Galiano Island – Water Management for Farms & Homesteads

Galiano Island – Water Management for Farms & Homesteads

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8:30 am - 3:30 pm

Galiano - South End Community Hall


This workshop is proudly sponsored by the CRD!

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This event is for anyone interested in the intersection of food and water security on the Gulf Islands. We will review strategies & techniques for ecological landscape design that work with natural topography to optimize food production & water efficiency.


Water Management for Galiano Island Farms & Homesteads

Date:  Sunday, January 14th 
Time:  8:30 am – 3:30pm
Location: Galiano – South End Community Hall, 141 Sturdies Bay Rd, Galiano Island, BC –
FREE – Sponsored by the CRD.

* Lunch will be provided.  Please register below so we can plan accordingly.


8:30am – 10:45am – Landscape & Farm Water Management Strategies

Tayler Krawczyk, Hatchet & Seed 

  • Introductions
  • About “Keyline Water Management Project”
  • Introduction to ‘Keyline Geometry’ for the purpose of farm infrastructure planning
  • Keyline plowing to reduce compaction & manage water: results of 2.5 year monitoring program
  • The role of multi-functional trees in the farm landscape (agro-forestry & shelter-belts)
  • The role of animals in building soil and cycling water (managed grazing)
  • Alternative drainage techniques for bottom-lands
  • Case Study: Irrigation Pond Design

11:00pm – 12:00pm – 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

LUNCH – 12:00pm – 12:30pm

12:30pm – 2:30pm – Rainwater Harvesting, Greywater Re-Use, Composting Toilets & Other Methods of Conservation for Small-Scale Agriculture

Gord Baird, Eco-Sense, CRD Water Commission Board Member

  • Regulation
  • Design considerations
  • In practice
  • Q & A


2:45pm – 3:30pm – Using Free Online Tools for Farm Water Design + Open Consultancy

Tayler Krawczyk, Hatchet & Seedbullock

  • This session will explore some of the amazing free online resources we have in the region to better understand soil types, water flow, well capacity, irrigation demand and landscape topography.
  • We will visit some of the participants’ farms via free online GIS-software and collectively address challenges related to water management
  • Participants will also get a sneak peak at a new online resource guide being created for the project, titled “Resilient Farms’ for Southern Vancouver Island: A Resource Guide for Farm Water 
Management in a Changing Climate”. Following an FAQ-format, it seeks to address and compile resources for common farm-water related issues. Please, bring your questions and concerns related to farm water management to be included in the final document!
  • If you have a farm you would like to explore during this event, please let us know ahead of time (



 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.  



Tayler KrawzcykTayler 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.


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