What is this course?
In this 8-month self-directed course, Quail Springs offers practical information and activities that will catalyze a deepening relationship with what sustains you. A land-based life isn't something that is done solely in rural areas; urban dwellers can take simple steps towards sustainable living. In this course you’ll be introduced to permaculture principles and explore how to work with climate characteristics, water, soil, gardening, animal husbandry, cheesemaking & fermentation, herbalism and much more!
There are so many different roads you can take while exploring a land-based life, and the path you take is totally up to you. This course offers practical and achievable steps to incorporate land-based living into your life and community! Leading a more sustainable lifestyle is never completed in one course, but rather a lifelong process. This course is your guide to starting the journey.
Why this course?
This Land-Based Living Course is for you if you are interested in following a way of life that brings you closer to nature or if you would simply like to expand your skills set.
A land-based life doesn’t have to be an all or nothing choice, but rather cultivated over time. You may have a goal of residing on a few acres, or living vibrantly in your apartment complex or in the suburbs. This online Land-Based Living Course supports the many pathways to more skillful & sustainable living no matter where you live.
Why Quail Springs?
Quail Springs has been teaching courses for almost 2 decades! Thousands of students from around the world have gained land-based and community building skills with us and have gone on to do change-making work in their communities and in their own lives.
Our teaching staff are farmers, activists, builders, and thinkers who not only teach, but also advocate regionally and internationally for policy change. Our activism is currently focused on regional groundwater advocacy & preservation, and the legalization of climate appropriate earthen building. Quail Springs’ teaching staff includes both instructors who are residents at Quail Springs’ site, and instructors who live elsewhere and have contributed their expertise to this virtual course.
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What is Permaculture?
Introduction to Climate
In this lesson we will go over many of the common types of earthen building methods, including cob, light straw clay, wattle and daub, adobe, and more.
Water in the Landscape
Greywater Site Tour
Small Scale Earthworks
Planting the Rain
Long Row Compost
In the Quail Springs Garden
The Basics of Seed Saving
Growing Your Own Mushrooms
Integrated Animal Systems
Cheesemaking and Dairy Fermentation
Bone Broth Basics
Creating a Home Herbal Apothecary
Waste and Bioremediation
Making Sourdough Bread
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Companion text to all 25 video lessons