Valentine’s Day Raffle Raises Awareness about Addictions with Recycled Rose Petal Mulch Prize

By January 21, 2011Sustainable Landscaping

What do Cupid, a local surfing legend, peak oil, and ecological landscaping have in common? Well, more than anyone in their wildest dreams could have imagined. An unlikely union of local organizations and businesses are collaborating in a one-of-a-kind benefit to help Santa Cruzans heal their addictions while literally showering a bed of roses on the lucky raffle winner.

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On Monday, February 14, 2011 a raffle will be held at noon inside Greenspace in Santa Cruz. Darryl Virostko, three-time Mavericks competition winner, film star and founder of FleaHab, a surfing program for recovering addicts will draw the winning ticket at the store. The prize from Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping is the complete garden bed mulching using reclaimed, food-grade and kosher rose petals created for tea making but narrowly rescued from being sent to the landfill. The raffle proceeds will be donated to Transition Santa Cruz, a local nonprofit dedicated to, among other things, reducing our addiction to fossil fuels. Cupid has never been so socially and environmentally aware.


The raffle tickets for the Valentine’s Day drawing are $3.00 and can be purchased in advance at Greenspace, 1122 Soquel Avenue, Santa Cruz, 831-423-7200 or by calling Ken Foster of Terra Nova at 831-359-5717.

Transition Santa Cruz seeks to be a catalyst for relocalization—the development of local self-reliance in food, energy, transportation, media, systems of care, economy and the arts—through a broadly inclusive community-building process. In response to the challenges of climate change and the decline of inexpensive fossil fuel energy, Transition Santa Cruz proposes that we tap the creative genius of the people of Santa Cruz, to facilitate an intentional transition to a resilient, equitable local economy and community. For more information, contact Michael Levy, 831-427-9916 or visit

Darryl Virostko, AKA Flea, is a recovering meth addict, and runs a program, “FleaHab,” to teach other recovering addicts how to surf. For more information visit

Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping has been designing, building and maintaining ecological landscapes and gardens in harmony with nature for 23 years in Santa Cruz County. Known for innovative practices such as bicycle-powered landscape maintenance, applying Permaculture principles, and using locally brewed Chai grounds for mulch, Terra Nova is recognized as the local leader in ecological landscaping. For more information contact Ken Foster, 831-359-5717


About Ken

In 1967, 10-year-old Ken Foster read The Secret Garden by Frances Burnett. It took him a whole summer to read, but it inspired him to see gardening as a celebration of our coexistence with nature. In 1985, he took on an apprenticeship at the UC Santa Cruz Farm and Garden, and there he discovered his passion. He founded Terra Nova Ecological Landscaping in 1988, and has dedicated his life to caring for the environment and community through sustainable landscaping. He also teaches a permaculture class at Cabrillo College. When he’s not busy with designing, installing, and maintaining ecological landscapes, Ken can be found riding his bike around town, or making mandalas out of salvaged herbs that would otherwise have been sent to the landfill.


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