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 beautiful slideshows of our Guest Houses, Meeting Hall, Kitchen, Garden, Wildlands and more.
Our 100% Certified Organic plant nursery specializes in open-pollinated perennials including edible landscaping plants, rare and endangered food crops, drought tolerant ornamentals and habitat plants - all tested in our onsite gardens and appropriate for our bioregion.
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.
With support from CalFIRE through CFIP (the California Forest Improvement Program), OAEC worked closely with Harold Appleton, a Registered Professional Forester, to create a comprehensive Wildlands Preserve stewardship plan. The plan outlines our strategies for “mending the wild,” as we dedicate ourselves to repairing a damaged ecosystem out of balance, and strive towards the vision of “tending the wild” — with humans returning to their role as regenerative disturbers of an ecosystem that supports life.
Two versions of the plan are available online:
Since 2007, the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria (FIGR) and OAEC have collaborated to explore principles of ecology, traditional ecological knowledge, and native flora and fauna in our Wildlands Preserve with the goal of becoming better practitioners of cultural regeneration and biological restoration. Over the past years, OAEC has supported FIGR in their work to develop plans for Tolay Regional Park, an 1,800-acre site that is one of the most sacred places in the Tribe’s ancestral lands, and has facilitated tribal citizens in designing a new community organic garden using Resilient Community Design. OAEC has also hosted FIGR’s family camp as well as organic gardening and nutrition classes here on the land.
Students at Sonoma State University participate in a Sustainable Forestry Internship hosted by OAEC, gaining practical hands-on skills and applied learning, while stewarding the forests of OAEC.
OAEC hosts youth workers from SYEC to tend our 70-acre Wildlands Preserve. SYEC is a jobs, workforce training and ecoliteracy education program aimed at employing young at-risk adults while teaching them about environmental stewardship.
OAEC collaborated with the Cultural Conservancy’s Guardian of the Water’s project, which provides Native youth access to indigenous watercraft traditions, cultural healing, multi-media explorations, and creative modalities of self-expression.
OAEC partnered with Sonoma State University and the Coastal Prairie Working Group as one of the demonstration sites for the management of Holcus lanatus in Coastal Prairie.
Wildlands core staff Brock Dolman serves on the board of Sonoma Mountain Institute, whose mission is to preserve land for natural, scenic, agricultural, cultural, educational, and scientific purposes.
Brock Dolman serves on the advisory board of the Natural Resource Management department at the Santa Rosa Junior College, supporting curriculum development and program design for the department.
As part of a demonstration of how to manage land to be more resilient to wildfire, OAEC created a shaded fuel break demonstration in collaboration with the West County Fire Safe Council (now the Sonoma County Fire Safe Council).
NRCS offers a cost-share program to landowners interested in restoring habitat. OAEC has partnered with NRCS to enhance habitat and native plant biodiversity.