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.
Forces of Nature is a statewide effort to increase the leadership roles of women to improve the health and well-being of all Californians through just and sustainable agriculture policies.
The goal of the Forces of Nature: Advocacy Skills Training for Women Farmers & Ranchers in California is to provide leadership training to women farmers and ranchers in California and increase their engagement in regenerative agriculture policy advocacy at the state and local levels.
Overnight visitors to OAEC sleep in beautiful guest accommodations overlooking our gardens. Alternately, you are welcome to camp in our Wildlands Preserve. Our accommodations are clean, lovely and spacious, with easy access to modern bathroom facilities. You will enjoy three delicious, organic, hearty vegetarian meals a day, with produce sourced from our gardens and orchards or from local farms.
The workshop, including meals and overnight accommodations at OAEC, is grant-funded and free to attend. As a gesture of commitment, a $100 application deposit is required to reserve your space which will be refunded to you upon arrival or if you are not accepted into the program.
This meeting is for a select group of women leaders in agriculture who are actively farming or ranching in California. Priority registration will be given to women of color and women farmers and ranchers from under-represented parts of the state (non-coastal districts.) We aspire to gather a politically strategic cross-section of the agricultural community at this meeting.
If you are a women actively farming or ranching in California and are interested in attending this Advocacy Skills Training, please fill out the application form and place your deposit. Facilitator Kendall Dunnigan will get back to you during the week of October 1st to confirm eligibility and space availability. Please contact her if you have any questions firstname.lastname@example.org.
This collaborative training is sponsored by CalCAN, Threshold Foundation, and Occidental Arts & Ecology Center.
• Advocacy Skills Training – Boost advocacy skills for women passionate about regenerative ranching and farming to amplify their leadership in their districts to move forward just and responsive policy (power mapping, talking to policy makers, talking to the media)
• Personal Agency – Enhance strategic thinking to enable advocates to optimize their strength, passion, time, and resources toward effective change making.
• Networking and Mentoring – Provide a relaxed, inspiring environment for participants to weave new stories about women’s leadership in regenerative agriculture and ranching; share experiences, skills, and leadership opportunities.
For questions regarding course content and eligibility, please contact Kendall Dunnigan email@example.com.
For general questions regarding OAEC or for technical help with the application process, please contact the main OAEC office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (707)874-1557 x101.