Plant Sales & Nursery

The OAEC Nursery offers hundreds of varieties of 100% Organic, open-pollinated, heirloom vegetables, flowers and culinary and medicinal herbs, many started from our own seed collection and propagated from plants in our "Mother Garden." Visitors can see mature plants in place in appropriate settings in our gardens and landscapes, and ask the expert OAEC gardeners on hand in the Nursery for water-conserving gardening advice.

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Seasonal Biodiversity Plant Sales

We host three seasonal Plant Sale events, each spanning two back-to-back weekends during peak times for planting annual vegetables, flowers and herbs. These events are celebrations of biodiversity, organic gardening and community, and feature educational opportunities such as tours of OAEC (where you can see plants from our Nursery grown to maturity in our Mother Garden). We also offer a wide selection of perennial food crops, culinary and medicinal herbs and habitat plants.

Perennials Weekends

Our Nursery is open for additional weekends beyond our Seasonal Plant Sale events, so you can peruse our vast inventory of perennial plants throughout the year. We have the widest selection of perennial food crops in the Bay Area for permaculture design applications, as well as rare and unusual medicinal and culinary herbs, Salvias, habitat plants for pollinators, and ornamentals for drought tolerant landscapes.

"The best plant sale on earth." - Michele Anna Jordan

The OAEC Nursery is unique: We have the only California Certified Organic Nursery in the Bay Area within the context of a non-profit education center dedicated to the preservation of biodiversity. Our hand-tended plants are selected to thrive regionally here in the Bay Area, and all have been trialed and savored for years in OAEC's gardens and kitchen. We guarantee the health of our plants and assure a high quality of care from inception to point of sale.

When you buy our annuals and perennials, you are supporting the projects and partnerships of OAEC.


Generally, our pricing is determined by the size of the container. However, some of our rare plants are priced individually.

Six Packs$4.25
Jumbo Six Packs$4.50
2" Pots$2.50
3" Pots$3.00
4" Pots$4.25
1 Gallon Pots$9.25

Nursery Information

Second OAEC driveway
15290 Coleman Valley Road
Occidental, CA 95465

Nursery Phone: (707) 874-9591

Contact & Directions

Bring Us Your Pots!

We'd love to reuse your gallon pots, square 4-inch pots, or square 17-inch flats (no others, please) that are in good condition.

Thanks for bringing them along when you come to the OAEC Nursery!

Other sustainability practices include:

  • The use of EnviroStake, a polypropylene-derived pot tag that is curbside recyclable and biodegradable.
  • A commitment to being 100% California Certified Organic - including our ornamental plants and our potting mixes, amendments and foliar sprays. We are the only 100% Organic nursery in the Bay Area.

Mother Garden Biodiversity Program

Seed Swaps

We give away over 100 pounds of seed each year at the Ecological Farming Conference, Annual Bioneers Conference and Sonoma County Seed Swap.

Onsite Garden

Our 100% Organic demonstration gardens and orchards are living laboratories for OAEC courses, School Garden Teacher Trainings, Garden Volunteer Day and Garden Internships.

School Garden Teacher Training

This residential course supports teachers, garden educators and administrators to create and sustain garden-based ecological literacy programs.