An Ecosystem Approach to Neighborhood Management

Omaha's 1st Edible Food Forest

3362 Patrick Avenue located in North Omaha prior to being purchased by Omaha Permaculture.

3362 Patrick Avenue located in North Omaha prior to being purchased by Omaha Permaculture.

Volunteers from sponsor Johnson Controls helping to plant Omaha's first edible food forest!

Volunteers from sponsor Johnson Controls helping to plant Omaha's first edible food forest!

Volunteers!

Volunteers!

Accomplishments:

- purchased unused land

- removed debris & litter

- full food production in 2-3 years at a perennial basis & self sustainable

- still planting annual vegetable gardens & managing the forest


Managing 7 vacant properties for the City of Omaha Planning Department in low income communities

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Omaha Permaculture volunteers found a skink on one of the properties!

Omaha Permaculture volunteers found a skink on one of the properties!

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Northern Prairie Skink.

Northern Prairie Skink.

accomplishments:

- removed debris & litter

- HOSTING VOLUNTEER DAYS FOR CLEAN-UP, GARDENING, LAND STEWARDSHIP & EDUCATIONAL PURPOSES

- Bio Blitz Days to document all the living species on the properties as a metric for future years as we change the soil health & biodiversity

- Tilled & gardening 4 properties with high visibility 


Goals for the additional 3 vacant properties:

- Continue to find Community Partners (ie. school, church, NGO) to volunteer on the properties

- Plant a bio retention garden

- Plant edible food forests

- DEVELOP EDUCATIONAL CURRICULUM & summer internships WITH AP BIOLOGY, ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE & ARTS WITH HIGH SCHOOLs (ie. north hs, central hs, bryan hs)


Fundraising Projects

Bellevue's Mason Park

- Building a bio retention garden at Mason Park in Bellevue.

- project leader:  senator carol blood

- LANDSCAPE ARCHITECTS:  BIG MUDDY WORKSHOP

- educational community partners:  bellevue east high schoolbellevue garden club, green bellevue, and nebraska statewide arboretum

Fundraising Goal: $100,000

$12,000 raised

- $10k Nebraska Statewide Arboretum

- $1k private donor

- $1k grant pending

media

 - mason park soon to see 'permaculture' improvements (omaha world herald)

- city council considering facelift for mason park (bellevue leader)

- Bellevue's Mason Park could be getting make-over (KETV) 

- BELLEVUE'S MASON PARK COULD BE GETTING MAKE-OVER (KETV INTERVIEW) 


Malcolm X Memorial Foundation Birthsite Geo-thermal Greenhouse

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation - aerial 

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation - aerial 

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation future geothermal greenhouse location.   

Malcolm X Memorial Foundation future geothermal greenhouse location. 

 

- Build a geo-thermal greenhouse at the Malcolm X Memorial Foundation BirthSite.

fundraising Goal: $35,000

- greenhouse structure has been purchased and is in storage.

- need funding for installation.