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

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

Reaching Nature Connection Conference

Quail Springs Permaculture is a proud co-sponsor of the 3rd Annual Conference on Reaching NatureConnection on August 16 and 17, 2014 in Santa Barbara.  Learn more and register for Reaching NatureConnection here.  wildrootsschool.org   If we want children to flourish, to become truly empowered, let us allow them to love the earth before we ask them to save it. ... 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

Quail Springs Summer Farm Benefit & Tour

Saturday,  July 26th 10am-4pm Farm Tour & Lunch All ages family-friendly event! Visit Quail Springs Permaculture Farm, have a delicious lunch prepared in our earthen ovens, and learn about growing food in the high desert, tending a variety of wonderful food-giving animals, creating shelter, and stewarding agricultural lands and wilderness. The day will include a tour of our gardens, animal ... 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

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

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 lindsay@quailsprings.org ... 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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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