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.
OAEC’s newest policy initiative to localize California’s waters, the Decentralized Water Policy Council (DWPC), is designed to support the commitment and urgency for a change in water regulation rules acknowledged by Californians across disciplines and roles. Initiated by California County Regulators, the Council will increase our ability to reuse and conserve our water in commercial and residential settings.
OAEC is partnering with the California Onsite Wastewater Association to convene the DWPC, a collaboration of multiple stakeholders from around California to update State and County policy. Legalizing right action that allows and encourages people to protect water is one of OAEC’s strategies for change.
Adopting modern and ecological water reuse technologies has the potential to save up to 14 million-acre feet, 35% of current annual water use in California, the equivalent of the water used by all of California’s cities. This reduction in demand for new water would dramatically reduce the amount of energy used and thus also reduces the greenhouse gases (GHGs) emitted by California’s water-energy nexus.
Council members are working together to create an Action Plan with recommendations for policy change at the state, county and municipal level. Working groups are creating chapters on: