Permaculture, Innovation & Black Sheep

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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 East, Australia and the USA. A few years… Read more »

The Alchemy of Converting Economic Capital to Natural Capital: A Journey Into For-Profit Permaculture

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by Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture Regenerative Earth Farms panorama In early September 2012, Regenerative Earth Farms, a family inspired and held endeavor, was born with the close of escrow of its first farm investment as part of a strategy to help people convert their economic capital into regenerative natural capital and soil building… Read more »

Quail Springs Permaculture launches PDC for International Development Professionals and Social Entrepreneurs

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Permaculture Design Certification Course Hosts Roster of Instructors from around the World. Quail Springs Permaculture launches Permaculture Design Certification Course for International Development Professionals and Social Entrepreneurs. Quail Springs, California Photo © Craig Mackintosh Monetary assistance and training without stewardship ethics seems to be the standard for international aid today. With over 14 billion given… Read more »

Permaculture Resiliency Project with the San Bushmen in the Kalahari Vergenoeg, Namibia

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In a land of contrast, mystery and years of imperialism, a small village of over 300 people on the edge of the Kalahari in Namibia germinated a new permaculture resiliency project in January of 2012. In talking with the headman of the village, he shared that their people, the San Bushmen, have lived in harmony… Read more »

Quail Springs – a Season of Growth

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The most frequently asked question of me lately has been about this past October’s flood and its long-term impact on Quail Springs’ work to demonstrate sustainable living practices. Looking to Nature for insight, my response uses the metaphor of a snake losing its skin. At first, the snake may be shocked and confused by such… Read more »

Concentric Rings of Change – the Power of a Single African Permaculture Design Course

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by Warren Brush of True Nature Design and Quail Springs Permaculture Over 700 children, orphaned by the scourge of HIV in East Africa, live here at Nyumbani Village. Nyumbani Village was founded in 2006 by the late Father Angelo D’Agostino with a dream of offering orphaned children love, guidance, and a sustainable existence. In just… Read more »

Spreading Permaculture and Touching Lives in East Africa

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With your help, Warren Brush, International Permaculture Designer and Educator, will be offering educational programs and permaculture design consultation for various orphanages and villages in East Africa over the next six months. We need to raise $9,000 in the next three months to meet a challenge grant that will match the funds dollar for dollar…. Read more »

Quail Springs Flood Update – Recovery and Rebuilding as the Sun Dries the Land

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Editor’s preamble: More info on Quail Springs’ recent destructive deluge can be found here, and here. Hello Dear Friends of Quail Springs, The waters have settled and the clay deposits are beginning to crack in the sun as the land at Quail Springs begins to rest from last week’s unprecedented flooding event. Since the mountains… Read more »

Quail Springs Sustains Major Flood Damage

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Editor’s Note: This pains me. I took a PDC at Quail Springs in August 2008. The Quail Springs team are amongst some of the nicest people I’ve ever met, and the work they’re doing is just plain awesome – pioneering research that all of society can benefit from. Please support the team at this challenging… Read more »

Permaculture Continues To Take Root In Kenya

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Take a PDC in Kenya (PDF) or donate, either way will help to underwrite the course expenses so that local Kenyans can participate without cost…. There are two very unique and exciting opportunities to learn Permaculture Design and obtain your certification in Kenya this coming December of 2010 or in March of 2011. Students from… Read more »

Permaculture and the Western Syndrome

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For tens of thousands of years intact peoples from around the world have been intricately woven into the fabric of the landscape that nourishes them. Culture itself has sprung from the land through the people’s relationship with all that sustains them. This is not as esoteric as it sounds… Imagine a group of people who… Read more »

Permaculture Design Course at Pine Ridge Reservation

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by Warren Brush, co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture & True Nature Design We are eight days into a 13-day Permaculture Design Course here at Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota, the home of the Oglala Sioux Tribe. The Permaculture Guild has organized this exciting course in collaboration with the Oglala Lakota Cultural and Economic Revitalization… Read more »