Interview with Avery Hardy

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(Photo: Avery Hardy at the UC to Paris Climate Change Conference, Nov. 2015) In 2012 Avery Hardy attended Sustainable Vocations, an interdisciplinary program for youth developed and taught at Quail Springs which focuses on applying permaculture ethics and principles as they relate to ecological and social justice, community, and place-based culture. Click here for more information about Sustainable Vocations. Quail …

Water Harvesting for Dryland Farming in Arizona

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In collaboration with Lush Cosmetics, join international educator and founder of Quail Springs, Warren Brush, with a dynamic teaching team including Brad Lancaster and Kate Tirion, at Jalisco Jojoba Farm in Hyder, Arizona. Learn about earthworks and hydration strategies for ecological farming, land restoration, water harvesting and earth reparation for agroecosystem stability with a focus on dryland applications. Worldwide, topsoil …

A message from Jan Smith, AKA, Cuyama Mama

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Hello, Good People! It’s the time of the Solstice. It’s that time when we’re gathering around the metaphorical or literal fire, pulling in close to the source of what nourishes us and sustains us. I’m asking all of you to reflect on the value of the work, the story, the creativity, the food, the learning, the inspiration, the grounding, the …

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 …

Kitka: Wintersongs

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Our Wild Series Director, Natalie Bartlett, is off again singing with Kitka Women’s Vocal Ensemble for their Wintersongs concert season. They have concerts in the Bay throughout December and we wanted to share a tiny taste of this beautiful village song! Check out Kitka’s online calendar for their upcoming Wintersongs concert dates. We hope to see some of you there! …