Capital Campaign - Phase Two

Your incredible support during Phase I of our Capital Campaign enabled the purchase of the 450 acres that holds our demonstration site in 2018! Now, we are kicking off Phase II of our Capital Campaign by asking you to join our movement to make safe housing a reality for all in our region.

We believe Earthen Building can provide the solution to some of our region’s most pressing housing issues.

Quail Springs has always focused its work on nature connection, regenerative agriculture, and natural building. However, in response to a clear demand over the years, natural building has become more central to our mission and programming.

We want to bring our team’s deep expertise and experience to the county permitting process in order to make safe and stable earthen homes a legal reality for those living in regions vulnerable to fires and earthquakes, and low-income families in need of affordable housing.

After witnessing the region’s vulnerability during recent climate crises, the Ventura County building officials are eager and ready to collaborate with us on sustainable, fire-safe housing innovations. The opportunity is clear to our team: now is the time to make earthen building a permitted reality!

Completing Phase II of our Capital Campaign will allow us to permit not only our own buildings and commercial operations, but also to make earthen Building permittable for our county and beyond. Imagine the impact Quail Springs can make as a teaching center, research hub, and a model for the permitting of earthen buildings!

We are prepared to start this movement right now with these landmark projects:

  • Testing: Conducting official fire-testing on cob walls – one of the final hurdles in having a building code for cob, as well as continue more seismic testing, in addition to the 4 test we have already done with CalPoly Civil Engineering department.
  • Permitting Quail Springs: Fully permitting the Quail Springs research/education site that will serve as a model for permitting of earthen buildings and continue to hold many educational programs each year.
  • Public Building Plans: Work with county building officials (in both Ventura and Santa Barbara Counties) to publish pre-approved, publicly-accessible earthen house building plans so that this solution can be affordable to all and easily replicable.

We aim to raise $200,000 per year until 2022 to make this vision a reality.

If you would like to learn how to become a key sponsor of this work:

please contact us here

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OUR 200 YEAR VISION FUELS OUR WORK

For Quail Springs, we hold dearly and genuinely a vision that extends 200-years into the future. This vision includes our 200-year Permaculture Plan. In a society where we often starve our grandchildren to feed our children and ourselves, Quail Springs has chosen to dedicate and consciously design the outcomes of our work today to benefit those children who we will never meet and those elders we will never sit with. We do this by taking responsibility for how we live, what we teach, and how we function as a group of people striving to know and honor the origins of all that sustains us. Whether it’s installing a greywater system, building with natural materials, constructing a compost pile, planting trees, or working on the farm, we’re looking seven generations ahead to ensure the well-being of our children and the land.

Quail Springs is a hub for people to share and discover ways of deepening their understanding of regenerative living. Our various offerings train individuals to be leaders in developing agro-ecosystems and communities that are culturally vibrant, ecologically equitable, natural capital rich, and steeped in social justice. We do this through our leading educational nonprofit that stewards a 450-acre, high desert permaculture farm and conservation site and we teach, among other things:

  • Nature connection

  • Regenerative food production

  • Social & environmental justice

  • Watershed restoration

  • Natural building

  • Origin skills

  • Holistic & relationship-based international development

  • Design skills for regenerative community organizing

  • Natural resource stewardship & connection

  • Nature connection

  • Regenerative food production

  • Social & environmental justice

  • Watershed restoration

  • Natural building

  • Origin skills

  • Holistic & relationship-based international development

  • Design skills for regenerative community organizing

  • Natural resource stewardship & connection

Many of our course participants have realized that sustainability starts at home with the necessity of deepening their connection with their families, communities, and the land. We recognize and acknowledge the different paths each person takes toward living regeneratively. Quail Springs attracts people who choose to more deeply examine their role in the health of their communities and the planet. Although we are a small environmental organization we are making a big impact in the lives of people all over the world. The experiences gained by all who come to Quail Springs are quenching a deep longing for connection, community, and are planting the seeds of hope for a regenerative future.