Eco-Road Trip – Bee Oasis

The Bee Oasis – Summary:

  • Who: Don Titmus
  • What: Visited the Bee Oasis urban permaculture homestead
  • When: Thursday, April 5
  • Where: Mesa, AZ

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My Travel Story:

After saying goodbye to my mom until I returned to Texas, I left Mountain Shadows golf resort in Scottsdale, and headed south to The Bee Oasis, a 1/4 acre, urban permaculture homestead in Mesa, Arizona, owned by Don Titmus, a British transplant, and his daughter Lily.

“It include about 500 sq ft of organic veggie gardens, chickens, rainwater harvesting, composting, an edible/functional landscape and much more as a sustainable model in the PC community. Don’s homesite is a teaching space; he has tours, classes and workshops. It is a great place to experience an alternative life. Don also has a Xeriscape Garden Maintenance business, and is also a Conscious Dance DJ.” – Bee Oasis FIC Profile

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Eco-Road Trip – Easter Sunday at Sunburst Sanctuary

Easter Sunday at Sunburst Sanctuary – Summary:

  • Who: Emily Wirtz
  • What: Attended Easter Sunday service and hiked the property at Sunburst Sanctuary
  • When: Sunday, April 1
  • Where: Lompoc, CA

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Following the day I initially spent driving from Fresno to Santa Barbra, I went to my planned destination at Sunburst Sanctuary for their Easter Sunday service.

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Eco-Road Trip – Berkeley’s Ecology Center & Gardens

Berkeley’s Ecology Center, EcoHouse & Community Gardens – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Visited the community gardens near the Ecohouse; Stopped at the Ecology Center
  • When: Friday, March 30
  • Where: Berkeley, CA

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My Travel Story:

After leaving the Ecovillage Farm Learning Center, I made my way to the heart of Berkeley, CA, to see some local community gardens and the Ecology Center.

My first stop was the EcoHouse, a demonstration home and garden located in a North Berkeley residential neighborhood. Because the house is a private residency, I was unable to tour it.

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Eco-Road Trip – University of California, Davis & Town Trip

University of California, Davis & Town Trip – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Toured the campus gardens at UC Davis; Went to downtown Davis for dinner and walked around the common areas
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Where: Davis, CA

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After the tour of Muir Commons Community, I went to the University of California, Davis to check out some of its on-campus sustainability features – like the arboretum, gardens, and onsite agricultural programs.

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Eco-Road Trip – Luther Burbank’s Experimental Farm

Luther Burbank’s Experimental Farm – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Explored Luther Burbank’s Experimental Farm
  • When: Thursday, March 29
  • Where: Sebastopol, CA

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My last day in Sonoma County, I made my final stop in that area but the first for the day at Luther Burbank’s Gold Ridge Experimental Farm in Sebastopol, CA.

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Eco-Road Trip – Occidental Arts & Ecology Center

Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC) – Summary:

  • Who: N/A
  • What: Visited OAEC, worked in the plant nursery and ate with the volunteers
  • When: Wednesday, March 28
  • Where: Occidental, CA

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My Travel Story:

My day started off by heading over to the Occidental Arts & Ecology Center (OAEC), an 80-acre research, demonstration, education, advocacy and community-organizing center in West Sonoma County, California that develops strategies for regional-scale community resilience and the restoration of biological and cultural diversity.

I managed to schedule my visit on one of OAEC’s work volunteer days, which is how I got to visit OAEC for free – by helping label plants in the nursery for an upcoming sale to the public.

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