Reflections on Past Courses – PDCID 2015

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The Permaculture Design Course for International Development held recently at Quail Springs was a memorable and transformative experience for students, teachers, and the community. We were pleased to welcome students from India, Liberia, Saskatchewan, South Africa, Ireland, and from all over the United States, including …

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How-To: Desert Cold Storage

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The summer has arrived. Now, if you are looking to create a cold storage, and have a shipping container lying around, this “how-to” might be for you! This method takes advantage of the some serious thermal mass (for instance, 3′ deep in the earth at our site the temperature is a stable 65 degrees), a fancy optional venting …

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Third Graders Visit Quail Springs

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This May we had the joy of hosting another school group from our area for a 4-day campout and farm week! Two Waldorf Schools joined up and came out together to integrate with our farm team for four days of adventure on the land: Waldorf School of Santa Barbara and the other group from Wishing Well School in …

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Wild Foods Feast

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Our first WILD Series course of the year kicked-off this May with a beautiful weekend of wild foods, storytelling, music, fire, feasting and more! Blossoms, Greens and Juniper Smoke: Identifying and Cooking with Wild Plants welcomed a full crowd of 40 curious students on a journey into the natural history, botany, culture, harvest …

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Quail Springs 10th Birthday – Thank You!

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Dear Quail Springs Family, We are sending out an enormous and heart felt thank you to everyone who made the April 8th, Quail Springs 10th Birthday Celebration & Benefit at Soho Restaurant and Music Club for the wonderful evening of food, music, dancing, and community building. Over 200 people attended the Wednesday night event, and 30-plus local businesses, farms, and …

Winter Squash = Goat Milk, Eggs, and Soil Building

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by Jan Smith, Quail Springs Farm Adviser Our 14 goats browse 450 acres in southern California @ Quail Springs Farm, clearing brush, foraging on a wide variety of high desert shrubs and trees for about 4-5 hours a day. In addition to that the dairy does in milk also eat a high quality organic feed on the stand. For the …

Quail Springs 10th Birthday Celebration w/ Cuyama Mama & The Hot Flashes

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Cuyama Mama & The Hot Flashes @ Soho April 8th, 2015, 6pm, doors open; 7:30pm, show Quail Springs Learning Oasis & Permaculture Farm Benefit Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Food, Music, & Community Join us on April 8th at 6pm to celebrate Quail Springs‘ 10th birthday and a decade of inspiring service to the Santa Barbara community and beyond with a benefit show at Soho Restaurant …

Natural Building and Permaculture in Kenya

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by Sasha Rabin January found several of our Quail Springs team in East Africa teaching natural building and permaculture courses.  Collaborating for several years with the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya (PRI-Kenya), Warren Brush has been teaching Permaculture Design Courses (PDC), a training for permaculture teachers, and most recently, a Permaculture Design Consultancy course.  And for the first time, our …

Wilderness Awareness School’s ANAKE annual visit to Quail Springs

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by Merilee Bradford Quail Springs Onsite Program Coordinator, and Permaculture Farmer The Wilderness Awareness School is a 8 shields based school in the Northwest that focuses on connecting people to the natural world, community and self through a variety of programs for all ages.  For many years now the Wilderness Awareness’s adult program, called The Anake Outdoor School, has been …