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

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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
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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

Quail Springs welcomes charitable contributions any time of

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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EarthPlay at Oak Grove School – Saturday, April 19, 2014


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Earth Play 2014 Highlights Include:
performances by Lissie,
Dave Palmer
& Friends
, and Kalinka
student performances from across the Valley, Peace Sticks, Presentations in the Go-Green Zone, Yoga, Science, a Climbing Wall, Interactive Arts and Crafts, Nature Presentations, Food from Around the World, Ojai Film Festival Green Screen… and much more!
EarthPlay 2014
Ojai’s Official Earth Day Event
April 19, 2014 – 11:00AM to 4:00PM
Oak Grove School – 220 West Lomita, Ojai
earth day ojai 2013In celebration of sustainable living, global awareness, and the joy of nature Food for Thought, Oak Grove School, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, Ojai Land Conservancy, and Once Upon a Watershed are teaming up again to host this once-a-year community event – EarthPlay 2014 – 11:00AM – 4:00PM. The day will include involvement from schools across the valley, environmental exhibits, arts and outdoor activities for all ages, live entertainment, world foods and more. Everything takes place under the trees on Oak Grove School’s 150-acre campus, 220 W. Lomita Avenue, Ojai. Admission is free. Visitors will also have ample opportunities to find ways to live greener and appreciate the natural wonders we all share. EarthPlay 2014 will be filled with color and creativity. Exhibitors will share their earth-friendly products and services, provide hands-on activities, and present informational and interactive displays. Also, check out the hybrid and electric vehicles on display, including E Bikes! We look forward to seeing you there!
Ride your bike to the event and use the free bike valet on site, and enjoy fantastic food from around the world when you arrive. Bring your refillable water bottle!

Earth Day at Oak Grove School

This year, the grand prize is a trip to Florence, Italy valued at $5,000, or $4,000 in cash. Additional prizes include gift baskets valued at $500 each.The Early Bird drawing is March 29th.
1 ticket = $10 / 5 tickets =$40
Email or call Oak Grove School to buy tickets.

Ojai Trolley
Ojai Trolley is providing free rides to Earth Play all day on April 19th. Visit Ojai Trolley for their full schedule. Yay Ojai Trolley!

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Casitas Water district hosts turf removal workshop


Addressing a crowd of more than 100 at Saturday’s “Remove Your Turf” workshop in Oak View, Renee Roth of Rainscape Designs explains the type of grasses and what must be done to remove turf. The event was sponsored by Casitas Municipal Water District and included advice from Flora Gardens owner Carolina Murillo about drought-tolerant plants. Upcoming free water-saving events include “Designing with Native Plants” May 17 and a rainwater/graywater workshop Aug. 16. Visit www.casitaswater.org for more information. (photo by Tim Dewar)
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Watering Schedule for Turf/Medium/Low water using plants in Coastal Zones

The chart below, from City of Ventura Water website, applies to Coastal Zone cities like Oxnard, Port Hueneme, Ventura, Carpenteria and Santa Barbara

Ojai and Santa Paula are inland, so it is hotter, meaning higher evapotranspiration rate (Ojai is similar to Santa Paula, which is our closest weather station, at ETO of 55), meaning more water is required than coastal cities.

The unpredictable “climate chaos” makes it difficult to predict the “right” amount of water to apply. Typically, we overwater our landscapes, because it is hard to know how much to water—it is complicated to figure out.  It is based on evapotranspiration rates, that are determined by climate data such as heat, humidity, wind, and they are based on amount of water is takes to keep grass looking good, which is set at 100% of ETo.  Everything else is calibrated off of the amount of water it takes to grow turf grass.

When plants look stressed, we tend to add water and fertilizers to try to help them. Since rain water is scarce these days, it is good to challenge plants to dig deeper roots. That means deliberately using less water, watching plants closely, and looking for signs of under watering like curled leaves, wilted leaves, and leaves turning color. Plants that are deciduous need very little water.

For more info on watering, see Four Signs You are Overwatering Your Plants

To determine how much water your plants really need, identify plant genus, species or common name and look plants up on WUCOLS IV which assigns plants to High, Medium, Low and Very Low water requirement by zones. Ojai is in Zone 4, Ventura is in Zone 3.



Convert Your Turf to SAVE WATER

convert turf today and save water

Come learn how to replace the traditional turf centric landscape with more climate appropriate plants that SAVE WATER! Renee Roth and Carolina Murillo will share lawn removal methods and ideas for more sustainable garden designs that can save money, water and time while reducing runoff and supporting wildlife.  Bring a neighbor or a friend!

Reserve a seat by calling Ron Merkling with Casitas Water District 805-649-2251×118

Renee Roth is a Committee member of Surfrider’s Ocean Friendly Garden in Ventura County and leads classes on how to save water and reduce runoff in your landscape by capturing rainwater in the landscape. Carolina Murillo, a self proclaimed “plant junkie” runs Flora Gardens, a full service nursery that sells plants and gardening supplies that is located off of Old Baldwin Road in Ojai.





Another rain garden installed today in Santa Barbara

February 8, 2014 I was in Santa Barbara today working on a rain garden. They went all out on the rock in the rain garden (which is very time consuming and expensive) but this gives an idea of “sheet mulching”… you see the pile of mulch, two wheelbarrows, rakes etc in action. They used a different color of mulch to define pathway. Design by Jeff Adams of WMG
It is beautiful . . .
here are some pictures.