CCOF cost share program

This year the OAEC nursery and gardens were able to waive 75% of our organic certification fees through the Federal Organic Cost Share program. Why is Cost Share Important? Historically, farm bill funding has not been as generous to organic producers as it has for conventional. Cost share is one of the few programs offered specifically to support […]

Wheat Breeding Experiment for Climate Adaptation

What will the climate be like 20 years from now?   How can we breed food crops that will thrive and adapt to change?    With an increasingly unstable climate and a continued collapse of agricultural biodiversity, OAEC is mixing and planting together over 2,000 varieties of bread wheat from all over the world, in […]

Fall Plant Sale Aug 19-20 & 26-27

Fall Crops Plant Sale, Art Show & Garden Tours August 19 – 20 & August 26 – 27 Sat & Sun, 10am – 5pm Join us for the Member Preview – August 18th, 4-6pm – a small, intimate opportunity to mingle with staff and avoid the plant sale crowds.  Get first pick of our selection by donating $50 annually to OAEC and receive a […]

Time for Spring planting!

April is coming!  Join us at the OAEC Nursery! Spring Crops Plant Sale Event April 1-2 & April 8-9, 10am-5pm Friends of the Nursery* preview March 31, 4-6pm Summer Crops Plant Sale Event April 22-23 & April 29-30, 10am-5pm Friends of the Nursery* preview April 21, 4-6pm Tours on Sundays (April 2, 9, 23 & 30) at 1pm. See […]

Seed Swap in Sebastopol, Feb 16, 2017

Join us for our favorite Seed Swap!  Meet neighbors and fellow gardeners at the Grange in Sebastopol on Thursday evening, Feb 16th at 7pm to share seeds, scions and stories. Bring seeds to share or just show up!

AB1810 Non-commercial seed sharing protected

  A victory for seed sovereignty:  AB 1810 passes with help from OAEC OAEC’s Dave Henson and Cooper Freeman along with a group of partner organizations – Sustainable Economies Law Center, California Alliance with Family Farmers, Pesticide Action Network, California Climate Action Network, Slow Food CA, and the California Guild – have succeeded in exempting from […]

Seed Swappin’

One of the goals of our Mother Garden Biodiversity & Nursery program is to conserve agricultural biodiversity and share it with the broader public through seed saving and Plant Sales. At the seed exchanges we host each year (such as at the Ecological Farming Conference or the Sebastopol Grange), OAEC gives away over 100 pounds of seed and […]

Former School Garden Program Director to Teach 2016 Teacher Trainings

We’re thrilled to announce that OAEC’s former School Gardens Program Director Tina Poles will be leading our two flagship School Garden Teacher Trainings this year. Tina has been working in the school garden movement since 1984. As the Director of the School Garden Program at OAEC (now called the Resilient Schools Program), she was able to […]

OAEC Daughter Garden for People Living with HIV/AIDS

What if a food bank distributed not just canned and donated goods, but fresh, organic produce grown right onsite? The Food For Thought (FFT) Food Bank in Forestville, one of OAEC’s Strategic Partners, is doing just that. Their robust one-acre garden—which OAEC Mother Garden Program Director Doug Gosling helped to develop in 1999 and still […]