Plant Sales & Nursery

The OAEC Nursery offers hundreds of varieties of 100% Organic, open-pollinated, heirloom vegetables, flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs, many started from our own seed collection and propagated from plants in our "Mother Garden." Visitors can see mature plants in place in appropriate settings in our gardens and landscapes, and ask the expert OAEC gardeners on hand in the Nursery for gardening advice.

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Seasonal Biodiversity Plant Sales

We host three seasonal Plant Sale events, each spanning two back-to-back weekends during peak times for planting annual vegetables, flowers and herbs. These events are celebrations of biodiversity, organic gardening and community, and feature live music, a petting zoo and educational opportunities such as tours of OAEC (where you can see plants from our Nursery grown to maturity in our Mother Garden). We also offer a wide selection of perennial food crops, culinary and medicinal herbs and habitat plants.

Perennials Weekends

Our Nursery is open for 16 additional Perennials Weekends beyond our Seasonal Plant Sale events, so you can peruse our vast inventory of perennial plants throughout the year. We boast the widest selection of perennial food crops in the Bay Area for permaculture design applications, as well as many rare and unusual medicinal and culinary herbs, Salvias, habitat plants for pollinators and ornamentals for drought tolerant landscapes.

Plant Sales in Action

The OAEC Nursery is unique:

We have the only California Certified Organic Nursery in the Bay Area within the context of a non-profit education center dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity, and which has a forty-year-old organic demonstration garden onsite. Our hand-tended plants are selected to thrive regionally here in the Bay Area, and all have been trialed and savored for years in OAEC's gardens and kitchen. We guarantee the health of our plants and assure a high quality of care from inception to point of sale.

When you buy our annuals and perennials, you are supporting the projects and partnerships of OAEC.

Prices

Our pricing is determined by the size of the container.

Six Packs$4.00
Jumbo Six Packs$4.50
2" Pots$2.00
3" Pots$3.00
4" Pots$4.00
1 Gallon Pots$8.25

Nursery Information

Second OAEC driveway
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465

Nursery Phone: (707) 874-9591

Contact & Directions

Bring Us Your Pots!

We'd love to reuse your gallon pots, square 4-inch pots, or square 17-inch flats (no others, please) that are in good condition.

Thanks for bringing them along when you come to the OAEC Nursery!


Other sustainability practices include:

  • The use of EnviroStake, a polypropylene-derived pot tag that is curbside recyclable and biodegradable.
  • A commitment to being 100% California Certified Organic - including our ornamental plants and our potting mixes, amendments and foliar sprays. We are the only 100% Organic nursery in the Bay Area.

Mother Garden Biodiversity Program

Seed Swaps

We give away over 100 pounds of seed each year at the Ecological Farming Conference, Annual Bioneers Conference and Sonoma County Seed Swap.

Onsite Garden

Our 100% Organic demonstration gardens and orchards are living laboratories for OAEC courses, School Garden Teacher Trainings, Garden Volunteer Day and Garden Internships.

"Healing Through Food"

In this course taught by Garden Manager Michelle Vesser, we gather in OAEC’s gardens to remember our connection with the Earth, the soil, and the healing ways of the plant world.