Every seed and plant in our collection has a story.
The Center’s bio-intensive, California Certified Organic “Mother Garden” and orchards allow us to build and model horticultural biodiversity. The Mother Garden Biodiversity Program & Nursery are committed to preserving our plant heritage by curating and propagating thousands of varieties of heirloom, open-pollinated annuals and edible, medicinal and ornamental perennials. Our plant collection emphasizes food crops of special genetic, cultural and historic importance, and allows us to provide fruit, vegetables, herbs, and flowers for thousands of meals prepared onsite each year.
The gardens onsite have a history that outlives OAEC. They have been a source of inspiration and training for thousands of gardeners, farmers and landscapers for over 40 years, first as the Farallones Institute (1974-1990), then as the Center for Seven Generations (1990-1993) and now as OAEC (1994-present). To ensure that all future farming operations are free of synthetic chemicals and in keeping with our California Certified Organic Farmers certification, OAEC and the Sonoma Land Trust signed the United States’ first permanent Organic Agricultural Easement over our gardens and orchards in 1994.
After years of preserving and propagating thousands of varieties for our gardens, the Mother Garden Biodiversity Program began to more widely spread biodiversity through our 100% California Certified Organic, open-pollinated plant Nursery. All our crops have been trialed and savored in our demonstration gardens and kitchen.
We proudly share the wealth of our common plant heritage through Spring, Summer and Fall Plant Sales (each Sale spans two consecutive weekends each season) that focus on annual varieties, as well as Perennials Weekends that focus on ornamental and food crops appropriate for Permaculture Design, including a wide selection of culinary and medicinal herbs.
Over the years, we have fallen in love with countless plants on this site. Come share in their beauty with us! When you buy our annuals and perennials, you are supporting the work of OAEC.