Occidental Arts and Ecology Center, Occidental

#45 of 60 in Parks in Sonoma County
There isn't one solution to the problems of our time. OAEC has a myriad of programs and strategic partnerships created to build more resilient communities in the face of today's socioeconomic and ecological issues.

OAEC is located in western Sonoma County on 80 acres that encompass wildlands of meadows and mixed oak, fir and redwood forests. The Center’s bio-intensive organic gardens and orchards have been a source of inspiration and training for thousands of Permaculturalists, gardeners, farmers and landscapers for over 35 years, first as the Farallones Institute (1974-1990), the Center for Seven Generations (1990-1993), and since 1994 as OAEC.

In a typical year, the Center receives over 3,000 visitors for our courses, volunteer days and site tours. Thousands more benefit from our organizing campaigns, public presentations, heirloom seed swaps, and consulting services.
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  • Occidental Arts and Ecology Center (OAEC) is built around the famous Farallon's Institute organic garden, first built in the 60's. OAEC is a conference center offering a variety of interesting seminar...  more »
  • This is not a place that you drop by. It's a community (roughly eight families) living together, committed to doing so in a sustainable manner and encouraging others to do the same. I was there for a ...  more »
  • We asked for a specific plant. He told us they were still in the nursery and got them for us. The selection is amazing and the plants are so healthy.
  • Wonderful selection of unusual plants including edible varieties and herbs, knowledgeable, friendly staff. All organic! Available varieties vary with the season. I was surprised to learn that they do not sell seed, only nursery plants, but they had such a great variety that I didn't mind. Bring an empty trunk! Finally, do mind the unusual hours. Only open seasonally Fri-Sat-Sun as of April 2018 (check their website to be sure.)

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