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.
The Occidental Arts & Ecology Center is a founding Executive Committee member and fiscal sponsor of a statewide coalition of sustainable and organic agriculture organizations called the California Climate and Agriculture Network (CalCAN). Founded in response to both the threat climate change poses to agriculture and the sustainable farming solutions it can offer, CalCAN is a coalition that advances policies to support California agriculture in the face of the climate crisis.
Both OAEC and CalCAN are committed to building an ecologically, economically, and socially sustainable food and farming system in California.
In California, climate change is expected to cause extreme and unpredictable weather, drier conditions, reduced water resources and increased pest and disease pressures. These potentially profound impacts on the viability of California agriculture require immediate action.
Fortunately, many of the practices developed by the sustainable and organic farming community offer powerful strategies for reducing GHG emissions, sequestering carbon, and making agriculture more resilient to climate change by decreasing reliance on fossil fuels, conserving water, and increasing soil fertility. The benefits go beyond climate protection—sustainable agriculture also offers environmental and health benefits such as clean air and water, increased biodiversity, and enhanced wildlife habitat.
Believing that agriculture can play a constructive role in responding to the climate crisis by reducing its carbon footprint, CalCAN strives to be a voice for the positive contribution agriculture can make on climate protection and adaptation. CalCAN serves as a bridge between agriculture and the environment and cultivates farmer leadership on the issue.
CalCAN is the only organization in the country focused solely on advocating policy solutions at the nexus of climate change and sustainable agriculture in California.