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.
2018 Dates: March 17 – March 30; July 14-27; September 22 – October 5. Our three seasonal Permaculture Design Certification courses will empower you to DIY and TIY—"Think It Yourself." Immerse yourself in information, ideas and inspiration on how to design sustainable, regenerative systems in balance with your home ecosystem. OAEC, an ecological demonstration site and intentional community for over 20 years, offers the longest consistently running Permaculture Design Certification course in the West.
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.
OAEC’s School Garden Teacher Training supports your school in creating and sustaining garden-based ecological literacy programs and helps you build a strong cohort of colleagues. Our residential training is for individuals or teams of teachers, garden educators, administrators and core parent volunteers.