Darren Doherty’s Regrarian Pedagogy: Course starts Nov 2-4 in Summertown, Tn ← Spiral Ridge Permaculture

Darren Doherty’s Regrarian Pedagogy: Course starts Nov 2-4 in Summertown, Tn



Regrarian, a portmanteau of ‘Regenerative Agrarian’, is a term first coined by HD’s Darren J. Doherty in 2013 to describe those who are actively undertaking the serious & timely process of regenerating, restoring, rehabilitating, rehabitating, rekindling (etc.!) & rebooting production landscapes across this planet.
Regrarianism, as a philosophy and methodology per se, is ultimately an expansionist and self-determined reflection of HD’s Charter and is therefore not just about regeneration, but also rehabitation, rehabilitation, restoration, recolonisation (not neocolonialism!), recycling and so on. I purposely took out the ‘A’ in Agrarian, not just because ‘Reagrarian’ doesn’t roll off of the tongue and I wanted to take AG out of it, and for a reason: I believe that Agriculture has been an atrophic exercise and I didn’t want to have it in my word.


For any methodology to be successfully transferred, it needs to have pedagogy that is locally adaptive, strategic, incremental & capability-building in its output, whilst being participatory and self-determined in its approach. Humans have always been creatures who have been guided by stories and the wisdom of those past, whilst being infused with the adaptive creativity of those current to take them and their communities forward. In our ‘reboot’ we have developed an initial set of learning models to address the current challenges and opportunities.


In consultation with local partners HD, and based on successful outcomes in past, we would envisage the following strategy to unfold with the delivery of the whole Regrarian Pedagogy:
  1. Year 1 – Regrarian Seminar (RAZ)- free or donation-based 20 minute-2 hour
    evening seminar to arouse public and media attention regarding the concepts of
  2. Year 1 – Regrarian Workshop (RAW) – 1-3 day workshop outlining the broad
    concepts of Regrarianism cultivating a close following of future more detailed
  3. Year 2 – Regrarian Workshop Series – over 4-6+ months a series of 1-3 day
    courses are delivered which detail the following concepts/programs:

    1. Holistic Management Farming & Grazing
    2. Regrarian Open Consultancy Course (RAC)
    3. Fertility Farming
    4. Polyface Farming Systems
  4. Year 3-5 – 10 day Regrarian Design Course (RAD)
  5. Year 3-5 – Locally-led Practicums (RAP) – short 1-3 day events delivered according to the specific needs and feedback of previous attendees.


    Concerns the various climates of an enterprise, be they Human or Biospheric. Effectively these climates create ‘the rules of the game’ in the application of the Regrarian Platform.
    The ‘board game’ in the Regrarian Platform. The Geography of a place implies it place in the region along with the physical elements with which it interacts and includes topography, demography & geology.
  3. WATER
    The water an enterprise has available to it is relatively fixed. We should be concerned with how we make the best use of what’s available and use the Climate & Geography (& capital) as best we can in order to maximise the use of this critical resource.
    Roads, Tracks & Lanes are very permanent features in landscapes. Their placement defines our movement and should integrate the all of the elements we use these connective pathways with
    Perennial woody plant systems are vital, productive & overarching elements in any landscape. Their assemblies can be complex in their outcomes & their placement is critical to support & provide for other systems.
    An array of structures on any holding are necessary to make the artificial sedentary production systems that humans call agriculture, possible. Placement and design should follow that of other elements… especially Climate, Geography, Water & Access.
    How we subdivide our landscapes should follow the lines of other, more permanent elements. We should concentrate our efforts on using the most flexible of fencing infrastructure in order to accommodate the changing opportunities and yields that occur in the landscape.
  8. SOILS
    Easily destroyed and fortunately easily created, soils are the foundation to the economy of life. Management is critical to the development & maintenance of soils. The soil’s protection is enhanced by considering other elements, particularly Water, Forestry & Fences.
    The analysis of the market & access to it has never been easier. The difficulty remains in the terms of trade, particularly with regards to compliance, though slowly the tide is turning as humans are incredibly enterprising, adaptable & difficult to quell.
  10. ENERGY
    Nothing is as fleeting as a photon of light and the primary role of humanity must be to enhance photosynthesis at every opportunity & encourage its positive side-effects, with nearly all energy system that humans access originating from the sun.
Information was taken from Darren’s website
For more information on Darren please go to his website here.

Registration for the RAC course at The Farm Community, which is located in Summertown, Tn opens September 1st, 2014

Free housing for first 20 students