Farmstead and Community Immersion Application
About Quail Springs:

Quail Springs Permaculture is an educational and land stewardship 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.

We believe that lasting ecological health and social harmony can be fostered through emphasizing the connection between people, food, shelter, energy, and water.

WHAT: Quail Springs Permaculture is a 450-acre sustainable living demonstration site and community-supported educational nonprofit serving students of all ages from all over the world through our courses in permaculture design, regenerative farming & land practices, natural building, wild lands tending, and primitive skills.

WHO: We are a dedicated group of teachers, farmers, natural builders, inspired chefs, and land stewards who strive to further our non-profit's mission through working, living, and teaching within the ethics of permaculture, most simply described as earth care, people care, and fair share.

WHERE: Quail Springs is located near the tiny town of Cuyama, CA in the Upper Cuyama Valley in southern California. The elevation is approximately 3,600', and the land is high desert, piñon-juniper woodland. Tucker's Scrub Oak, Great Basin Sage, Yerba Santa, Rabbit Brush, Ephedra, and many other high desert species inhabit the valley floor. The ruggedly beautiful Los Padres National Forest surrounds Quail Springs on three sides.

As we get many applications, it is in your best interest to answer thoroughly so we may best get to know you.
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What is your preferred method of communication? *
Have you or are you planning on filling out the scholarship application? *
Which date are you seeking to begin your 6-month work-stay?
Are you able to commit to the full 6-month expectation? If not, please describe your alternate proposal. *
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Participants get 2 weeks off in the initial 6 months. Are there any prior commitments you have in that time that would take you away from the land for an extended period of time or cause you to end your stay at a specific point? Please specify. *
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We are offering the Immersion experience for a sliding scale of $950 to $3000 to cover the first 3 months of costs for food and instruction during acclimation. How much are you offering to pay? This answer will not affect our consideration of your application. *
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Why do you want to participate in Quail Springs' Farm Immersion? Tell us a little about you. *
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Have you ever lived in community before? If so, please describe your experience in detail. *
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Quail Springs has a continued and vested interest in dismantling the complex systems of oppression that keep indigenous peoples, communities of color, LGBTQ+ communities, and other communities not listed here from participating in farming and permaculture. We are interested in continuing to learn and take action regarding the past, present, and future of these oppressions. Quail Springs is continuing to grow our understanding of these subjects and are invested in having those who participate in our Farm and Community Immersion be open to these ongoing conversations. Please offer your thoughts on this below:
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Would you be prepared to camp with your own equipment? *
Do you have experience working with goats, poultry, or rabbits, or drip irrigation? Mark all that apply. *
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If you checked any boxes, please elaborate on your experience:
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Please list practical skills that you might be excited to share with the community or with fellow participants, including a brief elaboration if possible. For example: Animal Husbandry, Preserving/Canning, Carpentry, Catering/Cooking for large groups, IPM, Construction, Herbology, Electrical, Food Dehydration, Gardening, Grant Writing, Greenhouses, Plumbing, Seed Saving, Teaching, Blogging, Marketing, Graphic Design, Heavy Lifting, Irrigation, Mechanical, Plant Propagation, Animal Processing/Butchering, Welding, Art *
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This commitment would require that you be in generally good physical, mental, and emotional health. Please explain any special considerations you would like to discuss with us. *
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Please provide a simple summary of your educational background, including any relevant work experience, course work, training, or internships. Please include dates and locations. *
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What skills are you most excited to practice or learn from us? *
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What else are you looking to gain from spending time at Quail Springs? *
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What intentions would you set for yourself if you were accepted? *
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Have you been to Quail Springs before or do you know anyone who lives/has lived at Quail Springs? *
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Have you taken your PDC? If so, where? Who was the certifying teacher?
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Please provide the name, number, and email address of 3 references. Include their relationship to you (especially whether personal or professional; please no family members) and how long you have known them. *
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Any additional comments, questions, or clarifications from your answers above can be provided here:
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How did you hear about the Quail Springs Farmstead Immersion? *
If you selected Word of Mouth or someone else's Facebook page: who?
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