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.
SOIL (Sustainable Organic Integrated Livelihoods) is a nonprofit organization based in Haiti that works to transform human waste into a resource by providing ecological sanitation and jobs for underserved communities lacking proper infrastructure. OAEC trained several SOIL staff members in a PDC at the International Permaculture Convergence (IPC11) in Cuba, and facilitated a collective permaculture design process with the SOIL staff in 2014 to design the SOIL ecology center and offices in the North of Haiti.
Check out our Permaculture blog posts for our stories from Haiti!
Through Resilient Community Design, the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center’s permaculture-based collaboration with SOIL is supporting Haiti to transform human waste into resources. SOIL’s project of community-based composting toilets not only improves public health through water quality improvement and disease reduction, but also increases local economic sustainability through job creation and a valuable product — nutrient-rich soil.
Resilient Community Design is a facilitated process that builds the capacity of place-based communities to thrive by adapting to changed and changing ecological and social conditions overtime. It enables groups to better address their social, cultural, ecological and economic needs by deepen ecological understanding of their place, strengthen practices of self-governance through collaborative decision-making, and increasing social cohesion and personal welfare through collective work.
For more information on OAEC’s on-site Ecological Sanitation work right here at home: