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! …

Fire, Forge, & Bow

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The Wild Series was honored to welcome back instructor Justin Starting to share his knowledge this past week in two beautiful, sold-out classes: The Art of Blacksmithing and The Sacred Hunt. The week began around the fire, as an intimate group of excited first time blacksmiths learned the foundations of metalworking using a primitive forge. Amidst stories of history and …

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 …

Greywater Workshop 2015

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Here in the high desert, using and reusing our water in the most efficient ways possible is even more important than in other climates. Although the water from our showers and laundry was being directed to trees and other plants, we felt that we were missing an opportunity to use this water in the most effective way. We were thrilled …

How to Drought-Proof Your Home with Earthworks

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One of our past students just wrote an article for Mother Earth News. Enjoy! A drought can last a long time. In some areas a week, a month or more can pass without a single drop of rain. In California, up to six months or more can pass without a rain storm. When the storm finally does arrive, it can …

Duckweed Production for Poultry Feed: Just Add Water!

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By Andrew Clinard The Quail Springs’ poultry flock is quite an army – upwards of 100 chickens and 32 ducks. They are crucial to food production, pumping out an impressive amount of eggs and meat. Foraging is their favorite pastime, the chickens race out of their five-star mobile hotel at sunrise and start hunting. This foraging is, however, supplemented with …

Farm and Feast: Recipes from the Hearth of Quail Springs

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Anyone who has been to Quail Springs knows how much we love food! In these last weeks we have had a lot of fun learning about culinary traditions from around the world, cooking traditional recipes from Ethiopia, Armenia, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Turkey and Vietnam. We’ve learned a lot about the beauty of other cultures …

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