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Solar Living Institute


The Solar Living Institute is an educational nonprofit organization offering instruction in solar training and sustainable practices. Founded in 1998, we have been providing professional solar training and a wide array of sustainability courses for over 15 years. Our courses are taught by experienced practitioners who bring years of real world knowledge to the classroom with a focus on helping students prepare for job opportunities, start businesses, and live more sustainably.
The organic garden was started in May 2003 to create a model for public education by showing a synergistic and pragmatic integration of food, water, landscape, and shelter in ways that are energy efficient and enhance the surrounding environment to create a regenerative and sustainable system.
The farm is irrigated by a solar pump that moves water from a pond to the farm on the facility. Produce is sold seasonally at a farm stand on site. Produce and sales from the produce help feed interns. In 2011, we added a 26′ diameter geodesic dome, donated by Growing Spaces, to facilitate a micro-greens business supplying local organic grocery stores.

Contact Information

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  • Phone: 707-472-2458
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  • Address: P.O. Box 836 , Hopland, MENDOCINO, California 95449, US

CCOF Programs

  • Certification: Crops
    Status: Surrendered
    Date: February 11, 2020
  • Certification: USDA NOP
    Status: Surrendered
    Date: February 11, 2020
  • Certification: Handling
    Status: Surrendered
    Date: February 11, 2020

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