What do we love the most about living in California? You can drive two hours in any direction and find a fun and interesting way to spend your day. So, that's just what we did. The OAEC (Occidental Arts and Ecology Center) was founded in 1994 by a group of biologists, horticulturists, educators, activists, and artists. We always wanted to know this organization better so we attended one of their garden tours.
The OAEC is nestled in the countryside of Sonoma country west of Sebastopol. It's a lovely drive. There's a "core area" where most of the tours (and other activities) get started. There is vegetation everywhere. Most buildings are hidden by plants! It reminded us of the Hobbit town in Lord of the Rings.
There are so many beautiful things to see at the OAEC... we highly recommend taking the tour. It's a very casual environment, so be sure to expect all sorts of other information about the OAEC. Like what, you ask? How about their School Garden Program.
The School Garden Program was started in 1997 and has trained over 350 teachers in 100 schools on how to educate children about ecology and healthy eating habits. Cool!
And they have goats! And chickens!
To learn more about the OAEC, visit their website.