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.
Watershed issues present many opportunities to become involved at various levels and through different periods of time. Some solutions require making different choices as an individual or family, in the home or yard. Other solutions require behavioral changes in neighborhoods, communities or cities, with broad-based impact occurring over many years. To offer a historical context of past and present water issues as well as resources for individuals, communities and policy-makers, the WATER Institute has produced a new publication which aims to increase citizens’ participation in the restoration and protection of watersheds. The publication will also increase hydrological literacy and offer practical options to elected officials who are trying to meet Federal and state mandates on water conservation, stormwater issues and endangered species.
This booklet is intended for all people and organizations interested in conservation issues whether they are new to watershed awareness or are already seasoned watershed policy makers, scientists or activists. It has been written to be used as a tool for individuals to educate themselves and for those working to educate others about the myriad issues facing our watersheds and the steps we can take to preserve them.