We Intend to Be Here After This Storm Passes

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We hope that this post finds you well today. We're thinking of our extended community out there, sheltering in place in so many different ways. We've been enjoying hearing your stories of how you're spending your days, and look forward to more.

Thankfully, all of us on the land at Quail Springs are healthy and well at this time. As an organization, however, we are facing substantial financial losses as a result of this pandemic. Through the years we have offered powerful programming and we've taken pride in the fact that we relied on this programming as our main source of income. Over the past month, everything has changed. We are asking for your help to meet our basic operational needs to sustain us through this year. We intend to make it through this turbulent time with an ever-stronger resolve to continue our leadership in the fields of ecological education, groundwater advocacy, natural building research and advocacy, and high desert regenerative agriculture.

We need the support of our larger community. We need your support.

We need to raise $230,000  to carry us through this year.  If we are unable to meet our goal, we will have to cut much of our natural building and watershed advocacy work, and will not be able to keep all of our core staff.
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We are doing all that we can to ensure that Quail Springs is able to survive through this year and beyond.

We have the reserves to carry us through to the end of June. Our baseline operational capital needs are $30,000 per month. We have applied for the Paycheck Protection Program through our local bank and we are hopeful that this will cover our staffing costs for two months without pay cuts or layoffs. We are also in the process of applying for multiple federal and private grants that would help bridge the gap, and we are pursuing other emergency funding options.

This time calls on all of us to build social and ecological resilience. Our work is needed now more than ever. We need each other now more than ever.

We owe our organizational resilience to you, our extended community. We have made it this far because of your support in the past, and we are forever grateful to all of you. We owe our ecological resilience to this land, the spring water, and the healthy soil we have been building for the past 15 years.

Like so many organizations during this time, we are exploring new and creative ways to deliver our programming. We intend to be here when this storm passes, and we have faith that you will help us if you can. And we recognize that nearly all organizations and individuals are adversely impacted by this pandemic, and we completely understand if you are unable to give. We welcome your ideas and assistance in ways that feel possible for you. Please do not hesitate to reach out; we would love to hear from you.

In Gratitude,
Sarah Brooks & Daniel Aaron Francis
Co-Executive Directors

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  1. Hi Quail Springers: This is Dwayne from Fall 2019 PDC. I just sent you some lovin’ ($). Hang in there because you and your work and mindset are needed for a successful human future. FYI, we are so crazy busy here at the hardware store. I am reasonably sure that most of our customers are NOT engaging in “Staying at Home.”

    On a different note, my husband, John, is feeling quite a bit better. Anyway, this is the first year in 8 that we have planted our own veggie garden. YEAH! Organic and utilized some beneficial nematodes! It is looking great. All my best to each and everyone of you, and you are in my heart.


    1. Dwayne, thank you so much for your support and your kind note! So glad to hear that John is feeling better, and that your veggie garden is thriving. Sending love from Quail Springs.

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