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 …

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 …

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 …

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 …