Agroforestry and Poverty Alleviation in Sub-Saharan Africa

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by Lindsay Allen Lindsay Allen is a Graduate student of Agroforestry at The University of Missouri and a former Quail Springs resident. She will be sharing her knowledge and love of permaculture and agroforestry at Quail Springs as an instructor at our upcoming PDC for International Development Workers that starts May 21, 2017. There are still a few spots left …

Science and Permaculture with Susan Cousineau

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(Photo: sweep-net sampling aquatic invertebrates on Texada Island, BC coast) by Susan Cousineau I first came across Quail Springs Permaculture way back in 2012, while hunting for a really solid PDC with reputable teachers, a great site, and tons of experience to back it up. Being in Europe at the time, and not ready to come back to North America, …

Quail Springs Farm Recap

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It was a bountiful and ever-challenging year on the Quail Springs farm. We saw more produce coming off the farm than ever before, many baby chicks born on the land, and milk production costs down to a record low of $.85/gallon. Last spring we planted over 100 more black and honey locusts trees in hopes of increasing our fodder, fuel, …

The Farm Corner: Growing Maasai Milk Gourds

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By Lindsay Allen Oh what a happy harvest we pulled from the garden this month! We are wealthy in big, heavy, beautiful, Tanzanian gourds. This past winter Sasha, Andrew and I were lucky enough to be working on a few different projects in Kenya and Tanzania. During our last week we were walking, slightly lost, in a village outside of …

Water on the Landscape

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By Jack Thrift In the context of California’s desperate drought, at Quail Springs the changing weather has resulted in one of the wettest periods in their history. There were over 10 inches of rain during the last rain cycle, between October and September and there have already been over two inches as we go into another wet season. “The last …

Black Locust: A Tree of Many Uses

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Black locust (Robinia pseudoacacia) is a staple tree here at Quail Springs. Native to south-eastern North America, black locust has been naturalized to different temperate climates all around the world due to its many useful functions. Black locust is a fast growing, nitrogen-fixing tree that we have found to be an excellent pioneer species here in our arid climate, due …