OAEC supports diverse communities to design their own regenerative systems at the regional and local scale.
Our cookbook is a collection of inventive recipes inspired by seasonal eating from our biodiverse Mother Garden, orchards and Wildlands Preserve.
Experience the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center through a video tour and beautiful photographs of our Guest Houses, Meeting Room, Bathhouse, Kitchen & Dining Room, Mother Garden and more.
New in 2017: Now open every weekend April-October, Saturdays & Sundays from 10am-5pm! Our nursery specializes in open-pollinated perennials including edible landscaping plants, rare and endangered food crops, drought tolerant ornamentals and habitat plants. Join us for our three special Plant Sale Events focused on annual plants for starting your seasonal vegetable gardens.
OAEC offers the longest consistently running two-week Permaculture Design Certification course in the West. Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem.
Our School Garden Teacher Training supports schools to integrate the school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
Marley is a plant geek, artist, and tracker with an overactive imagination. He longs for the reintegration of art with science and words with images; a synthesis that he develops in his journaling. He is passionate about learning, teaching, and fine-tuning awareness in nature. Few realms are untouched by his rampant curiosity and he is always ready to philosophize about the plant human interface, stone-age skills, artificial intelligence, or animal scat. He laments the overspecialization in today’s world and believes that a holistic perspective and a diversity of skill sets is necessary now more than ever. On an average Sunday you might find him drawing bobcat tracks at Bodega Dunes in the morning and dancing salsa in Santa Rosa in the evening.
On Staff Since: 2014 Phone: 707-874-9591
Working alongside Dougo and Ryath I help maintain and distribute the immense diversity of multipurpose and rare plants that end up in countless gardens around the region.
I grew up catching lizards, climbing mango trees, and hunting crawdads. In my free time I read both Tolkien and Mollison while illustrating my own field guides of invented dinosaurs and idealized aquaculture systems with domesticated crocodilians. The formal study of cultural anthropology and agroecology at UC Santa Cruz played an important role later in my life. More recently, the study of primitive skills, tracking, scientific illustration, and nature journaling have shaped my worldview.
The plants I propagate at the nursery end up in many hundreds of gardens where they feed people’s bodies and minds. These many green entities are ripples of influence in our region.
I am passionate about nature and culture and obsessed with developing an ever-evolving synthesis between the two.
My favorite resiliency resource is nature journaling, it connects me to beauty and meaning, stimulates me, and accelerates my learning. Nature journal club facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/groups/naturejournalclub
To travel the planet creating books that hybridize elements of a travel journal, a field guide, and a graphic novel into a compelling whole. These visual-verbal narratives would document my experience of the cultural and environmental beauty and conflict of our times enmeshed in mythological archetypes.
Leonardo Da Vinci hybridized with Richard Evans Schultes and Joseph Campbell.
The Amazon rainforest at sunset.