I toured the amazing Occidental Arts & Ecology Center recently. The constant rain and drizzle that day couldn't dampen the beauty and amazing energy of the grounds. 80 acres of the most amazing gardens, orchards and wild growth. The property has changed hands a number of times over the years, but in 1994, with long-term stewardship of this land in mind, Sowing Circle, the Sonoma Land Trust and the Warsh-Mott Legacy (the previous landowner) collaborated to author and endow an Organic Agricultural Easement to protect in perpetuity the organic gardens and orchards from any development or any use of chemical fertilizers and pesticides.
I learned just enough about Permaculture Design to pique my interest and leave me wanting more.
Michelle Vesser, OAEC’s Assistant Gardener and Production Manager, on her third stint here at the gardens.
Thanks again to Brock Dohlman, with the carrots, for hooking me up!