Summertime is garden time!

Here at OMI we believe not only in sleeping organic, but also eating organic!  For most of us here in the office it is a busy time of year because we spend a lot of time outside of work planting our Summer gardens.  There just is nothing better then vine-ripe tomatoes or fresh cucumbers.

Having the priviledge of a family centered around a organic upbringing, the importance of growing the vegetables organically is a no-brainer for me. But not everyone is as lucky.  For those of you who are trying to “organic-fy” your life, here are some tips and facts to help and encourage you towards a healthier lifestyle.

Tip #1:

For the healthiest plants, make sure you have good growing conditions. For most vegetables, that means full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun a day). If you have poor soil, amend it with lots of organic matter, like compost.

Tip #2:

Decide what you want to grow. Determine how much space you have, and then take a sheet of paper and draw a small scale model of your garden plot, and decide where the vegetables will go. Without added chemical fertilizers(like Miracle Grow, which basically gives plants a “steroid” boost when growing) the plants need enough spacing to stretch their roots.  Overcrowding gives you less of a chance for the plant to grow large enough to support the vegetables.

Tips #3:

Look for natural and organic alternatives to chemical fertilizers, such as the use of compost. The use of inorganic fertilizer causes toxic buildup of chemicals in our soil and drinking water.

Tip #4:

Some plants, such as tomatoes, are naturally more susceptible to pest and disease problems than others. To reduce problems, look for disease-resistant varieties of plants. (Disease resistance is usually mentioned in catalog listings, seed packets, and plant tags.)

Tip #5:

After planting your seeds and/or starts water everything thoroughly and keep the seed areas moist until they germinate and start growing. Once that happens you can then start allowing them to dry out a bit between waterings as you usually would do with growing plants.

For more tips and info on growing your organic vegetable garden visit my favorite nursery’s website, Peaceful Valley, HERE where they post weekly demonstration videos and helpful information.


Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.

~ Mother Teresa

Thank you to all of our amazing retailers and family of customers for the amazing feedback and  friendly thoughts on OMI.  Your kindness and loyalty are forever appreciated.

Here are some of the wonderful things people are saying about OMI:

“Known for an obsessive devotion to quality, comfort, and the protection of the environment, OMI.” 

– Maureen Smithe, Walter E. Smithe Furniture, Chicago, IL

“What a nice way to Green the World”

– Edward Olshansky, owner of Green Cradle, CA

“OMI has proven efficacy with the highest quality and most luxurious organic mattresses available, providing incredible comfort for the ‘third of your life’ spent in bed.”

– Zem Joaquin, founder & CEO

“It’s no secret that as new parents we want what’s best for our babies – whether it’s our first or our fifth. Buying organic baby products is a great step towards insuring the health of our children – not only because it’s better for them right now, but because organically grown material is better for the environment as a whole.  OMI is one of the finest examples of this concept.

– Rebecca Hassel, Giggle NY

“We felt it made sense to compliment our sustainable furniture lines with an organic mattress, but wanted to make sure that what we offered was the most authentic mattress on the market.  We have been very happy with the customer response to the OrganicPedic collection.”

– Aaron Resnik, HD Buttercup Division Sales Manager

Modern Living House auction!

We truly loved being able to be a part of the Modern Living Showhouse that was featured at Dwell on Design this year.  The experience was forever memorable and we met so many wonderful people ranging from the EcoFabulous team, to every one of the wonderful companies that were representing products inside the house. Such wonderful people who are striving to get the word out there on sustainability and wonderful eco choices.
This is why we are thrilled to let the OMI community know that the Modern Living House is now up for auction!  You can own your own piece of eco heaven and design bliss!
Modern Living Showhouse - Patio
The house is now being auctioned on until this Friday, July 15th with proceeds benefitting Global Green USA. Please help share the news with your community!
Zem Joaquin and Jonathan Davis have put heart, soul, and ecofabulousness into ever inch of this 520 square foot house.  Functionality and sustainability were the key, but the entire house screams “Design!”.  Modern, sleek, and sexy, the house is truly one of a kind.
Jonathan Davis(pictured with wife Mary Jo) of Davis Studio Architecture & Zem Joaquin founder of EcoFabulous

Check out the pictures below and make sure to visit the eBay auction site before the auction ends on July 15th!



OTA reports U.S. Organic industry valued at $29 billion

The Organic Trade Association (OTA) is the membership-based business association for organic agriculture and products in North America as well as the leading voice for organic trade in the United States, representing over 6,500 organic businesses across 49 states.  They send out newsletters with industry information, announcements and great tips.

Recently they sent out a email newsletter in regards to the rapidly growing Organic Industry.

Here is what they had to say:

“The organic industry grew at a rate of nearly eight percent in 2010, bucking the current trend whereby “flat is the new growth” for many other segments of the economy. Further, some sectors of the organic market enjoyed annual growth of well over 30 percent, the Organic Trade Association (OTA) revealed today in releasing findings from its 2011 Organic Industry Survey. In 2010, the organic industry grew to over $28.6 billion.

“While total U.S. food sales grew by less than one percent in 2010, the organic food industry grew by 7.7 percent,” said Christine Bushway, OTA’s CEO and Executive Director. “Consumers continue to vote with their dollars in favor of the organic choice. These results illustrate the positive contribution organic agriculture and trade make to our economy, and particularly to rural livelihoods,” Bushway said. 

She added, “The good news is that even as the economic recovery crawls forward, the organic industry is thriving – and hiring.”

In 2010, 40 percent of surveyed organic companies reported positive full-time employment growth. Companies with fewer than five employees were least likely to add full-time employees (23 percent). About half of companies with more than 50 employees experienced positive full-time employment growth. What’s more, in 2011, 46 percent of respondents anticipate an increase in employment over 2010 levels. In addition, 50 percent expect employment to remain even, and only five percent foresee a decrease. 

Experiencing the most growth, organic fruits and vegetables, which represent 39.7 percent of total organic food value, and nearly 12 percent of all U.S. fruit and vegetable sales, reached nearly $10.6 billion in 2010, up 11.8 percent from 2009 performance. Organic dairy, the second-largest category, experienced nine percent growth to achieve a value of $3.9 billion, and captured nearly six percent of the total U.S. market for dairy products.

In the organic non-food sector, organic supplements led, with a value of $681 million, representing 7.4 percent growth over 2009 figures. Organic fiber (linen and clothing) totaled a value of $605 million, achieving 16 percent year-over-year growth. Personal care products, at $490 million, increased 6.6 percent from 2009.

If you haven’t already, I suggest checking out the Organic Trade Association website HERE.  They are a leader in all things organic and always have wonderful news and insight into the Organic industry.