Climate Change

From UCLA’s Center for Climate Science

The Sierra Nevada Mtn range looms large in the lives of California’s 40 million residents. The food we grow and water we drink depends on the mountains and their effects on climate. That’s why researchers in UCLA’s Center for Climate Science spent the past three years projecting how climate change will affect the Sierra Nevada. On April 2, the final report was released.
The state’s climate is expected to change dramatically by the end of the century, presenting challenges to reduce carbon emissions and adapt to new climate realities.

“There is a lot of positive climate action in California to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,” said Alex Hall, director of the climate center and a professor with UCLA’s Institute of the Environment and Sustainability. “On adaptation planning, the state has shown strong leadership. I’m really encouraged by the openness of officials across the state to examine climate change impacts and plan for them.”

The report synthesizes a research effort that produced five academic publications, including papers on temperature, snowpack during drought and runoff timing. Here are some of the most critical findings, based on what the researchers expect by the end of the century if carbon emissions are not reduced significantly:

On warming:

At middle elevations — 5,000 to 8,000 feet above sea level — temperatures could rise from 7 to 10 degrees Fahrenheit, in part because of the snow albedo feedback, in which melting snow reveals darker surfaces that absorb more heat, further amplifying warming.
In foothills and valleys, temperatures would increase between 5 and 7 degrees.

On snowpack, which serves as a natural reservoir for the state’s water supply:

More precipitation will fall as rain instead of snow, and snow will melt more rapidly.
On average, snowpack across the entire Sierra on April 1 would be 64 percent less than it was when measured in the years 1981–2000.

Recent UCLA article forecasts severe precipitation future for CA

Another Article published 5.21.18

According to UCLA-led research published today, building infrastructure to bolster local water resources isn’t just good for people and the environment — it also makes economic sense. https://www.ioes.ucla.edu/article/making-an-economic-case-for-local-water-in-l-a-county/


Large storm to bring lots of rain to VC

3/20/18 at 10:20AM Large storm predicted from SLO down to LA.

Weather Summary

A major Atmospheric River event expected to impact Ventura County beginning Tuesday, March 20, 2018 afternoon through Thursday, March 22, 2018 evening. Rain should start spreading over Ventura County this afternoon. Rainfall is expected to range from 2 to 5 inches along the coast with 4 to 8 inches for foothill areas. Some mountain areas may see over 10 inches. Rainfall totals fall off quickly toward the east with the highest totals along Western Ventura County and along Nordhoff Ridge to Santa Paula Creek. The latest model runs are showing the highest totals occurring in Santa Barbara County. Models are also indicating up to 36 hours of moderate to heavy rain with intensities 0.3 to 0.8 in/hr with areas with 1.0 in/hr possible. The highest intensities should occur late Wednesday March 21, 2018 through Thursday, March 22, 2018 morning. Latest models lowered rainfall totals in coastal areas but increased totals for the foothills around Ojai. Clearing is expected on Thursday, March 222, 2018 evening with drier weather expected over the weekend with a possible light rain event mid to late next week.

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Rainfall Updates

Annual Rainfall Totals for Ojai for last 6 years (Ojai 
annual average rainfall of 21.32")
   2018   11.42" (as of May 22, 2018)
   2017   27.72"
   2016   10.13"
   2015   11.86"
   2014   9.16"
   2013   9.07" 
data from VC Watershed Protection District Rainfall Report

Rainfall totals by Month for Ojai

Regional Rainfall Data

Precip for March 2018 & for the current Water Year (October 1,2017-March 31,2018) for select locations in San Luis, Santa Barbara, Ventura and Los Angeles Counties.  Good March, but still below normal for the water year.

Links to Rainfall Data

Links to NOAA Rainfall Forecasts

Radar Products

  • Sulphur Mountain (Ojai) Doppler

  • Rainfall estimates – 1hr, storm total

Following these sites:

Weather Underground

Thomas Fire Burn Area


Daniel Swain at Weather West.com http://weatherwest.com/archives/6203
Pineapple Express deluge in Southern California; high risk of Thomas Fire flash floods & mudslides
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Water in the Local NEWS

Ventura River Watershed Council
Next meeting Thursday November 3rd 2016, from 9:00 am to 11:30 am  discussion of the Draft Ojai Basin Alternative Groundwater Sustainability Plan, and an update on the Ventrua River instream flow requirement. The Bell Arts Factory  community room 432 N. Ventura Ave, Ventura, CA 93001.
At July 7th, 2016  meeting Ventura River Flow Requirements were discussed with
Kevin DeLanos, State Water Resources Control Board Division of Water Rights, Instream Flow Unit
Kevin spoke about Governor Brown’s California Water Action Plan directive for the
State Water Board and the California Department of Fish and
Wildlife to work together to establish a flow requirement to
protect endangered salmonids while balancing the other
beneficial uses of water.

Rainfall Data- yes, we  had a little rain the end of October, 2016—enough to clean off the dusty leaves, .74 inches.





Rainscape Designs provide a lush landscape – even in the drought!

Rainscape Design captures rainwater and survives the drought!

AFTER:  It Works! The berms (high spots) and swales (low spots ) direct rainwater from the roof, gutters and downspouts into basins that slow, sink and spread rainwater into the landscape. The rainwater doesn’t runoff but is collected and stored in mulched basins.  This landscape is “Ocean Friendly” and “River Friendly” and even “Watershed Friendly”—  it captures and stores rainwater and reduces runoff into our rivers, creeks and the ocean.

Rainscape Design captures rainwater!

BEFORE:  The grass has gotta go!  In Ojai, one square foot of turf requires about 51 inches of water a year (more in the summer, less in the winter).  It also needs mowing, edging, blowing, irrigation maintenance, fertilizer etc.  It is also flat and water runs off.  It also attract gophers.img_4734


Oak Tree Workshop

Oaks and Gardens Workshop

City of Ojai Community Demonstration Garden
March 15, 2014 10:00am-11:30am

We love our oaks but don’t always know what they need. Learn everything you need to know about caring for the oak trees in your yard at this free workshop with local arborist Michael Inaba of Inaba Horticulture. This workshop will highlight strategies to care for oaks during the drought. Clear up any confusion about how and when to water, and what to do with all those leaves. Find out about water saving native plants that can be used for landscaping beneath oaks, too. Your oak trees are an important part of your landscape, and they are even more important to the environment! Come learn how you can get the most from your trees, and how to avoid extra expenses to maximize your “green investment.” The workshop will take place rain or shine. Seating on the benches is limited so feel free to bring a chair for a comfortable seat.

Hope to see you there!

Donna Dublin
City of Ojai Community Demonstration Garden
805-646-5581 ext. 203

Trash Transformed

Visit our blog to see what’s growing on:http://www.ojaigarden.com/demo-garden.shtml

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Quail Springs Calendar of Events 2014


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Wilderness Skills & Permaculture Weekend
Spring Farm Benefit & Tour
Intro to Cob & Natural Building
PDC for International Development
Intro to Permaculture
Backyard Chickens
Cob Oven Building
Quail Springs Permaculture
Wilderness Survival Skills & Permaculture Weekend

43.jpgwith Charlie Coupal, Wilderness Skills Instructor
April 4-6, 20 14

Hosted by Quail Springs. Registration now open, through UCSB Leisure Review – Adventure Trips. Open to the community, you don’t have to be a student with UCSB to participate.

Deep in the high mountain desert of Cuyama, spend a fun-filled weekend giving and receiving on the edge where the Wilderness meets the Farm. Dive into wilderness survival skills like shelter making, primitive fire techniques, water and wild food harvesting. Prepare to get your hands dirty with a permaculture and sustainable living project on the farm. Round out the day eating great food, sitting by a fire, storytelling, music making and star gazing. Wilderness Skills & Permaculture event info online.

Quail Springs Farm Benefit & Tour

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Farm Tour & Lunch

all ages welcome!

Visit Quail Springs Permaculture Farm, have a delicious lunch prepared in our earthen ovens, and learn about growing food in the high desert, tending a variety of wonderful food-giving animals, creating shelter, and stewarding agricultural lands and wilderness.

Saturday, April 12th, 10am through Sunday, April 13th, 11am

Farm Tour, Lunch & Dinner, Overnight Campout, Breakfast, Hands-On Breakouts
families and all ages welcome!

Come out for the farm tour and stay on for dinner, and overnight campout. There will be fireside stories in the evening, camping under the high desert stars that night, a yummy breakfast Sunday morning, and optional early morning hands-on sessions in butchering, or milking goats before an 11am departure.

For more info and to register, please visit lindsay or call 805-886-7239.

Introduction to Cob and Natural Building

42.jpg With Sasha Rabin of Quail Springs and Earthen Shelter
and co-instructors, Betty Seaman of Spirit Pine
and Paul Swenson of Quail Springs

April 25 – May 1, 2014

Early bird registration March 25th
Cob building combines clay sediment, sand, fiber, and water, and is hand sculpted to form walls, benches, ovens, and fireplaces. Cob building makes use of readily available, affordable, non-toxic materials to build beautiful, organic structures.

The course is appropriate for both first-time builders and for professionals in the building trade who are interested in natural materials.

In this six day cob workshop, we focus on the characteristics of the natural materials most commonly used in construction: clay soil, sand, and fibers. Our main focus will be cob, though we will touch on various other building techniques that utilize the same materials, including adobe block, light straw-clay, wattle and daub, and plasters. We will discuss how to find and choose appropriate soil for construction, how to create various mixes, how to attach wood to earthen walls, and how to use earthen materials to build walls, sculpt niches, shelves, and furniture.

This course is primarily a hands on course, where we learn by doing. As a complement to the hands-on portion of the course, we will include slide shows and discussions of the theoretical aspects of natural building. Subjects include building design and siting, passive solar design, foundations and drainage, earthen floors, appropriate roof design, and wiring and plumbing for natural structures.

Instructor: Sasha Rabin

Sasha Rabin Sasha Rabin has been practicing natural building as well as teaching it since 2002. She has taught all over the US through the organizations that she co-founded, Seven Generations Natural Builders and Vertical Clay, as well as collaborated with other schools and organizations including The Yestermorrow Design Build School, The Canelo Project, The Solar Living Institute, Quail Springs Permaculture, as well as taught at the Permaculture Research Institute in Jordan. Although she enjoys building, her true passions lie in the teaching and sharing natural building with others. Visit Sasha’s website at EarthenShelter.com to learn more.

Co-Instructors: Betty Seaman and Paul Swenson

Betty Seaman is a longtime natural builder and teacher. Bio coming soon!

Paul Swenson Paul Swenson is a founding team member with Quail Springs Permaculture where he has helped develop the site, community and its offerings for over eight years. He discovered the beauty, function, and joy of natural building in 2005 while building the foundation and wall system of a cob house with the guidance of Betty Seaman. He has intensively studied strawbale construction, earthen ovens, earthen floors, and earthen plasters with Justin Kirmse. He has been building with earthen materials ever since. Paul’s teaching style is empowering, with an emphasis on self-discovery, enjoyment, creating community.

Cost $550. Early bird discount: register by March 25th and get 10% discount ($495).

For more info and to register, please visit sasha or call 805-886-7239.

Permaculture Design Course for International Development and Social Entrepreneurship

44.jpg With Warren Brush, Co-founder Quail Springs and Casitas Valley Farm, and Joseph Lentunyoi of the Maasai people and Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya

June 21 – July 5, 2014

Early bird registration April 15th

My learning journey at Quail Springs helped to nurture my presence of mind to be a better and more active listener – a vital trait for the international development professional. The coursework was incredibly pertinent to my work in Uganda and without a doubt made me more aware, more compassionate, and more focused in my role as a project manager and human being. – Grant Buhr, Project Focus, Quail Springs’ PDC graduate

Permaculture is an integrated design system that provides a framework for consciously designed landscapes that provide diversity, stability, and resilience for individuals and communities. Permaculture is in 160 countries with thousands of grassroots projects on-the-ground. This 14-day course includes the 72-hr Permaculture Certification through Permaculture Research Institute… and much more.

This course will assist you and your organization with integrating into your projects: Increased Food Security Community-Based Development Waste Cycling Sustainability Education Clean Water and Drought Proofing Health and Nutrition Sustainable Vocations & Enterprise.

The PDC for International Development and Social Entrepreneurship course is designed for people who work with non-government organizations or government agencies, community organizers working in international development and/or social entrepreneurship, as well as volunteers and students with dedicated interest in the subject matter.

Instructors: Warren Brush and Joseph Lentunyoi

Warren Brush Warren Brush is a Permaculture designer and teacher as well as a mentor and storyteller. Warren is co-founder of Quail Springs Permaculture, Regenerative Earth Farms, Casitas Valley Creamery & Farm, Wilderness Youth Project, and his Permaculture design company, True Nature Design. He works in Permaculture education and sustainable systems design in North America, Africa, Middle East, Europe, and Australia.

Joseph Lentunyoi Joseph Lentunyoi is a Permaculture advisor/trainer, and an Organic Agriculture practitioner. Joseph is co-founder of the Permaculture Research Institute of Kenya, to which he brings extensive practical knowledge of sustainable farming as well as teaching experience. He served as the Sustainability Director for Nyumbani Village, where over 900 children live who have been orphaned by HIV related diseases. He has experience working with non-governmental organizations, children in schools, women’s community-based groups, and in coordinating local and international volunteers. He teaches and designs with permaculture techniques in East Africa, and has taught international PDC trainings in Kenya and Australia.

Cost: $1,650 ($300 deposit reserves your space)

Early Bird: $1,450 for payment in full by April 15

Discounts: Early Bird ($200 off), Refresher ($200 off), Couples/Friends ($300 off total), inquire about Group/Family discounts.

For more info and to register, please visit info.

Quail Springs Permaculture is a proud co-sponsor of these upcoming events and workshops.

52.jpg Introduction to Permaculture Weekend

With Warren Brush, Casitas Valley Farm, Quail Springs Permaculture, and True Nature Design

March 29-20, 2014

Hosted by Casitas Valley Farm, Carpinteria, CA

This innovative and inspiring 2-day Introduction to Permaculture course is designed to give the participant a basic understanding of how to apply the ethics, principles, strategies and techniques of permaculture design into their lives and communities. The focus of our hands-on practicum will be on building a greywater system from start to finish. This course is relevant for home-dwellers, those interested in sustenance security, gardeners, farmers, students, design professionals, entrepreneurs, community activists, business owners and developers, and sustainability consultants.

For more info or to register: email ana or call 805-649-8179.

49.jpgBackyard Chickens

With Brenton Kelly & Jan Smith, Quail Springs Permaculture

Sunday, May 18, 2014, 9am-1pm

Hosted by Fairview Gardens, Sub-Urban Homesteading Series, Goleta, CA

How do those farm egg yolks get so orange? Why are the eggs from big box stores pale yellow? The difference is drastic and if your body wants the real deal, there is no better way to get nutritious, protein filled eggs than to care for your own backyard chickens. Introducing chickens in your garden will add to the whole system making your vegetable garden ALIVE with vitality! This class will cover aspects of backyard flock management in an urban setting including choosing suitable varieties, raising chicks, coop and run requirements, feed and nutrition, common health issues, predators, cold-climate care, chickens in the garden, composting chicken waste, and more.

Cost is $40-60 sliding scale.

For more info and to register:
www.fairviewgardens.org/category/farm-classes or call 805-967-7369

48.jpgWood-Fired Cob Oven Building Workshop

With Paul Swenson, Quail Springs Permaculture

May 24-25, 2014. Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm
Early bird registration by May 1st
Hosted by Fairview Gardens, Sub-Urban Homesteading Series, Goleta, CA

Join us for an intensive, two-day, hands-on, wood-fired cob oven building workshop where you will dive right into building an oven! You will learn how to make cob – a versatile earthen building material made of clay, sand, and straw. You will learn how to sculpt and plaster the oven itself. We will go over the steps of building the foundation, considerations for siting, design, and accessing materials. We will explore the ins and outs of baking in a cob oven, and enjoy a wood-fired pizza feast on Sunday using a previously constructed oven. You will come away from this weekend with the skills to step out into your own cob oven building journey!

Hands-on workshop limited to 10 participants. Early registration advised!
Early bird cost is $135, by May 1st. $155 thereafter.
For more info and to register:
www.fairviewgardens.org/category/farm-classes or call 805-967-7369

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year to support education programs and land stewardship.
Please learn more about donating here,

and thank you for considering a tax-deductible contribution.

Quail Springs Permaculture is nonprofit organization dedicated to demonstrating and teaching holistic ways of designing human environments, restoring and revitalizing the land and community, and facilitating deeper understandings of ourselves and one another through immersive experiences in nature.

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