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 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

Introduction to Cob & Natural Building Workshop

April 25- May 1, 2014
 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 ... 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

Permaculture Design Course for International Development & Social Entrepreneurship

June 21 - July 5, 2014 Presented by Quail Springs Permaculture In Association with Casitas Valley Creamery & Farm Christie Communications Empowerment Works Forest Voices Global Resource Alliance  Living Mandala Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya True Nature Design   Lead Instructor Warren Brush with Quail Springs, Casitas Valley Farms, and True Nature Design Roster of Instructors & Presenters Jeanette Acosta - Tribal Indigenous Knowledge, Permaculture Teacher Tara Blasco - Co-founder of Global Resource Alliance Lindsay Dailey ... Read More

Quail Springs April Farm Benefit & Tour

April 12th and 13th Events THIS EVENT IS FULL!   Please check out our next Farm Tour July 26/27 here. Farm Tour & Lunch Saturday, April 12th, 10am - 3pm  Farm Tour, Lunch, Overnight, and Hands-On Breakouts Saturday, April 12th, 10 am - Sunday, April 13th, 11 am See details below! All Ages Family Friendly Events!   Contact with questions:  Lindsay Allen, email ... Read More

Wilderness Survival Skills & Permaculture Weekend

April 4-6, 2014 At Quail Springs Through UCSB Leisure Review - Adventure Programs and Trips. (WAITLISTED AS OF MARCH 26, 2014) The fee for UCSB students is $89, and for non-students $119.  A great deal for this trip! The Adventure Programs are open to the community, you don't have to be a student with UCSB to participate. How to register: 1) Go ... Read More

Introduction to Permaculture with Warren Brush at Casitas Valley Farm

March 29-30, 2014 Hosted and Sponsored by Casitas Valley Farm Co-sponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture  Quail Springs Permaculture is a proud co-sponsor of permaculture education at Casitas Valley Farm, the family farm endeavor of our co-founders, Warren Brush & Cyndi Harvan. This innovative and inspiring 2-day Introduction to Permaculture course is designed to give the participant a basic understanding ... Read More

Permaculture Intensive Weekend with Santa Barbara City College

March 22-23, 2014 Quail Springs Permaculture hosts a Permaculture Intensive Weekend with Warren Brush and Quail Springs' teaching team each term for students who are taking or have taken Professor Michael Gonella's Permaculture Design Course at Santa Barbara City College (SBCC) in the Horticulture Department (EH 109).  The Quail Springs hosted PDC Intensive Weekend provides an experiential, ... Read More

Growing Table Grapes in the High Desert

This past April, Margaret Waterhouse, a former farm and garden apprentice, came down from Davis California to the high desert home of Quail Springs Permaculture Farm in southern California with about 120 grape cuttings carefully packed in moist wood shavings. A small group of friends, family, former apprentices, and students had gathered for the weekend ... Read More

A visit from Vision

We were recently graced by the presence of the Vision group from the "Land of 10,000 Lakes"   The University of St. Thomas' Vision volunteer program sends teams of primarily students to engage in service projects all around the world. This was their 4th year to come and work with Quail Springs.   Over a 9 day stay the visionaries helped us to: Install half the fencing ... Read More

Permaculture for International Sustainable Development Weekend with Warren Brush at MA Center, Castro Valley

February 28 - March 2, 2014 Hosted at the MA Center /GreenFriends Farm - Castro Valley, California M.A. Center is the U.S. headquarters of international humanitarian & India Saint - Amma. Quail Springs Permaculture is a proud co-sponsor of this weekend workshop In Association With: Empowerment Works, GreenFriends Farm, M.A. Center, Common Vision, Quail Springs Permaculture Facilitators & Instructors: Warren Brush, Melanie St. James, and Jay Ma During this ... Read More

Synchronizing worlds by NikiAnne Feinberg

I have served as a Board Member of Quail Springs for less than a year and have enjoyed every minute of it.   As a woman in my the middle years of my life, I have been reflecting on what I am doing in this world, what I am good at and how I can be of ... Read More

Earth Day 2012

New energy was  brought to the Santa Barbara Earth Day presentation this year with a display that was creative and educational as well as totally handmade. Senia, Cami, Martha, Beth and Brenton unpacked all the books, murals, blackboards, and a turkey, and beautifully placed it between the food court and the community stage. The turkey, Pilgrim, ... Read More

Grainy Goodness: Bread

  As a community, we love our wholesome bread. This recipie provides for a simple and hearty piece of toast or freshly sliced bread.  The process goes over two or three days. It’s simple and effective. To my surprise, I managed to make a few loafs yesterday without killing the 100 year old whole-wheat starter we ... Read More

Rocket Mass Heater Workshop

January 24 - 27, 2014  With Lasse Holmes  Rocket mass heaters (RMH) are super efficient wood fired masonry stoves that are appropriate for many climates and lifestyles for a comfortable heat source that uses local fuel and doesn't need an electrical grid connection. Known as the "people's masonry stove", RMH's are simple, affordable to self build, use ... Read More

Growing Chile, Part Two: Starting Seeds

Today I was delighted to find my order of seeds had finally come through the mail. I combed through internet and catalog trying to find the right plants. I finally found the gold mine in Native Seed Search, an awesome and inspiring organization. Here is their mission statement: “Native Seeds/SEARCH conserves, distributes and documents the ... Read More

Water in the Desert

In the desert, water is felt deeply. It is celebrated. A small and rare desert spring nourishes countless plants and animals. Tracks mingle near the source, pack rat, deer, quail, snake, hawk, coyote, mountain lion, bear, human… Rain is precious, and we feel it coming, our bodies responding to even slight changes in moisture and ... Read More

Backyard Chickens with Brenton Kelly and Jan Smith at Fairview Gardens

May 18, 2014 Sunday, 9am-1pm  Hosted and Sponsored by Fairview Gardens, Sub-Urban Homesteading Series Co-sponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture How do those farm egg yolks get so orange? Why are the eggs from big box stores pale yellow? The difference is drastic and if your body wants the real deal, there is no better way to get nutritious, protein filled ... Read More

Permaculture Teacher Training with Warren Brush in Kenya

January 13-17, 2014 Outside Nairobi, Kenya Hosted by Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya Co-Sponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture Join Quail Springs' Executive Director, Warren Brush, and an international cast of participants for a Permaculture Teacher Training this coming January, outside of Nairobi, Kenya. This course will assist you in developing into an inspiring and effective Permaculture Teacher and Organizer. Course participants will learn ... Read More

Growing Chile, Part One: Bed Prep

As the cold of winter is replaced by the mud and rain of spring and our powdered and dried chile alchemizes its last few pozoles, our stomachs begin to rumble at the thought of a fresh crop of Capsicum annuum. We came to the table with a fiery ambition of creating at the very ... Read More

Cob Oven Building Workshop with Paul Swenson at Fairview Gardens

May 24-25, 2014 Saturday and Sunday, 9am - 5pm Hosted and Sponsored by Fairview Gardens, Sub-Urban Homesteading Series Co-sponsored by Quail Springs Permaculture Location:  Fairview Gardens, 598 N. Fairview Avenue, Goleta, CA 93117 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

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