Paul and Elizabeth Kaiser of Singing Frogs Farm in Sebastapol, California, were the keynote speakers for the 30th annual NOFA/Mass Winter Conference – January 14, 2017. Their vegetable farm is not just sustainable – it’s also regenerative. It is a living experiment in no-till, ecologically beneficial, and highly profitable farm – producing 5-7 harvest per year. Since 2007 the Kaisers have been successfully demonstrating how to produce high volume, high quality vegetables in an inspiring no-till system. At Singing Frogs Farm, Paul and Elizabeth, along with their crew, have honed their skills and created a dedicated ecological farm, where they do not use sprays of any kind. They came with a message – that agriculture has been one of the greatest contributors to climate change in human history, but it is also our best hope for mitigating climate change. The Kaiser’s assert that by adapting their practices to sequester more soil carbon, farmers can simultaneously improve the health of their crops, soil, and finances.
Slideshow presentations from the Farm Water Management Seminar on November 28th, 2016 hosted by Hatchet & Seed & the CRD. Use information with discretion, as slides may be without context with no explanations. Slideshow PDF 1 of 2 – http://crkeyline.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Farm-Water-Management-.pdf Slideshow PDF 2 of 2 – http://crkeyline.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/Farm-Water-Management-Seminar-Nov.-28-2016-Gord-Baird.pdf 9:00am – 11:00am – Keyline Water Management Tayler Krawczyk, Hatchet & Seed and Sara Duncan, p.Ag. About “Keyline Water Management Project” Introduction to ‘Keyline Geometry’ Using contour maps for farm water planning (CRD WebMap Demo) Keyline plowing to reduce compaction & manage water Monitoring results to date – Sara Duncan, p. Ag. Alternative drainage techniques for bottom-lands Q & A 11:15am – 12:30pm – Irrigation Pond Design Tayler Krawczyk, Hatchet & Seed Review of regulations: water licensing (Water Sustainable Act) & Dam Safety Board regulations; municipal soil movement Sizing the pond (irrigation, evaporation %, seepage, environmental reserves) Using topographic maps Siting (usage & catchment analysis) Spillways and other design features What to do with excess fill material? Construction & earthmoving Q & A 1:30pm – 2:45pm – Pumping from Your Farm Pond Gord Baird – Eco-Sense, Highlands Councillor, CRD Water Commission Board Member Tools for assessing your needs and sizing your pump Basic components of a pond pump system Advantages and limitations of solar pumping Case studies: pump systems for drip and micro-spray Q & A 3:00pm – 4:30pm – Greywater Re-Use & Other Methods of Conservation for Small-Scale Agriculture Gord Baird, Eco-Sense, CRD Water Commission Board Member Regulation Design considerations In practice Q & A About the Presenters Gord Baird, Eco-Sense, CRD Water Commission Board Member Gord Baird is the co-creator of Eco-Sense, located in Victoria, BC. Ten years ago he left the business world and set out to build a sustainable home and lifestyle with his new wife Ann, and over that time has become a well versed generalist in regenerative systems integrating solar PV, solar thermal, mechanical, rain water, grey water, living roofs, food forest nursery and green building through hands on experience, scientific research, and policy work. Gord and his wife Ann walk the talk of a regenerative life style, and work to use their success and failures to inspire others. Sara Duncan, p.Ag. Sara Duncan is an environmental scientist with experience in soil classification and interpretation for soil salvage and handling, land reclamation planning and research, and technical writing for environmental assessment and research reporting. She has been responsible for designing and implementing the soil monitoring component of the project. Tayler Krawczyk, Hatchet & Seed Tayler is an ecological landscape designer, permaculture practitioner and project manager. Focusing on edible landscaping and climate-smart land design, he operates Hatchet & Seed, with his partner Solara Goldwynn.
As part of the ‘Keyline Water Management: Field Research & Education in the Capital Region’ project convened by Tayler Krawczyk, the following public seminar session was delivered by Regrarians’ Darren J. Doherty, who is a contracted consultant to the project. This recorded seminar had 2 topics: A. Future-Proofing your Farm: The Keyline Scale of Permanence B. Keyline Geography & Geometry: Applications and Best Practices + Q & A #3Water – KeylineBC – Keyline Scale of Permanence – Keyline Geography & Geometry from RegrariansMedia on Vimeo.
Building Soils for Better Crops is a one-of-a-kind, practical guide to ecological soil management, now expanded and in full color. It provides step-by-step information on soil-improving practices as well as in-depth background—from what soil is to the importance of organic matter. Case studies of farmers from across the country provide inspiring examples of how soil—and whole farms—have been renewed through these techniques. A must-read for farmers, educators and students alike. Written by University of Vermont plant and soil science professor emeritus Fred Magdoff and Cornell University soil science professor Harold van Es. Produced by Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE).
A great synopsis of progressive soil solutions that focuses on not only conservation, but regeneration. By Graeme Sait.
Published on Jul 29, 2015 Presentation on Keyline Farm Design by Darren Doherty of Regrarians – http://www.regrarians.org/. This was presented during Open Source Ecology’s Open Source Mapping and Site Design Workshop.
This video features Gabe Brown and his Keys To Building a Healthy Soil, filmed on Nov. 18th 2014 at the Idaho Center for Sustainable Agriculture’s annual symposium.
Presented by: Rich Straight, US Forest Service Lead Agroforester, USDA National Agroforestry Center, Lincoln, NE
A free e-Book from HUMA Designs. Very useful for understanding how keyline geometry is applied on the land.
A handbook for technicians, farmers and others on site investigations, designs, cost estimates, construction and maintenance of small earth dams.