Regenerative Water Harvesting & Land Restoration Training

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  October 7-11, 2015 with instructors Craig Sponholtz – Watershed Artisans, Inc. Brenton Kelly – Quail Springs’ Land Steward, Farm Advisor & Restoration Program Director Neil Bertrando – R T Permaculture Designer & Loping Coyote Farm Manager Quail Springs Permaculture invites you to learn about what constitutes regenerative landscape design & restoration. Craig’s workshops offer an understanding of the science of …

Quail Springs Circle of Support

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Thank you one and all!   Our heartfelt gratitude goes out to all who have given of themselves to sustain Quail Springs.   Below we’ve listed names of in-kind supporters and financial supporters for 2012 and 2013.  This is a partial and growing list.  It is impossible to keep up with the outpouring of support!  We’d also like to thank …

Is The World a Better Place Because of Quail Springs?

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November 2013 through January 2014: Quail Springs Year-End Campaign Dear Friends, After nearly nine beautiful, and sometimes challenging, years of growing our lives and work out here in the high desert, I have to ask myself and the community who supports us, “Is the world a better place because of Quail Springs?” I believe the answer has to be a resounding, “Yes!” I know …

Warmth, Light and Good Cooking

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Reducing Fossil Fuel Dependence with Renewable Energy A fruitful year has taken us a few steps further toward a sustainable human settlement. With our new rocket stove in the commons providing both space heating and cooking, we’re reducing dependence on fossil fuels, particularly propane cooking. A small insulated ‘hay box’ is included in the heated bench for finishing rice, soups, …

Hand-Made Shoes with Full Hearts

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      In late October, we gathered for a full and magical weekend of story, craft and remembering, as nine students poured their hands and hearts into a two-day intensive of old-time shoe-making. Even the freshest hands, most of which were new to moccasin making, fully dove into the detailed work with inspiration and creativity. I was inspired by how the students worked together to create …

Permaculture Movement Cross-Pollinators

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Our Gratitude to Margie Bushman & Wes Roe   I’d like to express our deep gratitude for Margie Bushman and Wes Roe, co-founders of the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network. This dedicated permaculture duo have been midwives and caretakers of the local and international Permaculture Movement for over three decades now. We sincerely appreciate Margie joining Quail Springs’ Advisory Board, after …

Garlic Planting Time with Permaculture Design Course Students

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  It’s garlic planting time at Quail Springs! Forty students from our annual fall Hands-On Permaculture Design Course are making a big job into a fun afternoon’s work. There is a slight coolness in the air, a high-desert blue sky overhead, and dappled light filtering through the leaves of young trees. We’re preparing the seed garlic, sorting it for size, laying out the planting pattern, …

Growing Table Grapes in the High Desert

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This past April, Margaret Waterhouse, a former farm and garden apprentice, came down from Davis California to the high desert home of Quail Springs Permaculture Farm in southern California with about 120 grape cuttings carefully packed in moist wood shavings. A small group of friends, family, former apprentices, and students had gathered for the weekend to visit, walk the land, …

Earth Day 2012

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New energy was  brought to the Santa Barbara Earth Day presentation this year with a display that was creative and educational as well as totally handmade. Senia, Cami, Martha, Beth and Brenton unpacked all the books, murals, blackboards, and a turkey, and beautifully placed it between the food court and the community stage. The turkey, Pilgrim, strutted and conversed with …