We foster community through sustainable land stewardship.
Omaha Permaculture is a 501c3 non-profit organization that aims to foster unused or unwanted vacant land to elevate the property's utility and value for the surrounding neighborhood by creating healthy ecosystems through urban agriculture related economic development.
As a board member of the Metro Omaha Food Policy Council in 2013, Gus was involved on the committee that helped the City Planning Department fashion a Seasonal Gardening Agreement for city-owned vacant land in low-income communities.
There were many great organizations working on food equity and community gardening within Omaha led by No More Empty Pots and City Sprouts. However, Gus noticed that there was really no organization working on sustainable land management that reduced mowing maintenance, absorbed more storm water, reduced dumping, provided edible landscapes for people and wildlife, replanted forests and built park benches for the community to enjoy on Omaha’s most forgotten and blighted properties.
With the perfect team assembled as a Board of Directors, Gus decided to approach the City Planning Department as a new non-profit for the 2015 gardening season.
Between March 1st and October 31st, we began working on 9 city-owned lots with ambitious plans of creating edible landscapes throughout North Omaha. While we were definitely able to make some measureable improvements of dumping control and a mowing schedule on all of the lots, we were most successful on three lots where we concentrated most of our planting efforts. This year, we are hitting the ground running with 9 city-owned lots and 2 purchased lots with plans to plant an orchard and a community bench garden.
In December of 2015, Omaha Permaculture was established as a 501c3 non-profit organization.
“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”
— chinese proverb
North Omaha is one of the most severely underserved communities in the country! To combat this adversity, Omaha Permaculture seeks to nourish our neighbors at the most fundamental level with healthy food options and a strong support network.
If you live near one of our permaculture gardens or lots, get involved to receive portions of each harvest. We accept volunteers regardless of skill level. There is a rotation in roles, but we’ll teach you all the skills you need to know. Teenagers 14 years and older can earn community service credits for school in addition to getting produce for their families. Donations are also vital to our growth. We use them for seed, fertilizer, tools, maintenance and outreach.
Volunteers are always welcome! We encourage you to inquire and get involved today.
Looking for interns!