A Permaculture Design Course Model with an Emphasis on Hands-On Experience and Mentoring

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By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery Different models for creatively delivering the standard 72 hour Permaculture Design Course (PDC) curriculum have surfaced over the years to better equip the student for the life long learning journey that permaculture inspires and demands. I have always wanted to move toward… Read more »

Permaculture for Resiliency in International Development through USAID

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Initial earthworks for an orphanage in Kenya with poor soils in an arid climate. By Warren Brush of Quail Springs Permaculture and Casitas Valley Farm and Creamery With rapidly changing climactic and social conditions, we are witnessing instability in many human support systems around the world. Systems that are heavily dependent on centralized infrastructure and… Read more »

Drought-Proofing California…not in the news

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Digging our well-surveyed swales. I woke up this morning, put on my gum-boots and went out for a walk around our family farm in the rain. This in itself might not seem to be anything special to many folks, yet this was a 2”/5cm rainfall after several intense years of drought here in Southern California…. Read more »

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 »