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.
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.
Our School Garden Teacher Training supports schools to integrate the school garden into multiple subject areas using place-based, experiential learning.
NWP is a public 7-12 grade school in northwest Santa Rosa with a diverse student body and innovative trans-disciplinary project based learning approach. All courses revolve around a chosen inquiry theme such as water, immigration, elections, etc. This year’s inquiry on homelessness and hunger has inspired a redesign of the campus to serve as free food hub. In collaboration with OAEC, students have designed and are installing a perennial food forest in the front of the school. The food forest is the basis for the ongoing Seed to Table course in which students learn to grow and cook food as well as harvest extra for donation to local shelters. The school covers 8-acres and is home to five different educational programs including pre-school, special ed, elementary and high school. OAEC’s Permaculture Design Course participants help design specific campus areas for the on-site NWP student groups who install them. Learn more about our Resilient Schools Program>