Fire & Drought Resistant Farms & Landscapes with Darren J. Doherty

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Fri, 09/12/2014 - 9:00am to Sun, 09/14/2014 - 5:00pm

Regrarians World Tour 2014: Ojai, California RAC+RAP Course

Ojai is pleased to host Darren J. Doherty and his Regrarians 2014 World Tour for this regenerative agriculture professional development course ideal for broad-acre land professionals, including: farmers; ranchers; property and preserve managers; rural landscapers; real estate agencies; land-use planners; developers; and anyone else involved in and interested in learning more about the care and stewardship of large farms, properties and communities in Central and Southern California.

This Regrarians Open Consultancy & Practicum Design Workshop is a dynamic 3-day program designed to involve participants directly in the delivery of an integrated farm and property planning and development consultancy. Led by one of the world's most renowned & experienced farm planners, Darren J. Doherty (AU), this course is all about having participants work to understand the 10 step process logic involved with the Regrarians Platform which methodically covers each and every element of farm planning and development. In short, this course will be a highly useful and functional Professional Development (PD) for primary producers & land managers when it comes to production landscapes, enterprise planning & site development.

The RAC+RAD experience will result in participants understanding some of the process behind re-booting their own farming enterprises with an opportunity for feedback based on their own unique and specific site challenges. This course also offers a step by step approach that is highly adaptable to any site and circumstances.

The Ojai Foundation is an educational camp, retreat and non-profit organization, that is proud to present this unique program to the Ojai and Southern California communities in order for us to learn more about advanced farm and property design from one of the world’s leading designers geared specifically to current California drought limitations and challenges. Given the extreme conditions, this course will have a unique focus on integrated designs for fire and drought resistant farms and landscapes, as well as how to create productive and resilient local land-based farms, neighborhoods and communities.

With extreme drought, water shortages and warnings of severe fire danger this summer, along with all-too-common soil degradation practices used throughout the agricultural world, this course aims to empower property managers, ranchers, landscapers, farmers and developers with firsthand knowledge and experience of how to reverse desertification, soil loss, salt build-up, weed invasion and more common agricultural and ranch problems with integrated and holistic land-use planning and design, which can positively transform terrestrial ecosystems.

This open consultation course will go through the Regrarian Platform and site design process providing an integrated vision for the future of the course site. Although rooted in biodynamic farming and regenerative design in the early days (late 70's), the course site is not currently a production farm or ranch, but has hosted many Permaculture courses and is covered by a great deal of healthy native ecosystems, planted with many edible fruit trees and is located on a forested seasonal desert ridge at an elevation of between 1400 and 1800 feet above sea level. The site also has over 20 acres of viable orchard, pasture and/or grazing land, which is currently being explored for production and best management. What will be the best option for this site? What is the best design and management for your site?"

This Upper Ojai Valley site is adjacent to hundreds of acres of farm land, as well as wilderness and open space, which allows us a prime perspective to contemplate and explore with Doherty best practices in a variety of Ojai orchard crops, pasture lands and native ecosystems.

Participants will have the opportunity to learn and use Darren Doherty’s Regrarian Platform, through this real-project “Open Site Consultation”. Participants will also work in practicum groups and analyze their own individual land management challenges with potential solutions offered by Darren and others. The practicum will explore real-live local needs and offer practices and approaches towards better production rates and overall land resilience. Program includes a field workshop focused on understanding integrated water systems design to maximize water retention, use and efficiency as well as how to find the “keypoint and keyline” for building water harvesting earthworks, pattern cultivation and Keyline plowing systems, among others.

In summary, this course will explore integrated and holistic site design, planning and management practices and how to place the various elements of human settlement, including infrastructure, as well as productive systems of grazing, orchard crops, pasture, and forestry in an arid Mediterranean climate.

See more on Darren Doherty’s Regrarian Platform below.

RAC (Friday & Saturday) + RAP Course and Workshop (Sunday)

3-Days of Professional Development, Practicum and Integrated Land Design Experience

RAC + RAP (Regrarian Learning Models):

RAC = Regrarians Open Consultation Course  (Friday and Saturday) – This RAC will be a two day professional development workshop in which attendees witness and experience an “open” consultation on a real-life project and in so doing become exposed to the practical application of Regrarians Platform and this unique integrated design process as outlined by Darren Doherty in his forthcoming book, "The Regrarian Handbook."

RAP = Regrarians Practicum (Sunday) – This RAP will be a one day project practicum and Keyline Design workshop, which will be experiential and project development-based where participants are involved in the process of implementing Regrarian systems. RAP’s are for anybody who wants to build their physical skills, knowledge and experience as part of a regenerative land management and integrated production system toolkit. This RAC will be for integrated water and soil systems design, including Keyline Design and Pattern Cultivation.

Darren J. Doherty is a 5th generation Australian-Bendigo farmer, developer, author & trainer who has delivered over 190 Regenerative Agriculture & Living courses & seminars to more than 12,000 people since 2001, including more than 40 Permaculture Design Courses (PDC’s), as well as creating Keyline® Design, Carbon Farming, Carbon Economy, RegenAG® & Regrarians® course series across Europe, the Americas and Oceania. Darren has also completed nearly 2000 property development plans since 1993 in 47 countries and is widely recognized as a leader & pioneer in the Regenerative Agriculture & Permaculture movements. 

Darren has extensive experience across the world in project design, development, management & training. A career-long focus on the profitable & regenerative retrofit of broad-acre landscapes has seen Darren acclaimed as a pioneer in this important & often overlooked field.  This wide experience has created an international reputation of achievement plus enviable & expansive networks that integrate many disciplines. 

Globally many of Darren’s alumni of over 12,000 are at the cutting edge of the movement towards regenerative agriculture & living systems.  Darren is the originator of the Regrarian Platform, which outlines a strategic & logical process to the development of regenerative agricultural systems, central to which is another Doherty innovation, called ‘IntegriPasture’, which provides an integrated framework for multiple species pasture and localized processing, logistics and marketing.

WHAT IS A “REGRARIAN”?

Regrarian, a portmanteau of “Regenerative Agrarian”, is a term first coined by Darren J. Doherty in 2013 to describe those who are actively undertaking the serious & timely process of regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rehabitating, rekindling (etc.!) & rebooting healthy production landscapes across this planet.

REGRARIANS PLATFORM:                                                   

1. CLIMATE - You, Enterprise, Risk, Weather
2. GEOGRAPHY - Landform, Components, Proximity
3. WATER - Storage, Earthworks, Harvesting, Reticulation
4. ACCESS - Roads, Tracks, Trails, Markets, Utilities, People
5. FORESTRY - Blocks, Shelter, Savannah, Orchards, Natural
6. BUILDINGS - Homes, Sheds, Portable, Yards
7. FENCING - Permanent, Electric, Cross, Living
8. SOILS - Planned Grazing, Minerals, Fertility, Crops
9. MARKETING - Analysis, Strategy, Value Chain
10. ENERGY - Photosynthesis, Generation, Storage

This course is organized, hosted and administered by The Ojai Foundation, and is made possible through the generous financial support of the Nutiva: Nourishing Foundation, as part of their effort to give 1% of all sales to sustainable agriculture projects around the world.

This course is presented in partnership with the Besant Hill School at Happy Valley, Ojai Valley Green Coalition, the Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, and the Ojai Center for Regenerative Agriculture. More Community Partners coming soon.