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Dear Friends,

I wish to give an historical context for viewing all the docs and pics in this section. The O's, as known to friends and colleagues, helped spearhead the ecology movement, and continued on the vanguard for almost 40 years.

  • In the mid-sixties both Helga and Bill contributed to University of California, Berkeley Campus, Division of Biological Control (within the Entomology Department).
  • In 1969, they help found The Ecology Center in Berkeley, then the first in the US.
  • In 1971, they organized the West Coast’s first community recycling center, sponsored the Consumer’s Cooperative of Berkeley.
  • In 1973 the O’s became core Faculty at Antioch College/West, teaching in the Ecology and Natural Systems Program.
  • In 1975 they helped to form the Farallones Institute (FI), and develop the Integral Urban House (IUH), chosen in 2006 by Houses Magazine as one of The 25 most important houses in America. Devoted to environmentally sound living strategies, IUH was a groundbreaking design for food production and energy conservation in urban areas.
  • Again, in 1975, the O’s, primarily Helga, penned “The City People’s Guide to Raising Food”
  • During the 1970s and 1980s Helga served on the Board of NCAT, an organization for helping communities adopt technologies that save energy and resources.
  • During the 1980s and 1990s, they created the "Bio Integral Resource Center" in Berkeley. Many years were spent working on and fighting for environmentally sound pest management. During that time they, and colleague Sheila Daar, began two journals, the "IPM Practitioner" and "Common Sense Pest Control Quarterly", and, wrote a bestselling book, "Common Sense Pest Control".
  • In the 1990s the O’s founded, lived and worked at SkyHi Ranch, an agricultural field station and working farm, for the application of sustainable agricultural practices within the constraints of water scarcity and resource limits.

  • MTO video featurette
    1 min 22 sec.

    Meeting the O's video
    13 min 12sec.
    Pam Jones

    Friend & Colleague


    Any former staffers and others who had contact with us who wish to comment on any aspect of the above contact me at: I have a limited amount of time but promise to review each note and will add them to a comment list if and when they are contributed. There were too many people involved with this overall project to list them all individually but any who want to communicate are welcomed. Bill Olkowski