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 term “watershed” describes basins, catchments or drainages of varying sizes that convey all surface and groundwater that falls within them and runs through them.Watersheds can be as small as the property you live on or as large as the Mississippi basin, which drains 40% of the North American continent. A watershed is geographically defined by the highest ridgelines, or watershed divides, that encircle it. It is these divides that differentiate it from the adjacent watershed.
It is common for people to focus on a creek or river alone when, in fact, everything that occurs from the ridgeline to the rivermouth makes up the watershed. The movement of water over and through the living ecosystem connects us to one another and to all species living in our Basin of Relation. The quality and quantity of this precious liquid can determine which and how many of each species can sustainably live in each watershed.
The better we understand the relationship between our actions and the watershed we live in, the more likely we are to ensure water security for all species that share a watershed.
The WATER Institute is located in the headwaters of Dutch Bill Watershed, an 11 square mile tributary nested within its larger watershed, the 1480 square mile Russian River basin. Dutch Bill Watershed is the small purple one in the map that flows from Occidental to Monte Rio.