SoCo Seed Swap March 3rd, 2-5pm

Join us at the Sonoma County Seed Swap! For the first time since the beginning of Covid, the Sonoma County Seed Swap will happen on March 3rd, 2024 from 2PM-5PM at the … Read more

20% off at the Nursery Nov 5-6, 12-13

20% off everything!  We’re staying open two more weekends: November 5&6, 12&13 10am – 5pm 15290 Coleman Valley Rd (upper driveway), Occidental CA Don’t miss your last chance to bring … Read more

How is OAEC dealing with the drought?

The old saying “Don’t miss the water ‘till the well runs dry” couldn’t be more apt in this year’s unprecedented drought. Wells and reservoirs are drying up around the county, … Read more

Kent Whealy Memorial Seed Collection

Pictured above: Doug Gosling, Mother Garden Biodiversity Program Director, in the OAEC seed vault with the new Kent Whealy dedication plaque.  It is our great pleasure to announce the dedication … Read more

Take a virtual or in-person garden tour!

  After a long Covid hiatus, on-site tours of the gardens led by real live humans will resume this April! Join us 1st and 3rd Sundays of the month at 1pm, starting at the … Read more

Fall Nursery Sale: Nov 7-8 & 14-15

Fall Nursery Sale November 7-8 & 14-15 Everything 20% Off! Wow, what a season!  From Covid to wildfires, the Mother Garden Nursery has hit more than a few bumps along … Read more

Winter Veggie Starts Available

Winter Gardening Starts Now! This week, the Mother Garden Nursery will begin offering your favorite winter vegetable varieties including chicories, lettuces, brassicas, and herbs, in addition to our fabulous perennials. … Read more

Nursery to Reopen 6/13

The Mother Garden Nursery will re-open for physically distanced shopping June 13 & 14 returning to our normal weekend business hours for the season Sat & Sun 10am – 5pm … Read more

Nursery Open for Take Out!

YES, we are selling plants – take out style!   The Mother Garden Nursery is open for pick up of online pre-orders.  Now more than ever, spending time in the … Read more

Sonoma County Seed Swap – Feb 23rd

Did you know that OAEC hosts three of the biggest seed exchanges in California every year?  Learn more about our seed saving program here.

End of Season Plant Sale – Nov 9-10 & 16-17

Our non-profit nursery is far more than a business – it is a mission-driven project promoting biodiversity as nature’s failsafe strategy for resilience both in our gardens and in the greater world. As … Read more

Winter gardening starts NOW

    As the days are becoming noticeably shorter, the afternoon shadows have become longer and deeper and the quality of light has changed to that gentle golden autumn glow.  We … Read more

Happy Mother’s Day from the Mother Garden!

Sometime in the late ’80s, the gardeners here affectionately started referring to the “Mother Garden” because of her abundant fertility and the fact that she was providing a wealth of … Read more

Nursery Season Opens April 6th!

Happy Spring! We are so thankful for the generous rains that have invigorated our gardens and promise an explosive Spring of extravagant growth and abundance! Our nursery tables are packed … Read more

Seed Swap – February 12th @ Sebastopol Grange

Join OAEC, Community Seed Exchange, Daily Acts and the California Rare Fruit Growers at the Mother Garden Biodiversity Program’s FAVORITE event of the year!  We love sharing seeds, scions and … Read more

OAEC at Bioneers

Join us at the Bioneers Conference – Oct 19th – 20th At the upcoming Bioneers Conference, OAEC’s Program Manager Cooper Freeman will discuss the evolutionary wheat breeding project he is leading … Read more

OAEC Nursery joins Fibershed

The OAEC Nursery is a new member of Fibershed, a consortium of growers, ranchers, artisans, and retailers working to create a culturally, socially, economically and ecologically viable local textile industry. … Read more

Summer crops are here!

Well, the weather has changed from deep winter to summer in just a day, like a light switch turning from off to on, as it always seems to do every … Read more

Nursery Now Open! Fri-Sat-Sun, 10-5

  As you may have heard, the Climate is Changing and so is the OAEC Nursery! > In the interest of long term sustainability of our business, we are moving away … Read more

CCOF cost share program

This year the OAEC nursery and gardens were able to waive 75% of our organic certification fees through the Federal Organic Cost Share program. Why is Cost Share Important? Historically, farm bill … Read more

Fall Plant Sale Aug 19-20 & 26-27

Fall Crops Plant Sale, Art Show & Garden Tours August 19 – 20 & August 26 – 27 Sat & Sun, 10am – 5pm Join us for the Member Preview – August 18th, 4-6pm – … Read more