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True Nature Society

aka Quail Springs   |   Maricopa, CA   |  http://www.quailsprings.org

Mission

Mission: Quail Springs empowers students of all ages and backgrounds with knowledge, skills, and inspiration essential to cultivating ecological and social health.

Notes from the nonprofit

Over the past three years we have implemented a sociocratic model of governance. This involves making organizational decisions based on a process of consent, transparency and equivalence, rather than through a hierarchical method. The organization also operates with an equitable pay structure for all on-site employees.

Ruling year info

2004

Executive Director

Ms. Alexx Pryjma

Co Principal Officer

Mr. Ashwin Manthripragada

Main address

35070 Hwy 33

Maricopa, CA 93252 USA

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EIN

38-3692928

NTEE code info

Youth Development Programs (O50)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

Land Resources Conservation (C34)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Farm Tours

Farm tours are an introduction to Quail Springs. Topics include regenerative drylands agriculture, creating shelter, and stewarding agricultural lands & wilderness.

The event will include a tour of our gardens, animal systems, natural buildings, crafts display, alternative technologies, and more. After the tour, participants enjoy a delicious farm cooked lunch followed by a question & answer session with our farm managers.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The course is appropriate for both first-time builders and for professionals in the building trade who are interested in natural materials. In this 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. We will be building a small structure from start to finish. 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.

Population(s) Served
Adults

The Quail Springs Permaculture Design Course (PDC) includes the 72-hr Permaculture Certification through Permaculture Research Institute. This course is taught by Warren Brush, Sasha Rabin, Brenton Kelly, and guest instructors. This two week intensive program empowers students with the ability to design and apply natural principles to create stable and resilient systems.

Permaculture is an integrated design system based on ecology principles aiming to create productive human environments and tend our natural resources. Permaculture provides a framework for designing landscapes that mimic relationships found in nature that offer diversity, stability, and resilience.

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    Our community outreach work serves the rural, underserved community of the Cuyama Valley. With our online education, we served 252 students this year. We are proud to have offered $45,159 in scholarships to historically underrepresented students.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    We updated our scholarship inquiry form so that scholarship

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board,

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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True Nature Society

Board of directors
as of 11/25/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Ms. Susan Cousineau

Natalie Bartlett

Manzanita School

Matt Naftaly

Hydrologist at Dudek

Sasha Rabin

Earthen Shelter

Jan Smith

Quail Springs

Leo Lauchere

Good News Wood Salvation, EcoCamp Coyote

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? No
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? No

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 11/24/2022

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

The organization's co-leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
Asian American/Pacific Islanders/Asian
Sexual orientation
Decline to state
Disability status
Decline to state

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 11/24/2022

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Data
  • We review compensation data across the organization (and by staff levels) to identify disparities by race.
Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.