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.
V-World Farm, a collaboration between Eve Ensler’s V-Day and OAEC, is a cooperative farm and recovery center for victims of sexual violence in the Congo that OAEC helped to develop using permaculture design. The farm, based in V-Day’s successful City of Joy (Bukavu, DRC) is designed to be a sustainable farm to heal the women of the Congo by healing the Earth. It is a place for graduates of the City of Joy and many more women like them to continue their healing process through learning valuable skills in a safe environment. The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center resourced, developed and facilitated a participatory permaculture design process whereby V-Day and the women it supports can realize their own vision and plan for the development of the V-World Farm.