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, pressing cloves into the soil, and mulching with straw. We’re sharing good stories, we’re learning, we’re playing, we’re laughing, and we’re growing food. Planting and harvesting the garlic with our fall and spring PDC students has become a tradition at Quail Springs, and the hundreds of pounds of garlic that we’ve harvested each year just keep tasting better. Thank you for your enthusiasm!
~ Jan Smith
Quail Springs Farm Director & Land Steward, November 2013