Education Center in Asheville NC

Blue Ridge Mountains

Green Initiatives Fund

green initiatives fund

OM Sanctuary is dedicated to taking a whole systems approach to our operations. We have already partnered with several of the region’s top environmental organizations, including national non-profits such as The Nature Conservancy. In order to put into effect the green initiatives, we are in need of support from the community. We are in the process of compiling a comprehensive list of projects, with estimated costs, for people to contribute to. Your commitment to the environmental sustainability of OM Sanctuary is deeply appreciated.


The Local Nature Conservancy and OM Sanctuary partner to create an Ecological Restoration Strategic Plan

NatureConservancyLogoAs caretakers of a beautiful 54 acre property, OM Sanctuary recognizes the importance of restoring the native plants for the health of all the living things in the region. On June 3, 2014 Rachel Newcomb, OM Sanctuary’s summer intern from William Smith College, Geneva NY, will begin working with Shelli Stanback, OM Sanctuary’s visionary founder and Mike Horak and Adam Warwick from the NC Nature Conservancy, who’s mission is to conserve the lands and waters on which all life depends. The best place to start to bring a healthy balance to your area is to start in your back yard.

Native species are those that occur in the region in which they evolved. Plants evolve over geologic time in response to physical and biotic processes characteristic of a region: the climate, soils, timing of rainfall, drought, and frost; and interactions with the other species inhabiting the local community. Thus native plants possess certain traits that make them uniquely adapted to local conditions, providing a practical and ecologically valuable alternative for landscaping, conservation and restoration projects, and as livestock forage. In addition, native plants can match the finest cultivated plants in beauty, while often surpassing non-natives in ruggedness and resistance to drought, insects and disease.

You can make a difference and impact the future health of the planet by starting your efforts today.