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Farm Water Management Seminar – Nov. 28th – Slideshow

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 – Slideshow PDF 2 of 2 –     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.

Building Soils for Better Crops

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).

Understanding the Application of Keyline Geometry

A free e-Book from HUMA Designs. Very useful for understanding how keyline geometry is applied on the land.

Water from Small Dams, Erik Nissen-Petersen

A handbook for technicians, farmers and others on site investigations, designs, cost estimates, construction and maintenance of small earth dams.

Ponds: Planning, Design, Construction, USDA

USDA Best Practices Handbook for on farm water storage.

The City Forest, P.A. Yeomans

P.A. Yeomans’ last book, the City Forest went into more detail on other applications of keyline, including urban design.

Restoration Agriculture

Restoration Agriculture, M. Shepard

Not a book on keyline design exclusively, however it does offer a great practical vision for the future of regenerative agriculture. The book details the development of a 106 acre keyline inspired agro-forestry and silvo-pasture farm in Viola,Wisconsin. New Forest Farm has been in operation for 20 years and offers many lessons in integrated, water-wise farming.

Challenge of Landscape

The Challenge of Landscape, P.A. Yeomans

The development and practice of keyline, as written by P.A. Yeoman in 1958. Free online version.

Water for Every Farm

Water for Every Farm, P.A. Yeomans

Seminal work for the development of modern keyline. This book is an amalgamation of P.A. Yeomans previous work and a must read for farmers seeking to catch and store water on their farms.

Regrarian Handbook

The Regrarian Handbook, D. Doherty & A. Jeeves

The ‘Regrarians Handbook’ is a succinct & sequential outline of over 300 integrated methodologies and techniques that have been proven over many years of universal application to work towards regenerating human & livestock’s lives along with production landscapes. It does so in a wholly practical, positive & pragmatic fashion, promising to be a relatively ageless tome that generations of users will refer to as they negotiate the design, development & management of systems they operate.

The Keyline Plan, by P.A. Yeoman

A seminal text by Keyline developer P.A. Yeoman. Free online version.


Broad Acre Keyline Design Geometry – Digital Design

Courtesy of HUMA Design, this webinar covers the intricacies of large property layout in a digital design setting. For many small farmers, this process can be much simpler. However, for those working on large properties with multiple ‘keylines of the valley’ and ridges , this webinar covers the digital design process for setting multiple guidelines.

Darren Doherty: Keyline Design Webinar

Published on Jul 29, 2015

Presentation on Keyline Farm Design by Darren Doherty of Regrarians – This was presented during Open Source Ecology’s Open Source Mapping and Site Design Workshop.

Introduction to Agroforestry Systems

Presented by:
Rich Straight, US Forest Service Lead Agroforester, USDA National Agroforestry Center, Lincoln, NE

Darren Doherty – Keyline Design

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.

Gabe Brown: Keys to Building Healthy Soil

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.

Keyline Design with at Darren Doherty at the Beach

Regrarians co-founder Darren Doherty builds a scale model watershed to explain how water cycles through the landscape in a sequence of natural patterns.


Ridgedale Permaculture

Keyline Design as an Organizing Pattern for Permaculture Design

This is a great article by Richard Perkins of Ridgedale Permaculture. Ridgedale PERMACULTURE is designed as a pasture and perennial crop based beyond-organic local food producer and dedicated educational hub in Värmland, Sweden.

Keyline Design Mark IV

Keyline Design Mark IV

A concise article providing a good introduction to keyline design, written by Abe Collins and Darren Doherty.

Keyline Plowing: What is it? Does it work? Rachel Gilker

Keyline Plowing: What is it? Does it work?

This article is a critique of keyline subsoil plowing for the purpose of soil building (exclusively) written by agronomist Rachel Gilker. The comments are particularily interesting, and there is debate about how the study was conducted. In these studies, soil moisture content was not evaluated, something we hypothesize could improve following keyline pattern subsoiling on sloped landscapes. One thing is clear, keyline subsoiling must be coupled with other soil building practices to be most effective.

The Soil Solution – ACRES USA

A great synopsis of progressive soil solutions that focuses on not only conservation, but regeneration. By Graeme Sait.

Online Resources

CRD – Watershed Resources

Information and resources about watersheds in the Capital Region.

The Partnership for Water Sustainability in BC

The Home of the Waterbucket & the Water Balance Model. Communities of Interest & Water Sustainability Tools and Resources.

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