Winter Squash Equals Goat Milk, Eggs, and Soil Building

Winter Squash Equals GOAT MILK! and Eggs, and Soil Building @ Quail Springs by Jan Smith, Quail Springs Farm Adviser Our 14 goats browse 450 acres in southern California @ Quail Springs Farm, clearing brush, foraging on a wide variety of high desert shrubs and trees for about 4-5 hours a day. In addition to that the dairy ... Read More

Instructor Bios – PDC for International Development 2015

    PERMACULTURE DESIGN COURSE FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT, MAY 30 - JUNE 13, 2015 To return to PDC for International Development course details, click here INSTRUCTOR BIOS   Warren Brush   Lead Instructor Casitas Valley Farm, Co-founder True Nature Design, Director / Founder Quail Springs Permaculture, Co-founder Warren Brush is a certified Permaculture designer and teacher as well as a mentor and storyteller. He has worked for ... Read More

Natural Building and Permaculture in Kenya

Sharing from Sasha Rabin February 25, 2015 January found several of our Quail Springs team in East Africa teaching natural building and permaculture courses.  Collaborating for several years with the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya (PRI-Kenya), Warren Brush has been teaching Permaculture Design Courses (PDC), a training for permaculture teachers, and most recently, a Permaculture Design Consultancy ... Read More

Wilderness Awareness School’s ANAKE annual visit to Quail Springs

by Merilee Bradford Quail Springs Onsite Program Coordinator, and Permaculture Farmer The Wilderness Awareness School is a 8 shields based school in the Northwest that focuses on connecting people to the natural world, community and self through a variety of programs for all ages.  For many years now the Wilderness Awareness’s adult program, called The Anake Outdoor ... Read More

Cuyama Valley Residents Plan for the Future

Quail Springs' Jan Smith and Brenton Kelly are proud to be involved with the core working group that is helping to launch the newly formed Cuyama Valley Community Association, conceived in order "to build community among the residents of the Cuyama Valley, serve as a forum for discussing critical community issues, and advocate for the ... Read More

Healing Land and Creating Beauty

Jodi Levine of Earthroots Field School  "We chose to work with Craig based on his excellent reputation. He uses permaculture principles to heal erosion and return landscapes to their natural patterns. On our project at Big Oak Canyon, he will be removing a broken culvert and placing rocks to recreate a seasonal wetland habitat. This area ... Read More

Interview with Craig Sponholtz Watershed Artisan

September 2014 What originally inspired you to become a Watershed Artisan? And what continues to inspire you as a renowned Watershed Artisan who has done international restoration work?  I didn't originally set out to be an artisan in the field of land restoration.  First I was simply drawn in by the need to heal the degraded land I ... Read More

Permaculture, Innovation & Black Sheep

By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery Over the past few years, I have had the honor of being able to teach at least eight permaculture courses a year at home and all over the world.  These learning and sharing journeys have weaved my story with others from places in ... Read More

Cuyama to Kenya: Interweaving Permaculture & International Development

Zeya Schindler zeyaschindler@gmail.com On a spring day in 2011 I sealed a thick envelope containing my freshly printed master’s dissertation and dropped it in a mailbox, bound for the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice in Oxford, England. The title of the paper was “Designing for Disaster: Evaluating the Potential for Permaculture Design in Development and Emergency ... Read More

Quail Springs Circle of Support

Thank you one and all!   Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all who have given of themselves to sustain Quail Springs.   Below we’ve listed names of in-kind supporters and financial supporters for 2012 and 2013.  This is a partial and growing list.  It is impossible to keep up with the outpouring of support! ... Read More

Warmth, Light and Good Cooking

Reducing Fossil Fuel Dependence with Renewable Energy A fruitful year has taken us a few steps further toward a sustainable human settlement. With our new rocket stove in the commons providing both space heating and cooking, we're reducing dependence on fossil fuels, particularly propane cooking. A small insulated 'hay box' is included in the heated bench for finishing ... Read More

Hand-Made Shoes with Full Hearts

      In late October, we gathered for a full and magical weekend of story, craft and remembering, as nine students poured their hands and hearts into a two-day intensive of old-time shoe-making. Even the freshest hands, most of which were new to moccasin making, fully dove into the detailed work with inspiration and creativity. I was inspired by how the students ... Read More

Permaculture Movement Cross-Pollinators

Our Gratitude to Margie Bushman & Wes Roe   I'd like to express our deep gratitude for Margie Bushman and Wes Roe, co-founders of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. This dedicated permaculture duo have been midwives and caretakers of the local and international Permaculture Movement for over three decades now. We sincerely appreciate Margie joining Quail Springs' ... Read More

Garlic Planting Time with Permaculture Design Course Students

  It's garlic planting time at Quail Springs! Forty students from our annual fall Hands-On Permaculture Design Course are making a big job into a fun afternoon's work. There is a slight coolness in the air, a high-desert blue sky overhead, and dappled light filtering through the leaves of young trees. We're preparing the seed garlic, sorting it for size, ... Read More

Women’s Reclamation and Renewal Spring Retreat

April 23-26, 2015 You are invited to embrace the most GRAND version of you on our one time extended weekend retreat. Jesssica Sieber Grasso and Sharon Tollefson have been guiding women to explore a  journey of transformation in a wilderness context for over 15 years.  Guided group practices and solo experiences are intended to offer opportunities ... Read More

Call to Support the Work of Quail Springs

Quail Springs Annual Giving Campaign: November 2014 through January 2015 Dear Friends of Quail Springs, As the new Executive Director of Quail Springs I am in a very unique position. It is my privilege to reflect with the Quail Springs community, not only upon our organization's first 10-years of evolution, but also to project ahead to the next decade ... Read More

Permaculture Design Course in Tanzania

January 25 - February 5, 2015 Come Join Us in Beautiful Tanzania For a Life Changing Trip and Permaculture Design Course! Following the success of our previous PDCs in 2012, 2013 and 2014 foodwatershelter(fws) is pleased to offer you the chance to join us in Arusha for this wonderful learning opportunity led by teaching team Janet Maro of ... Read More

Earthworks for Resiliency, with Warren Brush at Casitas Valley Farm

Earthworks for Resiliency - Land Restoration, Water Harvesting, and Biological Stability December 3-7, 2014 Join International teacher and Broad Acre Consultant, Warren Brush, for this intensive five-day learning journey where you will get the opportunity to experience broad acre water harvesting surveying, design, and construction of well proven Earth-Working Technologies for land restoration, drought proofing, and regenerative systems ... Read More

Holiday Handcrafting Weekend Workshop

December 13 & 14, 2014 A Wild Series Workshop in Earth-Based Crafts and Skills Instructors: Natalie Bartlett, Melissa Clark, Edith Maurno, Chloe Rose Join us for a fun and cozy weekend of making beautiful handmade holiday gifts! In this two-day class, students will have the opportunity to learn a variety of small crafts under the mentorship of several ... Read More

Introduction to Cob & Natural Building Workshop

April 4-10, 2015
 With Sasha Rabin, Betty Seaman, & Paul Swenson Cob building combines clay sediment, sand, fiber, and water, and is hand sculpted to form walls, benches, ovens, and fireplaces. Cob building makes use of readily available, affordable, non-toxic materials to build beautiful, organic structures. The course is appropriate for both first-time builders and for professionals in ... Read More

Is the world a better place because of Quail Springs?

November 2013 through January 2014:  Quail Springs Year-End Campaign Dear Friends, After nearly nine beautiful, and sometimes challenging, years of growing our lives and work out here in the high desert, I have to ask myself and the community who supports us, "Is the world a better place because of Quail Springs?" I believe the answer has to be a ... Read More

Reaching Nature Connection

JULY 11-12, 2015 
Skofield Park, Santa Barbara, CA Convened by The Academy of Forest Kindergarten Teachers  Cosponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture, Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Fairview Gardens, Wild Roots Forest School, & Wilderness Youth Project Reaching Nature Connection is an annual, outdoor conference based on forest schools, wilderness awareness and early childhood education. Participants will receive a certificate of ... Read More

Fall Celebration & Volunteer Mailing Party

Wednesday, November 19th 6:30-9:30pm at Ayni Gallery in Santa Barbara Come join us for an evening of music, snacks & hot cider, laughter, and envelope-stuffing for our year end appeal, at the beautiful Ayni Gallery in downtown Santa Barbara! Acoustic Music by Jan Smith & Special Guests FREE Raffle of Prizes for Volunteers Grand Prize - Overnight for 2 in Quail ... Read More

Cob Oven Building Workshop with Paul Swenson in Santa Barbara

October 25-26, 2014 Saturday and Sunday, 9am - 5pm Hosted and Sponsored by Fairview Gardens, Sub-Urban Homesteading Series Co-sponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture Location:  at a private residence in Santa Barbara, CA Do you love real wood-fired pizza?  What could be better than having your friends over for a pizza party around an oven you built yourself at very little ... Read More

Backyard Chickens with Brenton Kelly at Fairview Gardens

October 11, 2014 Saturday, 9am-1pm  With Brenton Kelly, Quail Springs Farm Manager and Land Steward Hosted and Sponsored by Fairview Gardens, Sub-Urban Homesteading Series Co-sponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture Learn everything you need to raise happy hens, including a hen house and yard set-up, nesting boxes, water, feed, local suppliers, caring for your hens and chicks and favorite crops to grow ... Read More

Geoff Lawton Presents: Reading the Landscape into Food Forest

Friday, August 29th at Casitas Valley Farm, near Carpinteria, CA Visit www.CasitasValley.com for more info or to register 5:00pm Farm Tour of Casitas Valley Farm 6:00pm Potluck 7:30-9:00pm Talk by Geoff Lawton $15-$30 Sliding Scale (Limited Tickets Available) Camping $25 (limited number and by RSVP only) and bring a food item for breakfast if you stay for breakfast Casitas Valley Farm  is honored ... Read More

Permaculture Design Course for International Development

May 30 - June 13, 2015 “My learning journey at Quail Springs helped to nurture my presence of mind to be a better and more active listener – a vital trait for the international development professional. The coursework was incredibly pertinent to my work in Uganda and without a doubt made me more aware, more compassionate, and more focused in my role as a project manager and human being.” - Grant Buhr, Project Focus, Quail Springs' ... Read More

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