Gaylord Nelson of Wisconsin to highlight the Earth’s environment and alert us about pollution. The concept grew as a grass-roots movement and the day was first celebrated on April 22, 1970. It has become a worldwide event commemorated annually on that date.

Help Shape and Prepare for Ramona’s Future

Join Sustainable Ramona Group

Sustainable Ramona, a grass roots group organized to foster sustainability in Ramona, is seeking dedicated volunteer participants to expand the group.

Sustainable Ramona is exploring the benefits to us here in Ramona of curtailing greenhouse gases and the financial opportunities that will accompany these actions going forward. What new business opportunities will evolve? For what new careers can our children train? How will our gardens or farmlands improve? What new ways can we help manage solid waste to reduce landfills? Will the grapes for our wine be improved? Will our electric bills decrease? Will we have fewer power outages? How will we be better prepared for fires and drought? How will electric cars impact Main Street? How can we as a community profit from our vast amounts of sun and wind?

If you’re interested in participating in the Sustainable Ramona group, contact us here.

    Future of Transportation– January 2020 Tony Seba

    The movement towards renewable energy replacing fossil fuels has passed an important milestone. The COST of creating new renewable energy capacity has dropped below the cost of new fossil fuel energy capacity. This means that the conversion to renewable energy is not just an environmental necessity, but it has become an economic inevitability. There is no turning back. This is why Tesla and all of the world’s major auto companies are working so hard to create new electric vehicles to compete for this future market.

    To understand the economic and technological forces that will significantly change our transportation patterns, take an hour to view this presentation by an international consultant to the transportation industry.

    Our Vision

    Ramona to become a leading community in the change to land-and-people-friendly climate  with growing economy and its own micro-grid with power that the community uses and sells.

    Our Mission

    Lead the transition to a sustainable climate in Ramona with a growing economy via education, connections, projects, promotions, advocacy, and ultimately a profitable, independent electricity-producing area (micro-grid).

    Our Goals

    • Advance knowledge through education to address future job needs, home owner opportunities, growing business markets, agricultural changes, water requirements, etc.
    • Reach out to other community, County, and State groups to connect and maximize ongoing activities.

    Our Objectives

    • Plan and promote local Ramona activities that support sustainability through Earth Day 2021 event
    • Create a community garden by end of 2022
    • Offer presentations monthly for each of the key areas: renewable energy, transportation, electrification of buildings, weather explanation, firesafe, water usage, waste management