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Taste of Place with the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center

Food is an expression of our relationship to place. Truly vibrant food is proof that the more closely we can understand and emulate nature, the more abundant our lives become.

The Occidental Arts and Ecology Center has been on the forefront of the organic agriculture movement and has served as a renowned demonstration farm, non-profit educational retreat center, intentional community and eco-think-tank since the early 1970’s. It was one of the first farms to be certified organic in California, and in 1994, forged the first organic agriculture easement in the US, preserving the land’s status as an organic garden into perpetuity. The legacy lives on today as the Mother Garden continues to feed and inspire activists, biologists, educators and artists seeking innovative and practical approaches to the pressing environmental, cultural and economic crises of our day – all while having fun and eating well!

Since the beginning of the 20th century, over 75% the genetic diversity of our food crops has been lost and continues to be threatened by industrialized agribusiness. OAEC’s Biodiversity Program curates a plant and seed collection of over 3,000 varieties of heirloom, open-pollinated annuals and over 1,000 varieties of edible, medicinal and ornamental, habitat-friendly perennials. Over 40+ years, residents have collected and evaluated thousands of varieties, chosen favorites, planted them again and again, and shared them with others. Sometime in the late ’80s, they started calling the gardens “The Mother Garden,” referring to the abundant fertility and to the fact that the garden was providing a wealth of seeds, plant material and wisdom to other gardens and gardeners and, quite literally, giving birth to daughter gardens.

Join us for a meal to celebrate the work of the Occidental Arts and Ecology Center. Guests will taste and hear stories about the dozens of ingredients in OAEC’s signature salad, be introduced to their award-winning Cookbook, and hear from the community of activists (Doug Gosling, Olivia Rathbone, Adam Wolpert and Brock Dolman) who continue to redefine what sustainability and true kinship with place looks and tastes like!

All proceeds for this dinner will be donated to Occidental Arts and Ecology Center.

Taste of Place Menu

Alexanders Butter, MHB&B Bread
Pure Water

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center Mother Garden Biodiversity Salad
2016 Truett Hurst ‘Bluebird’ Sauvignon Blanc

Celebration of Brassicas
Roman Cabbage, Flowering Broccoli Shoots
2013 Porter Creek ‘George’s Hill’ Estate Chardonnay

Egg and Cardoon
Sprouts, Grains, Vegetable Broth
2015 Preston ‘L Preston’ Syrah Blend

Yogurt, Geranium Sugar, Citrus, Citrus Flowers, Olive Oil
Herbal Live Tisane

Taste of Place is an unforgettable dining experience at SHED that takes inspiration from the terroir and story of each featured producer. Through interviews, conversations, and sensory experiences, we explore the history, traditions, and tastes of our region.



Mar 15, 2018
6:30 PM - 9:00 PM


Healdsburg SHED
25 North Street, Healdsburg, CA, United States

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