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 …

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, …