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 …

Cuyama Valley Residents Plan for the Future

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Quail Springs’ Jan Smith and Brenton Kelly are proud to be involved with the core working group that is helping to launch the newly formed Cuyama Valley Community Association, conceived in order “to build community among the residents of the Cuyama Valley, serve as a forum for discussing critical community issues, and advocate for the health and well being of …

Call to Support the Work of Quail Springs

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Quail Springs Annual Giving Campaign: November 2014 through January 2015 Dear Friends of Quail Springs, As the new Executive Director of Quail Springs I am in a very unique position. It is my privilege to reflect with the Quail Springs community, not only upon our organization’s first 10-years of evolution, but also to project ahead to the next decade and beyond – …

Interview with Craig Sponholtz Watershed Artisan

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September 2014 What originally inspired you to become a Watershed Artisan? And what continues to inspire you as a renowned Watershed Artisan who has done international restoration work?  I didn’t originally set out to be an artisan in the field of land restoration.  First I was simply drawn in by the need to heal the degraded land I saw everywhere.  As …

Quail Springs Service Learning Internship

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DATES TBA Overview: The internship offers extensive education about the day-to-day operations of a full-time functioning Permaculture farm and education center, and is geared specifically for those deeply interested in and drawn to work long-term with holistic, integrated food producing animal systems in a community setting, with an educational focus.  This opportunity offers broad practical experience to complement a theoretical knowledge base. …

Permaculture, Innovation & Black Sheep

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By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery Over the past few years, I have had the honor of being able to teach at least eight permaculture courses a year at home and all over the world.  These learning and sharing journeys have weaved my story with others from places in Africa, Europe, the Middle …

Cuyama to Kenya: Interweaving Permaculture & International Development

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Zeya Schindler [email protected] On a spring day in 2011 I sealed a thick envelope containing my freshly printed master’s dissertation and dropped it in a mailbox, bound for the Centre for Development and Emergency Practice in Oxford, England. The title of the paper was “Designing for Disaster: Evaluating the Potential for Permaculture Design in Development and Emergency Practice”. The project …