[Sdpg] April 21/Free Talk/Keyline Design & Sustainable Agriculture with Darren Doherty

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network sbpcnet at silcom.com
Thu Apr 19 20:42:59 PDT 2007

Keyline Design & Sustainable Agriculture
with Darren Doherty from Australia
Free Talk * Sat Apr 21, 10-Noon 
Vista del Mar School Auditorium, 9467 San Julian Rd (north of Gaviota on Hwy #

        Keyline Design a design system that restores and regenerates
applicable to both rural and urban areas. It is a unique combination of water
conservation and soil building, with great appeal to both farmers and
as it has the ability to build and regenerate degraded soils rapidly, and sees
the use of grazing animals as beneficial to this process. Water harvesting
strategies employed by Keyline Design provide drought-proofing for farms.
on th work of P.A Yeomans and his book Water For Every Farm, A Keyline
Plan, an
important work describing a set of principles and techniques based on a
holistic approach that works with natural patterns to restore and increase the
depth and fertility of the soil, while increasing its water holding
capabilities, using a special cultivation technique using the Keyline plow, to
infiltrate water into the soil efficiently and hold it on the land as long as
possible.   The term Keyline comes from the reference to a “keypoint” on the
watershed, which is the interface between collection and distribution of water
on the landscape, where ridge meets the valley.  Keyline is a philosophy and
technique that doesn’t pit the needs of farmers against environmentalists
trying to protect wildlife and fish habitat, and with carbon sequestering
techniques used, helps to address aspects of global warming and climate

Darren Doherty is an Australian Keyline Designer, Developer & Manager and
Australian Approved Keyline Design™ Farm Planning Consultant, .  He has
designed and developed over 1100 properties across four continents working
recently in Vietnam, on land projects for Mars Inc, owners of Seeds of Change.
His remaining time is spent managing a working research & demonstration
farm in
Southern Victoria, Australia.

        The event takes place on April 21, 10-noon, at the Vista del Mar
Auditorium, 9467 San Julian Road, off of Highway 1, just north of the 101
freeway exit to Lompoc.  The event is free, no reservations are required. 
Event sponsors are Santa Barbara Permaculture Network, Yeomans Plow Company,
Nutiva Foods, Quail Springs Permaculture Farm, Orella Ranch, Earthflow Design
Works & Island Seed & Feed Nursery and Commongood Media.

 For more information, visit Upcoming Events at www.sbpermaculture.org, or
margie at sbpermaculture.org,phone, (805) 962-2571. 

Keyline Design Workshops in California:

Interview with Darren Doherty www.radio4all.net (search, Darren Doherty)

Apr. 22-27, 6 Day Intensive Keyline Workshop, on Gaviota Coast north of Santa
Barbara, CA, Cost $600 

May 1-2,  Tues-Wed, 2 Day  Keyline Design Workshop, Cuyama (north of Ojai,
Quail Springs Learning Oasis and Permaculture Farm, Cost $250 

May 3, 7-9m pm, Cal Poly University San Luis Obispo, Building 8, Room 123
is in the 'BRAE' Ag Engineering Bldg.) Located on N. Perimeter Drive next to
the police station (just up the hill from the main library) Visitors must
purchase a parking permit ($4 at entrance) Map of campus can be found at: 
Thurs, Lecture 7-9 Keyline Design with Darren Doherty, Cal Poly University/ 
San Luis Obispo, CA, Free

May 4, Fri, One Day Keyline Design Workshop, San Luis Obispo, CA, Cost $150.

Santa Barbara Permaculture Network
(805) 962-2571
P.O. Box 92156, Santa Barbara, CA 93190
margie at sbpermaculture.com

"We are like trees, we must create new leaves, in new directions, in order to
grow." - Anonymous

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