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Omega Institute What Is Permaculture, Anyway?
As a term "permaculture" was coined in the late 1970s by Australians Bill Mollison and David Holmgren, originally as a combination of the words "permanent" and "agriculture." The meaning has since expanded to encompass more conceptually, incorporating social aspects of sustainability, so that today permaculture is generally accepted to be the melding of "permanent" and "culture."  Permanent doesn’t mean unchanging or static, rather it means permanent in the sense of those principles and natural patterns that are resilient, persevering over time. More
Omega Institute OWLC Passive Housing
In the spring of 2011, Omega Institute completed construction on a passive house addition to the main office building to house the Omega Women's Leadership Center (OWLC).  More
Omega Institute Grow Your Own Food by Eric Toensmeier
Omega: For someone who is new to growing their own food, even if it’s on a fire escape in a city apartment, how do you suggest they get started, in the best, easiest way? More
Writer T.S. Eliot famously stated, “April is the cruelest month,” in the opening of his opus poem “The Waste Land.” For devotees of local food, April might be cruel, but February and March can feel downright brutal, especially if you reside in one of the colder climates. Compared to the local food bounty in May through October, the winter months tend to stretch our reserves, as well as our creativity, for maintaining a strict, or even inspired, local diet. More
Omega Institute Show Your Love With More Sustainable Valentines
Valentine’s Day can evoke a range of emotions for people, depending on your relationships status and how you like to celebrate. It’s also a day that can have a big impact on the environment. Many typical ways to show affection like chocolates, flowers, or a night out on the town may not align with your eco-values. More
Omega Institute 3 Biggest Ways to Reduce Your Environmental Impact
If you’re interested in lessening your environmental impact and trying to live more sustainably, knowing where to begin can feel overwhelming. Over the past several years countless lists of green steps to take and green product comparisions have been published. All of those steps and comparisons are great, but there's a way to simplify your approach by focusing on just three items: electricity, diet, and transportation.  1. Electricity More
Omega Institute Embrace Winter & Connect With Nature
Outside of the tropics, winter is a time of rest. It's a time when much of the natural world begins to turn inward and withdraw into itself. Everything slows down, insulates itself, reacting and responding to the colder temperatures—including us humans. More
Omega Insitute Print or Digital: It All Has Environmental Impact
For many people an increasing amount of media consumption has become digitized, whether listening to music, watching a movie, or reading the news or a book. It’s part of what’s been dubbed the dematerialization of culture, and has been touted as the future, an important step in creating a more ecologically aware and sustainable world.  More
Omega Institute Blue Zone Secrets to Living Longer & Happier
In the search for a long, healthy life, we come across many creams, tonics, and workout classes promising to keep us toned and feeling good. Some say it’s just a matter of good genes, yet more studies suggest that only about 25 percent of how long we live is actually determined by our DNA. More
Omega Institute Winter Sauerkraut by Eric Steinman
Bringing Life to Your Cabbage
Most people are not prone to excitement about sauerkraut. But if you are among those that have overlooked sauerkraut, you have been missing the simplicity, as well as nutritious bounty, of possibly the best culinary use of cabbage there is. More